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Hackney girl done good: Masterchef keeping it local

Hackney girl done good: Masterchef keeping it local

The careers of Masterchef winners take many glamorous forms: cookery books, pop-up restaurants, swanky gastropubs, restaurants in fancy hotels and cookery schools. Massively successful Mexican chain, Wahaca, was founded by a Masterchef champ. Hackney’s own Natalie Coleman was the triumphant chef of last year’s competition. This East London girl is…

Open House London: A roundup of the best architecture in the ELL boroughs

Open House London: A roundup of the best architecture in the ELL boroughs

An array of London’s finest architecture will be accessible to the public this weekend, from September 20 – 21. Open House London, a free event that started in 1992, showcases notable buildings and allows residents to explore their own cities. In Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Lewisham, and Croydon, points of interest range…

George Ferrier and Scottish country dancing in Croydon

George Ferrier and Scottish country dancing in Croydon

George Ferrier started learning Scottish country dancing in the village hall in Forfar, a small town less than 75 miles north of Edinburgh. His mother had taken him along to the meeting and Ferrier learned the steps at the tender age of seven. He continued dancing until he left for…

Fun day raises hospice funds in young teacher’s memory

Fun day raises hospice funds in young teacher’s memory

The parents of a young teacher raised thousands of pounds in his memory when they organised a third annual football tournament for the hospice which cared for him. Craig Muir, of Castle Hill Avenue, New Addington died aged 22 in March 2012, just six days after being told his cancer…

Croydon business woman spearheading diversity

Croydon business woman spearheading diversity

A woman from Thornton Heath has been nominated for a Black British Business Award in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics category, for her work on diversity. Rashada Harry launched social enterprise, Your Future Your Ambition, in 2012 with her business partner Tunji Akintokun, which aims to encourage people from…

Lennie Lee and the house that art built

Lennie Lee and the house that art built

“Everything started in a shoebox”, remembers Lennie Lee, when we meet at his multi-coloured, rainbow of a house in Dalston. The building is home, not just to him, but to an art collection of more than 5,000 pieces. Lee, now 56, began drawing, painting and collecting underground, counterculture art almost 40…

Disabled girl to compete in martial arts tournament

Disabled girl to compete in martial arts tournament

A Croydon schoolgirl who suffers from both learning and physical disabilities has been chosen to represent England in an international martial arts tournament. Georgia Stanley, 14, of South Norwood will fight at the Commonwealth Poomsae Championships  in Edinburgh this November. The sport combines the the moves and choreography of the martial…

Geffrye Museum exhibition celebrates 100 years

Geffrye Museum exhibition  celebrates 100 years

The Geffrye Museum in Hoxton has spent a hundred years showcasing the most exciting designers and trends for the home, so when ELL heard over 5000 visitors had already beaten a path to its latest exhibition useful + beautiful: contemporary design for the home, we decided to explore what’s in…

Athlete jumps to bring hope for Hackney’s kids

Athlete jumps to bring hope for Hackney’s kids

When long jumper JJ Jegede goes for gold at European Championships this week the message of hope he sends out to Hackney’s kids every time he sprints down the runway will be just as important as winning a medal. The athlete had a tough upbringing in the borough and wants…

RideLondon 2014: Cyclist reports on the journey

RideLondon 2014: Cyclist reports on the journey

24,000 cyclists took off from The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Sunday for a gruelling ride through London and Surrey.   RideLondon 2014 cyclist Alex Kalinauckhas brings us an exclusive report of his journey.   As I hauled myself up a nameless Surrey hill, wind pushing me backwards, rain soaking my clothes, I found…