North East London hyperlocal portal Tuesday 19 June 2018

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Brick Lane businesses struggling with high rents and rates 

19 Jun

“We’re killing ourselves to earn a living.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets joins Clean Air Day call for new petrol engine ban by 2041 

19 Jun

John Biggs wants to ban new vehicles with petrol or diesel engines in the next 12 years.

Jury out on Luther Edwards Bethnal Green murder trial 

19 Jun

The jury went out today in the murder trial of the alleged killers of Luther Edwards, who was fatally stabbed in Bethnal Green.

Kate rides with 16,000 cyclists on British Heart Foundation’s £3m Brighton run 

19 Jun

Kate Hatcher likes company when she cycles down to the south coast—so the 30-year-old from Millwall, on the Isle of Dogs, joined 16,000 others who saddled up to ride with her on Sunday.

Heritage walk marks 130 years on from matchgirls’ historic strike at Bryant & May’s Bow factory 

19 Jun

A heritage walk to commemorate 130 years since famous east London matchgirls strike at Bow is planned next month by historians and a descendant of one of the women.

GLA puts Isle of ‘Dogs & South Poplar’ plans up to 2041 out to the public with Canary Wharf launch 

18 Jun

The controversial planning framework for the Isle of Dogs and South Poplar setting out the Mayor of London’s vision to 2041 are up for public consultation.

‘Extremely violent’ man guilty of murdering party-goer in Bow 

18 Jun

An “extremely violent” man who stabbed a fellow party-goer to death has been found guilty of murder.

Guide to summer family fun days launched by Tower Hamlets council 

18 Jun

Summer activities begin at the end of the month with a packed family programme by Tower Hamlets Council running until September.

‘Worrying’ drop in cervical cancer screening in Tower Hamlets 

18 Jun

There has been a drop in the number of women in Tower Hamlets being screened for cervical cancer, according to NHS data.

Land trust victory at Shadwell after railway yard is blessed with holy water by Bishop of London 

18 Jun

Campaigners have won a victory today in their long fight for low-cost homes with the Mayor of London announcing a that disused railway depot in Shadwell is to be used for non-profit community land trust housing.

Isle of Dogs man who repeatedly groped woman at train station given suspended sentence 

18 Jun

A sex offender who repeatedly groped a woman he followed through a train station has avoided jail.

27 rogue landlords and lettings agents fined by Tower Hamlets Council for illegal practices 

18 Jun

Rogue landlords and lettings agents charging hidden fees to renters have been fined a total of £150,000 by Tower Hamlets council, it has emerged.

Woman arrested after car overturns in Stepney Green 

18 Jun

A woman was arrested on Saturday after a car overturned in Stepney Green.

NHS admits crisis as women struggle to book breast cancer screening in Tower Hamlets 

15 Jun

Potentially life-saving breast cancer screening appointments for women in Tower Hamlets have been delayed due to a shortage of staff to carry out the service.

Bobby on the beat who came to east London ‘kicking and screaming’ is ready to take over as the Met’s new Central East Commander 

15 Jun

They call her ‘Ma’am’ as they pass the new ‘super borough’ Tower Hamlets and Hackney police commander walking down the corridor to her office ready for the day’s action.

Tower Hamlets is ‘one of the most expensive places to rent a home in England’ 

15 Jun

If you’re a tenant looking for a home in Tower Hamlets we have bad news - figures claim the borough has some of the highest rents in England.

Drivers in Tower Hamlets urged to ditch their cars for Clean Air Day 

15 Jun

Tower Hamlets Council is urging drivers to ditch their cars next Thursday in support of its ongoing Breathe Clean campaign.

Contractors using Isle of Dogs vacant land for concrete construction are slapped with enforcement order to stop 

15 Jun

A council enforcement order to stop construction manufacturing work on an unregistered site that sprung up on the Isle of Dogs has been slapped on the owners—spelling victory for neighbours having to put up with noise and pollution all day.

Canines are ready to get their paws on ‘Canary Woof’ dogshow award at Limehouse 

15 Jun

Tongues and tails are wagging ready for this year’s ‘Canary Woof’ dog show part of the fifth annual LIMEfest.

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Changes at Stratford 

19 Jun

Back in March the Architects Journal ran an article headlined Major redesign for Olympicopolis to save St Paul’s views.

New play at Stratford 

16 Jun

On Weds 20th June the play Shebeen starts it’s two week run at the Theatre Royal Stratford East.

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16 Jun

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Comfort and comfort food as E. Pellicci embraces customers old and new 

15 Jun

The stylish interior of E.

Sensacional THMs Members Offer! 

