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National Trust opens 1960s pop-up flat in iconic tower

National Trust opens 1960s pop-up flat in iconic tower

The National Trust unveiled a detailed historical replica of a 1960s flat in the Balfron Tower today, in the very flat lived in by the tower’s architect. The modernist Erno Goldfinger designed the Brutalist block in Tower Hamlets’ Poplar area – part of Britain’s post-war, utopian obsession with modern living in concrete structures…

Geek chic: all-girl tech event fights gender imbalance

Geek chic: all-girl tech event fights gender imbalance

  The first annual all-female technology conference will take place in Tower Hamlets this weekend, in the hope of inspiring tech entrepreneurship in young girls. Opening on September 27 with the theme ‘Ubiquitous Technology – Now you see me, now you don’t’, 30 female tech influencers will take to the…

London Muslims appeal for peace after IS killing

London Muslims appeal for peace after IS killing

The London Muslim Community Forum is appealing for peace and prayers this Friday following the murder of British citizen David Haines by IS. Muslim communities and faith groups have been invited to pray this Friday as part of a London Peace Day ahead of the UN’s annual International Day of…

Teenagers from Tower Hamlets in new art exhibition

Teenagers from Tower Hamlets in new art exhibition

An art project celebrating young people from Tower Hamlets has launched an  exhibition this week to help children and carers  living in poverty.    The exhibition, Fifty Children Fifty Artists, features portraits of young people from Tower Hamlets painted by an array of artists.  A preliminary showcase of 35 portraits opened last night at…

Housing demonstrators call on public to join them

Housing demonstrators call on public to join them

A Tower Hamlets pressure group will lead a demonstration outside the town hall this evening, to draw attention to the plight of private tenants in the borough. Tower Hamlets Renters will be protesting to put pressure on the council, in the hope that the local authority will take action against…

Tower Bridge lights up in count down to Games

Tower Bridge lights up in count down to Games

One of London’s most iconic landmarks, Tower Bridge, was lit up this week to mark the final countdown for the first Invictus Games at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The Games, which kick off next Wednesday, are being held to celebrate the recovery and resilience of servicemen and women from 13 countries around…

National photo award winner takes a gander at Wapping

National photo award winner takes a gander at Wapping

A photograph shot in Tower Hamlets beat thousands of entries to win a national award last night. Lee Acaster of Suffolk took the image of a greylag goose, dramatically captured in close-up with The Shard looming above the Thames in the background, on a visit to Wapping. Last night the…

Paws for pounds: The Old Spitalfields dog-show

Paws for pounds: The Old Spitalfields dog-show

The fashion conscious of east London were out on show at Old Spitalfields Market in Tower Hamlets on Monday – nothing new there, one might think, but the faces on display were of a furrier disposition than usual. The Paw Pageant, in association with LoveMyDog, saw hundreds of dapper looking dogs strut their…

Mile End man ran over detective and broke her leg

Mile End man ran over detective and broke her leg

A woman detective was run over after she pulled over a driver on suspicion of drug dealing. Liaquat Ali, 46, left PC Gemma Hale with a fractured lower leg when he drove over her foot in his silver Volvo. He was on licence at the time after serving a prison…

Police raid Tower Hamlets homes to bust ‘courier’ fraud

Police raid Tower Hamlets homes to bust ‘courier’ fraud

 Three eighteen-year-old men have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in a £1m nationwide fraud following raids on separate addresses in Tower Hamlets. The dawn arrests on August 18 were part of a joint operation by Zephyr, the south-west regional organised crime unit and the Metropolitan Police. It follows a three…