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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.


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.


‘I’m waiting to die’ – desperate plea of Poplar grandmother left disabled after taking new drug 

15 Jun

A grandmother from Poplar claims she has been left severely disabled and “waiting to die” after suffering an adverse reaction to a new bladder drug.


Man jailed after trivial row with neighbour in Limehouse escalates with knife threat 

7 Jun

A man has been jailed over a row with his neighbour in Limehouse about a smoke alarm going off.


Fire crews hampered tackling blaze in Limehouse as staircase collapses 

7 Jun

Emergency fire crews were hampered tackling a blaze in a shop with flats above in Limehouse during the night when a staircase was burned away.


Teachers at Poplar school threaten to strike over plans to axe staff and cut hours 

5 Jun

Teachers at a debt-ridden secondary school in Poplar are threatening strike action over plans to cut hours and more than 10 per cent of staff.


Jailed: Former Poplar market trader for £2.4m Formula 1 film tax fiddle 

5 Jun

A market trader from Poplar has been jailed and for nearly three years for a tax fiddle involving a phony Formula 1 film.


Hunt for thug who attacked schoolboy in Poplar with a claw-hammer 

5 Jun

Bus passengers have been praised by police for stopping a thug armed with a claw-hammer getting on board during a street attack in Poplar on a schoolboy.


Smuggler who stashed tonne of illegal tobacco in Poplar storage depot spared jail 

4 Jun

A smuggler who ran an illegal factory from a portable cabin in Poplar has been spared jail.


Appeal following stabbing in alleyway behind Limehouse police station 

1 Jun

Detectives are appealing for information after a stabbing in an alleyway behind Limehouse police station.


Poplar drug dealer who hid cocaine and heroin in his bottom jailed for nearly three years 

29 May

A drug dealer from Poplar who hid 114 wraps of cocaine and heroin in his bottom has been jailed for 34 months.


Pupils in Poplar use app to learn their times tables 

22 May

Pupils at a school in Poplar are using an app to help them learn their multiplication tables.


Piece of Robin Hood Gardens to go on display in Venice 

15 May

A piece of an old Poplar housing estate is going on show in an exhibition in Venice.


Man sprayed with ‘noxious substance’ in Limehouse after meeting strangers to sell phone 

15 May

A young man had ‘acid’ sprayed at his face in Limehouse by two men he arranged to meet to sell his mobile phone.


Man left brain damaged after being hit by car in Poplar receives £19m payout 

9 May

A young man left with permanent brain damage after being knocked down as a child in Poplar has received a £19 million settlement — 15 years after he was injured.


Bengal festival celebrates Hindu Krishna god and his goddess at Bethnal Green’s Rich Mix 

2 May

Performances of Baul and Vaishnav medieval and earlier music were staged to packed audiences in Bethnal Green and Poplar ahead of tomorrow’s Bengal festival opening in Mayfair.


Man, woman and child escape Poplar house fire 

2 May

A man, woman and child escaped a fire at a terraced house in Poplar yesterday morning.


Scouts collecting books in Poplar to send to children abroad 

1 May

Scouts are on the hunt for children’s books in Poplar and the Isle of Dogs to send to learning centres in developing countries.


Poplar traders fear being ‘pushed out’ of Chrisp Street Market by high rents and cars banned 

30 Apr

Angry market traders have slammed their landlords in Poplar with a petition to save their livelihoods over redevelopment they fear will wipe out their trade or price them out of business.


Jailed: Poplar carpet knife cutter who slashed man across the face, neck and arm 

26 Apr

A Poplar man who slashed his victim with a carpet knife, narrowly missing his jugular vein, has been jailed for eight years.


Dangerous cladding removed from tower block in Poplar 

25 Apr

Dangerous cladding discovered on a two-year-old housing block in Poplar following the Grenfell Tower fire has now been removed.


Six fire crews smother smoking scrapyard in Poplar 

23 Apr

Rubbish roasted in Poplar on Saturday after flames broke out at a scrapyard.


‘Spotlight’ goes on young music talent in free public gig tonight at Poplar’s Spotlight youth centre 

13 Apr

Up-and-coming young music and rap talent hits the spotlight tonight for a free public gig in Poplar.


Developer ‘shocked’ by footage showing concrete block nearly hitting Poplar construction worker 

9 Apr

A developer has said it was “shocked” by footage that emerged last week appearing to show a large chunk of concrete hurtling towards an onlooking construction worker during the demolition of a Poplar tower block.


Poplar-based football team wins charity match in bid to get south asians represented in sport 

6 Apr

A Poplar football team won a charity match hosted at St George’s Park last week.


Boy, 15, stabbed in Poplar 

6 Apr

A 15-year-old boy has been stabbed during a spate of attacks across the capital.


Man stabbed in the back in Limehouse 

6 Apr

A 35-year-old man has been stabbed in the back in Limehouse.


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.


DLR operating between London City Airport and Canning Town and Beckton and Poplar despite strikes 

28 Mar

Despite strike action on the Docklands Light Railway, servies are still running between London City Airport and Canning Town and Beckton and Poplar.


Police to issue anti-social behaviour fines in Limehouse 

26 Mar

Police have been given additional powers to fight anti-social behaviour in Ropemakers Field in Limehouse.


Work begins on new BMX track in Poplar 

26 Mar

Work has begun on a new BMX track in Poplar.


Hyperlocal & blogs

Images of 2017 hammer attack released in new appeal for witnesses 

12 Jun

CCTV image of suspect.


Limehouse Basin. No, not that one. 

8 Jun

Ask most people who know their way around East London where Limehouse Basin is, and they will say that it’s this.


London Nights: exhibition review 

1 Jun

Above – DVD cover of the restored 1929 film.


