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£26 million deal to build luxury hotel in Shoreditch

£26 million deal  to build luxury hotel in Shoreditch

The industrial firm, Bouygues have agreed to a £26.6million contract from an American tycoon to build a new boutique hotel in Shoreditch. This is one of the seven luxury hotels to be built in the boom of Shoreditch hotels. The luxury hotel on Curtain Road will include 120 rooms, a…

Concerns raised over gentrification of Shoreditch and Spitalfields after plans for seven new tower buildings

Concerns raised over gentrification of Shoreditch and Spitalfields after plans for seven new tower buildings

An application to build seven towers between Shoreditch and Spitalfields has raised concerns about affordable housing and the gentrification in one of London’s poorest areas. Only 10 per cent of the homes in the Goods Yard development will be allocated to affordable housing. Meg Hillier, MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch, has…

ELL boroughs worse hit in next years budget

ELL boroughs worse hit in next years budget

Eastlondonlines boroughs are to be among the worst affected by next year’s budget cuts for local authorities. The Government has announced that on average local council’s in England will have their funding cut by 1.8 per cent from 2015. Croydon will face the average cut rate, Tower Hamlets’ spending will…

Fleetwood Mac and Eric Clapton venue to be restored

Fleetwood Mac and Eric Clapton venue to be restored

A semi-derelict Catford pub is to be turned into a community venue thanks to a multi-million pound grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Phoenix Community Housing announced today that it has been awarded £3.8million to develop new facilities at The Fellowship Inn in Bellingham. W’re thrilled to announce we’ve been…

Lewisham wins over the Time Out Love London Awards

Lewisham wins over the Time Out Love London Awards

The votes have been counted and verified and Lewisham has come up trumps at The Time Out Love London Awards. Seventeen Lewisham businesses were named “best” “restaurant”, “café”, “pub”, “shop” or “local pick” at the magazine’s awards celebration on Monday, designed to “help Londoners showcase the best bits of where…

Local objections may not be enough to save pub

Local objections may not be enough to save pub

Local residents and regulars of a South Croydon pub have lodged objections to plans to replace it with a housing development. To date, 34 objections to the redevelopment of the Stag and Hounds have been filed. The owners of the Selsdon Road establishment plan to turn the 100-year-old building into…

RBS recognises Trust for excellent social achievement

RBS recognises Trust for excellent social achievement

Manor House Development Trust, a community services provider, has been shortlisted for the Growth Champion section of the 2014 RBS SE100 awards. The Trust, which helps organisations deliver value for money community services allowing communities to lead and determine their own futures, was recognised as a “leading social enterprise” and could…

Take a seat at Surrey Street’s new pop-up food hub

Take a seat at Surrey Street’s new pop-up food hub

Street food moved indoors today when Mexican favourites, Goan specialities and ranges of freshly baked bread and cakes transformed a converted furniture shop in central Croydon. Manju Shahul-Hameed, Mayor of Croydon, cut a piece of edible ribbon to open Surrey StrEatery, which will house seven food traders for the next…

Hack-Ney-Thon competition to revamp council website

Hack-Ney-Thon competition to revamp council website

Residents are being given the chance to demonstrate their technological prowess in the first ever Hack-Ney-Thon, an event aimed at streamlining Hackney council’s website. Participants will be organised into groups and asked to create an effective, tech-based solution to the website’s organisation. The best of these designs will be promoted…

Stokey Local campaigners lose judicial review against Hackney Council – the end of the independent trader?

Stokey Local campaigners lose judicial review against Hackney Council – the end of the independent trader?

The  Stokey Local campaigners  lost their battle against Hackney Council in court yesterday, 24 October. The campaigners argued that the council’s decision to grant permission to Newmark to build a new Sainsbury’s along with 53 flats was unlawful. The claim was dismissed by Mrs Justice Patterson in less than a…