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Container studio homes are perfect fit in Docklands

Container studio homes are perfect fit in Docklands

Containers have been coming in and out of the docklands for over a century, so when Trinity Buoy Wharf became house to Container City in 2001, it was a natural fit. The containers, stacked five high and bursting in vibrant reds, blues, and yellows at the edge of the Wharf,…

Business birth rate well ahead of London and ELL average

Business birth rate well ahead of London and ELL average

Tower Hamlets was the fifth most entrepreneurial borough in London in 2012, far outperforming the other ELL boroughs with 2,395 new businesses. The borough consistently ranked above the ELL and London average for business birth rate since 2004, making it a particularly dynamic area of growth for start-ups. New businesses…

Three men convicted of schoolboy’s murder

Three men convicted of schoolboy’s murder

Three men have been found guilty of murdering a teenage boy in an “unprovoked attack” in Tower Hamlets. Ajmol Alom, 16, was killed in August last year when he and his friends were approached by four men in Spey Street, Poplar. Alom was fatally stabbed in the thigh, and his…

Over two hundred unclaimed bicycles donated to charity

Over two hundred unclaimed bicycles donated to charity

Tower Hamlets and the Metropolitan Police Safer Transport Command teamed up to donate over 200 bicycles to three London charities. First to receive their donation was Poplar based charity Streets of Growth, who were given 80 bicycles. The bicycles will be used for Bike Recycle, a cycle restoration initiative the…

Beyond Retro take on the high street with new store

Beyond Retro take on the high street with new store

Beyond Retro are launching a shop-in-shop at their flagship store this Saturday. Yes, just as you thought London was all shopped out, shops are now opening in shops. However, with the high street turning over low-cost clothes faster than they go out of fashion, this independent retailer might just be…

Olympic legacy fails to inspire more BME participation

Olympic legacy fails to inspire more BME participation

The Olympic legacy has failed to increase the numbers of black and Asian people participating in sport in Tower Hamlets. ELL investigates. Despite their proximity to the heartland of London 2012, not all of Tower Hamlets’ citizens have wholly embraced the Olympic spirit. There has been a clear divergence between…

Crossrail hits another landmark at Whitechapel

Crossrail hits another landmark at Whitechapel

Crossrail, Europe’s largest railway and infrastructure construction project, reached another landmark when a tunnel boring machine broke through into East London. The breakthrough into Whitechapel by boring machine Victoria marked the completion of 75 per cent of the tunneling work on the £15bn project. The 73 mile line aims to provide a…

How the welfare reforms affect you: Tower Hamlets

How the welfare reforms affect you: Tower Hamlets

As the most deprived areas in the whole Britain it is no surprise that Tower Hamlets’ claimants are set to be hit hard as a result of the welfare reforms. Like all of ELL’s boroughs it ranks high on “bedroom tax” and Housing Allowance losses, ranking 11th and 10th respectively.…

Government investigation into Tower Hamlets underway

Government investigation into Tower Hamlets underway

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has asked independent auditors to look into allegations of fraud and financial mismanagement at Tower Hamlets council. The auditors, PricewaterhouseCoopers, arrived at the Mayor’s Mulberry Place headquarters in the early hours of Friday morning to recover boxes of official files. Sir Bob Kerskale, permanent secretary at…

East End to be transformed by fifty-five tower blocks

East End to be transformed by fifty-five tower blocks

Tower Hamlets is top location in London for tower blocks, with 55 currently in the pipeline a survey has revealed. Data compiled by New London Architecture (NLA) shows that the capital is about to experience a surge in high rise buildings, 236 to be precise, which if completed will have…

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