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Tower Hamlets is one of the most affordable London boroughs for house buyers. Pic: Wikimedia Commons

The Breakfast Club opens new branch in Hackney Wick

The Breakfast Club is opening its ninth branch, at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park by River Lea, bringing the ‘brekky hotspot’ to the heart of Hackney Wick.

This will be the chain’s third cafe in the East London area and this one will provide an outside space, and large windows to let the sun in. The décor is inspired by the 70s, and is all sourced from antique markets and fairs. It will open Monday May 16.

New consultation launches over night-time economy issues

Hackney Council has  called for people’s views on the night-time economy in Dalston and Shoreditch. The growth in the night-time activity has brought benefits, but also problems such as drunkenness and anti-social behaviour.

The council wants to find a way to benefit businesses, pubs and bars in particular with minimum impact on local residents. The town hall made a proposal last year to close new pubs and bars at 11pm on weeknights, but it was later withdrawn.

More information and the consultation is available here.

Tower Hamlets remains one of the most affordable boroughs in London

Tower Hamlets is the second most affordable borough for home buyers in London, it is revealed figures published in research by property investment company, Property Partner.

House prices in the borough have increased with 61 per cent since 2000, when homes cost 5.41 times earnings. This is a much slower rate than most boroughs in the capital, where Kensington and Chelsea remains the most expensive borough with house prices at 38 times earnings in 2015.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets opens new park at Aberfeldy Village

Tower Hamlets mayor, John Biggs, unveiled a new linear park at Aberfeldy Village on Thursday May 5.

The park is part of a £250million regeneration project and is a green space that runs through the heart of the village.

NHS Choir signs film deal

The Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir has secured a film deal with British producer Julia Verdin.

The choir became famous after beating Justin Bieber for the number one spot in the UK Christmas Charts with its single, A Bridge Over You.

The 32 choir members signed a record deal last month with Decca Records and will be featured in the film that documents their rise to the top of the charts.

Lewisham students gain new construction and engineering course

Sedgehill School will introduce a new engineering and construction course in September for students in Year 10 and 12.

The course is organised by Classofyourown, an outside education provider that will arrange professional mentoring and work experience for the students with construction and engineering companies like Arup and Mace.

McDonald’s offering table service in Thornton Heath

McDonald’s on London Road in Croydon is introducing table service on May 11, after a successful trial run in 14 UK locations.

Customers will be able to order from self-service screens and choose whether to pick up their meal from the counter or have it delivered directly to their table.

Mark Maher, McDonald’s operations consultant said: “All of the new features have been introduced so that we can meet our customers evolving needs and table service is a great example of that.”

Three men bailed in Croydon stabbing

Three men arrested for a stabbing in South Norwood have been bailed

Police were called to Parry Road in the early hours of the morning on April 24 after they received reports of a group of men causing a disturbance.

A 23-year-old man was found suffering from stab wounds and three men were later arrested in connection with the incident.


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