September 24 2014 Latest news:
A community arts centre toasted its 130-year history with an exhibition to kick off its annual arts festival.
The history of Bethnal Green’s Rich Mix building as a fashion house is being explored in a new exhibition.
A broken down freight train this morning has caused cancellations or delays of up to 20 minutes on the London Liverpool Street to Shenfield line.
As the vote for Scottish independence approaches the debate is shifting to how best to protect the future of the NHS. Scottish nationalists claim creeping privatisation is rapidly eroding the very principle of free medical care on demand and say the future of the NHS is not safe with Westminster.
Turner Prize winner Mark Wallinger is curating this year’s renowned Bow Arts Open Show being staged in an old pickle factory.
Natalie Wilcox is taking on all six roles in the play she has written about life in London’s East End at the height of the Second World War.
The newly elected Tower Hamlets is finding its feet. Whilst the membership has changed, no fewer than seventeen of the forty five councillors are newly elected, other things remain constant. At our first full business meeting in July the Mayor, as usual refused to answer questions from either councillors or the public.
The streets of Mile End are the setting for author Penny Hancock’s new psychological thriller, A Trick of the Mind.
The harrowing stories of refugees fleeing Syria are told in a exhibition exploring what it means to be in transit.
Fancy having your dog judged by Rankin?
A star-studded showcase of British actors will take place in Stratford tomorrow, featuring comedian and actor Lenny Henry. MonologueSlam UK at the Theatre Royal Stratford East will give actors of all backgrounds a chance to perform in front of prestigious industry pros.
Almost an entire month of free cultural activities has been dedicated to young people over the summer holiday.
A retrospective of paintings by a local artist whose work has played a role in the borough’s history is being featured in a special exhibition.
It’s just a kids toy—well, not according to lawyer-turned-LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya.
The last few weeks have been exceptionally busy for the police in Tower Hamlets. We started July off with the by-election under great scrutiny, went immediately on to the large music festivals in Victoria Park, Field day and Lovebox and then continued with some of our major relgious festivals. Fortunately, despite all the demands on our resources, we were able to keep all the usual elements of our service going as normal and crime continues to fall.
A new exhibition in Bethnal Green will explore the themes of dictatorship, war and modernity.
Boxing demonstrations will be among the attractions on offer at an event celebrating the life of local flyweight hero Terry Spinks.
The history of London’s East End is being explored in a new exhibition by artist Beverley-Jane Stewart.
It’s often said that the NHS is one of Britain’s best-loved institutions. Anyone who has seen the care it provides for our families and friends would agree with this without a second thought. Yet sometimes, our community comes together to remind us just how much local NHS services mean to them.
We still have more than 800,000 young people unemployed in the UK and a rate of youth unemployment almost three times the overall rate. Yet it emerged last week that the government’s flagship youth unemployment initiative has been scrapped. What is going on?
An exciting young British-Bengali band who combine traditional Bangladeshi songs with modern arrangements will bring their extraordinary sound to the East End ahead of the launch of their debut album.
If it’s an adventure on the Baltic Sea—count me in. What freelance journalist who obsessively watches TV’s The Bridge and loved the Onedin Line as a kid wouldn’t jump at the chance to try a Baltic adventure of great and small ships? writes Allis Moss.
The last week before Parliamentary recess has been dominated by foreign news; the Israeli military strikes in Gaza and the downing of the aircraft over the Ukraine.
Antipodean rockers, Formidable Vegetable Sound System managed to “cultivate” a wildly dancing crowd at Lovebox on July 19.
Last week many of our council and teaching staff took park in national strike action against the pay freezes imposed by the government. I supported them in that action. Low pay is driving more and more people into financial distress. It may surprise readers to know the majority of those in receipt of benefits are now from working families due to low wages, part-time working and rising living standards. Everybody deserves a decent wage. I was proud that Tower Hamlets was one of the first London councils to introduce the London Living Wage, some five years ago, to support some of our lowest paid staff.
This weekend will once again see Victoria Park turn into a fully-blown festival for 48 hours as Lovebox comes back to town for the tenth time.
Teenagers can take part in a magical bush craft experience they will remember for years to come, as they listen out for bats in Hyde Park, swim in its lake and ride horses.
Having failed to become Mayor, I am busily throwing myself back into my work at City Hall. And there is plenty to do. For a candidate an election is a very public, and thrilling, adventure. But afterwards normal life goes on. And in a democracy we live with the result.
The famous Bikeworks centre in Cambridge Heath Road shared its top cycling spots in Tower Hamlets ahead of the Tour de France.
What better way to get into the Tour De France spirit than cycle the course a week ahead of the famous race?
Two brothers have been found guilty of manslaughter for leaving a man to die in the freezing waters of Shadwell Basin dock in east London in an unprovoked attack.
The Scottish Saltier is flying over the old Stratford Town hall with Newham Council backing the ‘Better Together’ campaign as Scotland votes tomorrow on whether stay in or quit the UK. Newham’s directly-elected mayor, Sir Robin Wales, is a proud Scot and an ardent supporter of a United Kingdom who genuinely believes we are better as a united island. The ‘yes’ voters who want an independent Scotland have won support, unsurprisingly, from English Democrats who believe England should have its own Parliament—like the Scots—because they believe we would prosper without having to support the rest of Britain:
Whether you’re heading off on a coach trip, cruising along the Rhine or jetting off to distant lands, there’s nothing better than delving into a good book while away on holiday.