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Christmas medical care across the boroughs

Christmas medical care across the boroughs

If you run into trouble over the festive period and it is not a trip to A&E that you need, don’t panic:…

Exclusive ELL interview with Santa Claus: “I know immediately if you are on the naughty list”

Exclusive ELL interview with Santa Claus: “I know immediately if you are on the naughty list”

Eastlondonlines headed over to Canary Wharf this week to check out the Museum of the Docklands’ Victorian Christmas grotto and visit that chubby, jolly man in red. The one who knows if you have been naughty or nice –  Santa Claus himself – took a moment out of his busy…

Deck the halls with boughs of folly: Christmas in A & E

Deck the halls with boughs of folly: Christmas in A & E

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house”… people were drinking, naturally. It can hardly come as a surprise that the festive period is Britain’s most alcohol-fuelled month. With a subtle blend of office parties, family dinners and catching up with friends all mixed with a good measure…

How to help the homeless this Christmas: ELL’s guide to volunteering at soup kitchens and shelters

How to help the homeless this Christmas: ELL’s guide to volunteering at soup kitchens and shelters

It’s hard to estimate exactly how many people will be spending this Christmas sleeping on the streets. The latest figures produced by Broadway, a London homelessness charity, show that 1,920 rough sleepers were seen by homeless services in the capital between September and October 2012, a rise of over a…

The unwanted Olympic legacy: local traders still suffering from Games downturn hope for Christmas boost

The unwanted Olympic legacy: local traders still suffering from Games downturn hope for Christmas boost

With only a week to go until Christmas, businesses across Hackney and Tower Hamlets are relying on festive sales to make up for a loss in custom of up to 70 per cent during this summer’s Olympic Games, a study by Eastlondonlines shows. ELL approached nearly 60 randomly selected high…

Countdown to Christmas: What’s open Christmas Day

Countdown to Christmas: What’s open Christmas Day

Looking for a place to eat, do some last minute Christmas grocery shopping or get in a festive pint? It’s not too late to go out- not everything is closed on December 25, and ELL has got the rundown of the best pubs, restaurants and shops open on Christmas Day.…

Countdown to Christmas: ELL’s guide to giving ethically

Countdown to Christmas: ELL’s guide to giving ethically

Christmas is a time for giving, which can make it easy to overlook where we do our getting. However, ethical consumerism can come into its own during the festive season. Gifts which have been carefully considered can mean so much more than something picked up at the last minute. With…

Oh, yes it is! The ELL guide to panto in our boroughs

Oh, yes it is! The ELL guide to panto in our boroughs

If Eastlondonlines hasn’t managed to get you all into the Christmas spirit with our run-down of the best events, places to buy trees, and markets for your gift shopping, then don’t fear: here is our list of pantos in the boroughs. Celebs, drama, cross-dressing and family fun – this is the…

Countdown to Christmas: Festive fairs and Markets

Countdown to Christmas: Festive fairs and Markets

With only ten shopping days left before Christmas it’s nice to know that the best is yet to come – there are markets and fairs aplenty across Eastlondonlines boroughs. Here’s our rundown of the best, so you can avoid the last minute trolley dash on Christmas eve……

Countdown to Christmas: festive events this season

Countdown to Christmas: festive events this season

There is no better excuse for a knees-up than Christmas time, and there is no shortage of ideas across the ELL boroughs this year. Whether you fancy theatre, ice-skating or a day of arts and crafts, this is our rundown of what’s on this season.  …