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Pop-up superstar: Little Nan’s Cocktail Den review

Pop-up superstar: Little Nan’s Cocktail Den review

Little Nan’s Cocktail Den is an unexpected gem in East London. Located in a Shoreditch basement, this pop-up mixologist is hidden from the humming of Curtain Road, nestled under a soon-to-be smokehouse. But if you fail to notice the oversized garden gnome or the old television turned into a sign,…

Foster Care Fortnight aims to help children succeed

Foster Care Fortnight aims to help children succeed

Lorina and Dervin Mayne, of Thornton Heath, have welcomed 185 children and young people into their home since the 1980s. They are foster carers. Lorina Mayne, 72, a retired Mayday Hospital nurse, said: “I had a lot of love to give… And there were children out there who needed some…

Pop-up festival brings Swedish forest to Hackney

Pop-up festival brings Swedish forest to Hackney

Scandinavian themed pop-up festival the Kopparberg Urban Forest has returned to Hackney for the second year running. The free pop-up festival started on Wednesday in Hackney Wick and will run through to July 12, featuring a range of British and Scandinavian musicians and DJs, such as Scandinavian group Summer Heart…

Quiz: How much do you know about global food?

Quiz: How much do you know about global food?

Enjoyed finding out about the diversity of food in ELL boroughs? Why not try our world food quiz to see just how much you know about kräftskiva and curry houses. Thanks for taking our quiz! If you missed it, this week ELL has been focusing on foreign food in your…

#MigrantMunchies: ELL’s foodie focus week follows migrants’ stories and how they’re changing what you eat

#MigrantMunchies: ELL’s foodie focus week follows migrants’ stories and how they’re changing what you eat

Eastlondonlines has gone around the world – in four boroughs. We’ve sampled some of the tastiest global cuisines in our bid to discover how migration has spiced up the local restaurant scene. Over the week we’ll be offering you the low down on migration trends and the new and exciting…

#ELLGetRegistered: why we need young voters

#ELLGetRegistered: why we need young voters

Why do young people let older people shape their future? Over the next week, ELL will explain why 18-24 year olds should vote on 7 May.  194 seats could be lost by only a five per cent shift in votes according to a BBC report. 18-24 year olds make up…

What is Russell Brand’s Trew Era cafe doing for Hoxton?

What is Russell Brand’s Trew Era cafe doing for Hoxton?

The opening of a new themed cafe in Hackney doesn’t usually call for half of the capital’s photographers to descend on the Kingsland Road. But then Russell Brand isn’t often there to fling its doors opening. Though the ribbon and oversized novelty scissors might have been lacking there was no…

#ELLHousingCrisis: How well do you know the housing policies of the parties ahead of the General Election?

#ELLHousingCrisis: How well do you know the housing policies of the parties ahead of the General Election?

One in seven British voters believe housing is among the most important issues in May’s general election. According to a March poll by Ipsos MORI, 14 per cent of voters across the country rank homes as a key issue. In 2010, the figure was as low as five per cent.…

“I know this great place”…London’s quirkiest cafés

“I know this great place”…London’s quirkiest cafés

Within East London, areas such as Shoreditch are often associated with ‘hipsters’, vintage fashion and artists. Its demographic diversity makes the area a fertile ground for culture, music, art and everything up-and-coming. Gentrification in East London has also played a significant role in the area’s development, financially and culturally. Consequently,…

Uncertain future for families reliant on child care centres

Uncertain future for families reliant on child care centres

For many parents, raising a child can be an isolating and difficult experience. A children’s Sure Start centre can provide life-changing help, offering everything from breastfeeding advice to language classes for local families. But what if this help were to diminish or come to an end? What would happen to…

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