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Kebab anyone? Turkish food boom hits Tower Hamlets

Kebab anyone? Turkish food boom hits Tower Hamlets

Turkish food is having a moment. We’re seeing more and more Turkish tavernas, kebab joints and street carts popping up across London’s high streets. It is now one of the top four cuisines in Tower Hamlets, surpassed only by British favourites Indian, Italian and Chinese. There are almost a third…

The Italian Job: Who’s cooking your carbonara?

The Italian Job: Who’s cooking your carbonara?

Croydon’s Italian eateries make up almost a quarter of the borough’s foreign restaurants – more than any other ELL borough. But just 0.11 per cent of the population are Italian-born. The area boasts nearly 50 Italian joints, however, ranging from independent delis and family run businesses such as I Calabresi…

Why is Nigerian nosh a no-show in Lewisham?

Why is Nigerian nosh a no-show in Lewisham?

Perusing the list of restaurants based in Lewisham, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the African community is almost non-existent – but you’d be wrong. Despite the small number of restaurants serving African cuisine, Lewisham is home to more Nigerian-born migrants than any other ELL boroughs. So why aren’t there…

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…

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…

Man tried to smuggle 1kg of cocaine by swallowing it

Man tried to smuggle 1kg of cocaine by swallowing it

A Lithuanian man who swallowed 969 grams of cocaine has been sentenced to three years and nine months in prison for drug smuggling. Mindaugas Milius, 37 and from Beckton, was travelling home from a three-week holiday in Bolivia on December 23 last year, when customs officers in the “Nothing To Declare”…

CleanSafe fined £60,000 after staff suffers brain injuries

CleanSafe fined £60,000 after staff suffers brain injuries

A Croydon-based cleaning firm has been landed with a £60,000 fine after a worker suffered “life-changing” brain injuries when he plunged six metres through a fragile roof light. A 36-year-old employee at CleanSafe Services, a commercial cleaning company based in Progress Way, Waddon, suffered a severed skull fracture, brain damage,…

Residents receive fines after “helping the council”

Residents receive fines after “helping the council”

A number of Grove Park residents have been hit with parking fines of £110 after Lewisham Council staff asked them to move their vehicles for tree maintenance. The residents of Chinbrook road were left with nowhere to park, as the few free car parks nearby were full, after having been asked…

New pit-stop for cyclists in gear for installation

New pit-stop for cyclists in gear for installation

Hackney’s first on-street “parklets” are to be installed now that the council and charity, Sustrans, have commissioned a firm of cycle parking designers to take on the project. Cyclehoop were appointed to design and build the parklet, a space of bike racks and benches for cyclers to have a place…

New speed limit proposal to be discussed in meeting

New speed limit proposal to be discussed in meeting

The proposed 20 mph speed limit for residential roads in Croydon will only go ahead if local residents agree to the plans. A council meeting planned for March 16 will call people living in Croydon to give feedback on the planned changes. Councillor Kathy Bee, Croydon cabinet member for transport and…