Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

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...

Who Do These ‘Creatives’ Think They Are?

Rudy Omisore is not impressed by on-set etiquette. It was fricking freezing, and what should have been a quick trip to Costa’s had landed me...

‘Tis The Season…To Bring New Orleans To Canary Wharf

Tom Hedley re-visits Crossrail Place to find the Big Easy going up market. Canary Wharf has produced some amazing eats in the past half-decade. At...
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Picking Holes In Kanye’s Clothing Line

Jayce-Ebony Bell accuses Kanye West of breaking a promise. Kanye West’s clothing line Yeezy, Season 2 seems to be trying to 'get down' with the street...

‘Tis The Season…..For Watching EastEnders

Emma Brand & Friends preview a ‘moderately big part of Christmas’. The EastEnders Christmas Special is known for being melodramatic. This Christmas in Albert Square is...

Stack Of Energy

Jayce-Ebony Bell talks to rising rap star Mo Stack. East End Grime artists such as Dizzie Rascal, Wiley, Lethal Bizzle and Kano have paved the way for...

‘Tis The Season For……Hyper Priced Japan?

Held in East London's Tobacco Dock, this year's Hyper Japan’s Christmas Market seemed to be a roaring success. It was filled to the brim...

Emily Jacir: Material Sadness

Marius Holtan is moved by an exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery. The highlight of the Emily Jacir: Europa exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery is an...

’Tis The Season To….Pick The X-Factor Winner

Emma Brand listened in while her flatmates judged the final show in this year’s X-Factor series. You know it’s nearly Christmas when it’s time for...

1991 – 2015: Asian Weddings Then And Now

Adiba Khat sees change and continuity in the recent history of Eastern wedding belles. Young mother Salma Begum, aged 26, has been married for only...

Busted No More

Emma Brand can't help being excited about the Busted reunion tour. It was the day people up and down the country had been waiting for. The...

Stone Baked In Shoreditch

Tom Hedley goes the extra Yard. Slap-bang in the centre of Shoreditch, there’s plenty to love about Yard. Its super-airy, warehouse-themed space will make for...

Lounge With The TOWIE Look

Samantha Curry luxuriates in loungewear loved in Essex. TOWIE star Nicole Bass is not only wearing her new loungewear products from fashion brand Belle Luxe....

Night Of Angels

Samantha Curry reveals the Victoria Secret show. Earlier this week the Victoria Secret fashion show was held in New York. Three thousands guests watched 47...

Back to the Past, Present, Future

Jonathan Tagle meets Vuitton’s visitors. The recent Louis Vuitton Series 3 event near London’s Somerset House, entitled Past, Present, Future exhibited the Autumn/Winter 2015 creations...

Dual Vision of Ulster

Marius Moen Holtan visits two Ulsters without leaving East London. If you go down Heneage Street, an uninviting alley off Brick Lane, you will most...

The Early Chef Catches The Fish

In the first of a series on The Food Chain, Nika Jazaee goes to Market. It looks like a scene from a wartime field hospital:...

The Fabric of India

Hanna-Mariam Chowdhury weaves her way to the V&A. Indian culture is so enmeshed within British culture, especially in areas of East London such as Plaistow,...

Cosplay Versus Oddplay

Seconds away for the Cosplay showdown, hailed as the greatest clash since Ali v Frazier. In the red corner, Callum Crumlish insists it's not...

Blitzed Out

Jess Gray had never experienced anything like the music night at Brick Lane's Blitz retro store. I was recently invited to an in-store live music...

Wedding Belles

Adiba Khat will be grooming everything bridal in a new series on the art of the South Asian wedding. An elegant shade of red catches...

Comic Con Con?

Maybe not a rip-off but the Comic Con After Party was certainly a let down, according to Alessandro Carrara. It was already raining when I...

Girl Gang State Of Mind

Louise Wade is on a Skinny Girl Diet. Following the release of their ‘Reclaim Your Life’ EP, London’s latest all-girl punk band Skinny Girl Diet...

James Bond Comes To Canary Wharf

Coinciding with the spectacular UK release of SPECTRE, Everyman Cinema has the license to host an exclusive exhibition, 'The Name's Bond'. For one month only, Canary...

Smoking…..Without Endangering Health

Make-up artist Romani Saunders shows Jess Gray how to get that smokey effect in her eyes. Whether splashed all over your favourite magazines pages or...

Rising Feast: the Breakfast Club at Canary Wharf

Join the Breakfast Club, says Tom Hedley. You don't even have to get up early to do it. I don’t eat breakfast. Mornings start with...

When Faith First Met Fashion

Hanna-Mariam Chowdhury shares the joy at seeing the first hijabi in a fashion-related corporate video campaign. East London is home to thousands of young Muslim...

Same Difference: how hipster town just doesn’t add up

The Shoreditch vision of diversity is strangely uniform, observes Gabriela Fabretti. In Shoreditch and the surrounding area you will find people of many different tribes,...

The Festival of Daylight

Schahrazade Halfaoui dives into a daytime Diwali. The ancient Hindu festival of Diwali - or the Festival of Lights - signifies the victory of light...
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Hands Off Celebrities!

Slagging off sleb culture may be hip but Emma Brand is having none of it. A whole industry has been built around celebrity culture...

Striving For Strobing

Jess Gray draws the contours of London’s most fashionable look. Perhaps the hottest look in town is the famously ‘glam’ glow which Kim Kardashian and...

Comic Con Countdown

As October rolls around once again, the countdown to one of East London’s biggest pop culture events, MCM Comic Con, has begun. During the next...

Rooftop Film Club – See You Next Year

Callum Crumlish bids a fond adieu to one of the highlights of his summer. As the weather outside turns frightful, I can’t help feeling wistful...
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Snap, Crackle and Bop!

Only last week, when I first wrote about it, Brick Lane’s Cereal Killer café seemed harmless enough. I even recommended it as the place...

Cereal Saga

For some people, this year’s big hit has been Serial, the true-crime podcast. Others would opt for Cereal Killer, the Brick Lane café which...
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Now You See It, Now You Don’t

Zaskia Delgado lists London’s most obscure theatres. 1) Network Theatre This venue is actually hidden! To the point it doesn’t appear on many maps. It is...
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Fat Is A Womanly Issue

Tamisha Thomas takes an abused and abusive term in order to re-define it. The world is obsessed with dress size. With so much pressure to...
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Days Away From The Celebrity League

Martin Voller finds out why some fans prefer the non-celebrity side of football. Non-league football is a load of rubbish. The grounds are bad and...
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Nothing Comical About Nerdism

Seriously, London is set to become Nerd City this summer, according to Callum Crumlish. Nerd culture has become quite the money-making phenomenon in the past...
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First Night But No Nerves

Elise Briggs spoke to new club promoter Michael Griffin about his big adventure. Mike Griffin came from near the Highlands of Scotland to the badlands...

Brick Lane Fashion Shoot

JD Tagle takes us  into the world of East London fashion gurus Aaron Lesta Candal and Michael Angelo Sanchez. After a short wait I see...
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Please Put Your Daughter On The Stage (or at least let her know where...

Angie X, a drama student in higher education, says that the young people of East London need more angels to show them the way...

Very Rare Warehouse Catwalk

JD Tagle pulls some classic clothes out of storage. Very Rare EU is a new online store that stocks hand-picked branded vintage and retro clothing. Having used the store...

In The Vanguard Of Vintage

JD Tagle interviews Raheem Muhammed of online vintage shop  Very Rare EU What brands do you wear personally? I wear brands such as Nike, Adidas, Alexander...
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Café At The End Of The Journey

Maloko (the name means ‘journey’ in Cameroon) proves a fitting final destination for Nika Jazaee’s odyssey across East London eateries. Regardless of the weather, Maloko...

When All You Want Is ‘Out’ From The ‘In’ Crowd

Ebony Bell experiences the dangers of nightclub overcrowding. Overcrowding in UK venues and nightclubs is a serious issue. Section 53 of the Licensing Act, 2003...

From MOBO To NOBO?

Ebony Bell has a pop at urban music. Have the MOBO Awards lost their way, and does anyone really care anymore about who is going...

Hackney Boy Makes Good … Music

Ebony Bell meets DJ Ruff N Tuff. It's not often that a young aspiring DJ from the slums of Hackney gets recognition for his skills...
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For The Sake Of Secularism – Ban It!

In this modest proposal to ban all religious garb, Kay Ayed anticipates her new role as Rising East’s Hijabi Humorist. We’ve just about had enough...
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Sky Over Shoreditch

Emma Brand has been touched by the Sky Garden. The Sky Garden, high above the hustle and bustle of hipster Brick Lane, has one of...

Aske And Ye Shall Find A Decent Pub

Tom Hedley worships at The Old Haberdasher. New Cross wasn’t always androgynous pubs and chicken shops. In the seventeenth century the land belonged to the...
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Still Playing After All These Years

Callum Crumlish was posted to the Old Blue Last, one of the first live music venues in East London and now one of the...

Modesty Becomes You!

J.D. Tagle and Kawther Ayed spent a day in Stratford spotting the latest hijab styles. Although the hijab is a traditional symbol of modesty, Muslim...

Stories Of Summer

Hannah Blacklock says nothing’s tops the seasonal Shoreditch pop-up, Summer Tales. Summer Tales is back this May for all of your big kid, jungle-gym needs....
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We Need To Talk About Religion

Tamisha Thomas asks herself some searching questions about attitudes to Islam. Prologue: 23 February 2015 As I sat inside EAT in Westfield on what felt like the...

Elbow Room

Nika Jazaee refuses to give Elbows Cafe the cold shoulder. The brown and beige exterior of the family-owned Elbows Café next to Hackney’s Victoria Park...
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Theatre Of Debate

An East London based theatre is hosting a politically themed, interactive performance during the last few days before the general election on 7 May. Unicorn...

Full Stop

Nika Jazaee says stop right now in the name of good coffee. Yes, make a full stop when you get close to this café on...
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Come In For Coffee And You Won’t Want To Leave

Nika Jazaee gives maximum points to a café called Muxima. Muxima is your local hipster café, if you live in Bow. They don’t have a...

Finger Lickin’ Street Chicken

Sold from the side of a converted US Army ambulance in Elys Yard at Truman Brewery, Mother Clucker chicken is mother clucking good.   Mother Clucker’s...

‘Light Pink And Blackened On The Sides’

Tom Hedley is back in burger heaven. I’d had enough of micro-brewed ales and nine-cheese pizzas, so decided to make a Haché of it. I...

Secret Garden

Tom Hedley looks behind the door into the Barbican conservatory. Vines weave freely through what could be the remains of a long lost world. The Barbican...

From Amersham To Bunker

Tom Hedley enters two of south east London’s most celebrated venues. Camouflaged in graffiti, the Amersham Arms is a south east London landmark. Oft-praised in...
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Beer You Can Eat

Tom Hedley relishes the Peckham bistro opened by former Shoreditch chef James Beer. Peckham isn’t renowned for elegance. Not even slightly. But its reputation may...

Flowered Up

Nika Jazaee enjoys a little china down the Lane. Pretty Cuppa definitely lives up to its name. In the heart of Brick Lane you will...

Popping In For Fish And Chips

Cod comes well battered in the street behind Brick Lane, reports Emma Brand. The Brick Lane area is best known for curries – and before...

Writing On The Wall

Emma Brand cops an eyeful of East London’s graffiti. Opinion is divided over graffiti: some people say that writing on the wall is an art...

Drop In Whenever You Like

Continuing his tour round the religions of East London, un-believer Matt Wright encounters an (almost) unbelievably relaxed attitude when visiting the Hindu temple in...

The Importance Of Being Theatrical

Zaskia Delgado reports on a new manifesto for theatre in the UK. Advocacy organisation UK Theatre has drawn up an arts policy ‘wish list’ for...

Top Five Things To Scoff At This Easter

While stuffing your face might sound like the perfect way to spend the Easter holiday, you won’t want to end up with a muffin...
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Mind Your Excruciating Language!

The Hackney Miscarriage, East London's most insecure column, is even more distressed to hear the criminal distortion of English. It is likely that more languages...

Alan, The Busker With A Difference

Beatrice Groth is drawn to a different kind of busker on the streets of Stratford.   https://vimeo.com/123612995 As commuters of various cultures stream from Straford station, I...

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