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Green party vote in favour of Lutfur Rahman’s “civic hub”

Green party vote in favour of Lutfur Rahman’s “civic hub”

Members of the Tower Hamlets Green Party have voted “tentatively” for the Old London Hospital to be transformed into a new town hall as proposed by the Mayor of Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman. The party agreed that the move would make “effective use” of a listed building and prevent it…

24-hour Overground services will run to New Cross Gate

24-hour Overground services will run to New Cross Gate

“All-night” weekend services will be extended to the London Overground line by 2017, the Chancellor and the Mayor announced today. In their overnight visit to the maintenance workers at Victoria station, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and Mayor of London Boris Johnson revealed further plans for the 24-hour services,…

Police appeal for three Bethnal Green schoolgirls who are feared to be travelling to Syria to become “jihadi brides”

Police appeal for three Bethnal Green schoolgirls who are feared to be travelling to Syria to become “jihadi brides”

Police are “extremely concerned” for the safety of three missing schoolgirls from Tower Hamlets who are feared to be travelling to Syria via Turkey. Kadiza Sultana, 16, Shamima Begum, 15 and an unnamed 15-year-old, all pupils at Bethnal Green Academy, have been missing from their homes since Tuesday. Police believe…

Pop-up Porridge Cafe set to open its doors in Shoreditch

Pop-up Porridge Cafe set to open its doors in Shoreditch

A highly anticipated breakfast cafe specialising in sweet and savoury porridges is set to open in Shoreditch on March 2. The Porridge Cafe is the newest competitor in Shoreditch, vying for attention against other novelty cafes such as Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium and Cereal Killer Cafe. Different variants of porridge…

Council reject claims they are worst for free childcare

Council reject claims they are worst for free childcare

Tower Hamlets Council have produced a new set of figures, in response to an article in the Evening Standard which stated that the borough is the worst in terms of free early childhood care. The data released by the Department for Work and Pensions shows that Tower Hamlets is ‘average’ in relation to the…

Goldsmiths rock band Blur to release first album in 12 years

Goldsmiths rock band Blur to release first album in 12 years

Former Goldsmiths alumni, and award-winning rock band, Blur have announced details of a major comeback, with their first album in 12 years set for release in April. The band have also made available new track ‘Go Out’. It is the first song released by the foursome since 2012. The band,…

They tried to walk her down the aisle, she said no, no, no

They tried to walk her down the aisle, she said no, no, no

A nursery manager from Croydon says she turned down 14 marriage proposals and is still looking for the perfect match who would meet her extensive list of requirements. Sonia Poleon, 52, shared her story in an interview with James O’Brien on LBC. She said: “I’ve been proposed to 14 times…

Brockley chippy hands out free chips to celebrate award

Brockley chippy hands out free chips to celebrate award

Lewisham fish-and-chip shop, Brockley’s Rock, has been named winner of “Best Chippy Chips in London” for the second year running in the Choice Chip Awards. The award ceremony is hosted each year during Chip Week, which runs from February 16 to February 22, with businesses entering across the country. Entrants…

Hackney Unites respond to Bonehill’s London ban

Hackney Unites respond to Bonehill’s London ban

Over 500 people have signed a petition by the anti-racist coalition Hackney Unites calling for the banning of an anti-Semitic protest planned for 22 March. Joshua Bonehill, age 22 from Yeovil, Somerset, was released on bail after being arrested last Friday for planning the protest “against Jewification and anti-white oppression”…

Property prices continue to surge in ELL boroughs but sales are down, according to new data from the ONS

Property prices continue to surge in ELL boroughs but sales are down, according to new data from the ONS

House prices in ELL boroughs continued to surge in value throughout the economic downturn in spite of far fewer people buying properties in the areas. Data released by the Office for National Statistics on Monday showed the huge growth in property prices over the past 18 years. A median flat…