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Events startup Sofar Sounds is bringing back the magic of live music to London and across the globe

Credit: Matt Grayson

At nightfall one Sunday evening, I found myself following Google Maps to a secret location in Hackney, armed with a basket laden with blankets, snacks and drinks.

I arrived at my first Sofar Sounds gig, in the basement of a kebab shop, with five minutes to ...

2018-12-14 06:17 open_in_new
How 1Love Community is filling an abandoned row of shops on Pepper Street, Isle of Dogs, with community projects to benefit residents and Canary Wharfers

Less than a 20-minute walk from Canary Wharf lies Pepper Street.

It is lined with empty, brick shop fronts.

All is quiet on an average weekday morning, except for the buzz of what’s to come over the next few weeks and months.

A social initiative called 1Love Community has set ...

2018-12-13 11:06 open_in_new
Renowned chef Stevie Parle brings handmade pasta to the Giant Robot food court in Canary Wharf, with Pastaio

Credit Matt Grayson

On a Thursday lunchtime, Giant Robot Canary Wharf is abuzz with office workers on the hunt for a quick, rooftop lunch.

The latest stall to join the party, which launched in late November, is Pastaio.

Chef Stevie Parle is no stranger to street food, having ...

2018-12-12 11:26 open_in_new
Wharf Kitchen welcomes Canary Wharf’s first all-vegan eatery

Credit: Matt Grayson

Until November 29, Canary Wharf had a vegan-shaped hole in its food and drink offerings.

But now its first all-vegan restaurant is bringing veggie burgers and fries to Wharf Kitchen, Canary Wharf’s newest food court in Jubilee Place.

“It’s been ...

2018-12-11 06:08 open_in_new
Why investors should consider buying at Berkeley Homes’ Royal Arsenal Riverside development

Where to put all that cash?

Bricks and mortar have lost none of their appeal as a long-term vehicle for investment and London, despite recent market wobbles and the uncertainty of Brexit remains an attractive option.

A world city with unparalleled lifestyle facilities, it stands ...

2018-12-10 14:24 open_in_new
H Learn about the relationship between humans and technology at the Barbican’s upcoming show AI: More Than Human
“AI is everywhere and nowhere,” said Dr Suzanne Livingstone, co-curator of the Barbican Centre’s upcoming exhibition, AI: More Than Human. “It’s quite abstract and intangible – it’s code. We can’t ...
2018-12-07 11:47 open_in_new
Is Disco Yoga the most fun exercise class in east London?

In my first year of university, I started practising Iyengar Yoga. I was looking for exercise classes at student prices and this one took place next door to my halls.

I didn’t know beforehand Iyengar obsessively focused on precision of posture and alignment.

Our teacher was ...

2018-12-07 11:47 open_in_new
Telford Homes unveils show apartments at The Liberty Building and offers buyers a deposit match

Developer Telford Homes has launched a pair of apartments to showcase property at The Liberty Building.

It’s also aiming to tempt buyers in the run-up to Christmas with a promise to match any purchaser’s deposit up to the value of 5% of the apartment they’re reserving at the ...

2018-12-06 20:02 open_in_new
Buy alternative, handmade arts and crafts gifts at Urban Makers Christmas Market in Mile End
Christmas shopping doesn’t have to mean hauling yourself through the Oxford Street hoards, weighed down by shopping bags stuffed with the same mass-produced trinkets that you bought last year. At the Urban ...
2018-12-06 20:02 open_in_new
How Canary Wharf workers can learn to roll sushi at a Saturday morning class at Billingsgate Fish Market
Photo Credit: Matt Grayson “Peel back the gills and have a sniff,” says Silla Bjerrum, the Japanese-trained chef running the Billingsgate Seafood Training School’s sushi and sashimi workshop. It’s 9am on ...
2018-12-06 20:02 open_in_new
New Greenwich events venue Magazine is announced for autumn 2019

Greenwich Peninsula might be home to the world’s most successful entertainment venue – The O2 – and is a short cable car ride from the vast expanses of the Excel centre in Royal Docks.