DLR station upgrade in pictures 

28 May

The Limehouse DLR station, which also has an interchange with the C2C railway is getting an upgrade at the moment, but it’s running rather late.


Ruin in Reverse : Part of Robin Hood Gardens to be Displayed at Venice Biennale 2018 

24 May

Robin Hood Gardens completed 1972 designed by Alison and Peter Smithson – Photo The Victoria and Albert Museum The demolition of Robin Hood Gardens has been the subject of much recent debate in the architectural world, the housing estate in Poplar ...


Traffic light faulty, 14th May 

14 May

The traffic light leading from Limehouse causeway (turning right) to Westferry road (opposite Westferry Studios is stick in red for an extremely long time.


The Aberfeldy pub comes to life again as The Tommy Flowers 

12 May

Above the mural of Tommy Flowers by street artist Jimmy C.


New skyscrapers set to change Tower Hamlets skyline 

9 May

Manhattan Plaza is one of the latest skyscrapers to come to Tower Hamlets.


kayak to crate brewery 

9 May

Why walk down to Crate when you can kayak there instead? Yep you can paddle all the way down London’s oldest canal from Limehouse to Hackney Wick with Secret Adventures, joining the houseboats and birdlife on the water.


Lawless Limehouse 

7 May

When discussing the Jack the Ripper case in an historical context, there can be a tendency to focus, more or less, exclusively, on the districts of Spitalfields and Whitechapel and ignore the fact that the murders were, in the eyes of the wider ...


Tower Hamlets hate crime rates on the rise 40 years after the murder of Altab Ali 

4 May

Tower Hamlets remembers Altab Ali 40 years on.


London’s Alleys: Amoy Place, E14 

30 Apr

If this alley sounds vaguely Chinese, then it’s no surprise as it’s part of the old Limehouse Chinatown before Chinatown migrated to Soho.


Dangerous cladding removed from Poplar tower block 

26 Apr

Dangerous cladding has been removed from Randall House Pic: Tower Hamlets Council Unsafe cladding found on a housing block in Poplar following the Grenfell Tower fire has been successfully removed.


Meet the Londoners fighting for more affordable housing 

13 Apr

Our Chrisp Street campaigners protesting against Poplar HARCA’s plans for the redevelopment.


East London’s Minnie Lansbury suffragette Memorial Clock 

6 Apr

A grand green clock hangs off the side of an otherwise unremarkable block of flats in memory of a quite remarkable woman.


Refuse Collection Dates, Vote, Exhibitions and more 

2 Apr

Paddle a Canoe from Limehouse Basin to Hackney Wick This sounds like a lot of fun.


Quiz Tower Hamlets Mayoral candidates on cycling and walking 

28 Mar

Tower Hamlets Wheelers have setup a  a Cycling & Walking Mayoral Hustings at Limehouse Town Hall on Thurs 5th April 2018 between 6.45 and 9pm.


Hartbeeps Baby to Preschool Classes 

28 Mar

Hartbeeps East London Hartbeeps award winning sessions are popping up all over East London with magical, musical adventures for children from age 0-5.


From Cuba Street to Buckingham Palace: The Remarkable Story of Harry T Waterman DSM (1917-1984) by Gerard Gilbertson – Part Two 

21 Mar

F rom Cuba Street to Buckingham Palace: The Remarkable story of Harry T Waterman DSM (1917-1984) Part Two Last October, Gerard Gilbertson sent a fascinating short history of his Grandfather John F.


All Saints 

15 Mar

Random Station: ALL SAINTS London Borough of Tower Hamlets DLR, zone 2 Hinterland: 0.3km² When I proposed my Random Station feature, someone asked how I'd cope when a DLR station with a tiny catchment area rolled up.


‘Save The Jamboree’ forces council to act 

9 Mar

A busy and vibrant night at The Jamboree world music club in Limehouse.


Eighty Not Out: The Memories of Ernest Edward Loades 1890 – 1976 (Part Three) Chrisp Street Market and a Holiday in the Country 

7 Mar

When Ernest Edward Loades was eighty in the early 1970s, he wrote about his eventful life which started from humble beginnings in Poplar before he worked in service to some members of the aristocracy before leaving the UK for the sake of his health ...


An Elevated View of the New Docks & Warehouses now constructing on the Isle of Dogs near Limehouse 

28 Feb

I’ve known this print for a while, but recently came across a higher resolution version for the first time and managed to zoom in on various areas.


From Cuba Street to Buckingham Palace: The Remarkable story of Harry T Waterman DSM (1917-1984) by Gerard Gilbertson 

21 Feb

Last October, Gerard Gilbertson sent a fascinating short history of his Grandfather John F.


The Strange Story of the Chinese Junk Keying at Blackwall in 1848 

14 Feb

Whilst writing the West India Dock Review and listing the Chinese ships, I was reminded of a story which I have intended to write for some time.


Early colour photographs of East London on display 

11 Feb

An exhibition has opened of previously unseen photographs which depict Stepney, Mile End, Whitechapel, Spitalfields, Limehouse and the Thames riverside in the warm hues of Kodachrome film.


Tower Hamlets ‘Big Clean Up’ event will run again after last year’s success 

10 Feb

December Big Clean Up volunteers in Quixley Street, Poplar.


Fitz Weekly – 9 February 2017 

9 Feb

Click here to check out the new edition of Fitz Weekly- the best way for constituents in Poplar Limehouse to keep up to date.


Fitz Weekly – 2 February 2018 

2 Feb

Click  here  to check out the new edition of Fitz Weekly- the best way for constituents in Poplar Limehouse to keep up to date.


Walking the Lea Valley – East India Dock Basin 

28 Jan

An occasional series walking the Lea Valley.



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