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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…

Two Croydon women create haven for vulnerable girls

Two Croydon women create haven for vulnerable girls

Sherica Spence, 28, and Natasha Boxill, 32, are the driving forces behind Skye Alexandra House, a house for teenage girls. Passionate about helping the self-development of young vulnerable girls and preparing them for adulthood, the two Croydon women have transformed an abandoned house in South Norwood into a semi-independent living home…

Tower Hamlets officer runs with Queen’s Baton

Tower Hamlets officer runs with Queen’s Baton

As a worldwide audience watched the spectacular opening ceremony of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games on July 23, torch bearer Emdad Rahman was home with his wife and three children in Barking having made a special solo trip to Glasgow on Monday to run 300 metres with the Queen’s Baton. Rahman, 38, a local…

Singer Dolly Parton inspires young readers in Hackney

Singer Dolly Parton inspires young readers in Hackney

As Dolly Parton prepared for her Glastonbury debut last month, the legendary singer formed a new partnership to give free books to children on a Hackney housing estate. The Pembury Estate, part of the Peabody Housing Association, has joined Dolly’s ‘Imagination Library,’ which has registered 28,413 British children under five…

International Kissing Day in East London

International Kissing Day in East London

It burns calories, lowers stress and even boosts your immune system! No, I’m not talking about the latest fad diet. I’m talking about that wonderful sensation of pressing your lips against those of someone you care about: the kiss. On Sunday July 6 it will be time to celebrate kissing…

Silently watching Brazil’s defeat, so far from home

Silently watching Brazil’s defeat, so far from home

Daniela Paiva, a Brazilian journalist shocked her friends at her decision to come to London to study and work for EastLondonLines during the country’s World Cup. Here, she describes her emotions as she watched Brazil’s historic 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semi-final on Tuesday night.   I arrived at…

Norbury designer’s success at Lewisham People’s Day

Norbury designer’s success at Lewisham People’s Day

A lazy afternoon is the perfect time for an interview with Norbury-based designer and stylist Kelly-Jade Nicholls following a busy, yet successful morning at Lewisham People’s Day. Nicholls has already accomplished a great deal at the age of 27, including winning the Tyler Media Youth Award (now known as the…

Enjoy a staycation in Hackney this summer

Enjoy a staycation in Hackney this summer

As one of the most vibrant and culturally diverse London boroughs, Hackney has a lot to offer this summer.  From the Lovebox music festival, to visiting donkeys at the City Farm, here are ELL’s pick of the best places and events. We’ve chosen activities to suit families, couples and groups of…

Enjoy a staycation in Tower Hamlets this summer

Enjoy a staycation in Tower Hamlets this summer

There is plenty of action in this lively ELL borough: from vintage dances to hot tub cinema, here are ELL’s best ideas to spend a great summer in Tower Hamlets. We’ve chosen activities to suit families, couples and groups of friends, just make your choice from the tabs below.  Use…

Enjoy a summer staycation in Croydon

Enjoy a summer staycation in Croydon

If you live in Croydon you will find plenty to do on a staycation this summer.  The borough has a wide selection of activities, whether you fancy orienteering in Lloyd park, painting your own pottery in Purley or taking on the challenge of eating the ‘Beast’ burger.   You can visit…