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St Katharine Docks launches ab‘zorbing’ wildlife campaign to rid Thames of litter 

8 Aug

Giant fish-shaped water ‘zorbs’ rolled into St Katharine Docks to raise public awareness to help stop pollution in the Thames from throwaway packaging and ciggy butts.


Wapping and Isle of Dogs cut off as thousands join RideLondon cycle festival 

26 Jul

Road closures will hit a large swathe of East London with Wapping and the whole Isle of Dogs ‘trapped’ by Sunday’s annual London-to-Surrey cycle race.


Missing girl, 16, could be in Whitechapel and Shadwell areas 

13 Jul

Police are appealing for information to find an 16-year-old girl who may be in Whitechapel or Shadwell.


Gritting lorry driver jailed for killing Wapping motorcyclist while performing illegal U-turn in Limehouse 

3 Jul

A gritting lorry driver who killed a motorcyclist from Wapping while performing an illegal U-turn has been jailed for nine months.


Families flee maisonette fire in Shadwell 

19 Jun

Families woke in the middle of the night when fire broke out in a block of maisonettes at Shadwell — just 48 hours after the tragedy at Grenfell Tower in Ladbroke Grove.


Hundreds pack funeral of Krays associate Willie Malone at St Patrick’s in Wapping 

25 May

Hundreds of people turned up today for the funeral of one of the last East End characters associated with the notorious Kray family.


Bigland Green cuts the ribbon to open its new school library for the children of Shadwell 

23 May

A campaign by parents to get children in east London reading early has led to a new school library being opened at Shadwell’s Bigland Green Primary.


Fury over TfL cutting short the 100 bus from Wapping after most passengers said ‘no’ 

18 Apr

The 100 bus that serves east London passengers from Wapping and Shadwell has been cut short despite opposition, it has emerged.


Were you the passenger punched on DLR train at Shadwell on January 18? 

21 Jan

Police trying to trace a passenger they think was attacked by a teenage girl on a DLR train in east London.


Rehoused East End families make a move to stay where they are at Shadwell 

13 Jan

Families waiting 10 years to be rehoused have been given new homes in the same neighbourhood as part of a housing association’s “localism” policy in London’s East End.


Five-tonne floating Christmas tree lights up St Katharine Docks next to Tower of London 

25 Nov

Christmas has arrived at St Katharine’s-by-The-Tower with a giant floating yuletide tree with a-thousand fairy lights switched on for six weeks of festival celebrations.


Police issue CCTV of two suspects in Wapping burglary 

21 Oct

Police have released CCTV footage of two suspects they wish to identify and speak to in connection with a commercial burglary.


Shadwell dementia campaigner raises awareness at East End school 

19 Oct

A campaigner for people suffering from brain disease has continued his mission by raising awareness of Dementia among secondary school students.


Shadwell coach reaches thousands with Dementia campaign in Tower Hamlets 

30 Sep

A youth football coach has helped spread awareness and understanding of dementia to over 2000 people.


Heroic wartime Dunkirk ‘Little Ships’ return to St Katharine’s-by-the-Tower 

15 Sep

A flotilla of “Little Ships” that took part in the 1940 wartime evacuations at Dunkirk were a big hit at the annual classic Boat Festival at St Katharine Docks by The Tower of London.


HRH Prince Charles officially reopens Shadwell fire station to mark Brigade's 150th year 

7 Sep

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales officially reopened Shadwell fire station today in celebration of the Brigades 150th anniversary.


Prince Charles drops for a cuppa at new Shadwell fire-station to mark Brigade’s 150th birthday 

7 Sep

Prince Charles is in London’s East End this-morning to reopen Shadwell fire station after its year-long closure and to mark the London Fire Brigade’s 150th anniversary.


Police come ‘under attack’ in Shadwell after car is pulled over 

8 Aug

Aggressive: a policeman is dragged to the floor during clash.


Man's body pulled from Shadwell Basin after frantic rescue operation 

20 Jul

The body of a young man has been pulled from a deep-water east London dock.


