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A pantomime that ditches the cliches in a transpositive, all-gender-inclusive, queer mash-up

Writer and director of A Pair Of Pantos Hester Chillingworth

By Rachel Bishop

For millions of families the pantomime is a beloved part of the run-up to Christmas.

But the traditional festive show can certainly be accused of lacking sensitivity to modern gender issues.

One ...

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How East London Science School aims to create the scientists, engineers and medics of the future

Credit Matt Grayson

David Perks is a maverick.

The principal of the East London Science School founded it to deliver a rigorous education to its students whatever their background or ability, designed to equip them for life at the top echelons of society, be that in the towers of ...

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How Caramel Rock is helping youngsters gain fashion qualifications

Centre manager Sony Manku Credit: Matt Grayson

By Rachel Bishop

In one of the many new developments popping up in Gallions Reach is a charity that is making a massive difference to youngsters with challenging backgrounds who may otherwise have “fallen through the ...

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The Hackney entrepreneurs behind Afrocenchix have a two-word business plan for their all-natural haircare brand: ‘world domination’

Joycelyn Mate started experimenting with making hair products in her Birmingham university halls.

“The first hair oil I made had olive oil, glycerin and lavender oil in it,” she said.

“It wasn’t a very good mix. I didn’t know how to make it, I just researched online and ...

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How Five Points Brewery became one of east London’s leading craft beer producers in just five years

The first beer brewing experiment by Five Points Brewery co-founder Greg Hobbs didn’t quite go to plan.

“I was 15 years old,” he said, over a pint of the brewery’s new Jupa ale, at their Pembury Tavern taproom in Hackney Downs.

“My friend and I boiled up a tin of stuff and ...

yesterday 22:17 open_in_new
Digital Shadows eyes growth in 2019 as cybersecurity booms

Credit: Matt Grayson

Looking for a career change? Cybersecurity is a sector booming with opportunities.

So said Digital Shadows co-founder James Chappell when I caught up with the company at its Canary Wharf base recently.

“Our biggest challenge will always be finding skilled ...

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Tech startup moves to a new location as part of business expansions

There’s a sharp clarity to Christo Georgiev. But beneath the exacting buzzcut, lies a man who’s as affable and enthusiastic as he is focussed with a relentless energy on bringing card services to small merchants and sole traders.

The fintech startup he founded – myPOS – which is ...

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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 ...

2019-05-18 00:11 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 ...

2019-05-18 00:11 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 ...

2019-05-18 00:11 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 ...

2019-05-18 00:11 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 ...

2019-05-11 00:11 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 ...

2019-05-11 00:11 open_in_new
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 ...
2019-05-11 00:11 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 ...
2019-05-11 00:11 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 ...

2019-05-11 00:11 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 ...
2019-05-11 00:11 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 ...

2019-05-11 00:11 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 ...

2019-05-04 00:11 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 ...

2019-05-04 00:11 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 ...
2019-05-04 00:11 open_in_new