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East End-trained yatchsman to sail 2,000 miles for charity

East End-trained yatchsman to sail 2,000 miles for charity

When East End schoolboy Ed Hill visited the London Boat Show at the age of just ten, it sparked a passion for sailing that twenty years later has made him one of Britains’s most successful offshore solo yatchsmen. Although Tower Hamlets is not normally an area associated with yatching, Hill…

Running in Hackney helped me escape domestic abuse

Running in Hackney helped me escape domestic abuse

Claire Turner suffered for 10 years at the hands of her violent partner: she was hit, kicked and verbally abused. Now, she’s out of the relationship and training to compete in a 6-day marathon across the Sahara Desert to raise money for domestic abuse charity Women’s Aid. As International Women’s…

Goldsmith’s Steve McQueen wins Best Picture at Oscars

Goldsmith’s Steve McQueen wins Best Picture at Oscars

Former Goldsmiths student Steve McQueen took home the Best Picture Oscar award at the Academy Awards on Sunday March 2. McQueen, along with producer Brad Pitt, won the award for their film 12 Years a Slave. Other nominated films for the award included American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club and Gravity.…

Pop-up restaurant brings the seaside to Hackney rooftop

Pop-up restaurant brings the seaside to Hackney rooftop

Creative events collective Platterform have taken up residency at The Hothouse’s rooftop venue in London Fields with a new maritime-themed pop-up seafood restaurant and bar. Following up from their successful first run with the lumberjack-themed ‘Skylodge’ food and drink series at the same Martello street location, Platterform’s ‘Sea Adventure Series’…

Jenn Merrick: Beavertown’s new female head brewer

Jenn Merrick: Beavertown’s new female head brewer

Beavertown’s new head brewer Jen Merrick joins the growing number of women putting the ‘ale’ in female brewing. Jenn Merrick isn’t your normal brewster. “My colleagues used to be tickled by the fact I was a woman, American and a lesbian working in the brewery trade,” she says, as she…

Are singletons S.A.D. on Singles’ Awareness Day?

Are singletons S.A.D. on Singles’ Awareness Day?

If you woke up today feeling lonely, hopeless and single, then today is your day, my friend. February 15 is Singles’ Awareness Day when citizens of the Kingdom of Singledom can bask in meals-for-one and reminisce about the Valentine’s Days gone by when they were deluged with red balloons and…

Hoxton’s Doll House: Moving from one home to another

Hoxton’s Doll House: Moving from one home to another

One year from now it will be nothing but bricks and dust. Known by members as The Doll House, one of east London’s hidden gems, a Victorian themed three-storey house whose rough chalk-painted walls are decorated with black illustrative marker-pen drawings, sets the scene of secret cocktail parties, masquerade balls…

At the Laundrette: Adventures with Linda

At the Laundrette: Adventures with Linda

Doing laundry is no one’s cup of tea. It’s a chore that’s either carried out dutifully, under the oppressive dictatorship of everyday life, or when it’s simply too late. You’ve put it off for too long; it must be done. But walk into the Laundrette on New Cross Road, and…

Hackney couple team up to run the Holborn Workshop

Hackney couple team up to run the Holborn Workshop

The Holborn Workshop, which popped-up just before Christmas is a real life showcase for The Holborn, a quarterly magazine of culture, style and craft. The property on Hackney Road, which up until recently was home to London’s oldest ironmongers Daniel Lewis and Son, has been transformed into a café-cum-retail space…

Lewisham residents voice their opinions on benefits

According to a recent YouGov survey, two out of three people think the current benefits system is “unfit for purpose”. The poll, commissioned by Channel 5, also revealed that a majority of people are in favour of tougher rules on who qualifies for benefits. Despite these findings however, nearly half of those questioned believe that […]