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Enfield tears up rules in radical attempt to ease housing problem

Enfield tears up rules in radical attempt to ease housing problem

Pushed into a corner by soaring prices, greedy landlords and a cap on benefits, one London council has embarked on a daring set of untested policies to provide more public housing

Video: a week inside Enfield’s emergency housing office








Triple vision – Mare Streets optical war

Triple vision – Mare Streets optical war

As if being looted and having your store wrecked by looters during London’s summer riots in 2011 wasn’t bad enough, the owner of EYE London, an independently owned opticians on Mare Street, claims she faces the possibility of being swallowed up by national chain, SpecSavers, before long. Eight years ago Margaret Asare set up her […]








The truth about gentrification: regeneration or con trick?

The truth about gentrification: regeneration or con trick?

Woodberry Down is a vast north-east London council estate undergoing an ambitious transformation. But while eager developers court foreign buy-to-let investors, are they casting aside long-term residents like ‘social rubbish’? We spent six months on site to hear the locals’ stories

Public-private partnership housing projects in London – mapped








Interview with Screenwriter Steven Cutts on the Hackney-based film “Adieu Marx”

Interview with Screenwriter Steven Cutts on the Hackney-based film “Adieu Marx”

Screenwriter Steven Cutts  has written a new low-budget film inspired by his own true story from his wild school days called ‘Adieu Marx’,  which will have its premiere in Hackney on the 27th of October.  ‘Adieu Marx’ was mostly shot in Hackney during the very eventful Olympic summer of 2012 and concerns the lives of five 20 […]








Jennifer Essex on her own unique Dance background and her collaboration with the Poise Performance Company

Jennifer Essex on her own unique Dance background and her collaboration with the Poise Performance Company

  Jennifer Essex is a contemporary dancer and choreographer who works across the artistic spectrum from film, fashion to physical theatre.  She is currently working with the Poise Performance Company on a unique retelling of Oscar Wilde’s ‘Dorian Gray’ which will open on the 7th of October at The CLF Art Cafe aka The Bussey […]








Lollibop is back in East London! Win a family pass

Lollibop is back in East London! Win a family pass

LolliBop, the UK’s biggest kids festival, is returning for 2013 to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park right here in East London. As Hackney Hive has done for the past three events, starting from the very first one in Clissold Park in 2010, we are giving away passes. This year we have a family pass worth £100. […]








Meet unconventional Actor, Writer and Director Patrice Etienne on his new play Venus / Mars

Meet unconventional Actor, Writer and Director Patrice Etienne on his new play Venus / Mars

Actor, writer and director Patrice Etienne is a Hackneynite through and through. This multi-hyphenated East London boy grew up in the borough and has continued to support the community through his work with youths in the area. Patrice’s latest play, Venus / Mars about love and intimacy in 21st century London is about to open at […]








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