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Life on Regent’s Canal cuts bills for houseboat lovers

On Regent’s Canal, the houseboats lining the walkways have become an integral part of the East London landscape. Yet, these bright boats aren’t just decorative niceties – the economic advantages of living on a houseboat are luring an increasing number of Londoners into making this lifestyle change. The Residential Boat Owners’ Association, a national organisation […]

Guarding Lewisham: Cheaper alternatives to London rent

Guarding Lewisham: Cheaper alternatives to London rent

Two years ago, Georgia Franklin-Pierce, then a 22-year-old graduate, found herself in “a bit of a pickle”. She wanted to live in London but thought: ”How am I going to afford it?” In 2012, the average price of rent in London for a single household was hovering around £1,000 per month.…

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,…

Caravan Clubs: A “little utopia” within Croydon

Caravan Clubs: A “little utopia” within Croydon

Crystal Palace Caravan Club takes up a small part of the north side of Crystal Palace Park. Seventy-one pitches are rolled out along lighted, curved gravel roads that swing between large pitches of grass, isolated from the rest of the park by fences and blocks of bushy trees that allow…

Professor Angela McRobbie remembers Richard Hoggart

Professor  Angela McRobbie remembers Richard Hoggart

Richard Hoggart , who died last week (10th April) aged 96, was a figure whose life, teaching and books, tell an important story, not just about the rise of  ‘cultural studies’, but also about what it is to be a public intellectual. Hoggart chose very carefully where to invest his…

London Marathon: training top tips for the final week

London Marathon: training top tips for the final week

You’re in the shape of your life, you’ve spent the winter shattering what you thought was your pain barrier with brutal late night and early morning runs, and for the last couple of months you’ve cut out alcohol and anything else that might vaguely intoxicate the temple that your body…

How the welfare reforms affect you: Lewisham

How the welfare reforms affect you: Lewisham

The South East London borough is set to be one of the hardest hit of London’s boroughs as a result of the welfare reforms. With over 10,000 Housing Allowance claimants the average loss of £1,992 per year is set to have large social repercussions and the one one percent uprating…

Police appeal for attacker who stamped on victim in Bromley

Police appeal for attacker who stamped on victim in Bromley

Lewisham Police have released CCTV images of a woman they want to trace in connection with an attempted robbery on February 10. The victim, a 25-year-old woman, caught the 136 bus outside Lewisham Station around 7:30pm. On boarding the service to to Grove Park she was joined by the suspect…

Nineteen year old Hackney singer Jermain Jackman wins the third series of BBC talent show The Voice

Nineteen year old Hackney singer Jermain Jackman wins the third series of BBC talent show The Voice

Hackney singer Jermain Jackman was crowned the winner of The Voice tonight, taking home £100k, a record deal with Universal Republic and “guidance for life” from mentor Will.i.am. Jackman joined Sally Barker, Jamie Johnson and Christina Marie to battle it out in a bid to win the BBC One talent show.…

Croydon journalist threatened with arrest for harassment

Croydon journalist threatened with arrest for harassment

Lawyers are set to challenge harassment notice served by the Metropolitan police to local newspaper journalist. On Monday three police officers visited the Croydon Advertiser’s head office in Surrey, to serve a Prevention of Harassment Letter to Chief Reporter Gareth Davies. Over the past year, Davies has been conducting an…

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