Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

Excelling At Music Awards

Excel London is the venue for the BBC Music Awards ceremony which will take place on 12 December this year. Hosted by Fearne Cotton...

Identifying Star Wars

When I heard there was going to be an exhibition of my beloved Star Wars I just knew I would have to go and...

Robin Hood Rides Again

The Prince Charles cinema recently hosted a special screening of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of its initial release. For...

An Ode To Indie

“Welcome to indie heaven”, I thought as I entered Old Spitalfields market. I was there for, brace yourself, Hipsters, the Independent Label Market. Like...

Quest Unlike The Rest

So videogames came up in the news again this week. Whenever this happens I feel like its my duty to defend videogames against calls...

Shopping Madness

Originating in the USA, 'Black Friday' is when retailers slash prices immediately after Thanksgiving (the festive day when the 'founding fathers' of modern America...

The Listener: Gimme Danger

The release of Jim Jarmusch's Stooges biopic Gimme Danger, has prompted me to think about the lack of danger in modern music. I don't expect...

‘Night Thoughts’ From Twilight Zone

Night Thoughts is the seventh studio album by Suede, one of the original Britpop bands from the 1990s. It was released in January this...

The Sweet Scent Of Fennell

Visiting Coco Fennell’s sample sale event was an eye opening experience. It was held at The Hoxton - the venue's black glass exterior was...
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Street Food Goes Global

Brick Lane’s Sunday Upmarket is, without doubt, the ultimate melting pot of cultures and nationalities. All of London is already ethnically diverse, but on...

Bastille Storm The Heights

Playing the O2 to promote their second album Wild World, around 9pm Bastille came out to a rapturous welcome - made all the more...

Some Like It Rough

Rough Trade. A beacon for the young hipsters and old nostalgics. An institution for the more reckless parts of English music, yet with enough...

Brexists Beware!

Brexit does not have to be Brexist! If Britain backs out of Europe, don't let it taint the atmosphere of what has been an...

The Listener: Is This It For Indie?

In 2016, what is the point of independent record labels. Do they still matter? It’s been nine years since Julian Casablancas started his Cult Records label and 40...

Fairy Tale Pictures With Real Effects

In this month’s tenth anniversary edition of W magazine, Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner appear on the cover with cat style noses created by...

Missguided Gets Directions To Stratford

Missguided are officially opening their first ever flagship store in London - and it's in Westfield Stratford City. Until now, the popular fashion brand has...

Picturing The Pickers

When I went to Stratford to see the launch screening of a film called Foreign Pickers I was surprised how empty the auditorium was. There were...

Paper Mario: Color Splash

As one of the last games to be released on the Wii U console before the Nintendo Switch takes over, players expect a lot...

Raw Power

Yak frontman Oli Burslem looms over his synth, as Andy Jones' buzz-bass riff cuts through the air of London's Scala like a heat-seeking missile....

East End Fright Night With A Touch of Feminism

From Hell is a 2001 American horror film directed by the Hughes brothers and based on the novel about the Jack The Ripper murders by...

VR: The Pain Is Worth The Gain

A splintering pain in my temples was the first thing that hit me. My eyes slowly adjusted to the darkness, as the room around...

The Great British Braid Off

I decided to find one of these new braid bars which are considered trendy but also criticised for causing gentrification and cultural appropriation. I...

Get A Load Of This!

Only a short walk from Dalston Junction’s Overground station, The Loading Bar blends in inconspicuously with the rest of the street. But once my eyes finally...

Dizzy Heights Of Bangladeshi Fashion

I felt a rush of excitement as I entered Canary Wharf's East Winter Garden for London's first Bangladesh Fashion Week. Since the 1970s, Bangladeshis and...

Announcing The Nintendo Switch

The long awaited next generation Nintendo console finally made its debut on Thursday 20 October 2016. The big reveal took the form of a YouTube...

Oxjamming in Dalston with Flying Vinyl’s Finest

As the lights in the backroom of Dalston’s Victoria pub dim to red and Wolf Alice’s ‘Giant Peach’ blasts through the speakers, we are...

Mo Stack etc at 02

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Private Dancer?

