Author: Emily Webber

Can anyone recommend somewhere for wedding dress alterations

Hi all, I am looking for recommendations for someone who can do wedding dress alterations and is local. Does anyone know anyone? Thanks »

Buckingham Palace ride out and Strongrooms party

This Saturday – meet at Carnaby Street and drive round London to Shoreditch More at »

Small grants programme open for bids

Voluntary and community sector organisations are being offered the chance to apply for funding to support projects that benefit Hackney residents. Funding of £1,000-5,000 is available in the latest round of small grants from the Hackney Voluntary and Community Sector Grants programme, for projects running from 1 October 2014 to 31 March 2015. Applications are being accepted until midday on 23 May.... »

Bannister Estate launches Hackney’s first solar energy co-op

Hackney’s first energy co-op has been formed by residents on the Banister House estate in Homerton who are keen to benefit from internships and work experience as well as a ring fenced community fund. The project has received seed funding and is due to install solar panels. More at: »

Beer vending machine in the Fox

The Fox in Haggerston have installed a beer vending machine in their pub for those that don’t want to wait at the bar, it may be the only beer vending machine in use in the UK. More details at: »

New loos on London Fields

New loos on London Fields

London fields has never been celebrated for it’s loos, but it now has some new ones, so the london field’s summer barbeque crowd can take care of business in comfort. “The new high profile public convenience building provide modern facilities for visitors to London Fields Park and the adjacent popular Broadway Market which comes alive during weekend trading periods. The project i... »

Rivington Street Pedestrianisation proposal

Rivington Street Pedestrianisation proposal

There is a consultation out about turing Rivington St into a pedestrianised zone, the proposal is to: • Introduce ‘Pedestrian Zone’ • Install ‘Pedestrian Zone’ signs • Install CCTV • In operation 24/7 • Access for loading 6am-6pm • Access for taxis at all times • Loading and taxis remain one way • special dispensation for residents/businesses two way access for cyclists. An... »

Allpress to open on Dalston Lane

Allpress coffee are opening a cafe and roastery on Dalston Lane and create a new Hackney inspired blend. Via the Dalstonist: »

Free internet in Hackney

The council have a page with all the libraries you can use the internet for free • access is free to library members • you must be a library member • use your library card number and library password to login • printing is not available via wifi • you can use the service for as long as you like within library opening hours. Added to that there are of co... »

Ram Place pop-up fashion market

The Barbican is creating a Jean Paul Gaultier inspired fashion market at Ram Place For nine days in July the roofless warehouse shell in Ram Place, in the new fashion hub off Morning Lane, will be transformed into a market celebrating contemporary alternative fashion and street style, along with workshops for budding ­designers. Encompassing a market, a fashion installation and a theatrical specta... »

Shelter launches project in Hackney to help families at risk

Shelter have launched the Hackney Family Service, which aims to tackle the problem of families at risk of losing their homes, and will offer intensive support to those most at risk of homelessness, and housing advice to hundreds more. To access support call Hackney Family Service on 0344 515 1447. via »

A gaming-themed cocktail bar coming to Stoke Newington

The Dalstonist has reported on a gaming cocktail bar relocating from soho to Stoke Newington. Loading Bar is opening this week in its new home at Scenario Bar, 97 Stoke Newington High Street. Their website isn’t live at the time of writing this, but their twitter bio says: “One of those lesser spotted gaming bars making game themed cocktails and hosting events with London Game Space at... »

Public bike sheds in Hackney

Never again will you come back to a wet bike seat, Loving Dalston has published about the new public bike sheds trial coming to Hackney »

Free shelves up for grabs

Hi all, I’m doing some redecorating and I have some shelves that I no longer have room for. They are in a good condition and free to the first taker. There are two sets: birch coloured EXPEDIT shelves 79×149 cm (4 x 2 shelves) and a billy bookshelf in a mahogany veneer (which they don’t make anymore) 40x28x106 cm »