13 Jun

Sensacional Members offer We’re so excited about our latest offer! Have you taken your toddler to Sensacional at the Unicorn theatre yet? Finishing on the 1 st of July there are still a couple of weeks to take advantage of *20% off tickets for THMs...

THMs Members Wine Tasting 

13 Jun

THMs Members Wine Tasting Did you miss our last wine tasting? Not to worry! We’re having our next one on Friday the 29th of June! Take a break from the everyday and join us for a THMs members exclusive wine tasting with food pairing at Symposium.

The Great British Seaside 

13 Jun

Photography from the 1960s to the present The National Maritime Museum is hosting a major photography exhibition celebrating the nation’s love affair with the seaside, featuring more than 100 photographs by Martin Parr, Tony Ray-Jones, David Hurn ...

Images of 2017 hammer attack released in new appeal for witnesses 

12 Jun

CCTV image of suspect.

Police and Crime News 

11 Jun

The sheer amount online fraud and street robberies going on leaves the police struggling to cope.

Pirate Takeover Festival 

8 Jun

Pirate Takeover Festival Arrgh there be mutiny! Students from School 21 in Stratford have commandeered the Museum of London Docklands this June 16 th -17th! The Pirate Takeover Festival will bring to life the dramatic tales and adventures of pirates ...

This Weekend and Other News 

8 Jun

Above one of many events at the National Gallery Saturday Family Events at National Gallery Saturday London Festival of Architecture is well underway and on Saturday 9th June 2018 there are a number of free...

June Family Highlights 

7 Jun

June Family Highlights   Half term is over and things may seem to be a little more quiet, especially now that All Points East has finished.

Twenty-seven arrested, drugs and tasers seized in Tower Hamlets dawn raids 

7 Jun

Dawn raids in Tower Hamlets.

Laura Williams’ Pilates Sculpt 

5 Jun

Laura Williams’ Pilates Sculpt  Laura Williams, who we previously partnered with to bring you the very popular Pilates in the Park , is starting a new class in Bethnal Green called   Pilates Sculpt .

Open House Families 

4 Jun

Open House Families Is your little one going to be an architect or an engineer? Are you convinced they will be the next Zaha Hadid as you admire the way they connect their Duplo? London’s brand new festival of architecture, Open House Families, is ...

Police appeal for information after man stabbed in Shadwell 

4 Jun

Pic: Met Police A 23-year-old man has been arrested for attempted murder after a stabbing incident in Shadwell last Friday.

Donna Fugassa’s Dalston Pasta Festival II 

4 Jun

Donna Fugassa presents… The Dalston Pasta Festival II Saturday the 9 th of June noodle on down to Dalston Square for Donna Fugassa’s second edition of The Dalston Pasta Festival.

Rebel World Cup, New Writing, Bubble Rush Runners, Music Festival and ABBA. 

3 Jun

Grim News on the Streets Late last week a cyclist was filmed threatening a driver with an enormous ‘zombie-killer’ knife in Croydon.

Bow Church – Summer Concert (Fri 8th June, 7.30PM) 

3 Jun

This Friday sees Queen Mary University of London Chamber Ensemble, String Quartet and Jazz Ensemble present a programme of classical music and jazz to help celebrate the end of the academic year.

The weird world of the Ofo dockless bikes 

2 Jun

It was on the 10th March that I encountered a lone yellow Ofo bike near Here East.

Welcome to THMs! 

1 Jun

Hello and Welcome to THMs We’re so happy you’ve found us! Tower Hamlets Mums is an online magazine designed to help mums, dads and carers find the best of family life in the East End.

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Londoners urged to take back their rivers during London Rivers Week 2018 

18 Jun

‘Massively increased opportunities’ for Londoners to explore and protect their rivers through collecting key data and joining clean up events Saturday 23 JUNE – Sunday 1 JULY London, UK – 12 June 2018: Londoners concerned about plastic and ...

Wife Murder In Spitalfields 

18 Jun

On Boxing Day, December 26th, 1896, a woman was found lying on the pavement in Brick Lane in what the police constable who attended the scene believed was a drunk and incapable state.

Protected: Home-Start Open Day Fair 

16 Jun

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A Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde 

16 Jun

On Saturday 4th August, 1888.

London Underground places £1.5 billion order for new Piccadilly line tube trains 

15 Jun

TfL has announced that it’s awarding Siemens a contract of around £1.5bn to design and build 94 new generation tube trains for use on the Piccadilly line.

Whitechapel Threads sculpture 

15 Jun

{Plaque on base, in embossed letters:} This sculpture by artists Tim and Hattie Coppard was erected in 1996 as part of the Bethnal Green City Challenge Regeneration Programme and marks one of the entrances to Brick Lane Market.

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Comment »

Still no jobs legacy from the London2012 Olympics 

29 May

Two years ago I asked the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) for the number of people who were working in the Olympic Park.

