An interview with a Clapton chocolatier


Photos by Martina Tomasello. Wily Badger blogger Emma Trotter talks to Phil Landers about his late night chocolate crafting habit I heard you made the chocolates for musician Lucy Rose’s wedding? Lucy is a good friend of mine. I’d started making quite a few batches of chocolate, so she asked me if I’d like to do the wedding favours, which meant making 94 bars of … [Read more...]

Locally grown: interview with Clapton florist, Penelope Mercer


Wily Badger blogger Emma Trotter speaks to local florist Penelope Mercer, on moving her business to Clapton, the merits of locally grown flowers, and some of her more unexpected clients   Tell us how you got into floristry. My mum is a florist back in Australia, which is where I'm from, so it was something I grew up with. If I was naughty as a child, instead of being … [Read more...]

Where to watch the Hackney Half Marathon in Clapton


This Sunday, Hackney is closing its roads for the first half marathon to take place in the borough. For those not participating in the race itself, we've staked out eight spots in Clapton where you can go and show your support. 1. The Race Village, Homerton Road Mile 0 The Hackney Half Marathon starts here at 9:00. 2. Hatch Homerton Mile 0-1 Grab a coffee to go … [Read more...]

Wily Badger’s summer survey


Wily Badger wants to know where in Clapton you go to get the best cup of coffee, the best Sunday roast or even just your food shopping. The survey should only take a few moments to fill in, and all results will be published in the Summer edition of Wily Badger magazine. To take part, please click here. … [Read more...]

The Third Most Desirable Place in Hackney

Photo by Jorn Tomter ©

Written by Dave Hill When I moved to Clapton with my family in 1992 the place did not have a dazzling reputation. The best accolade an estate agent could give was to dub it, the third most desirable place in Hackney. Given that Hackney was, for many people in those days, somewhere one might avoid, it was hardly a glowing testimonial. Things have moved on a bit since … [Read more...]