Floral tribute to Jo Cox ready to set sail on Thames from her home at Wapping 

22 Jun

The dockside community of east London is sending its floral tribute up the Thames to Westminster at 2pm today for the mass rally at Trafalgar Square for MP Jo Cox starting at 4pm.


Thames dockside community pays tribute to Jo Cox with flowers on her houseboat at Wapping 

17 Jun

25/2016: Hundreds of flowers strewn the deck of murdered MP Jo Cox’s houseboat on the Thames at Wapping’s Hermitage Moorings.


PHOTOS: Black Smoke Fills Sky Above Wapping 

18 May

London Fire Brigade are battling a fire in Wapping that has sent huge plumes of black smoke into the sky.


Wapping fire: Smoke visible for miles as firefighters tackle huge blaze in east London 

18 May

Dozens of firefighters are tackling a fire near Wapping which is sending huge clouds of smoke into the sky.


‘Avoid the area’: Wapping fire can be seen for miles 

18 May

A fire at Brodlove Lane in Wapping, almost equidistant from Shadwell and Limehouse DLR stations, is sending smoke across the capital.


Recycling food waste points the way to Shadwell getting a greener neighbourhood 

17 May

Two neighbouring primary schools and two charity projects near the Tower of London have landed funding from a community ‘green points’ recycling scheme for composting food waste.


Renewed witness appeal after woman was left dying in street in Shadwell outside church 

20 Apr

Police are reopening an appeal today for witnesses to a road incident when a woman was left dying in the street in London’s East End.


Historic St Katharine’s-by-The-Tower to get 21st century quayside facelift 

18 Apr

The historic St Katharine Docks by the Tower of London is being given a total makeover with new quayside births catering for the 21st century.


Time being turned back for tea dance at St Katharine Docks by historic Tower of London 

18 Apr

London’s iconic St Katharine Docks by Tower Bridge turn the clocks back today—not to Winter Time, but to the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s.


Doomed OktoberFest London event received £900k in ticket sales before cancellation 

22 Jan

A doomed Oktoberfest event at Tobacco Dock in Wapping received nearly £900,000 in advance ticket sales before it was cancelled.


Photographer Annie Leibovits’ world tour exhibition opens in Wapping on Saturday 

14 Jan

An exhibition by world-renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz begins its global tour in London’s East End on Saturday.


Annie Leibovitz ‘trying hard’ for photo session with Angela Merkel 

13 Jan

Photographer’s new exhibition Women opens at London’s Hydraulic Power Station Annie Leibovitz’s new exhibition features some of the planet’s most influential women, but the photographer has revealed she has not yet been able to clinch a ...


Hyperlocal & blogs

Rubbish all over street and pavement WAPPING HIGH ST, 16th August 

16 Aug

Gas canisters, empty bottles and rubbish all over the road and pavement Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Wapping High Street, E1 Report on FixMyStreet...


Join your local Tower Hamlets Safer Neighbourhood Team 

25 Jul

Would consider becoming a Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator, Area Coordinator, Ward Coordinator or Member of your local Ward Panel? Please email your local Safer Neighbourhood Team below if you can help.


Crossrail guard attempted to join IS 

18 Jun

Shamim Ahmed (pictured) was attempting to join ISIS in Syria.


ldner #211: peyman and rana darban 

16 Jun

This week’s LDNERs are the husband and wife team behind White Mulberries in St Katharine Docks, which is located in Ivory House, the only original warehouse still standing in the docks.


Skylight rooftop bar launches at Tobacco Dock: Cocktails, street food and croquet 

24 May

Tomorrow a new rooftop destination is opening at Tobacco Dock in Wapping.


Summer drinks, lawn games and city views at Skylight, London’s newest rooftop destination 

19 May

Coming to London’s East End this summer is a new rooftop destination with a lot more to offer than just alfresco drinking.


The Rise and Fall of Westferry Printing Works on the Isle of Dogs 

18 May

With all the new development in the Isle of Dogs and Canary Wharf, it would have been easy to overlook the demolition of the Westferry Printworks.


