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ELL’s guide to a happy, healthy and hopefully stress-free Christmas so you can sit back and enjoy the holidays

ELL’s guide to a happy, healthy and hopefully stress-free Christmas so you can sit back and enjoy the holidays

Christmas can be a magical time but it can also be a very stressful one, particularly if things go wrong. Whether it’s forgetting the cranberry sauce or something a little more serious this guide to the borough’s key services will help.…

What Christmas means to me: Jazmin Kopotsha

What Christmas means to me: Jazmin Kopotsha

  Christmas means many different things to different people. Over the next three weeks, Eastlondonlines will be asking a number of local people to describe their feelings about the festive season. The series begins with ELL reporter, Jazmin Kopotsha, whose childhood love of the season still lingers….   Being excited about…

The end of an era for the once-a-week student shop

The end of an era for the once-a-week student shop

According to the Sainsbury’s 2014 Annual Report, it’s local store sales have increased by 19%. As a result of this, the company will have more convenience stores than supermarkets this year. Mike Coupe, Sainsbury’s group commercial director, said “Consumers are increasingly looking to shop little and often, rather than focusing…

New shopping centre in Croydon may be called ‘Westfield South London’ and not bear borough’s name

New shopping centre in Croydon may be called ‘Westfield South London’ and not bear borough’s name

The word “Croydon” might not be included in the name of the new  Westfield shopping centre, according to recent reports. The joint venture shopping centre of former rivals Westfield and Hammerson’s have not been willing to confirm whether the new development will include the borough’s name. A spokesperson for Westfield/Hammerson denied…

Croydon’s first pop-up shop opens for business

Croydon’s first pop-up shop opens for business

Croydon’s first pop-up shop opened its doors last week. The pop-up shop at 81 Church Street, formally an army surplus store, has been made available for temporary occupancy by Croydon businesses. Part of plans to tackle the issue of empty premises on Croydon’s high streets, the shop on Church street…

Hackney Downs Studios launch new shopping outlet

Hackney Downs Studios launch new shopping outlet

Hackney-based Creative Network Partners, who manage creative hubs Netil House and Hackney Downs…

January 24-31: Burns Night or sunburns? Take your pick

January 24-31: Burns Night or sunburns? Take your pick

From swigging Scotch on Burns Night to celebrating the sunburn-inducing rays of our Australian brethren – this week is about indulging and imbibing. Choose from a cocktail course, an Italian wine and spirits taster, or just sip away on one of the best loved beers from down under. For those…

One million Xmas shoppers visited Whitgift Centre

One million Xmas shoppers visited Whitgift Centre

The  Christmas rush for the Whitgift Shopping Centre, Croydon saw consumers flooding through its doors with more than one million visitors in the last five shopping days. Some believe the boom was helped by the closure in September of Croydon’s oldest store, Allders, after almost one hundred years in business while…

Countdown to Christmas: ELL’s guide to giving ethically

Countdown to Christmas: ELL’s guide to giving ethically

Christmas is a time for giving, which can make it easy to overlook where we do our getting. However, ethical consumerism can come into its own during the festive season. Gifts which have been carefully considered can mean so much more than something picked up at the last minute. With…

Countdown to Christmas: Festive fairs and Markets

Countdown to Christmas: Festive fairs and Markets

With only ten shopping days left before Christmas it’s nice to know that the best is yet to come – there are markets and fairs aplenty across Eastlondonlines boroughs. Here’s our rundown of the best, so you can avoid the last minute trolley dash on Christmas eve……

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