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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…

Cotton’s Garden Market: The nightclub market

Cotton’s Garden Market: The nightclub market

The newly launched Cotton’s Gardens Market, held every Sunday in Shoreditch, transforms a nightclub to host daytime activities. Located under a railway bridge at the venue Rolling Stock on Kingsland Road, the pop-up market invites local food start-ups, live art, DJs and guest speakers. The space is also being utilized…

Meet the Trader: Exmouth Coffee Company

Meet the Trader: Exmouth Coffee Company

An anonymous-looking café with no sign is using the smell of roasting coffee and a window display of cakes to entice customers through the doors. The Exmouth Coffee Company is next to the Whitechapel Gallery and successfully relies on the attractive display of food in the large window to speak…

Dancing on Wheels: Using a wheelchair in London

Dancing on Wheels: Using a wheelchair in London

Sitting in the back of Laura Dajao’s car, we struggle to find a disabled parking spot on a sunny Saturday morning in Hackney. She drives around in circles before finding a one.  She parks, and gets out of the car, doing her usual routine of getting herself onto her wheelchair.…

Local wi-fi pioneer provides free public Internet access

Local wi-fi pioneer provides free public Internet access

Before wi-fi was available everywhere from the underground to McDonald’s, residents of Deptford and Greenwich had free access to the Internet thanks to local network guru James Stevens. James lives in Deptford and is the founder of technology company SPC.   In 2001 after several web related jobs, including working…

Bookartbookshop: successful bookselling turns to art

Bookartbookshop: successful bookselling turns to art

A third of independent British bookstores have shut down in the past ten years, but Bookartbookshop proves that niche markets and alternative business models can still thrive. The bright red shop is on the corner of Pitfield Street, in Shoreditch and stocks a quirky selection of limited editions and artists’…

Elf Lyons: The secret towards conquering comedy

Elf Lyons: The secret towards conquering comedy

Elf Lyons sits hidden behind rail upon rail of dresses, skirts and jackets – camouflaged by her own vintage apparel – a shock of brightly coloured dress, jacket and glitter. It’s difficult to imagine how this second-hand clothes shop makes room for gigs every few nights, but gradually the rails…

2014 World Cup: The ELL guide to watching the game in pubs and bars across all four boroughs

2014 World Cup: The ELL guide to watching the game in pubs and bars across all four boroughs

It’s time to lay those rivalries aside and unite as a country to support England in the 2014 Brazil World Cup. Whether you love or hate football, there’s no escaping what will be a feverish four weeks once the competition starts on June 12, 2014. Here at ELL, we’re not…

Breddos Tacos bring tasty Mexican variety to Hackney

Breddos Tacos bring tasty Mexican variety to Hackney

Hidden under the railway tracks along the cobbled streets just off Kingsland Road, Breddos Tacos have set up camp at the Trip Kitchen. The street food favourites, who are regularly seen at Street Feast and Hawker House, will be serving their delicious Mexican cuisine until October 2014 in the urban…

David Maseyk: The Gentleman’s Entrepreneur

David Maseyk: The Gentleman’s Entrepreneur

    The Valet is a storefront that stands out. Its facade all chocolate brown and cream, the classic palette of a gentleman’s grooming parlour. Posters proclaiming it the winner of the South London Business Awards 2012 are confidently pasted to every window; a glimpse around them reveals oak, dark…