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The Financial Power of Social Media

In today's society the different social media networks such as: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are providing people with a platform not only to communicate...

New Wine In Old Stations

You might think it’s just a Tube station which suffered a bad case of redevelopment back in the 1970s. But Old Street was recently...

TfL Plan Will Benefit East London

Four London Underground lines which run through the heart of East London are to profit from improvements proposed by the Mayor of London in...

Secret Twist On Classic Christmas Shop

When it comes to finding the perfect Secret Santa present, it’s all too easy to run out of ideas. That cousin you’ve spoken to...
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Holly’s Not Just Jolly

It was that time of year again when John Lewis leaves aims to leave its mark on the world with its Christmas special advertisement....
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Paris In The Springtime?

France's chief financial regulator has admitted that several London-based banks are negotiating to move some of their operations to Paris. Paris is one among many...

Bell Tolls For Whitechapel Foundry

The oldest bell foundry in the world will close its doors in May 2017, the Whitechapel Bell Foundry has confirmed. Since the company was founded...

Peruvian Wharf Redevelopment

Peruvian Wharf will be put back to use after the Port of London Authority sealed a deal to acquire the site from its previous...

Trucking On To Xmas: It’s The Real Thing

The iconic Coca Cola Truck began its nationwide Christmas journey in Spitalifields last week. The truck's bright lights, festive music and fake snow entertained...

Discovering Dark Sugars

Caffeine is key to London life and where you get your fix is a big deal. Brand loyalty generally means Costa’s on one side...

Quids In For Royal Docks Regeneration

Chinese developer ABP has promised to invest £1.7 billion in an eight-year project to regenerate the Royal Albert Dock area of East London. The...

When ‘Have A Break…’ Goes Upmarket

'Have a break, have a KitKat' at Westfield's Chocolatory - but make it quick. The design-your-own chocolate pop-up store is only there for a...
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Banks Unsettled By Brexit Vote

Some of the largest international banks based in Britain are planning to leave London due to the Brexit vote, according to a warning from...

For-Never 21?

The American high street store Forever 21 closed the doors of its Stratford store in May 2016. It had occupied 67,940 square feet across...

Shooting Their Way To The Top?

London Shoot Fighters is widely known as a mixed Martial Arts and Combat Sports gym.

From Shouts of ‘Paki’ To Equal Opportunities For Retail Therapy

Hanna-Mariam Chowdhury observes the changing fortunes of South Asian Muslims in East London. East Ham's Green Street strikes today's casual shopper as a colourful array of...

Green Street Is The Height Of Fashion

The high-end Muslim fashion label, Aab Collection, has opened a flagship boutique in East Ham. Its modestly modern attire includes military-style jacket-abayas, vibrantly printed ethnic...

East London Is Dead?

Certainly not yet. But Alex Blacklock finds that the Shoreditch creative scene is already faltering. To say that East London is currently a creative hub,...

Diary Of A Hipster Ad Exec (Not Such A Bad Person After All)

What’s it really like being one of those people you love to hate? Advertising account director Sophy Woltman gives...an account of herself. Sophy Woltman works...

Get Me To The Docks On Time

Cally Skinner insists that improved transport links are key to the prospective rise of the Royal Docks. London is moving East. More businesses are starting...

Popping Up All Over The Place

Tourists are welcome here, says Cally Skinner. Though sometimes we love to hate them. London. The Big Smoke. LDN. Whatever they’re calling it these days, tourists...

Panama Papers: Is That It?

Nika Jazaee wonders how much we have still not been told – and why. So that’s it, then. The prime minister of Iceland was obliged...

Concrete Jungle Goes Back To The Wood

Cally Skinner reports on the 'Toothpick', due to be the world's tallest timber building. Timber is set to take its place next to the concrete...

Hipsters Pack Their Bags As Shoreditch Makes Way for Stratford

Drew Goodsell reveals plans to turn Stratford's East Village into the new Shoreditch, thanks to a new influx of independent businesses. Photo by Sludge G....

Deal Of The Decade?

West Ham United’s move from the Boleyn Ground to Stratford’s Olympic Stadium will cost a mere £2.5 million per annum in rent, according to...

Would You Ride the “World’s Longest and Tallest” Slide?

Construction work is underway to turn a monumental work of art into London's most exhilarating tourist attraction. Photo by Aleem Yousaf. Available for use under...

Ducking, Diving and Sports Merchandising

Drew Goodsell reckons it’s not true that street stallholders are only interested in ripping us off. In recent times, mainstream media seem to have taken...

Africa Comes To East London

Tasharna Brown Taylor strolls into Spitalfields and sees an array of African prints. At the end of last month, old Spitalfields market was turned temporarily...

Canadian Investors Complete City Airport Swoop

A Canadian-led consortium has won the battle to purchase London City Airport, with the deal expected to cost the new owners around £2bn. London City...

Big Boxes Parked Up For The Long Haul

Cally Skinner revisits the Shoreditch Boxpark, East London's most established site for pop-up businesses. Boxpark is a collection pop-up retail outlets and services housed in...