A Café with a view. In between colourful people crossing each other in front of me, I notice a street dancer, solely dancing, protected by two...

CosPlay It Again At Comicon

There are plenty of reasons to be excited, not least because May has always been the bigger and better event in the Comicon season....

Gabriela’s Top Three

When I'm feeling lonely in London - just because it's not home, this is where I go to get a taste of where I'm...

A Turkish Restaurant To Luxuriate In

Jess Gray indulges all her senses at Tas Firin. Tas Firin is a traditional Turkish restaurant on Bethnal Green Road. From the street it does...

Where’s The Juice?

Molly Horne does the rounds of East London's top juice bars. The latest health trend is to be seen carrying a bottle of something gloriously...

Just When You Think It’s All Over….

Concluding her series on South Asian  weddings, Adiba Khatun winds up with walima, where the protracted ceremonials finally come to an end. Walima is an Arabic term...

Performing According to Type

Adiba Khatun continues her series on South Asian Wedding with an appreciation of the clichés she loves to hate. Is there anything in this world...

En Route For The Marriage Ceremony

Adiba Khatun continues tracking the South Asian wedding of Londoner Mr M.M. and Mrs L.M., formerly of Cambridge. From London to Cambridge, from Cambridge to...

Going Behind The Wedding Scene

Continuing her series on South Asian weddings, Adiba Khatun checks out the makings of a truly great day. Behind every good weeding, there is great...

You Don’t Have To Wear That Red Dress…..

Adiba Khatun looks at the evolving tradition of South Asian bridal dresses. I'm looking at every aspect of South Asian weddings. In this article, I...

Mehndi: Last Ride Before The Big Day

Adiba Khatun proceeds to the next stage in the wedding process. Every married man and woman in South Asia will have taken part in four...

Taaling The Wedding Story From The Beginning

Adiba Khatun looks at the bride and groom's first engagement together, which turns out to be....their engagement. My mini-series will be covering the nuptials of...

The Art of Henna

Adiba Khatun scopes the practice of mehndi and its significance in South Asian weddings. I'm looking at South Asian weddings from every aspect, and this article is...

Married Bliss And The Cost Of Family Branding

Adiba Khatun is concerned that South Asian weddings are more about reputation than relationships. Weddings are meant to be a cause for celebration, but these...

My Brother the Devil

Pamela Kokoszka is moved by the love between two brothers My Brother the Devil is a 2013 British crime drama directed by Sally El Hosaini. The...

Made (History) In Dagenham

Pamela Kokoszka reviews a film about a key moment in the history of women's rights Made in Dagenham is a 2010 British film directed by Nigel...

To the (ill) Manors Born

Pamela Kokoszka respects a director who stands his own ground. Ill Manors (2012) was the first full length feature film directed by Plan B – real...

East End ‘Legends’ Live On For Too Long

Pamela Kokoszka knows the East End is safer than its Krayzy reputation suggests. To some people East London is associated with poverty and crime. They...

Bricked Up In Brick Lane

Brick Lane is a 2007 British drama directed by Sarah Gavron and adapted from the novel of the same name by British writer Monica...

When Rap Gets The Rap

Rudy Omisore wonders if it's time to stopping ganging up on rap. ‘Bin known for squeezin, yeah I let my semi… Ya’ll wanna beef me, I can...

Dancehall Documentary Dude

Joshua Karl once found it hard to be open about being gay.  Now he is a high-profile member of London's black gay community, and also well-known in the LBGT...

‘Leytonstone Is Paradise’

Scarlet West is the author of I'd like to thank Manchester Air Rifles, a memoir written over the course of 10 years. The book,...

East London Life In A Day: Daytime Is For ‘Athleisure’

'Athleisure' means looking a little bit sporty even when you are enjoying yourself. It can be done, insists Molly Horne.  The new catwalk is the...

East London Life In A Day: Wearing The Same Clothes, Morning, Noon and Night

Not that she's lazy or anything, but Grace Eracleous says it's miraculous that today you can go out and about in night attire.

East London Life In A Day: They Only Come Out At Night

Sam Curry visited Studio 338 to get a good look at East London's creatures of the night. London is a city full of a variety...

Who’s Copying Whom?

February was London Fashion Week - three months ago now. So if London fashionistas are worthy of the name (not just the models on the...

Ode To Stratfords (Both Of Them)

Callum Crumlish considers the other place (Stratford upon Avon rather than Stratford E15); then, in suitably Shakespearean language, he wonders where the two of...

Exhibit A: Good Food In A Homely Setting

The Great Exhibition is long gone and the surroundings are some way short of palatial, yet there is food to marvel at in Crystal...

Six Top Pix For Summer

  Goosebumps Alive In London’s latest immersive experience, you are invited to re-live your childhood through the 1990s cult horror series that prompted your irrational...

The Fridge Before The Frying Pan

Nika Jazaee’s Food Chain series continues with a look at how the food is prepared, and where it is stored After the fish we bought...

Coaching From Coachella 2016

Sam Curry says the fashion trends displayed in California should soon be on show in Chelmsford and Brentwood. April meant only one thing – Coachella...

Shaik Your Stuff

Sam Curry tracks down the signature style of Shanina Shaik. Maybe we can’t all live the life of Australian model Shanina Shaik, but we CAN...

Going Large In Lewisham

Lewisham’s Model Market has returned for the third year running, providing foods, drink and entertainment for a big night out at the weekend. Run by...

Calm After The Culinary Storm

As part of her series The Food Chain, Nika Jazaee visits The Crystal Palace Market restaurant to find out what is special about Mondays. Any restaurant...

The Business Of Being A Star

Ebony Bell gives kredit to the Kardashians.                   Kim Kardashian’s emoji app Kimoji only gets two stars out of five on iTunes. And yet this £1.49 app...

Backstage Life At The 02

Ebony Bell takes us backstage at the O2 where rapsters mingle with the likes of TOWIE star Gatsby...       https://vimeo.com/165559657      

The Year of Comic Con: so good you’ve got to live it twice?

The season of Comic Conventions since September 2015 has been staggering, providing infinite entertainment and loads to write about. We decided to collect the best...

Tea For Three

For today's Tea Test, the three members of the Culture Shock crew sipped a range of teas specially imported for East Londoners to slurp....
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Is This Fruity Enough For You?

For today's Fruit Test, our crew members bit into a range of fruit imported for sale in East London. See here what they made...

Rap In The Dock

Get real about the fantasy world of rap, says Hanna Gelana. Abraham Lincoln once said “Who writes the Nation's songs, shapes the Nation's souls”. But are...

Animated About Anime

Kay Ayed discovers a new anime artist From May 27-29th, Comic Con comes to ExCel in East London for the second time this year. Fans of...

Who Are You Calling ‘Paleo’?

Going back to the diet of our ancestors does not make you a troglodyte, insists Nika Jazaee. There is no secret that I enjoy writing...

Too Far To Reach?

The Reach outruns the rumours that preceded it, reports Tom Hedley. But it has yet make inroads into its own constituency. Dropping just shy of...

Vinyl Junket

Aurora Krogh gets high on Hackney’s oil-based music party. “The world's first festival for vinyl lovers,” claims Flying Vinyl. Taking over Shapes, the warehouse venue...

Vive La France (In Spitalfields)

Paris is not within spitting distance, but Sammie Curry was transported there from E1. I had walked out of London, and stepped into Paris. Confronted with...

Saturday Night’s All Right For Foodies

The Urban Food Festival is back. Every Saturday until December, the Euro Car Park in Shoreditch will be packed with stalls and trucks featuring...

Tower Of Inspiration

Kawther Ayed offers a personal response to the death of Iraqi-born British architect Zaha Hadid. British architecture has been mourning the loss of one of...

Chefs At Work

In the second part of her series on The Food Chain, Nika Jazaee follows the fish she saw bought at Billingsgate Market into the kitchen...

Falling In Love Again

Schahrazade Halfaoui finds freedom from digital overload in Libreria. A new bookshop that aims to help customers disengage from the digital world has launched in...

Goulding’s Good To Go

Drew Goodsell got value for money from Ellie Goulding’s lengthy set at the O2 arena. Thursday 24 March was the penultimate date in the European...

Sunflower Bean In Bethnal Green

The New York trio stays polished and keeps it real at the same time, reports Aurora Krogh. “Easier said than done”. Describing how it feels...

