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Acorn pub Queensbridge and Whiston rds 040716 © DavidAltheer [at] gmail.com

This little-known pub will attract few to save it. But to a small Hackney community, it is precious

FEW PEOPLE would mourn the closing of the Acorn. It is the kind of pub that even at the peak of the immigration of millennials into ...

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The Hackney carnival that in some small ways might just have the edge on the great Notting Hill

LOVING DALSTON was an early fan of the Hackney Carnival. When it started, local news outlets tended with some snootiness to ignore it. Anyone who ...

Saatchi Gallery KIngs Rd Chelsea 17 aug 2011 © David.altheer[at ]gmail.com

Have a heart: how East London galleries and art promoters cope with the property boom

Melina Payne, right, gets the inside story on the struggle of those trying to make a not-for-profit operation work for artist and art-lover alike   THE HOUSING ...

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Sign language trips up big business as this Dalston website takes it on over public space

SINCE IT BURST on to the northeast London media scene, Loving Dalston has had much success in exposing failings in the private and public sectors. ...

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Step aside, dog-walkers, joggers, parents, toddlers, feminism’s returning to Hackney Downs

FEMINISM HAS BEEN having a hard time with millennials, which is probably to be expected given the struggle of campaigners of earlier generations, latterly the ...

Thomas Heatherwick-designed hop-on, hop-off Routemaster-successor bus Feb 2012 © david.altheer[ at ] gmail.com

Hop-on, hop-off bus concept goes back to the depot as Routemaster doors lose their point

THE HOP-ON, HOP-OFF bus concept was a boon to Hackneyites and other users of the 38 bus travelling the route to Islington, the West End ...

John Leiper shows Pearly Queen Beer Company’s newly launched Honey Pale Ale @ Dalston London 20 Aug 2016 © david.altheer[ at ] gmail.com

We’re in the honey: ale and hopeful as a hive of sweetness and beer sets up in a Hackney pop-up

IF THERE’S one thing that gets John Leiper and Meetal Patel buzzing it’s bees. The other is English ale, so one day over a pint, ...

Lido14Easter Mon bank hol @ Lido pool London Fields Lido Dalston E8 210414 © david.altheer@gmail.com

London Fields Lido to close as Hackney council searches for solution to its off-the-wall horror

LONDON FIELDS LIDO is to close for several months. The news is being kept from swimmers but rumours have been swishing about for the last ...

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Barkin’ ’ell, a once-muddled, and muddy, suburb is out to turn itself into Shoreditch-on-Thames

FED UP WITH the grotesquely high office rentals and unaffordable flat leaseholds of Hackney? Could the answer be Barking, a dreary suburb that was once ...

Abellio train on the Greater Anglia route takes off from Hackney Downs London E8 110816 © david.altheer at gmail.com

The contract now starting at Liverpool St has been re-awarded. To Holland’s little-loved Abellio

THE POPULAR Liverpool Street to Stansted airport rail route is to continue to be run by the most-unpopular train operator, Abellio. More passenger complaints have been ...

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Acorn pub Queensbridge and Whiston rds 040716 © DavidAltheer [at] gmail.com

This little-known pub will attract few to save it. But to a small Hackney community, it is precious

FEW PEOPLE would mourn the closing of the Acorn. It is the kind of pub that even at the peak of the immigration of millennials into ...

Abellio train on the Greater Anglia route takes off from Hackney Downs London E8 110816 © david.altheer at gmail.com

The contract now starting at Liverpool St has been re-awarded. To Holland’s little-loved Abellio

THE POPULAR Liverpool Street to Stansted airport rail route is to continue to be run by the most-unpopular train operator, Abellio. More passenger complaints have been ...

Mosquito Bikes 123 Essex Road N1 2SN, closed April 2016 270716 © DavidAltheer [at] gmail.com

Why Dalston pioneer Mosquito moved upscale to Islington but failed to ride the London cycle boom

THIS MONTH or early the next the last signs of a business that blazed a trail in Dalston will be thrown into a recycler. “M ...

HackneyGT cycle clothes 2016

Devised in London and made in Lancashire, a cyclostyle label riding on the Hackney word

MOST PEOPLE occasionally have lightbulb moments. Then the idea fades. Not for self-starters. One of them, music promoter and DJ Russ Jones thought of a ...

StMatt16: St Matthias youth clunb Dalston London E8 260616 © DavidAltheer [at] gmail.com

St Matthias in Dalston is not sold — not yet — say youth club leaders as sale hits late hitch

A RUMOUR that the prime site of St Matthias, above, at Hackney E8 1NH has been sold for £2.2 million has been denied by the youth ...

LonFields14c: London Fields e8 160814 © david.altheer@gmail.com

London Fields is no walk in the park for Hackney: hipster heaven costs the council £140k

LONDON FIELDS has cost Hackney council £139,970 it never planned to spend. The park’s popularity on sunny evenings and days, especially with barbecuing and picnicking ...

mcdonald’s kingsland Hi St Dalston Lon E8 080616 © DavidAltheer[at]gmail.com

McDonald’s? No, in Dalston it will be McHipster, a McTake on the scenester roof bars of Hackney

FROM HOXTON to Clapton, Hackney has many rooftop venues targeting the hipster pound. Now McDonald’s wants to provide a sky garden for its fans. The ...