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Tower Hamlets population set to be fastest rising in London

Tower Hamlets population set to be fastest rising in London

Tower Hamlets will see the steepest increase in population of any London borough over 2015, according to data published by the Greater London Authority. The GLA released data predicting that Tower Hamlets’ population will increase by 2.3 per cent between 2014 and 2015, alongside a study showing London as now the…

18-year-old weightlifter wins Canary Wharf Sports Award

18-year-old weightlifter wins Canary Wharf Sports Award

    Mercy Brown, an 18 year-old weightlifter who has represented England in the Commonwealth Games, has been crowned Canary Wharf Sports Personality of the Year. Brown, who hopes to be a contender at the Rio Olympics next year, said: “I’ve been weightlifting professionally for three years now. It all…

Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman spends £9 million turning historic hospital into “civic hub”

Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman spends £9 million turning historic hospital into “civic hub”

Tower Hamlets Council have revealed plans to transform Whitechapel’s historic Royal London Hospital into a new ‘civic hub’ for the borough. The council purchased the hospital site for £9 million in a deal announced last week. The building has been empty for two years following the construction of a new…

Generation Rent brings the housing debate to Westminster in run-up to general election

Generation Rent brings the housing debate to Westminster in run-up to general election

With over 70% of Londoners’ wages being spent on rent, campaign group Generation Rent hosted ‘Rent Freedom Day’ on Wednesday, hoping for Parliamentary solutions to the housing crisis. Held at Central Hall Westminster, the pressure group encouraged voters to engage with the growing issue of rent control, notably in the…

Sports foundation offers a ‘Better’ future and £1 million in grants to young aspiring athletes

Sports foundation offers a ‘Better’ future and £1 million in grants to young aspiring athletes

Applications are open for the GLL Sport Foundation financial awards that offer up to £1,250 for young athletes across the UK. The GLL Sport Foundation is the largest independent support programme for athletes nationwide. They work in partnership with SportsAid in 35 areas across the UK including Tower Hamlets, Hackney and…

The fight to save Bethnal Green’s historic gas holders

The fight to save Bethnal Green’s historic gas holders

Gas has provided heating in UK houses for more than 200 years but the historic gas holders in Bethnal Green, which warmed homes for decades, could be about to disappear. These large sites once had an important part to play in delivering gas to thousands of local people.  Prior to the 1960s…

Call to canvas: gallery welcomes emerging talent

Call to canvas: gallery welcomes emerging talent

The Brick Lane Gallery is known as a place that welcomes young people to showcase their art. Their current exhibition will display work by young artists from around the world. The gallery has held an open call for emerging international artists. The exhibition series is called Art in Mind and…

Taxi driver pleads guilty to attempted rape of woman

Taxi driver pleads guilty to attempted rape of woman

An East London black cab driver yesterday pleaded guilty to attempted rape and sexual assault on the first day of his trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court yesterday. David Perry, the 52-year-old from Gayton House, Bow, pleaded guilty to one count of assault by penetration, one count of attempted rape and…

Five men jailed for attack with Jagermeister bottle

Five men jailed for attack with Jagermeister bottle

Five men were jailed for a total of 15 years at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Monday after attacking an American student with a bottle of Jagermesiter on Brick Lane in 2013. On Monday 17 June 2013 a gang of men threw 40 punches and kicks at an American student that left him…

London’s most defiant building makes last stand

London’s most defiant building makes last stand

The beloved Spielgelhalter’s Jewellers on Mile End Road in Whitechapel is in danger of being demolished by the building’s owners, Resolution Property. After surviving the Depression and the Blitz, the former family-run jeweller’s, founded in 1828, is facing serious threats of being replaced with a modern glass atrium to provide…