But a fresh arrival thinks it’s found a niche.

Magazine – a multipurpose, 3,000-capacity ...

2018-12-04 11:21 open_in_new
Is it possible to survive on just surplus food for an entire working week in Canary Wharf?

In the UK, over 100,000 tonnes of edible food goes to waste every year. That’s 250 million meals in the bin.

One Swedish startup is on a mission to not only save surplus grub, but offer a business-minded solution to restaurateurs, too.

Having launched in Stockholm and migrated to ...

2018-12-03 05:56 open_in_new
How Omid Djalili will bring the news to stand-up at Wilton’s Music Hall

By Rebecca Burns

British Iranian comedian Omid Djalili says it loud – he’s a schmuck and he’s proud.

And it’s this schmuckness (if there is such a word) that he brings to the stage in his stand-up show Schmuck For A Night.

“I am a universal schmuck, I bring some ...

2018-12-03 05:56 open_in_new
How Rhonda Drakeford brought Darkroom to the Royal Docks
Photo Credit: Matt Grayson With the blocks of ABP rising, Crossrail set to arrive in 2019, London City Airport expanding and vast tracts of land sprouting housing developments, no further argument need be ...
2018-11-30 13:53 open_in_new
Head to Royal Docks to test out whether you’re worth of becoming an Avenger, at the new Marvel Avengers STATION show at Excel

From now until next spring, visitors to Excel in Royal Docks have the opportunity to step into the Marvel cinematic universe.

A custom-built version of Tony Stark’s lab has been constructed in the main piazza of the conference and exhibition centre’s main piazza ready to welcome ...

2018-11-30 13:53 open_in_new
Construction begins at Royal Docks’ new Pontoon Reach development

East London’s Royal Docks is experiencing a major regeneration, with £314million being pumped into developing the area.

Riding the wave of that boost is a collection of new apartments at Pontoon Reach, E15, from property developer Redrow and one of London’s largest Housing ...

2018-11-30 11:47 open_in_new
How Mousetail Coffee went from a mobile van to four speciality shops

Credit: Matt Grayson

By Rachel Bishop

For Estonian-born couple Kristel Parts and Margus Varvas moving to London 10 years ago was “a no-brainer”.

Since then they have set up thriving business Mousetail, with stores in Whitechapel, Borough and Deptford and two carts at West ...

2018-11-30 11:47 open_in_new
Homes at Telford Homes’ Calders Wharf development go on sale

A bit’s changed since Canaletto sat down on the southern tip of the Isle Of Dogs to paint the view across the Thames.

However, modern eyes viewing his 1750-52 work A View Of Greenwich From The River – tall-masted craft and rowing boats aside – will recognise much of the outline of ...

2018-11-29 11:38 open_in_new
Greek street food comes to Canary Wharf with the launch of The Athenian

Credit: Matt Grayson

For Neofytos Christodoulou, who’s lived in London for almost 15 years, opening a street food joint in Canary Wharf is a homecoming.

“I used to work there, in investment banking for JP Morgan,” the 33-year-old Greek Cypriot said from The Athenian stall at ...

2018-11-29 05:20 open_in_new
How Royal Arsenal Riverside is changing Woolwich as a destination for buyers

Credit: Matt Grayson

Royal Arsenal Riverside, Berkeley Homes 5,000-property transformation of Woolwich, delivers unobstructed views of the Thames, duplex layouts and access to one of the largest health clubs created for a private development in London.

Already well connected with ...

2018-11-28 12:32 open_in_new
Sir Ian McKellen kicks off nationwide tour at The Space on the Isle Of Dogs

Scan down the list of theatres on Sir Ian McKellen’s forthcoming tour in celebration of his 80th birthday and it seems there’s barely an area of the country the actor won’t be gracing.

His recently announced solo show is scheduled for 80 stages across the UK including dates in ...

2018-11-28 06:14 open_in_new