Life on the canal

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Hackney is home to a wide range of communities and a growing contingent are choosing to nestle on the riverbank, opting for a world away from the industrial landscape of inner London. The city’s network of waterways provide a permanent home for up to 5,000 residential boats, and 10,000 people according to a 2013 report by the London Assembly. A place of solace from soaring rent … [Read more...]

Clapton inventory

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A selection of locally produced goods Photography by Clapton-based Kuba Nowak 1 Gin from 58Gin produced in Hackney Downs Studios. £35 per bottle. Available at Merchant House, 13 Well Court, EC4M 9DN, or online. 2 Dark Arts Coffee roasted in Homerton. Prices from £6 for 250g. Available to buy at BOLT Motorcycles, 274 Richmond Road, E8 3QW. 3 Polish Peasant vodkas … [Read more...]

A mini guide to Homerton

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While the flurry of new businesses opening in Clapton has by no means come to an end, recent months have marked a sea change in the neighbouring area of Homerton, where a crop of new and exciting ventures have emerged. Rebecca King rounds up five Homerton hotspots worth taking note of. The new local: Adam & Eve The original architects that opened this large pub in 1914 … [Read more...]

Five recent developments in Clapton

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Andrew Sissons, Head of Regeneration at Hackney Council, shares five projects in Clapton to get excited about 1. Parks Plenty of improvements have been earmarked by Hackney Council for parks in and around Clapton. One of these is Mabley Green, where plans are already underway for a new all-weather sports pitch, play area, and an edible forest of fruit trees. The total … [Read more...]

Clapton on the Overground

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Building on the success of the London Overground, which has seen a four-fold increase in passenger numbers since opening in 2007, Transport for London (TfL) is now planning a further extension. Twenty five new stations will appear on the tube map next year, and one of those destinations will be Clapton. The Overground network was intended to give less-affluent areas in … [Read more...]