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Croydon’s Ben Haenow tops the festive week charts

Croydon’s Ben Haenow tops the festive week charts

Croydon’s X Factor winner Ben Haenow has won the battle for this year’s Christmas number one. The 29-year-old’s single Something I Need had combined chart sales of over 214,000 and is now the second-fastest selling single of the year, behind Band Aid 30’s Do They Know It’s Christmas?, which shifted…

ELL Guide to Christmas: Top 7 present-buying hotspots

ELL Guide to Christmas: Top 7 present-buying hotspots

Still not started your Christmas shopping yet? Me neither. It’s fine. In the more than likely scenario that Santa doesn’t act as the jolly janitor, there are more than enough places in the ELL boroughs to pick up your last minute gems.   Hackney DIY Christmas Art Market A very…

What Christmas means to me: School teacher

What Christmas means to me: School teacher

Rosie Lonsdale, a secondary school teacher at St Matthew Academy, Blackheath, talks to reporter Emma Henderson about the festivities and the countdown to the Christmas holidays at school. “At the moment we have seven and a half school days left. This is great and everyone is looking forward to the break. Kids and…

Stamp Duty reform draws mixed local reaction

Stamp Duty reform draws mixed local reaction

Estate agents, housing groups and homebuyers across Eastlondonlines boroughs have given mixed responses to George Osborne’s unexpected Stamp Duty reforms. Some estate agents said the reductions in duty at the lower end of the market would make a “massive difference” for middle-income buyers, while housing campaigners warned that it would only fuel…

ELL Guide to Christmas: It’s right behind you!

ELL Guide to Christmas: It’s right behind you!

From swashbuckling pirate adventures to festive film marathons, there’s plenty of family-fun over the Christmas period. Eastlondonlines sent Hannah Boland out to discover all the unmissable events over the holidays. Croydon A Journey through Bethlehem – Croydon Citadel For a last minute festive treat for the family, head down to…

X Factor’s Ben Haenow gives homecoming performance

X Factor’s Ben Haenow gives homecoming performance

The nation’s favourite Croydon van driver came home last night to give fans a special performance and rally even more support before the X Factor final this weekend. Crowds of at least 600 Ben Haenow fans braved the wind and rain outside Croydon’s Whitgift shopping centre yesterday evening to hear the…

ELL Guide to Christmas: Weekend activities

ELL Guide to Christmas: Weekend activities

Despite the chill in the air, Christmas spirit is now in full flow and so are the abundance of activities, from Santa’s grottos to musical soirees and plenty of opportunities to grab a mince pie and a warming mulled wine. Here is ELL’s guide to what’s on in the boroughs.…

ELL Guide to Christmas: Buying Christmas trees

ELL Guide to Christmas: Buying Christmas trees

The fragrant aroma of pine needles, the warm glow of stringed lights and the sparkle of glittering baubles are just a few of the reasons Christmas trees take pride of place in our living rooms over the holidays. Real firs are returning to decorate our homes and selecting a real…

ELL Guide to Christmas: This week’s markets and fairs

ELL Guide to Christmas: This week’s markets and fairs

  ELL has been rounding up this week’s Christmas markets and fairs so you can plan a great family day out, stock up on those stocking stuffers or just to get you into the Christmas spirit. The Horniman Museum has all things strange and extraordinary. Winterville’s comedy clubs, nightclubs and…

Recession pinch still felt in Christmas shopping trends

Christmas means many different things to different people. Over the next three weeks, Eastlondonlines will be asking a number of local people to describe their feelings about the festive season. The series begins with ELL reporter, Jasmin Kopotsha, whose childhood love of the season still lingers.  Despite Britain’s economy growing past its pre-recession peak, it would […]