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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’…

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…

Hackney’s youngest Cllr talks policy and pop singers

Hackney’s youngest Cllr talks policy and pop singers

Mete Coban, a 21-year old politics student raised on Amhurst Road, has been elected as Ward Councillor to the Hackney Council, making him the borough’s youngest councillor in history. Coban represents the Labour party, and was voted in along with Susan Fajana-Thomas and Louisa Thompson for the Stoke Newington Ward.…

What happens to New Cross businesses during summer?

What happens to New Cross businesses during summer?

Summer is finally here, and even though the British weather has not yet reached its full potential many students are now either on holiday or choosing to write their course work or dissertations in areas other than New Cross. Summer term commenced on 28 April, and for many lucky students…

Pottery and Chinese food: Welcome to Uncle Wrinkle’s

Pottery and Chinese food: Welcome to Uncle Wrinkle’s

Uncle Wrinkle, a Chinese restaurant on New Cross Road, is a platform for the work of owner and local potter, Siu Kwan Wang. Wang honed her pottery skills in China and Japan, and used to be an assistant to Julian Stair, an acclaimed academic and potter. Wang has a studio in…

John Hamilton: People, profit and action in Lewisham

John Hamilton: People, profit and action in Lewisham

  On Friday morning, John Hamilton built a house. On Friday afternoon, Lewisham council knocked it down. Hamilton and his comrades were trying to shame the council over not building houses for Lewisham’s 400 families in temporary accommodation onseven-year-old derelict land.So they did it themselves – by building one prefabricated,…

‘Lives Not Knives’ helps tackle youth crime in Croydon

‘Lives Not Knives’ helps tackle youth crime in Croydon

  ‘Youth Crime in Croydon’ and ‘Croydon Knife Crime’ are headlines that are sadly never far from the front pages. But there are people like Eliza Rebeiro who are fighting to ensure that the young people of Croydon hit the headlines for the right reasons. Through the charity Lives Not…

Who Wants My Vote? Mayoral Candidates for Hackney 2014

Who Wants My Vote? Mayoral Candidates for Hackney 2014

The Mayoral elections are fast approaching on 22nd May. Given the amount of power that the Mayor will have in Hackney, here at East London Lines we think that it’s important that you know who you’re voting for. Below are all the candidates running for Mayor of Hackney. They want…

Introducing Lewisham’s Mayoral Candidates

Introducing Lewisham’s Mayoral Candidates

Given the amount of power that the Mayor will have in Lewisham, here at East London Lines we think that it’s important that you know who you’re voting for. Below are all the candidates running for Mayor of Lewisham. They want your vote and as soon as they tell us…