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London’s first board game cafe set to open in Hackney

London’s first board game cafe set to open in Hackney

With over 500 classic tabletop games to choose from, Draughts, London’s first board game cafe, is set to become a crowd pleaser when it opens its doors this September. The innovative cafe will be located in Acton Mews, Haggerston, and will have much more to offer than the typical cafe,…

Exploring new ideas for the Urban Garden in Dalston

Exploring new ideas for the Urban Garden in Dalston

An ‘Urban Garden’ event was held this week at Dalston Roof Park and featured many gardening activities and debates on urban agriculture and design. Little Bee Community and Bootstrap Bee Garden the organisers of the event on July 17, have been working to encourage more green spaces, help bees and share…

Hackney University Technical College to close

Hackney University Technical College to close

A low student intake this year has forced the decision to close Hackney University Technical College (HUTC) just two years after it opened its gates to students. The decision comes after the failure of the school- the first of the government’s technical colleges in London – to anticipate that students…

Hackney Mayor fears the Crossrail 2 may rise housing prices

Hackney Mayor fears the Crossrail 2 may rise housing prices

Mayor of Hackney, Jules Pipe, has welcomed plans for Crossrail 2 but raised concerns that the development of the tube line may push house prices up in the borough. Plans are well underway for the underground tube line between south-west and north-east London, which will link Hackney to central London…

UK Voice star sings praises of Hackney Youth Parliament

UK Voice star sings praises of Hackney Youth Parliament

Jermain Jackman, winner of the UK Voice, has encouraged young residents to get involved in the Hackney Youth Parliament (HYP). Jackman, 19, who was coached by singer Will.i.am on the hit BBC talent contest, was an elected member of the HYP from 2010 to 2012. “I started my journey with…

Council launches living wage project for 100 youngsters

Council launches living wage project for 100 youngsters

Hackney Council has launched a work project that offers 100 job placements with a “London Living Wage” of £8.80 an hour for students aged 16 and 17. Called the Hackney 100 Project, the initiative provides four hours’ work a week for young people starting in September and for a minimum…

More than a quarter of Hackney children ‘overweight’

More than a quarter of Hackney children ‘overweight’

More than a quarter of all children in Hackney are “overweight or obese” when they start school, according to a new health report. The Annual Report of the Director of Public Health for Hackney and the City of London, says Hackney has one of the highest levels of childhood obesity…

Poll backs Abbott as Labour’s London Mayoral choice

Poll backs Abbott as Labour’s London Mayoral choice

  Dianne Abbott, the long serving MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington could become the Labour candidate in the 2016 London Mayoral elections according to a recent YouGov poll. Over 1,000 London adults were asked chose between Abbot and former Olympics supremo Tessa Jowell MP as the best Labour…

Crowds cheer on runners in Run Hackney half marathon

Crowds cheer on runners in Run Hackney half marathon

Large crowds turned out yesterday to support the 12, 000 runners who braved the heat to take part in the first Run Hackney half marathon. The race started and finished on Hackney Marsh and took runners through Hackney Downs, past the Hackney Empire and on to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic…

Members express shock after gym closes down suddenly

Members express shock after gym closes down suddenly

A ladies-only gym in Hackney has shut suddenly, leaving 13 staff without jobs and members facing the loss of hundreds of pounds of subscription fees. Sunstone womens-only club, based in Northwold Road, Stoke Newington, boasted facilities including a swimming pool, gym and a salon.  It had been in business for…

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