Low Brow versus High Brow – And That’s Just The Prices

Hair removal consist of a thin thread of cotton (or polyester) doubled, twisted and rolled over areas of unwanted hair, removing rows of hair...
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HSBC: Not Going But Staying (For Now)

The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) was considering whether to move its international headquarters to Hong Kong; but after a thorough, 10-month...

Docklands: What Was All That About?

Top-down development imposed on a de-industrialised area with local people locked out of any possible benefits? Or a gradual process of new money coming...

Riding On The Backs Of The Fans

With the winter transfer window still upon us, Drew Goodsell asks how much football fans really benefit from ‘lucrative’ shirt sponsorship deals. Football shirts don’t...

‘Tis The Season…To Work In A Toy Department

What does Christmas feel like from the other side of the shop front? Chanel Etienne went to Westfield Stratford to find out. Christmas is just...

Shopping For Football Clothes

Drew Goodsell samples the cut-price football gear on sale in Green Street. Busy Green Street greeted me as I stepped off of the Tube at...

Tech City’s Last Stand?

The light will go out in Tech City, warns Hannah Blacklock, unless the creatives take a stand against corporates. The number of businesses located in...

Ducking, Diving and Sports Merchandising

Drew Goodsell previews his ongoing investigation into official and unofficial marketing of sports gear. Sports merchandising is a multi-million-pound industry, with sports teams and well...

Who Are Ya?

Canary Wharf is an iconic location. Some people love to hate it – to them it symbolises the evils of financial greed and the...

Consumer’s Guide To Season Tickets: never mind the team, feel the low cost

Michael Southey is joining the race to the lowest-priced season ticket, regardless of the football team he really supports. The prodigious cost of watching professional...

Locked In, Lucked Out

Cally Skinner did not get lucky at Westfield’s discount day for students. If you ever were a Boy Scout you might remember the motto ‘and...

Tracking The London Bridge Station Situation

Tom Strudwick gets underneath developments at London Bridge station – and the barriers to completion. In case you hadn’t noticed, there are a few changes...

Fifty Shades Of Brown

Rudy Omisore gets under the skin of the beauty cream business. Women of colour in the UK spend on average six times more than...

Can The Pop-Up Keep It Up?

Hannah Blacklock brings her six-month series on the pop-ups of East London to an affirmative conclusion. For most of us, a pop-up is a fleeting...

Gaming Goes East

Callum Crumlish joins the computer gamers dropping in to Tobacco Dock East London has its fair share of cultural conventions, from foreign-food markets to comic...

The Rise Of Pop-Up: Why East London?

Hannah Blacklock wonders why East London has become the second home of pop-up. Los Angeles was the founding father of the pop-up phenomenon. In America, they...

From Pop-Up To Set-Up

Hannah Blacklock sees a 'travelling' café turn into an East London fixture. Starting in 2012 as a partnership between Jackson Boxer, Missy Flynn, Gabriel Pryce...

Trainer Takeover At Truman’s

Hannah Blacklock feels well-heeled at the Crepe City convention. Trainer connoisseurs from across the globe recently descended on The Old Truman Brewey for the 13th...

Popping Up For Marketing Purposes

Hannah Blacklock reviews the use of temporary pop-ups by long-lasting, big name brands. At the Box Park pop-up site in Shoreditch, you will find established...

Ethical Uptick

Hannah Blacklock finds a pop-up with a moral purpose. Pop-ups are not just about making a quick buck, marketing your brand or upping your street-cred. Mazí...

Keash On Delivery

Hannah Blacklock enjoys being upbraided in Hoxton. Keash Braids is the collaborative brainchild of two best friends from South London, Jessy Linton and Taiba Akhuetie....
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Playing About With Prices

Callum Crumlish misses out on Bethnal Green’s best buy. There’s a new pop-up shop in Bethnal Green – PlayStation '94 is timed to celebrate the...
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Fitness Regimes: greed is good!

Jasmine Wing invites Canary Wharf execs to exercise themselves to the limit. In the Financial Times columnist Lucy Kellaway has spoken out against execs exercising...

Who put the CON in SiliCON Roundabout?

On a visit to London Tech City, Matthew Wright wonders who's kidding whom. ‘The phrase “Silicon Roundabout” entered the consciousness of entrepreneurs with dizzying speed....
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Take A Pay Cut For Every Year You’ve Been Here!

Sian Davis reveals the topsy-turvy world of Basildon. You've been in the job seven years; your colleague has been doing it for just seven days....
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Now You See It….

Hannah Blacklock opens up the pop-up phenomenon. From a distance, there’s nothing out of the ordinary about a couple of jet black shipping container-esque blocks...
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Newham Keeps School Leavers In Education And Feels The Olympic Effect

Josh Harris and Steve Pauley report on the economic health of Newham, home to the University of East London. Newham has both high levels of...
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Media Centre Make-Over

Raj Mahil discovers the developers' plans for the Olympic Park Media Centre. The former Olympic Park Media Centre will attract a ‘world-class cluster’ of news...
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Reasons To Be Cheerful

Felix Denton detects green shoots in the East London economy With a one per cent rise in GDP from July to September 2012, Britain stumbled...
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West Ham Resilient Over Olympic Bid

Umida Ibrahimova reports on the Irons in the Olympic flame West Ham United have reaffirmed their interest in making the Olympics Stadium their new home ground from...

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