Post by: Rebecca Sentance

Hugh Duffie and Luke Suddards, founders of Saddows London, sit side-by-side on a green sofa


Hackney’s sexiest new startups

26 Mar , 2015  

We all know that Hackney is a hub of bright new ideas and bold business innovation, with startups and pop-ups flocking to the borough to set up shop. But which are the sexiest startups to launch in Hackney recently? Here are our four picks: Sandows London You’ve never had coffee like this before. Sandows London […]


Hackney’s Top 5 Parks and Gardens

24 Mar , 2015  

You might not think of Hackney as a haven for greenery, but the borough is actually home to the largest expanse of green spaces in inner London. From vast recreational grounds to small, leafy hideaways, Hackney’s parks hold seventeen Green Flag awards between them. It all adds up to a lot of space where you […]

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An image of the LGBT rainbow flag.


6 best LGBT hotspots in Hackney

17 Mar , 2015  

Has there ever been a better time to be queer in Hackney? This might seem like an odd question to ask with two LGBT favourites in the area, The Joiners’ Arms on Hackney Road and The Nelson’s Head on Horatio Street, both closing their doors in the past few months. But in many ways Hackney’s […]

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A tote bag with the Draughts café logo hangs in front of stacks of board games


Crowdfunding gets Haggerston businesses rolling

21 Nov , 2014  

London’s first ever board game café recently became the third crowdfunded business in the past year to make its home in Haggerston, Hackney.   The café, Draughts, opened in a converted railway arch on Acton Mews last Saturday, 15 November. It raised a large portion of its funds from a campaign on popular crowdfunding website […]

Matilda Tristram cradles her month-old son James to her chest in the sunshine


Matilda’s memoir educates about cancer

20 Nov , 2014  

A woman who underwent treatment for bowel cancer whilst pregnant has turned her experience into an opportunity to educate and enlighten others – with a graphic novel. Matilda Tristram, 32, who was a resident of Hackney Road, Haggerston at the time of her diagnosis, was faced with the heart-rending choice of having an abortion, delaying […]


Londoners aren’t board with new gaming cafe

18 Nov , 2014  

London’s first board game café welcomed throngs of gaming fans at its opening last Saturday. Draughts Café, which is located in a converted railway arch on Acton Mews in Haggerston, is the brainchild of board game lovers Toby Hamand and Nick Curci. It was partly funded by a highly successful crowdfunding campaign on website Kickstarter […]


Geffrye Museum in £11m Development Funding Bid

9 Nov , 2014  

Haggerston’s Geffrye Museum is hoping to be awarded an £11 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to expand its premises. The Geffrye Museum, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, preserves some of the best local history the area has to offer, and receives over 100,000 visitors annually. The museum is free to […]

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A row of colourful vintage lamps are lined up along a table as part of an exhibition at Midcentury East furniture show


Midcentury Modern Meets 007

16 Oct , 2014  

A vintage furniture show held an exhibition in a Hackney school last Sunday, with an intriguing James Bond twist. Midcentury East, the East London incarnation of the celebrated Midcentury Modern design show, holds regular exhibitions at Haggerston School. Some may not know, however, that the school was designed by a Hungarian-born architect named Erno Goldfinger […]

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Fresh farm-grown food for Haggerston

9 Oct , 2014  

A forward-thinking food collective which brings the local community together with the farmers who grow their food has just launched in Haggerston.  The Food Assembly, whose slogan is “Yes to local!”, held a launch party at TripSpace Projects in Acton Mews on Monday, 6 October. Entry was free to meet and get to know the […]