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Clissold House reopens following a £9 million restoration project

Clissold House reopens following a £9 million restoration project

Clissold House reopened this week to the delight of residents, marking an end to the two-year restoration of Clissold Park. Hackney Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund have invested £9 million in the project.…

Hackney: Edible playgrounds and community growing gardens

Hackney: Edible playgrounds and community growing gardens

Growing your own food is becoming increasingly popular in Hackney, which has 125 Capital Growth food sites, the highest of any London borough.…

Kim Jong-un proves hipsters exist further east than Hackney

Kim Jong-un proves hipsters exist further east than Hackney

He may be the supreme leader of North Korea following his father’s death last month, but it doesn’t mean Kim Jong-un is safe from a poke by opinion columnist for The Independent, Susie Rushton.…

Lewisham Mayor Steve Bullock tells us his predictions for 2012

Lewisham Mayor Steve Bullock tells us his predictions for 2012

In 2012, Steve Bullock, one of the country’s first elected mayors, will enter his tenth year as the Mayor for Lewisham. Over the last year, the borough has been affected by the riots in August, suffered dramatic surges in knife crime and gang violence and now many of its residents…

Growth of microbreweries brings a brewing renaissance to Hackney

Growth of microbreweries brings a brewing renaissance to Hackney

Ale enthusiasts have been gathering this week in Hackney to sample a multitude of brews from around the world at the Pigs Ear 2011 beer and cider festival. A fitting location, for Hackney is fast becoming the epicentre of a brewing renaissance, mirroring what it did for independent coffee shops…

Brick Lane baker brings cupcakes to Brockley Road with new cafe

Brick Lane baker brings cupcakes to Brockley Road with new cafe

Brockley Road has gained an intriguing addition to the numerous newsagents and fried chicken take-aways when the cupcake cafe Pat-a-Cake opened its doors last month.…

Amnesty International makes a song and dance for human rights

Amnesty International makes a song and dance for human rights

Amnesty International’s Write for Rights Festive Fayre, held at the Human Rights Centre in Shoreditch this weekend, merged traditional stalls with live entertainment, ranging from the hilarious to the bizarre.…

Catford Caring Christmas trees help homeless

Catford Caring Christmas trees help homeless

If you buy a Christmas tree from Caring Christmas Trees before Wednesday, you can help homeless people in Lewisham rebuild their lives.…

Five Christmas gift ideas in Hackney’s hidden shops

Five Christmas gift ideas in Hackney’s hidden shops

Stuck for Christmas present ideas? Are those two-for-one Sainsbury’s selection boxes looking appealing? Before you resign yourself to giving everyone gift vouchers, EastLondonLines has picked the five best places in Hackney for unusual presents.…

Reading as therapy: the power of the written word for one group

Reading as therapy: the power of the written word for one group

Standing in front of a small audience, a woman clears her throat and apologises for being nervous, before adding: “If you had told me a year ago that I would be up here today reading to all of you, I would have said ‘no way, no way.’” She then began…