London2012 Housing Legacy down to 4,300 homes inside the Olympic Park 

22 May

Two years ago I asked the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) for its projections for housing by 2031 .

Election Day: an open thread  

3 May

As is traditional on this site, today it’s over to you.

Taxi Drivers Rally Round For Knowledge Boy After Horrendous Attack In South London. 

28 Apr

Earlier this week, Karim a young knowledge student was attacked in South London.

Book a pitch at Cheshire Street Market by 26th April to have your portrait taken by Jeremy Freedman 

19 Apr

We’re working with our members to revive Cheshire Street Market over spring and summer from Sunday 6th May.

Ex-Lutfur Rahman spin chief Takki Sulaiman walks away with £63k golden goodbye from council job 

18 Apr

Well, here’s a blast from the past.

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Politicians »

Essex Way: Epping to Chipping Ongar 

18 Jun

Off message.

Tower Hamlets Community Housing Strike over Pay 

8 Jun

Early this morning I went to the UNISON picket line outside the headquarters of Tower Hamlets Community Housing (THCH) to show solidarity and support for the strikers.

“Climate Change and Bangladesh: First Affected. Worst Affected” (Pension Carbon divestment) 

17 Apr

(I am due to speak at this seminar as a Councillor trade union pension activist).

Labour Link, Diversity & the Housing Crisis: Waltham Forest LG UNISON AGM 

3 Mar

Last week I was honoured to be invited to be a guest speaker at Waltham Forest Local Government branch AGM.

Rokhsana Fiaz Interview: On Newham’s ‘Unhealthy’ Mayoral Model, Dog Whistle Politics And Diversity 

26 Feb

'I'd be the first directly elected woman of colour' in the UK (hat tip Huffington Post by Paul Waugh) Rokhsana Fiaz is an EastEnder, through and through.

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Business »

Chinese developer snaps up Poplar residential site 

3 Apr

A Chinese property developer has made its UK debut by investing in an east London site where it plans to build a £400 million homes scheme.

Lord Mayor backing push to build new Canary Wharf for Chinese government 

19 Mar

Londons Lord Mayor Charles Bowman and property supremo Sir George Iacobescu are set to push the case for British firms building Beijings answer to Canary Wharf in a trip to China this week.

Small business owners slam Hackney rent rises 

15 Mar

Small businesses claimed this week that they were being forced out of Hackney by rent rises, telling the Mayor: “Rent rises are squeezing out businesses.

Matthew Gwyther: A new ball game for the Millwall of the skies 

9 Jan

We all have our favourite Michael OLeary quote.

Docklands commuters get their station back — and soon it will be bigger and better, says TfL 

4 Jan

CUSTOM HOUSE DLR station is to reopen, almost a year since it closed for work to modernise it and link it better to a new line.

These free courses in East London could be the business for you and your great adventure 

8 Dec

GOT A GREAT BUSINESS IDEA or having trouble with your present project? If you need advice, a new help scheme looks like a good deal to help with your entrepreneurial ambitions.

Totally Thames or total distraction from the real issues swamping the East End of London? 

4 Sep

Trinity Buoy Wharf at Leamouth four years ago.

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LocalGov »

Speeding vehicles resulting in frequent collisions, 19th June 

19 Jun

Cars speed on this road all the time and there are frequent collisions as a result.

Groups of men smoking in children’s play area, 19th June 

19 Jun

Groups of men smoking in children’s play area despite no smoking signs at the entrance to the park.

Local Authority Support provided to migrants with No Recourse to Public Funds 

19 Jun

Response by Tower Hamlets Borough Council to Anna Mulcahy on 19 June 2018 .

Removing vehicles parked illegally 

18 Jun

Internal review request sent to Tower Hamlets Borough Council by Edward Williams on 18 June 2018 .

Removing vehicles parked illegally 

18 Jun

Response by Tower Hamlets Borough Council to Edward Williams on 18 June 2018 .

Sofa, 18th June 

18 Jun

Dumped furniture Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 88 Buxton Street, E1 Report on FixMyStreet...

Number of council tenants 

16 Jun

Request sent to Tower Hamlets Borough Council by Isabelle Ward on 16 June 2018 .

Flytipping – NW End of Westferry Road E14, 15th June 

15 Jun

Flytipping of carrier bag full of rubbish by TH rubbish bin on pavement opposite Landmark building and estate agents.

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Firefighters join fight against plastic in Thames beach clean 

19 Jun

Firefighters wage war against single use plastic...

Boxing Day clutter warning for high rise residents 

18 Jun

Boxing Day clutter putting lives of high rise residents at risk warns London Fire Brigade...

