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East London’s housing crisis: gentrification and price rise

East London’s housing crisis: gentrification and price rise

It’s no surprise that house prices in London are on the upswing. Prices have been going up every year since the housing bubble burst in 2008 and overall, in London, prices have almost doubled in the last decade – a trend that isn’t likely to stop anytime soon. A December…

Behind the shopfront: businesses in East London

Behind the shopfront: businesses in East London

In the second part of ELL’s business profile, we interviewed new business owners in our boroughs to see how startup culture, regeneration and the East London Line are affecting your high street. As told to Pippa Bailey and Serina Sandhu…

London Marathon: training top tips for the final week

London Marathon: training top tips for the final week

You’re in the shape of your life, you’ve spent the winter shattering what you thought was your pain barrier with brutal late night and early morning runs, and for the last couple of months you’ve cut out alcohol and anything else that might vaguely intoxicate the temple that your body…

Bedroom taxed households pass the 10,000 mark

Bedroom taxed  households pass the 10,000 mark

Exactly a year on from the coalition’s Welfare Reform Bill, more than 10,000 households across the EastLondonLine boroughs have been affected by the “Bedroom Tax”. Elsbeth Benjafield has lived in her two-bed flat in Tower Hamlets quite happily for 35 years. Part of a housing co-op in Bethnal Green, many…

Welfare Reform Week: ELL begins week investigating the impacts of the reforms in our boroughs one year on

Welfare Reform Week: ELL begins week investigating the impacts of the reforms in our boroughs one year on

One-Year Anniversary of Welfare Reform Bill A year ago today, the Welfare Reform Bill passed its final hurdle in the Houses of Parliament and came into force. In order to commemorate the first anniversary of the Welfare Reform Bill, over the next four days, ELL will look at how our…

A new era: Mildmay Mission Hospital in Shoreditch

A new era: Mildmay Mission Hospital in Shoreditch

An estimated 96,000 people are living with HIV in the UK today. 42 per cent of them live in London, with a high concentration in the southeast boroughs. The treatment of HIV has improved vastly over the last few years, with national awareness days – one coming up on April…

Blooming Marvellous: Spring arrives early in east London

Blooming Marvellous: Spring arrives early in east London

Cherry blossom is coming out over London. It usually blooms over Easter, but this year the bloom has arrived up to four weeks earlier due to the mild winter and warm spell last week. The flowering season has added colours to the streets of London once again. “I walk through Haggerston Park to…

Eccentric wedding fair to march into Hackney this April

Eccentric wedding fair to march into Hackney this April

An event for the most fashion savvy and unconventional brides and grooms is coming to Hackney next week. A Most Curious Wedding Fair, a bridal show featuring all sorts of vintage and quirky dresses and props, is heading to Hackney Down Studios this spring with exhibitors from the UK, Europe and…

For the love of pies: British Pie Week in East London

For the love of pies: British Pie Week in East London

You cannot get more quintessentially British than pie and mash served with a healthy ladle of liquor. To mark British Pie Week, which runs from the third of March to the ninth, EastLondonLines headed down to East London to visit the home of the humble pie. The staple dish dates…

Star-studded bid to save The George Tavern

Star-studded bid to save The George Tavern

It is becoming a common narrative: the much-loved boozer threatened by big-money development. But the George Tavern isn’t just your average local. The pub has stood at the cross roads between Commercial Road and Jubilee Street, Stepney, for over 600 years, and counts the likes of Kate Moss, Amy Winehouse…

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