Purim in Stanford Hill

If any of you were around Stanford Hill last weekend, you would have seen an array of costumes as the Jewish community celebrated Purim, which looked like a whole lot of fun. From wikipedia: Purim (Hebrew: About this sound פּוּרִים (help·info) Pûrîm “lots”, from the word pur פור,[2] related to Akkadian pūru) is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the d... »

“Don’t Let Their Stories End on The Streets” a project to help homeless kids get off the street

“Don’t Let Their Stories End on The Streets” a project to help homeless kids get off the street

Depaul UK, the youth homelessness charity, has enlisted a group of graffiti artists to create street art that tells young peoples’ stories, with the aim of helping them off the streets. The collaboration is part of a campaign for the charity by Publicis called “Don’t Let Their Stories End on The Streets”. You’ll find the work around Dalston and Shoreditch and on ... »

Tesco express Lower Clapton Road illuminated signs application

Tesco express Lower Clapton Road illuminated signs application

Not a big planning application, but I’m interested in this as it’s so close to me. I also clearly remember a condition being put on the planning application that it shouldn’t have an illuminated sign as it’s so close to a conservation area, hence the slightly nicer one that is there right now. I’ll do some digging around and see if that note was actually recorded at t... »

Prince Edward pub under threat

This came via twitter @fuckyeahhackney PLEASE help SAVE the Prince Edward pub. Come Sunday 5 PM – Let's RALLY! 97 Wick Road, E9. RT? — Lisa Devaney (@lisadevaney) March 14, 2014 More about the pub here: »

New Bulk Brew Bar in Shoreditch: Clipper Coffee Merchants

New Bulk Brew Bar in Shoreditch: Clipper Coffee Merchants

For Hackney coffee lover,s Clipper Coffee Merchants is Shoreditch’s (and London’s) first bulk brew bar, opening in March on Leonard Street. They will be sourcing coffee from all over the world and showcasing ever changing single origins, roasted at Ozone just up the road. Coffee specialists will be on hard to talk to customers about the “farm to cup” coffee and it’s origins... »

Hackney’s Youth Sports Fund

Hackney Council is on the look out for local sporting talent to apply for the latest round of Hackney’s Youth Sports Fund. Hackney Council’s Youth Sports Fund provides assistance to talented young athletes who are committed to becoming the best they can be in their chosen sport. Support of up to £500 is available on an annual basis through an application process. Furthermore the fund support... »

Mabley Green to be London’s First Edible Park

From Mabley Green users’ group: “Hackney Today, which goes out to over 100,000 households, carries the story of the council’s investment in parks including the Edible Park on Mabley Green (see P.7) – we are official now!” »

Hackney joins other borough to fight the Mayors ‘affordable’ rent

Eight borough councils including Hackney are challenging the Mayor of London’s Revised Early Minor Alterations (REMA) to the London Plan. “For many years, boroughs have been able to ensure new affordable housing is provided at rents local people can afford. Typically, in inner London that is 30-40 per cent of market levels. However, Boris Johnson is seeking to impose ‘affordable&... »

The Pony Tea party, cocktails and cake at The Hoxton Pony

The Pony Tea party, cocktails and cake at The Hoxton Pony

Some friends and I had the chance to partake in a tea party with a twist at the Hoxton Pony. As expected there is cake, but instead of tea, there is a choice of a cocktail to share served in tea cups from the Pony’s unique infusion jars, which keep the drink cold, whilst keeping the ice separate, so you don’t end up with a watery cocktail-like drink by the end. The choice of drinks is ... »

New gallery and events space at L’Entrepot

According to the Dalstonist, L’Entrepôt is opening a new gallery and events space in their basement opening at the end of March »

Cat sitter Recommendations

Hey, I’m interested in local cat sitter recommendations as I’ll be looking for someone to feed and play with a couple of cats for a week while I’m away in the next few months. Anyone have any local services they trust? »

My Haggerston

My Haggerston

My Haggerston is an in-depth community history project based in the Haggerston ward of Hackney. My Haggerston will involve local volunteers, businesses, community partners and Discover Hackney members to tell the rich story of Haggerston’s heritage over the last 200 years up to the present. More info at: All events will be added to the Yeah! Hackn... »

