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Colleges in Tower Hamlets suspended amid Home Office crackdown on visa fraud

Colleges in Tower Hamlets suspended amid Home Office crackdown on visa fraud

Eight colleges in Tower Hamlets are being investigated so far by the Home Office amid claims that foreign students are cheating in English language tests to extend their UK visas. Since 2011, applicants for UK Tier 4 student visas have been required to pass an English test before they can…

Overnight Macbeth play at Goldfinger’s Balfron Tower

Overnight Macbeth play at Goldfinger’s Balfron Tower

A new Macbeth production brings Shakespeare’s tragedy to east London this summer, as the 12-hour overnight show takes over three disused floors of the Balfron Tower in Poplar, from tonight until August 16. This site specific play is a project by theatre company Rift – formerly RETZ, who staged a similarly immersive production of…

New claims over Tower Hamlets mayoral election

New claims over Tower Hamlets mayoral election

Lutfur Rahman, the Mayor of Tower Hamlets, has insisted there was no wrongdoing during last months elections, after it was confirmed that the police inquiry into the voting has broadened to include claims of fake candidates. The Sunday Telegraph said that at least two candidates standing for the Mayor’s Tower…

Local history project calling for creative disabled artists

Local history project calling for creative disabled artists

Out of the Box, a new local history arts project is looking for creative or artistic disabled Tower Hamlets residents to create artwork for an exhibition that will be launched later this year. Participants will take part in a series of workshops this summer using archive materials such as photographs…

Bow woman wins Cockney rhyming slang competition

Bow woman wins Cockney rhyming slang competition

A woman from Bow has won a Cockney Rhyming Slang competition at Roman Road Market last Saturday. Winner June Bishop beat the other contestants with her 30-second monologue ‘in the lingo’. The event was organised by photography student Anne Clement, from the University of Westminster, to raise money in aid…

South Poplar to be a site in new £400m housing scheme

South Poplar to be a site in new £400m housing scheme

South Poplar, Tower Hamlets, has been marked as one of twenty sites across London in a new £400m housing scheme set to create 50,000 homes on brownfield land, areas previously used for industrial or commercial purposes. The scheme was launched at Meridian Water, an 85 hectare former industrial site in…

Tour de France: Council urges residents to prepare now

Tour de France: Council urges residents to prepare now

The Tour de France will be passing though Tower Hamlets next month, and already the Council and Transport for London (TfL) are preparing residents for the road closures and bus route disruptions that will occur during the event. The race takes place on July 7, 2014 and will have roughly…

Diabetes advice available for those observing Ramadan

Diabetes advice available for those observing Ramadan

For national Diabetes Week, Tower Hamlets Council is offering support by holding a number of advice sessions as the borough’s large Muslim population gears up for Ramadan. The Barts Health Diabetes Care Centre will run Ramadan and diabetes sessions from June 13-26 in various locations (see the list below). This…

Parkour, dance and yoga in new academy

Parkour, dance and yoga in new academy

A new custom-designed arena and purpose-built indoor parkour facility in Tower Hamlets, Trinity Buoy Wharf has been opened by Chainstore London Academy of Parkour at the historic Chainstore building. Parkour, a sport developed in France in the late 80s, involves moving rapidly through an area and negotiating obstacles by running, jumping…

Tom Daley’s Diving Academy opens across Tower Hamlets

Tom Daley’s Diving Academy opens across Tower Hamlets

The UK’s largest leisure, health and community services provider, Better, has teamed up with one of Britain’s youngest-ever Olympians to launch a Diving Academy across many London boroughs, including three leisure centres in Tower Hamlets. The Academy began operating at the Better-run London Aquatics Centre in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic…