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International Kissing Day in East London

International Kissing Day in East London

It burns calories, lowers stress and even boosts your immune system! No, I’m not talking about the latest fad diet. I’m talking about that wonderful sensation of pressing your lips against those of someone you care about: the kiss. On Sunday July 6 it will be time to celebrate kissing…

Enjoy a staycation in Hackney this summer

Enjoy a staycation in Hackney this summer

As one of the most vibrant and culturally diverse London boroughs, Hackney has a lot to offer this summer.  From the Lovebox music festival, to visiting donkeys at the City Farm, here are ELL’s pick of the best places and events. We’ve chosen activities to suit families, couples and groups of…

Enjoy a staycation in Tower Hamlets this summer

Enjoy a staycation in Tower Hamlets this summer

There is plenty of action in this lively ELL borough: from vintage dances to hot tub cinema, here are ELL’s best ideas to spend a great summer in Tower Hamlets. We’ve chosen activities to suit families, couples and groups of friends, just make your choice from the tabs below.  Use…

Enjoy a summer staycation in Croydon

Enjoy a summer staycation in Croydon

If you live in Croydon you will find plenty to do on a staycation this summer.  The borough has a wide selection of activities, whether you fancy orienteering in Lloyd park, painting your own pottery in Purley or taking on the challenge of eating the ‘Beast’ burger.   You can visit…

Enjoy a staycation in Lewisham this summer

Enjoy a staycation in Lewisham this summer

Lively Lewisham is full of activities and events to keep you busy this summer, so don’t despair if you are not planning a trip to sunnier climes.  In this, the first article in our week-long staycation series, we will suggest restaurants, coffee shops and other events to help get you…

Cycling grows in popularity as car ownership falls

Cycling grows in popularity as car ownership falls

Families in Tower Hamlets, Lewisham, Hackney and Croydon are abandoning their cars with fewer households having a vehicle in 2011 than 2001, while the number of bicycle commuters has risen. All four of the East London Lines boroughs had a smaller percentage of households with access to a car in…

Should part of Deptford have an SE10 postcode?

Should part of Deptford have an SE10 postcode?

Thriving, colourful markets, a history of royal connections and large recent investments in regeneration and new developments mean neighbouring Deptford and Greenwich have much in common. Despite their similarities, a group of Deptford residents appear to have fallen out of love with the area and are campaigning to have their…

Hackney Vegans: meal fun in one night

Hackney Vegans: meal fun in one night

  Being vegan in London isn’t the hardest thing in the world in comparison to some other cities, but it does have its challenges when going out to eat. A new trend of pop-up vegan supper clubs has started. Ranging from Chinese cuisine to BBQs and beyond, these special dining…

‘Love Not War’ – brewery’s message to Hackney

‘Love Not War’ – brewery’s message to Hackney

In 2011, while a riot raged destruction on Mare Street in Hackney, a microbrewery was born under the railway arches near London Fields. The director of London Fields Brewery sent everyone home but the head brewer and the two of them barricaded themselves inside the building in order to make…

Techie Heaven: Shoreditch dubbed tech hub of London

Techie Heaven: Shoreditch dubbed tech hub of London

    There is  Silicon Valley in California, a Silicon Fen in Cambridge, and now London is being dubbed Silicon Capital. Ninety tech companies have set up shop here in the last year. They join Spotify, Zoopla, Moonpig and King; the makers of Candy Crush Saga and perhaps most notably Google who have established their new European headquarters in…

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