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Sofar Sounds bring intimate gigs to East London

Sofar Sounds bring intimate gigs to East London

It is an innovative concept that brings live music to intimate, unusual spaces – most often someone’s living room. In a typical Sofar Sounds’ event, there will be three to five artists invited to play short, unplugged or stripped down sets in front of a crowd of music lovers and…

Foster Care Fortnight aims to help children succeed

Foster Care Fortnight aims to help children succeed

Lorina and Dervin Mayne, of Thornton Heath, have welcomed 185 children and young people into their home since the 1980s. They are foster carers. Lorina Mayne, 72, a retired Mayday Hospital nurse, said: “I had a lot of love to give… And there were children out there who needed some…

‘Haircuts of Hackney’ showcases borough’s diversity

‘Haircuts of Hackney’ showcases borough’s diversity

It is already becoming the encyclopaedia of hipster hairstyles. From the high top to pig tails, artist Daniel Frost’s new book ‘Haircuts of Hackney’ illustrates the creativity of personal style in Hackney. “I like the theme of it being an encyclopaedia. It’s a nice way of looking at it,” Frost…

Pop-up festival brings Swedish forest to Hackney

Pop-up festival brings Swedish forest to Hackney

Scandinavian themed pop-up festival the Kopparberg Urban Forest has returned to Hackney for the second year running. The free pop-up festival started on Wednesday in Hackney Wick and will run through to July 12, featuring a range of British and Scandinavian musicians and DJs, such as Scandinavian group Summer Heart…

Forest Hill coffee house expands evening menu

Forest Hill coffee house expands evening menu

St. David Coffee House, based in Forest Hill, is not a typical coffee, breakfast and lunch spot. In addition, at weekends it serves cheese and wine, while there is Singaporean food on Thursdays. It is also an art gallery and a home to community events. And now it has expanded…

Bargain barge keeps bookshop buying afloat

Bargain barge keeps bookshop buying afloat

The Regent’s Canal in north London is not only home to the capital’s boat dwellers, it has also become an up-and-coming floating marketplace for many small independent shops who cannot afford the rising rents. One of the first of these shops and perhaps the most distinctive, is Word on the Water,…

A Goldsmiths student: Why I volunteer while I study

A Goldsmiths student: Why I volunteer while I study

It is volunteer week and David Cheng, 26, from Hong Kong, a postgraduate media student at Goldsmiths explains why he is volunteering for the British Red Cross here in the UK alongside his studies. I love the simple fact that people are working towards more or less the same goal…

New drinkers hotspot in the heart of Hackney

New drinkers hotspot in the heart of Hackney

There is a new market in Hackney and it is unlike any other in London. Hackney Drinks Market, specialises in locally produced beverages of all types. After the success of the first market in May, market founder Max Kennedy said he is excited about the second one this Saturday that will…

Morning Gloryville: the teetotal, yogic, ‘rave-olution’

Morning Gloryville: the teetotal, yogic, ‘rave-olution’

It is 6.30am on a Wednesday morning and Phoeve Logothetidi, 26, and Sara Alhulaio, 27, are raving, covered in glitter and face paints and clad in rainbow-hued clothes. They are lost in dance, but not drunk or under the influence of anything other than pure, organic excitement and joy. In…

Jennifer McDermott speaks about daughter’s death

Jennifer McDermott speaks about daughter’s death

It takes astonishing strength to bounce back and create a positive from tragedy. But it is exactly that which Jennifer McDermott has so successfully achieved. She had the courage to turn the living nightmare and pain of losing a child into work that has the potential to help thousands of…