Hose, Hose, Hose – Bexley Firefighters cook Christmas dinner for elderly 

18 Jun

Bexley firefighters spread Christmas cheer by cooking for the elderly at the station on Sunday, 21 December.

Marylebone landlord hit with £35,000 fine for fire safety breaches 

18 Jun

A Marylebone pub landlord has been hit with a £35,000 fine for breaking fire safety laws and potentially putting her customers and tenants at risk after we successfully prosecuted them.

London Fire Brigade to use fast food to fight fires this Christmas 

18 Jun

Does Islington have the best Indian? Dalston do the best doners? And Bromley the best burgers...

Electric heater warning as cold weather and firefighters set to strike 

18 Jun

As the cold weather bites and with the Fire Brigades’ Union (FBU) set to go on strike, we're warning people to take extra care with their electric heaters.

Seasonal candle fires, a burning issue 

18 Jun

We're warning Londoners to take care this festive season after new figures show blazes started by candles increase by a massive 38%* between November and January.

Family without smoke alarm cheated death 

18 Jun

On black Friday we urge you to put a smoke alarm at the top of your shopping list.

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Local sport »

What will the new borough administration do for cycling? 

2 Jun

The run-up to the local elections 2018 was a busy time for Tower Hamlets Wheelers.


25 May

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Oarsome Challenge 2018 

23 May

On Friday 18th May, 16 teams totalling 160 rowers left Fulham Boat Club to embark on over two hours of non-stop rowing through Central London to end at Shadwell Basin Outdoor Activity Centre.

Back to Hockey returns for another summer! 

30 Apr

Back to Hockey...

The AGM is this Saturday! 

18 Apr

Details of the AGM agenda...

Junior Activities 2018 

10 Apr

This year we are once again running our very popular after school sessions for 5-8 year olds.

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West Ham FC »

Vyan Sampson: West Ham Ladies sign defender from Arsenal Women 

19 Jun

Women's Super League 1 newcomers West Ham Ladies sign defender Vyan Sampson from Arsenal Women.

Lukasz Fabianski: West Ham close to signing Swansea’s Polish goalkeeper 

18 Jun

West Ham are close to completing the signing of Swansea and Poland keeper Lukasz Fabianski.

Claire Rafferty: West Ham United sign England left-back 

15 Jun

England's former Chelsea left-back Claire Rafferty signs for Women's Super League newcomers West Ham United.

West Ham: Mario Husillos named new director of football 

13 Jun

West Ham appoint Mario Husillos as the club's new director of football after the Argentine leaves Spanish side Malaga.

Rebecca Spencer: West Ham Ladies sign former Chelsea goalkeeper 

13 Jun

West Ham Ladies sign former Birmingham goalkeeper Rebecca Spencer following her exit from Chelsea in May.

Newham Recorder 50: Tributes to West Ham legend Bobby Moore (1941-1993) 

13 Jun

West Ham fans bid farewell to local legend Bobby Moore in a poignant match at Upton Park.

Forest gate ticket tout jailed again after setting up bogus company six weeks after release from prison 

11 Jun

A ticket tout who started a scam within six weeks of being let out of prison is back behind bars after setting up another bogus company to dupe fans of West Ham and other Premier League football clubs.

West Hammers “on the knocker” for Janet in Lewisham East 

9 Jun

Picture collage from this afternoon's campaigning by (mostly) West Ham Labour in support of Janet Dady, Labour Parliamentary candidate for the Lewisham East by election.

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Events »

Project Gastronomía: How will Londoners eat in 2015? A symposium on gastronomy and multisensory design 

21 Apr

The future is strange and scary and amorphous.

Must-see London exhibitions this April 

13 Apr

Ranging from Monet’s work with iconic buildings to abstract paintings by women – via Italian modernist cinema – this month’s major exhibitions are as varied as they are intriguing.

ISelf Collection: Bumped Bodies at Whitechapel Gallery | Exhibition review 

11 Apr

Over the course of four thoughtfully curated exhibitions, the Whitechapel Gallery has presented selections of work from the ISelf Collection, a private compendium of contemporary art which focuses on personal identity and the human condition.

Art Capital: Art for the Elizabeth Line at Whitechapel Gallery | Exhibition review 

13 Mar

If you’ve ever wondered about the processes behind a large-scale work of art, Art Capital at the Whitechapel Gallery will give you a fascinating insight.

Mark Dion: Theatre of the Natural World at Whitechapel Gallery | Exhibition review 

14 Feb

When you push through the heavy doors of the Whitechapel to Mark Dion’s exhibition, the first thing that strikes you is the sound of birdsong.

Must-see London exhibitions in February 2018 

2 Feb

The art world is getting into gear again, with a wide variety of institutional shows opening in February.

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