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Hoxton Music Hall returned to former glory after makeover

Hoxton Music Hall returned to former glory after makeover

One of the last surviving music halls, Hoxton Hall, has been given a new lease of life after a £2.5 million makeover. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, restoration works by Foster Wilson Architects to the Grade II-listed building took about a year to complete. When it re-opens soon, the…

Anti-porn newsagent Hamdy Shahein retires after 36 years

He was the first UK newsagent to refuse to sell porn magazines. Now, after 36 years of running his Stoke Newington High Street shop, which sports a “Porn Free” sticker on its window, Hamdy Shahein is calling it a day. “I’ve got a lot to do, a lot of charity work,” said Shahein, 62, who sold […]

Sainsbury’s out, but mixed development building stays

Sainsbury’s out, but mixed development building stays

A four-year legal battle to prevent the construction of a supermarket in Stoke Newington came to an end last Tuesday, when the High Court allowed developers of a five-storey building to go ahead with their plan. But the campaigners are taking heart that they managed to keep one big tenant…

Campaign groups join forces for NHS day of action

Campaign groups join forces for NHS day of action

Lobby groups from the Save Our NHS campaign against the privatisation of the National Health Service took to the streets last weekend for Save Our NHS Day. They were trying to draw attention ahead of the general election on May 7 to the problems that they believe are caused by…

Spice up your life: Asian food heats up Hackney

Spice up your life: Asian food heats up Hackney

Hackney is increasingly becoming a hub for Asian cuisine. Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese restaurants are popping up on every corner, as the number of Asian migrants moving to the area continues to rise. And yet, the differences between these cultures are not always mirrored in the restaurant kitchens. Of the…

Community unites against neo-Nazi demonstration

Community unites against neo-Nazi demonstration

An antisemitic demonstration by a small group of neo-Nazis in the predominantly Jewish area of Stamford Hill was met by a much larger counter-demonstration on Saturday afternoon. Saturday’s demonstration was reportedly organised by Eddie Stamton, a prominent British Nazi who is reported to have been a member of the British…

ELL #migrantmunchies: Mien Tay adds to ‘Pho Mile’

Kingsland Road is better known as “Pho Mile” for obvious reasons – step onto the street and you’ll find Vietnamese restaurants lining it up and down, as far as the eye can see. Mien Tay Restaurant has been on “Pho Mile” since 2008. Its owner, the lovely My Le Le, is well-known for her passion for feeding people up and bringing […]

#ELLGetRegistered: Charlotte George on voting Green

In the final video this series, parliamentary candidate for Hackney South and Shoreditch, Charlotte George, talks to ELL about why you should vote for the Green Party on May 7.

Green Party manifesto: Why young voters should go green

Green Party manifesto: Why young voters should go green

The Green Party came to Dalston yesterday, Tuesday, when Natalie Bennett and Caroline Lucas presented their election manifesto at the Arcola Theatre promising an end to ‘business as usual policies’ and calling for a ‘peaceful revolution’ to end austerity. “This is a policy that sees an end to the disastrous…

GayEastLondon: Changing times for Hackney LGBT bars

GayEastLondon: Changing times for Hackney LGBT bars

The number of local gay bars and pubs in east London is significantly decreasing. Many beloved establishments have been lost and those that remain have had to adapt. ELL has mapped the decline of LGBTQ venues in our boroughs over the past 30 years from 1985 to 2015. Follow the…

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