Six From Anne Davies 

14 May

We just hung six new paintings by Anne Davies, though since we had one of them already, strictly speaking I suppose only five are new.


skylight to open rooftop bar in wapping 

3 May

Rooftop bars are popping up left, right and centre.


In Search of Old Ratcliffe 

30 Mar

Ratcliffe 1795 Anyone who has looked into the history of Docklands will come across the small enclave of Ratcliff or Ratcliffe which is located between Shadwell and Limehouse.


Keep calm and carry on 

26 Mar

Keep calm and carry on Sun, 26/03/2017 - 19:35 Wednesday, 22 March, 2017 Poplar and Limehouse Conservative group councillor Julia Dockerill calmly carries on with casework in Parliament during lock down after it was subject to terrorist attack.


Friends FC win Sonali Othith Indoor Masters 

12 Feb

Emdad Rahman: Friends FC have won the annual Sonali Othith Indoor Masters Cup for 2017.


Dead fox near Highway, 21st January 

21 Jan

Dear Sir/Madam, There's a dead fox on the Wapping side of the Highway; close to the crossing to Shadwell.


Dip in road, 10th January 

10 Jan

Not level.


Advent Calendar – Day 18 

18 Dec

The annual tradition of posting a different vintage image each day during advent, and this year, it’s of London’s old railway stations.


St Katharine Docks at night 

14 Dec

Wednesday, December 14th 2016 This evening I went to meet Tigger from work as usual.


Thames21 honours its volunteers with special celebration and talk from author Tom Bolton 

2 Dec

Thames21 celebrated the ‘exponential impact’ of our volunteers last night at Wapping riverside pub the Prospect of Whitby.


Christmas Markets Round-up 

30 Oct

Christmas is coming! Now before you rush off to the shops have a look at this round-up of festive markets.


Police hunt motorbike thieves in Tower Hamlets 

21 Oct

Pic: Metropolitan Police Police want to speak to two men caught on newly-released CCTV in relation to the theft of a motor bike from a car park in Wapping.


St Paul’s Shadwell – war memorial 

21 Oct

AMDG In loving and honouredmemory of the men of Shadwell whogave their lives for King and country in the war 1914 - 1918.


The “Lion Sermon” (a tradition dating back to 1643) 

16 Oct

The “Lion Sermon” is given at the church of St Katharine Cree on the  Thursday nearest to this day each year, and  has been since 1643, in remembrance of the Merchant Adventurer (of the Levant Company) and later Lord Mayor of London Sir John ...


St Katharine Cree Church 13.10.16 

13 Oct

I joined the Master Plumber at the 367th Anniversary of The Lion Sermon: On 16 October 1643 Sir John Gayer in Arabia became separated from his companions.


Santander bikes to get Pashley facelift 

5 Oct

Pic: Wojciech Fediow Cyclists in Hackney and Tower Hamlets will benefit from the introduction of new generation Santander Cycles, which are being given a facelift by the upmarket cycling firm Pashley, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced ...


Shadwell 

1 Oct

Another in the occasional series on “Far-Flung Lost London” … Shadwell was first recorded in 1222 as Schadewelle, from the Old English sceald, meaning shallow, and wella, meaning spring or stream (*).


St Katharine Cree 

30 Sep

Another in the  series on City of London buildings that survived the Great Fire of 1666, and that still survive to this day … The church of St Katharine Cree was originally built in the grounds of Holy Trinity Priory in  around 1280-1303, and ...


The PS Waverley at Tower Bridge 

26 Sep

Regular readers will know that one of my favourite walks on a Sunday morning is from the Isle of Dogs to the Tower of London.


Pollyanna Children’s Theatre 

17 Sep

This lovely family-run children’s theatre in Wapping offers musical theatre and acting for pre-schoolers right up to college students.


Mattress, fence panel and other rubbish blocking this path. It is the main route for many to get to Hermitage Primary School, 6th September 

6 Sep

Load of rubbish fly tipped been there for at least 36 hours.


Pollyanna Open House Day 

27 Aug

The Pollyanna Training School in Wapping is having an open day on Saturday 3 rd September.


The car is not parked properly, 26th July 

26 Jul

The problems is the there is car that is not parked properly.



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