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Boris Johnson kicks off London Technology Week

Boris Johnson kicks off London Technology Week

Boris Johnson and former Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg kick-start the first ever London Technology Week. The pair joined London schoolchildren at co-working space Central Working in Shoreditch where they played with computer and coding kits designed by London-based start-up Kano. The meeting launches a series of…

Tree preservation group win against insurance company

Tree preservation group win against insurance company

Hackney Council issued a Tree Preservation Order after a local campaign group worked relentlessly to save a row of mature and rare trees from being felled by Zurich Insurance Group. The campaigners, coined the ‘Crabtrees’, are a group of neighbours from Cranwich Road in Hackney. The group was formed over…

Experience a taste of Brazil at Floripa this World Cup

Experience a taste of Brazil at Floripa this World Cup

With the World Cup beginning just later today, bars and cafes all over London are gearing up for the festivities by tailoring menus and events to suit football fans of every nationality. One venue in particular is showing support for their patron country by transforming their space to embody the…

Business bursaries available for broadband upgrades

Business bursaries available for broadband upgrades

The Hackney Connection Voucher is a new initiative offering local companies up to £3,000 to upgrade their broadband connection. The programme, funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, is open to small and medium sized businesses with up to 250 employees. Companies need a standard broadband connection of…

BMX bikers and skaters restore vandalised skate park

BMX bikers and skaters restore vandalised skate park

Local skateboarders and BMX bikers restored Clissold Park’s skate park on Monday after vandals damaged the property. The skate park, located in Stoke Newington, was vandalised on Sunday evening, marking the second incident of this nature in the past three weeks. In both cases, broken glass and empty alcohol bottles…

The Geffrye Museum celebrates the history of tea

The Geffrye Museum celebrates the history of tea

An exhibition of giant Alice-in-Wonderland style tea bowls to celebrate the history of Britain’s favourite drink is taking place in Hackney this summer. This installation at the Geffrye Museum in Kingsland Road was set up as part of the Chelsea Fringe, a series of garden linked events linked to the…

Red Market: beach, street market and cocktail bar

Red Market: beach, street market and cocktail bar

Summer is coming to London and with it arrives the openings of venues tailor made to celebrate the warmer months. On Thursday, The Red Market opened its doors for the fourth year. A mix of street market and garden party, the event is organized by the Red Gallery in the…

Female crime writers at Stoke Newington Literary Festival

Female crime writers at Stoke Newington Literary Festival

Four of the UK’s leading female crime writers took the stage last night at the Library Gallery as part of Stoke Newington Literary Festival.  The panel talk, titled ‘Killer Girls’ offered a window into the process of crime writing, the psyche of female protagonists, and the difference in how men…

Public safety fears over mental hospital security

Public safety fears over mental hospital security

A call for safety measures has been made in Hackney, after convicted killer Samuel Lee escaped from the John Howard mental hospital. Last Thursday, police launched an emergency manhunt for the criminal – who they described as “violent” – after he failed to return from an authorized trip to the John…

Success for the First Little Free Library in London

Success for the First Little Free Library in London

All is going well for the first Little Free Library of London, which opened its doors on the fence of the Smythe family’s home in Hackney, in November 2013. This little painted house atop a fence contains adjustable shelves, where the community can share, exchange and even take books and ideas…