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Meet the Trader: Syd’s coffee stall celebrates 96 years

Meet the Trader: Syd’s coffee stall celebrates 96 years

Customers who stop off for refreshment at Syd’s coffee stall in Shoreditch are sampling a slice of genuine East End history. First opened back in 1919, the small, mahogany-panelled shack claims to be the oldest food stall in London. These days it is run by Jane Tothill, granddaughter of Sydney Edward Tothill,…

Meet the Trader: Vintage heaven at the shop in a pub

Meet the Trader: Vintage heaven at the shop in a pub

Regulars at The White Hart pub in Crystal Palace are used to rubbing shoulders with shoppers in search of vintage clothing. Vintagehart, a small but perfectly formed second-hand emporium, has been nestled within one of the area’s best-loved hostelries for the past eight years. Founded by friends Annette Prosser and…

Meet the Trader: Lewisham’s My Jamii

Meet the Trader: Lewisham’s My Jamii

Honor Oak Park has a new café called My Jamii, a not-for-profit social enterprise which trains young people. It is named after the Swahili word for community and it serves as the ethos co-founders Sam Fennell and Zoe Slater are trying to establish locally. Excited about her new project, Slater…

Meet the Trader: Tower Hamlets’ Founder

Meet the Trader: Tower Hamlets’ Founder

With a park on each side and over-looking a canal, Founder is a bright, light, new co-working space in Palmers Road, East London. Waving behind a big glass door stands Samina Raza, 27; she opens the door and gives a warm welcome. A big window is filling out the front…

Meet the Trader: Deptford’s Amber Tree Café

Meet the Trader:  Deptford’s Amber Tree Café

Just off the frenetic high street of Deptford Market, the Amber Tree Café provides a restorative escape from the crowd with its welcoming open doors and tasty selection of freshly produced food and cakes. Since its opening on 1 September, the Deptford-based café has taken local residents by storm with…

Wapping Market: for street food with view

Wapping Market: for street food with view

The non-stop opening of new street markets this summer is certainly a delicious phenomenon. In fact, both visitors and food producers seem to be enjoying different options and styles of fairs to choose from. Eastlondonlines hit Tower Hamlets to tell you all about the new Wapping Market. Launched on June…

Photographer launches women’s portrait studio

Photographer launches women’s portrait studio

Lewisham resident, Shelley McPhee, has recently launched a women’s portrait photography company in New Cross Gate. Eastlondonlines got in touch with Shelley to find out more about her and her new venture. “I feel really strongly about empowering women to see their own beauty and strengths, particularly helping women to…

Fancy a haircut with a side of bibimbap?

Fancy a haircut with a side of bibimbap?

“Are you here for a haircut? Pick up a chalk and write your name on the blackboard. Blue’s for men, pink for girls,” a hairdresser explained as I entered from the café to the hip and minimal hair salon. A true pioneer of modern out-of-the-box establishments, Hurwundeki is a combination…

Pop-up restaurant brings the seaside to Hackney rooftop

Pop-up restaurant brings the seaside to Hackney rooftop

Creative events collective Platterform have taken up residency at The Hothouse’s rooftop venue in London Fields with a new maritime-themed pop-up seafood restaurant and bar. Following up from their successful first run with the lumberjack-themed ‘Skylodge’ food and drink series at the same Martello street location, Platterform’s ‘Sea Adventure Series’…

Popular restaurant goes it alone after pop-up success

Popular restaurant goes it alone after pop-up success

It’s been over six months since Rita’s waved goodbye to its temporary pop-up home inside Dalston venue Birthdays, and the time has come for its four directors to welcome old aficionados and passers-by to the restaurant’s newly opened location in Mare Street, Hackney. Its Fried Chicken rolls rode the recent…

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