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Crushed fly-tipper van goes on display

Crushed fly-tipper van goes on display

A van used to illegally dump waste that was  seized and crushed by Croydon Council has gone on display around the borough as a message to fly-tippers. The van was seized on 21 February, and later destroyed, after it had been used to dump nearly two tonnes of rubbish in…

Eat breakfast in bed in Shoreditch pop-up store

Eat breakfast in bed in Shoreditch pop-up store

Imagine having the most important meal of the day in a café where you get to lay in a comfy bed, instead of just sitting in a chair. IKEA has opened a pop-up store with eight beds, where they will be serving food and giving sleeping tips during the next…

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…

Community unites against neo-Nazi demonstration

Community unites against neo-Nazi demonstration

An antisemitic demonstration by a small group of neo-Nazis in the predominantly Jewish area of Stamford Hill was met by a much larger counter-demonstration on Saturday afternoon. Saturday’s demonstration was reportedly organised by Eddie Stamton, a prominent British Nazi who is reported to have been a member of the British…

Students threatened with deportation to Afghanistan

Students threatened with deportation to Afghanistan

More than 270 people have signed a petition calling on Theresa May to stop the deportation of two Afghan students. Sherdil, 18, and Shafiq, 24, both left Afghanistan as children to seek asylum in the UK. The pair have been living in Croydon care homes since their early teens and…

Supermarket collects over £1000 for stroke charity

Supermarket collects over £1000 for stroke charity

With only one collection tin, a supermarket in Hither Green has raised £1000 for a stroke charity. It took the supermarket just under two years to raise a grand for the Stroke Association, receiving donations from customers and staff. Biramakumar Arulanantham, 34, manager of Hither Green Supermarket said: “I come…

Project giving “free, independent play” to children

Project giving “free, independent play” to children

Parts of Hackney are being turned into safe play areas for children, reverting to a time when local streets were safe for children to play games and run around without being in danger from cars. Parents are now able to close residential streets for a few hours to allow safe…

MP Meg Hillier visits launch of new Food Cycle hub

MP Meg Hillier visits launch of new Food Cycle hub

A charity serving hot meals has opened a new hub on Ainsworth Street, with the help of the Council and a supermarket’s donations. The new FoodCycle hub collects donated surplus food from Sainsbury’s supermarkets and local independent retailers. The food is prepared by a staff of volunteers, offering around 40…

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