Matilda Bow Bridge

Essential facts about Bow

It’s named after tumbling queens and distinctive arches ‘Bow’ is an abbreviation of the medieval name Stratford-atte-Bow (Stratforde is from the Old English meaning paved way to a ford, a stone causeway through the marshes). The ‘Bow’ part is from the distinctive three-arched bridge over the River Lea whose construction was ordered in 1110 by…

Ethical Business in East London

Mapping the ethical business trend

Small businesses are evolving. We’re witnessing a trend where entrepreneurs and consumers alike are interested in businesses with a strong ethical, environmental or social purpose. The rise of more conscious business practices matches an increase in people’s desire to minimise their impact on the environment and choose more ethical products and services. The Ethical consumer…

East London pop-ups Autumn 2015

Autumn Popups in East London

We take a look at the wonderful world of popups in East London this autumn. October’s offering includes a Grimm brother’s rooftop teepee, a beer bakery and some unique culinary experiences. As ever, the transient nature of pop-ups means that once they’re gone, they’re gone, so get involved while you can. The Queen of Hoxton’s…

Reasons to be cheerful in East London

Reasons to be cheerful – positive happenings in East London There are some very promising things happening in East London at the moment. From social initiatives looking to revolutionise how we get our energy to small businesses sourcing locally and investing their profits back into the area through charities. Here are a few of the…

Gentrification Awareness

Culture killer? Property development vs. Art

Why is art a constant in the gentrification equation?   Gentrification is a theme that crops up regularly when talking about property development in cities. Coined by Ruth Glass in 1964, the term describes the displacement of a working-class urban population by the middle class. For as long as the theories have existed, artists have…