Macintyre Coffee

There is a great review of Macintyre coffee on Hoxton St (and attached to Shoreditch village hall) on blog Poppy loves “MacIntyre Coffee is the brainchild of Mr Alex MacIntyre, who lives in Haggerston, loves coffee and builds his own coffee grinders. That’s like being He-Man, as far as I’m concerned.” Read more here: »

Gap’s LivedIn Concept Store Opens in Shoreditch’s BoxPark

Gap have teamed up with up and coming creative talents like Theophilus London, British singer-songwriter Anna Calvi, actress Julia Garner and Swedish photographer Lina Scheynius to create their livedin concept. Along side they have opened a concept store on 5th March in boxpark, shoreditch via: »

Motorbike licence training / test recommendations

Last year I got a bigger bike (125cc), so re-did my CBT, I’m now keen to ditch the L plates and maybe go a bit bigger again. I have passed my motorbike theory test already, so I’m looking for recommendations of where to go to do the practical. Does anyone have any? I’ll do either the A2 or the full Direct Access rather than restrict myself to 125cc. I’d prefer to pay nearer... »

Hackney wins top transport award for its pioneering cycle schemes.

Hackney wins top transport award for its pioneering cycle schemes.

Hackney has won the award for Transport Borough of the year at the London Transport awards 2014 for its cycling and sustainability initiatives. More info at: and Pho... »

New Tapas bar 422 Mare street (basement)

It looks like a Tapas bar is opening under the Marina Cafe on Mare Street (top of the narrow way, which is currently classed as a minicab office More details at: »

Council tax frozen again (9th year)

The Hackney Gazette have reported another council tax freeze, which makes it the 9th year that it hasn’t risen. Although the budget has been set at £1.1billion budget for 2014/2015 – nearly £500,000 less than last year’s More at: »

Retired Caribbean Nurses

Retired Caribbean Nurses is a heritage lottery funded project by Black Women in the Arts, which aims to collect the stories of Caribbean nurses from 1945 to today. It will be turned into an exhibition at the Hackney Museum. They are holding their first gathering at the Vortex on 22 March. They are looking for people to share their stories for the project More detail at: http://retiredcaribbeannurs... »

Shoreditch Experimental Music School 1960

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Randy’s Wing bar

Randy’s Wing bar

Looks like The Star on Hackney Downs is breaking free of the pizza grip on Clapton and has Randy’s Wing bar in residence Monday – Saturday. Baked, not fried crispy wings from Norfolk hens. More details at: »

Hash Cafe in the former Dalston Lane Cafe

Looks like a new cafe is coming to Dalston Lane, in what was the Dalston Lane caffe It’s at 170 Dalson Lane and describes itself as: A short order all day café and bar. Specialising in modern, quirky twists on food and drinks from around the world, executed in a lively, friendly and casual environment. Find out more at: and »

The Geffrye’s Centenary year online gallery

The Geffrye’s Centenary year online gallery

To celebrate the museum’s 100th anniversary The Geffrye museum have published a selection of their favourite archive photographs in an online gallery and will be adding more throughout the year. You can see it here: »

Become an Abney Park Trust, trustee

Become an Abney Park Trust, trustee

via If you support the aims of the Abney Park Trust, please think about joining the trustee team We are looking for about 10 trustees for the next year to help the Trust fulfil its aims. You would need to: be able to devote on average 4 hours a week to the Trust be happy to act as part of a team with shared aims feel confident you can lead on overseeing and improvi... »

Little free library

Little free library

Spotted this on the corner of Elderfield Rd and Powerscroft Road, more at »

Hackney signs a friendship agreement with Austin, Texas

Hackney signs a friendship agreement with Austin, Texas

On Thursday, Austin City Council signed the paperwork to welcome Hackney as the newest member of it’s family. They have established a Friendship City agreement to foster exchange in the areas of high-tech and digital media, the creative industries, economic development, and sustainability. Partnership Outcomes via The city of Austin’s website: • Hackney Council created Hackney House Au... »