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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 ...

Canvery Island 2013 © David.Altheer@gmail.com

Exodus, movement of the people? Stamford Hill families are moving out to an island in Essex

ORTHODOX JEWISH FAMILIES are leaving the noisy busy north London suburb of Stamford Hill for the tranquil haven of Canvey Island in Essex. At least one family ...

Wildflower meadow / field, Hackney Downs NE London E8 080716 © David Altheer

Hackney slates story that it is phasing out glyphosate in London Fields and other parks

HACKNEY HAS EMPHATICALLY denied a claim by Loving Dalston that the council is phasing out glyphosate. After the news site’s latest report on pesticide spraying in ...

Ravi Patel, development manager for Russell Gray, of Shiva Ltd, @ Haggerston premises’s Derek Jarman-Style rooftop beach house 030816 © david.altheer@gmail.com

Stylish beach house sinks because it is too close to Haggerston heritage pool swamped by decay

HAGGERSTON BATHS has been allowed to fall into decay over 15 years. Yet concern for it has been cited by a public body after a ...

Wildflowers planted by Hackney ccl on Hackney Downs London 150616 © DavidAltheer [at] gmail.com

Hackney bows to glyphosate pressure as London council bans it just days before EC sits on fence

THE PESTICIDE glyphosate is on the way out in Hackney. Pressure from Loving Dalston and complaints by local campaigners have persuaded Hackney council to phase ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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The 158-year-old tin tabernacle of Hackney is to go under the auctioneer’s online hammer

THE LITTLE corrugated-iron church, above, in Hackney is to go to auction with a guide price of less than £2 million. Erected for Presbyterians in 1858, ...