Paint And Light In The Tunnel

Schahrazade Halfaoui goes South to SE1 where the graffiti comes from. Next to House of Vans near Waterloo, Leake Street tunnel is the go-to place...

Easter Is The Time To Resurrect Your Inner Child

Miss Carrot dictates what to do with yourself at Easter. Nika Jazaee took notes. Enough with preaching what Easter really stands for. Regardless of religion...

Rudimental Reach Out To The Cheap Seats

When Rudimental got the whole arena rocking, Emma Brand joined in with the best of them. You might assume that being in the front seats...

Calling All You Bunnies!

Our columnist Miss Carrot has dictated her early Easter message to Nika Jazaee. Easter is not solely a Christian festival – as some may erroneously...

East London Model Spotted Up West!

Jonathan Tagle recognised a fellow East Londoner at a fashionable après-ski in Soho. Eighteen-year-old East Londoner Tiago Coluna was one of the models chosen by...

Leading Lights of Soho Fashion

Jonathan Tagle goes backstage in Soho. In early 2012, three brothers accidentally reinvented the bow tie. Now they are the international luxury fashion brand Velvsoir,...

Bridal But Not Traditional

Adiba Khatun sat close to the catwalk at this year’s ground-breaking Asiana Bridal Show. https://vimeo.com/158028630 This year’s Asiana Bridal Show – the fifteenth in the ongoing...
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East London, Set The Table Right

Tom Hedley writes an Open Letter to fashionable eateries and hostelries at this end of town. Dear East London, if you make me eat off...

Landscapes Of London: 400 Years Apart

Tom Hedley introduces two depictions of London with four centuries under the bridge between them. Sketch artist Robin Reynolds recently unveiled his panoramic drawing of...

The Everyday Buyer’s Guide to Comic Cons

Alessandro Carrara walks through the pros and cons of numerous nerd conventions taking place annually in East London. When it comes to nerd conventions there...

Dear Entertainments Officer, Book Us Some Magic, Please!

Aurora Krogh notifies the UEL students' union Entertainments Officer: what we want is The Magic Gang; when do we want them - now! The Magic...

African Fashion In London: Integration Or Colonisation?

African Fashion Week, Africa On The Square – a series of recent events in London has put African fashion on the map like never...

Africa Comes To Market

The African Market showcases ethnic fashion, arts & crafts, delicacies and street foods, natural beauty products and traditional music, featuring a selection of African...

Date Or Mate – Dress To Impress On Saturday Night

Samantha Catherine Curry shows how you can paint the town red – either with your mates or preferably on a hot date. Whether you’re indulging...

Institute of Other: Revealing The Magazines You’ve Never Heard About

Callum Crumlish travels to Old Street to address the question of printed matter. Answer: yes, print still does and here's why. On Saturday 6th February,...

Let’s Get Serious

Jayce-Ebony Bell believes that 'these serious times' call for a new way of reporting what's happening to us. Indya Longmore-Oates recites her reading of...

Exposing Victoria’s Secret

On Valentine’s Day what you wear underneath matters more than the outfit. For all you East London ladies, our fashionista Samantha Curry is recommending...
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Golden Shit Hits The Right Spot

https://vimeo.com/148872415 Intrepid reporters Jenny Cottee (words) and Sydney Kauffman (video) enjoyed the shock of their lives at a not-yer-typical East End song-and-dance night. Be warned! With...
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Designs On Dobre’s Religion

https://vimeo.com/152181079 Jonathan Tagle observes that the Dobre collection at Men's Fashion Week evoked Romanian tradition. As part of London Collections Men aka Men's Fashion week, I received...

Canary Wharf Sparkles In Winter

Kay Ayed sees the light shining on the Wharf. The bright lights of Canary Wharf's towers already provide quite the spectacle after dark, but that...

‘Tis The Season To….Enjoy Our Top TV Picks

Christmas TV is traditionally the best on the box all year; and 2015 is no exception. Here are just a few of the festive...

Size Matters

Phobbie Nicholas traces the journey of Plus Size Fashion from the USA to East London. According to online fashion industry website Fashion United nearly a...

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