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‘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.


Severe disruption on c2c serving Limehouse, Barking and Upminster 

22 Mar

A faulty c2c train at West Ham has created disruption across the entire rail line serving Limehouse, Barking and Upminster.


Ragtime protest as dancing demonstrators wave banners and boogie while picketing Tower Hamlets Council 

22 Mar

Protesters trying to save the Jamboree nightspot in Limehouse from closing turned up with ragtime band to protest outside last night’s Tower Hamlets council meeting .


Carpet fitter from Poplar convicted for brutal knife attack 

21 Mar

A carpet fitter from Poplar has been convicted for slashing his victim with a carving knife, narrowly missing his jugular vein.


Trainee baristas get the cream meeting Tower Hamlets’ mayor for a ‘Well Grounded’ coffee in Poplar 

13 Mar

Youngsters training to become professional barista expert coffee makers spilt the beans when the Mayor of Tower Hamlets dropped into their “school for baristas”.


£1m planning bonanza cash being funnelled to help poverty families and the elderly in Poplar and Isle of Dogs 

7 Mar

The elderly and families on the breadline are among those now benefitting from a £1 million windfall levied on new building schemes in the mass redevelopment of Poplar and the Isle of Dogs.


‘Local celebrity’ from Poplar marries partner of 16 years after discovering he has weeks to live 

6 Mar

A ‘local celebrity’ from Poplar who’s been given weeks to live married his partner of 16 years on Thursday.


48 hours left for petition to stop Jambouree nightspot closing down in Limehouse 

5 Mar

A top London folk and jazz venue in Limehouse is facing being shut down just weeks before its 10th anniversary.


Police appeal for dash cam footage after Limehouse Link collision 

23 Feb

Officers from the Met’s roads and transport policing command are appealing for witnesses after a serous collision on the Limehouse Link tunnel this morning.


Limehouse Link reopens after serious crash leaves man in hospital 

23 Feb

The Limehouse Link tunnel has reopened after a serious collision between a lorry and a moped this morning.


Fury as Big Half charity run on March 4 blocks off Wapping and Limehouse 

21 Feb

Hundreds of households face being cut off for seven hours over road closures for a half-marathon charity race through east London with only 10 days to go that will seal off whole neighbourhoods.


Limehouse man, 28, wanted after assault 

21 Feb

Police have launched an appeal to help trace a Limehouse man wanted in connection with an assault.


Sprinklers save Poplar tower block residents from kitchen blaze 

19 Feb

An infant was rushed to hospital after an unattended chip pan led to a blaze in a block of flats.


Passengers invited to help improve Poplar DLR Station 

14 Feb

Poplar DLR station is launching an ‘Adopt a Station’ programme designed to allow passengers to personalise their nearest station.


More businesses in Tower Hamlets join the fight against acid attacks 

8 Feb

The mayor of Tower Hamlets visited shops in Poplar today as part of his drive to encourage traders to sign up to his acid charter.


Birmingham physiotherapist who supplied gun used to murder Poplar man is jailed 

31 Jan

A physiotherapist who supplied guns and ammunition to criminal gangs, including bullets and weapons used in the murder of a Poplar man, has been jailed for 14 years today.


Limehouse couple ‘disappointed’ after losing High Court bid to keep pet dog 

31 Jan

A pet owner has spoken of her disappointment after her and her husband lost a High Court case to keep their dog at their penthouse apartment in Limehouse.


Limehouse man admits raping woman twice in Carlisle on Christmas Eve 

31 Jan

A man from Limehouse has admitted raping a woman in Carlisle in the early hours of Christmas Eve.


Limehouse couple take their fight to keep their pet dog at their penthouse apartment to the High Court 

25 Jan

A couple who want to keep their “lovely” pet dog Vinnie in their penthouse apartment in Limehouse have taken their fight to the High Court.


Surplus supermarket stock helps East End seamen feed needy 

22 Jan

A Poplar seaman’s charity has received surplus food from a supermarket chain to help feed those in need.


Poplar & Limehouse MP Fitzpatrick joins call for radio aids technology to help deaf children hear 

17 Jan

Jim Fitzpatrick joined a children’s deaf charity at the Houses of Parliament to learn about how pre-school deaf children in east London can benefit from new ‘hearing’ technology.


Master Mercer from the City of London pays Poplar primary school a visit 

16 Jan

Pupils at a Poplar primary school were paid a visit by the Master of London’s premier livery company, the Mercer’s Company, during an assembly.


Group of men sexually assault woman and female who came to her aid in Limehouse park 

12 Jan

A group of men sexually assaulted a female as she walked through a park in Limehouse before carrying out a second sex attack on a woman who came to her aid.


Hyperlocal & blogs

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.


Fitz Weekly – 26 January 2018 

26 Jan

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


Robin Hood Gardens and along Poplar High Street 

21 Jan

I’d been meaning to go for a proper look around Robin Hood Gardens for a while (a journal entry from July 2008 notes the idea of making a documentary about the estate’s proposed demolition), the eventual visit made more urgent by news that its ...


Fitz Weekly – 19 January 2018 

19 Jan

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


Broadway Theatre Barking, film night Poplar, Graffiti Tour, Limehouse Robberies. 

18 Jan

The Broadway Theatre in Barking has a huge and diverse range of reasonably priced shows on this spring.


Jim Fitzpatrick MP signs Holocaust Educational Trust Book of Commitment 

17 Jan

This week Poplar and Limehouse MP, Jim Fitzpatrick signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, in doing so pledging his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust as well as ...


Jim Fitzpatrick backs Labour legislation to protect renters from homes unfit for human habitation 

17 Jan

Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse, is backing a Bill introduced by Labour MP Karen Buck this Friday 19 January which will give renters a new legal right to ensure their home is ‘fit for human habitation’.


Fitz Weekly – 12 January 2018 

12 Jan

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


Eighty Not Out: The Memories of Ernest Edward Loades 1890 – 1976 (Part Two) Disasters 

11 Jan

HMS Albion Launch Disaster 1898 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...


H11 pcn car parked on public road with no tax, no mot, parked on double yellow lines, 8th January 

8 Jan

Car parked on public road with no tax, no mot, parked on double yellow lines.


Large trough across east/south lane, 28th December 

28 Dec

Large, deep pothole across the entire lane that has been there a few weeks.


Christmas 1888 

24 Dec

Over the Christmas period, 1888, the people of the East End were coming to terms with the fact that another murder had recently taken place in their midst, with the finding of the body of Rose Mylett in the early hours of the 20th of December 1888, ...


Fitz Weekly – 22 December 2017 

22 Dec

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


Pineapples Don’t Grow in Poplar by Coral Rutterford 

20 Dec

I was delighted when I received the following piece from long time contributor Coral Rutterford about how a small interest as a child can lead to a long time passion.



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