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There are few places in London that offer the zest, charm and charisma of Stoke Newington and Hackney. Much of our area’s success is down to the remarkably strong presence of independent businesses, making it a truly distinctive part of the capital. Discover the events, places and personalities that make our area such a great place to live and work.

  • Will prepares for his debut marathon

    The butterflies are setting in for our Head of Property Management Will Thacker as he prepares to take part in this year’s Brighton Marathon. Will has been training hard for his first ever marathon, which he’s running in aid of Macmillan, a charity which has helped many of his friends and family. He hopes to complete the course in around four hours.

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  • Great British Menu judge to open restaurant in Church Street

    Chef, musician, pub landlady and TV personality Andi Oliver is opening her debut restaurant in Stoke Newington Church Street later this month. Andi’s plans to serve brunches throughout the day and transform into a cosy brasserie in the evening.

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  • Campaign to renovate Dalston's Rio Cinema and add an extra screen

    The Art Deco Rio cinema in Dalston has survived more than a century of change and has become a symbol of resilience and community. The local landmark evolved from an auctioneer’s shop to a grand cinema, lived through the arrival of sound, endured bleaker times as a Tatler club showing ‘adult films’ and was rescued in the 70s by an independent cooperative who now run the cinema as a not-for-profit charity. Now those running the Rio hope to raise £150,000 in a project called Rio Generation to renovate the building’s exterior and create a second screen (seating 40) and a bar in the basement.

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  • Local historian publishes enormous archive

    When web designer Amir Dotan emigrated from Israel to Stoke Newington, he became fascinated by the area’s history. He began collecting historic photos and documents; snapping them up on eBay, trawling the web and contacting families with longstanding local connections.

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