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The long-awaited public inquiry into the future of the old Whitechapel Bell Foundry opens next week with two opposing camps fired up over controversial plans to convert it into a “boutique” hotel.

A virtual photography exhibition is opening to celebrate Black History Month.

A people’s campaign with 8,000 petitioners has lost the battle to save the industrial heritage of Bethnal Green gasworks with the world’s second-oldest gasometer.

Officials at the Tower of London are putting new government Covid regulations on ice for the coming winter.

The little-known tragedy of a wartime bomb that never exploded—yet had a “ripple affect” causing 600 deaths in an east London school—is being uncovered by BBC investigators.

A memorial service has been held to pay tribute to seven firefighters who lost their lives at the start of the Blitz.

You’d hardly believe it but this is the 21st century “new look” that’s planned for the ageing Bethnal Green Road market.

Youngsters are set to make a splash in Wapping putting their views on a wall near you about social justice.

Protesters have been waving banners against iconic East End landmarks with “social distance” from each other to change Britain’s voting system.

Daniel Farson’s famous Waterman’s Arms pub on the Isle of Dogs has reopened with the original 1960s name after its £600,000 refit was delayed by the Coronavirus emergency.

Thousands of leaflets have been posted through letterboxes across Spitalfields by volunteers asking for public help on a neighbourhood plan being put to a referendum next year.

Protesters gathered outside a Hoxton museum after calls to remove a slave trader statue from its entrance were “ignored.”

The 400th anniversary of the historic Mayflower voyage setting sail to the New World from the Thames is being marked this week by researcher Graham Taylor’s new book making the point that it’s more “a British story” than American.

Five years of “haggling” have now ended in a deal ready for the public to decide the whole future of Spitalfields with its own draft neighbourhood plan now completed.

Beefeaters are facing redundancies at the Tower of London for the first time in their 600-year history because the 21st century coronavirus lockdown that has left the iconic tourist attraction with a £98million black hole.

A virtual memorial has been held to mark the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide which killed more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslims.

You need to sign in and leave your name and number when you go into most East End pubs now the lockdown is ending.

The cat is finally out of the bag about gangster Ronnie Kray’s links with the flamboyant Lord Boothby who tried to use Parliament to protect the East End gangster and his twin Reggie.

The East End’s famous George Tavern that should be opening on Saturday is to remain shut for the time being after three of its staff went down with Coronavirus.

A bust of the 17th century slave trader John Cass has been removed from St Botolph parish church at Aldgate in the wake of global protests following the killing of black activist George Floyd in America.

A school named after a slave trader is to change its name.

A foundation set up using the fortune of a slave trader is to change its 300 year old name.

The Edwardian world of Hannah Griggs has gone online this week about the real-life story of the first woman ever to get a job on Tower Bridge more than 100 years ago.

A team of archaeologists from University College London (UCL) believe they may have discovered the earliest Elizabethan playhouse at a site in Whitechapel.

Campaigners have called for a slave trader’s name to be removed from schools and universities.


For the past six months, employers and employees have been adapting to ways of working from home. The green light has now been given to many people to go back to offices safely. From flexible hours and staggered starting times to deep cleaning, we’re getting ready for new ways of working.

School’s in for summer – and beyond – with health experts agreeing that pupils safely returning to their studies is “positively” the right thing to do. It’s vital for all children’s welfare, not just in terms of students’ future education but also mental and physical well-being, as well as social interaction of classmates.

The NHS Test and Trace system provides protection for family, friends, colleagues and the community, and is here to keep all of us safe and allow us to enjoy summer safely. We take a look at how the system is working and talk to one member of the thousands of team members about her experiences.

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