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...]

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...]

Engage or destroy?

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How much say do residents really have in their neighbourhood’s destiny? Katy Hawkins of the Academy of Urbanism examines how a Clapton consultation process was turned on its head, and whether this could inspire future attempts Possessing character in abundance, the Tram Depot in Upper Clapton, a Victorian relic and formerly a home to artists’ studios and workshop spaces, was … [Read more...]