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Station café facing closure by Overground operator

Station café facing closure by Overground operator

A café in Norwood Junction station, Croydon could be forced to close because the landlords, London Overground Rail Operations (LOROL), have refused to renew its existing lease. Rachid Yassine, the owner of Café Basmaccino, faces an uncertain future since his previous lease “expired on Monday”. “I just got these documents…

Hoxton Hall returned to former glory after makeover

Hoxton 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…

Deptford Heritage Fest strengthens community

Deptford Heritage Fest strengthens community

Deptford will transform into an exciting international showcase this weekend, as it welcomes the first ever Deptford Heritage Festival. As many as 37 community groups, including local churches and businesses, have come together to organise the event to raise funds for charities in the Deptford area. The four-day festival will…

Local Nepalese community responds to earthquake

Local Nepalese community responds to earthquake

Sushil Prajapati, a 32-year-old south-east London restauranteur, feels a world away from his hometown of Bhaktapur, a UNESCO world heritage site that was flattened on Saturday by the worst earthquake to hit Nepal in 80 years. Minutes after the 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck, Prajapati received a call from his father…

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…

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…