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Jailed: Drug smuggler who stored cocaine equipment and cannabis in Poplar flat 

17 Aug

A drug-smuggling gun runner who stored cannabis and equipment used to prep cocaine in a house in Poplar has been jailed for 17-and-a-half years.


A-level Results Day 2018: Tower Hamlets College last year at Poplar before new academy opens 

16 Aug

Dozens of young students poured into Tower Hamlets College when the doors opened at the Poplar campus to get their A-Level and BTec results—for the last time.


Poplar boxing club run with volunteers to take 10 young fighters to Las Vegas 

24 Jul

A group of young fighters from a Poplar boxing club are set to travel to Las Vegas to pit themselves against American fighters.


Poplar ‘teaboy’ Steve Dudeney retires as London Fire Brigade’s Tower Hamlets Commander 

24 Jul

A teaboy making cuppas for firemen who ended up as the London Fire Brigade’s borough commander for Tower Hamlets is retiring after 30 years.


Mass demo planned by Poplar traders in bid to halt Chrisp Street Market development 

20 Jul

Traders are planning a second mass protest to stop a major redevelopment of Poplar’s Chrisp Street Market when it goes before Tower Hamlets Council on Tuesday.


Children grow food at Manorfield Primary in Poplar to sell down Borough Market 

20 Jul

Children have transformed a disused space in the school’s playground at Poplar’s Manorfield Primary into an urban market garden growing food to raise cash for charity.


Children at Manorfield Primary in Poplar to tread the boards in Disney production at the Luyceum 

20 Jul

Disney musicals are coming to a school near you when pupils at Poplar’s Manorfield Primary and their teachers produce their own West End show based on classic children’s stories.


New flats in Limehouse conservation area is recommended despite objections from residents 

19 Jul

Proposals for a new block of flats in a conservation area in Limehouse is being recommended for approval despite 74 objections from residents.


Bank worker who fought London Bridge terrorist with skateboard receives posthumous bravery honour 

18 Jul

A bank worker from Poplar who was killed after trying to fight off a terrorist using his skateboard has been posthumously honoured for his bravery.


Professor Brian Cox hosts seventh summer school in Limehouse 

17 Jul

Celebrity scientist, Professor Brian Cox, ran his seventh summer school in Tower Hamlets yesterday.


Green campaigner seeks volunteers for Limehouse Basin plastic pollution clean up 

16 Jul

A double world record holding environmental activist is appealing for volunteers to help get rid of plastic waste.


Year Five pupils from Poplar take gold in maths competition at City Hall 

11 Jul

Pupils from a school in Tower Hamlets won a maths challenge final at City Hall last week.


NHS ‘pioneer’ George Lansbury didn’t live to see his dream—but his descendant ‘volunteers’ 

5 Jul

A leading campaigner for a state health service was the radical Mayor of Poplar who in 1921 would rather go to prison in Great Rent Strike than have the polltax of his day forced on the East London’s poor.


Man stabbed in underpass in ‘vicious’ Poplar attack 

28 Jun

A man was left fighting for his life after being stabbed in what is thought to be a racially motivated attack.


More firms fleeing City rents are flocking to Dockland’s revamped ‘Republic’ office complex 

27 Jun

Two more prestigious high-profile businesses are quitting central London’s high rents and rates to set up shop at East India Dock’s newly-refurbished Republic campus in Blackwall.


Poplar shop is closed down for anti-social and criminal behaviour on its premises 

26 Jun

A shop in Poplar which is claimed to have been a magnet for drug dealers and yobs has been temporarily closed down by the courts.


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.


Hyperlocal & blogs

win an afternoon tea for four at dukes hotel 

14 Aug

It’s Afternoon Tea Week so to celebrate, we’ve hooked up with Dukes Hotel in the heart of St James’s to give away an afternoon tea for four.


In Dickens’ Path by Alfred Gardner 

8 Aug

Recently, I was delighted to receive the latest book from Alfred Gardner who is best known for his two books, East End Story and Watch Your Fingers.


Off the Track in London – On the Isle of Dogs in 1905 

26 Jul

George Robert Sims, 1847-1922, was an author, playwright, journalist and philanthropist.


The tragedy of Upper North Street School 

2 Jul

Pic: Tower Hamelts Council 18 school children were killed in their classrooms when a Gotha aeroplane dropped a bomb on Upper North Street School in Poplar, East London.


Geezers attend Any Old Irons 

22 Jun

A good turnout from the Geezers club attended the 5 week course Any Old Irons in the Hope & Anchor in Poplar during April & May.


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.



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