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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…

ELL #migrantmunchies: Celebrating Turkish cuisine

Wake up, Britain – Turkish food is not just about kebabs and hummus! Efes Restaurant serves up no-frills Turkish cuisine, its menu filled with delicious grilled plates, traditional stews and soups and Turkish “pizzas”, known as pide. Founded by chef Kazim Usta in 1975, the restaurant is named after the historical city of Ephesus in […]

Lutfur Rahman found guilty of electoral fraud and banned from being Tower Hamlets Mayor

Lutfur Rahman found guilty of electoral fraud and banned from being Tower Hamlets Mayor

The first directly-elected mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, has been found guilty today of “corrupt and illegal practices for the purpose of promoting or procuring the election” during his 2014 mayoral campaign. Though not present in court for the ruling, Rahman has been removed from office immediately and banned…

#ELLGetRegistered: Chris Wilford: vote Conservative

Parliamentary candidate for Poplar and Limehouse Chris Wilford speaks to ELL about why you should vote Conservative in the upcoming election.

#ELLGetRegistered: Rushanara Ali: vote Labour

Rushanara Ali, MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, talks to ELL about why people should vote for the Labour party on May 7th. Speaking from her office in Westminster, Ali discusses the importance of your vote, Labour’s plans to reduce tuition fees and the voting age and the promise of ‘world class’ apprenticeships.

GayEastLondon: How Grindr is ruining the gay scene

GayEastLondon: How Grindr is ruining the gay scene

The number of local gay bars and pubs in east London is significantly decreasing. Many beloved establishments have been lost and those that remain have had to adapt. ELL has mapped the decline of LGBTQ venues in our boroughs over the past 30 years from 1985 to 2015. Follow the…

Isis runaways attended same Bethnal Green school

Isis runaways attended same Bethnal Green school

Five schoolgirls subject to travel bans attend the same Tower Hamlets school as the three girls who allegedly travelled to Syria last month to join the Islamic State. The eight girls, aged between 15 and 16, all attend Bethnal Green Academy and are thought to be friends. The name of…

Council upholds Joiners Arms community asset status

Council upholds Joiners Arms community asset status

The Joiners Arms looks to continue to play its part in the London gay scene after Tower Hamlets Council announced it will uphold its status as a community asset. The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA) pub on Hackney Road closed in January and its current owners,…

Protest against NHS funding cuts at Limehouse Practice

Protest against NHS funding cuts at Limehouse Practice

Patients and GPs have taken to the streets in protest against NHS funding cuts that could lead to the closure of The Limehouse Practice in Tower Hamlets. About 20 patients turned up to the demonstration with banners on the busy A13 traffic island at Limehouse, following a spate of protests…

Community order for barbershop flasher

Community order for barbershop flasher

A Bulgarian man has been sentenced to a 12-month community order after exposing himself and attacking a hairdresser at a barbershop in Whitechapel. Filip Trifononov, 41, from Llandrindod Wells in Wales, entered the shop during a private event on the evening of April 20 and assaulted the owner, Mark Mason.…

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