FEATURES

Digging up the past for Shakespeare Week

18 Mar , 2016  

In fair Shoreditch, where we lay our scene, archaeologists discovered the remains of one of the earliest Elizabethan playhouses, the Curtain Theatre. In June 2012 the initial excavation was carried out by MOLA. In 1993 Hackney Council placed a commemorative plaque on 18 Hewett Street, where they believed the theatre was once located. The excavation, […]

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FEATURES, LIFESTYLE

Welcome to ABQ, the bar bringing Breaking Bad to Shoreditch

17 Mar , 2016  

Everyone remembers the RV. Even if you’ve only watched the first episode with Walter White standing in a pair of unflattering white briefs as he pulls out a gun from his elastic waistband, you’ll remember Breaking Bad’s infamous RV. On walking up to Shoreditch’s answer to a Breaking Bad-style bar, it shouldn’t be surprising that […]

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NEWS

Is this cycle track near Old Street really the ‘worst in the world’?

16 Mar , 2016  

Hackney Council’s decision to build a cycle route around “a random collection of trees” near Old Street has been met with incredulity by cyclists, with one branding it “the worst cycle track in the world”. The world’s worst cycle track? Also looks like Hackney have chosen to position the "Superhighway" so that it has trees […]

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FEATURES, LIFESTYLE, SPORT

Come on Barbie let’s work out! We try the new fitness class

16 Mar , 2016  

I’m not sure if it’s meant to be ironic but reading the name of the class for the first time it dawns on me that Barbie can’t actually stretch. A by-product of her being made from several pieces of unmalleable plastic is that she is one of the least flexible toys you can buy. Bend […]

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women modelling

FEATURES, LIFESTYLE

Model business launches to challenge treatment of women

10 Mar , 2016  

A new modelling agency, launched two days before International Women’s Day, aims to challenge the treatment of women in the industry. With ten years of fashion experience between them, the founders of Linden Staub – Esther Kinnear-Derungs and Tara Davies – were disillusioned with how women were being treated. “We wanted to make a change,” Ms Davies explained. […]

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Liberation Foods

FEATURES, MONEY

Farmer-owned nut business takes home Hackney fairtrade award

10 Mar , 2016  

Shoreditch-based Liberation Foods is flying the flag for fairtrade goods. Thomas Macaulay finds out more Fairtrade is big business in Hackney. The council itself has had fairtrade status since 2008, and this year they added a category for best fairtrade business at the Mayor of Hackney’s Business Awards. The winner, announced on 23 February, was Liberation […]

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Airbnb

LIFESTYLE

The 7 best Airbnbs in Hackney

7 Mar , 2016  

Need a place to stay? Hackney Post breaks down some of the best Airbnb pads in the borough. Why stay in a fusty, unfriendly hotel, when you can live like a local? The “sharing economy” is massive these days, and Airbnb is at the heart of it. Here are seven of the coolest abodes for […]

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Hackney Marshes. Photo: Sludge G.

SPORT

Lib Dem candidate slams Mayor’s comments on Hackney Marsh

2 Mar , 2016  

Plans to build new football stadium on Hackney Marsh have descended into a bitter row after mayor Jules Pipe branding conservationists opposing the development as “tree huggers”. Tree-huggers Mr Pipe has since come under fire from Ben Mathis, Liberal Democrat candidate for Hackney South and Shoreditch, for his comments. At a council meeting last month, […]

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NEWS

Hackney success story pops up with business award

2 Mar , 2016  

A Hackney startup that grew into a global firm has celebrated winning the “best business” award at the Hackney Business Awards 2016. Nicholas Russell, founder and CEO of We Are Pop Up said: “Hackney is one of London’s creative and entrepreneurial epicentres, and our early, and current, customers reflect that spirit and drive.” Pop-up shops […]

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Street art on a CCTV camera in Hackney.

NEWS

Hackney has more security cameras than whole of Wales

1 Mar , 2016  

Hackney has more CCTV cameras than the whole of Wales, a new report has revealed. There are 2,900 security cameras in the borough, concentrated in Shoreditch and Hackney Central where the majority of crime occurs. However, it appears this dense surveillance network does not actually reduce the number of crimes committed, according to data from […]

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