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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.

  • Behind the scenes at Earlybird

    The designer runs Earlybird Cards on Church Street with his wife Heidi. Though they started from humble beginnings (on a market stall in Spitalfields), they now produce around 100,000 cards per year and supply Oliver Bonus, Scribbler and Paperchase.

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  • Meet East London’s Fab food-loving pop-artist

    Ever wondered which pop-art genius was responsible for the Fab lolly and ice-cream cone on Albion Road or how it came to be?

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  • Tower Theatre launching at Sunstone this Autumn

    Work is well underway to convert a former women’s gym in Stoke Newington into a theatre for a historic London Company. The quirky, Gothic-style octagonal Sunstone House in Northwold Road was originally built as a Methodist chapel before becoming a synagogue. The red-brick building operated as a gym for many years until unexpectedly closing in 2014.

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  • Three Billboards Outside St Mary’s, Stoke Newington

    An enterprising rector has erected three large billboards on the church grounds and is planning a Community Sleepout to raise awareness of Hackney’s shocking levels of homelessness.

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  • Local group lobbies councillors to pledge support for refugees

    A group supporting the resettlement in Hackney of refugees fleeing conflict is lobbying for support from mayoral candidates in the local election. North Hackney Welcomes, which is part of the Community Sponsorship Scheme, works tirelessly to help community groups support and welcome refugees.

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