This Is The Sound Of The Suburbs

Wayne Hemingway | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK
Wayne Hemingway

I have just been appointed as one of Mayor Sadiq Khan's Design Advocates' to help drive the Good Growth by Design project. I had been thinking about ...

Is The Value Of The Pink Pound Falling?

Jane Williams | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Williams

Living on a canal barge I'm aware that 'pound' has two meanings, not only currency but also a stretch of canal between two locks. I'm a Trans woman. My home isn't on dry land, it floats.  Its location, New Islington Marina, is close to Manchester's city centre and home not only to myself and husband, but also thirty seven other families.

Letters Do Not Bring Good News. Just Bad News, In Good English

John Akinde | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Politics
John Akinde

John Akinde performs his poem Letters in an exclusive vlog for HuffPost UK. In it he touches on how a letter took away the place he called home in the name of gentrification, how letters tell him what money he owes, where to be, and that he needs to vote. However, he doesn't ever get a letter telling him who represents him.

Long Live The Lights Of Soho

Tim Arnold | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK
Tim Arnold

We love change.  And Soho has always changed.  But it has changed because of the diversity of income groups all rubbing along together at once.  And of course we already have one Mayfair.  No one needs another one in the centre of London.

Why Live Music Fans In The UK Need Grassroots Venues

Elise Wouters | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Elise Wouters

Independent music venues in the UK face tough times. While some thrive, like The Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, a significant number struggles to survive due to rising rents, council license restrictions and redevelopment plans. In a time of financial uncertainty and global political division, we need their DIY-culture and punk spirit more than ever. Not least of all the audience.

Do Black Artists Have A Future?

Michael Buffong | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Michael Buffong

At times like these, it's even more important than usual to have a variety of voices making sense of events. The diversification of online media has started to see a wider range of journalists, bloggers and social commentators developing their voices. But we need diverse artists too, to help us re-examine the past, question the present and imagine the future.

New Jobs, No Houses: How The Night Tube Might Change London

Alasdair Byers | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Alasdair Byers

Make no mistake, as London expands its Night Tube operation with the goal of being a fully 24hr city in the next decade or so, there will be a massive impact on London's economy, but it won't be more clubbing.

Life Beneath a London Drug Den

Jonnie Bayfield | Posted 09.04.2017 | UK
Jonnie Bayfield

About two years ago I moved into a property buried deep in a London suburb. For reasons that will become clear the location will remain undisclosed, though It is owned by a housing trust and leased out to an agency; who fill it with people like me in order to keep vandals and sex workers from illegally squatting in the empty building. It's a regular fixture in the London living scene (especially for struggling artists) so I won't bore you with the details.

Why I Hate Gentrification - But Only in London

Chloe Tomlinson | Posted 15.01.2017 | UK
Chloe Tomlinson

Sitting in a bar in South Manchester, where I now live, I recently mentioned to an acquaintance that I was going out in Brixton the following weekend. "Oh really," Imogen* said, eyes lighting up suddenly. "I've never been but I've heard it's meant to be good. There's a couple of hot yoga studios there, right?"

Let's Keep Soho's Ravens From Leaving Their Tower

Colin Vaines | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK
Colin Vaines

It's very easy to feel ground down by the onslaught on this neighbourhood, but now, more than ever, the Soho which seeks to be inclusive, not exclusive, needs you. Every voice raised really does make a difference.

Hipsters, Property Developers and Gimmick-Owners Beware: The Fightback Against Gentrification Has Barely Begun

Jon Bigger | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK
Jon Bigger

Gentrification is not simply about gimmicky shops and cafes. It's about anger at being excluded on grounds of wealth. It's about the people being forced to move and the ones valiantly trying to stay put despite the pressure to leave. It's about the inclusive social and communal spaces that have gone, not the exclusive ones that have sprung up.

EXCLUSIVE: The Cereal Killer Vandals Are Totally Unrepentant Over The Weekend's 'Spilt Milk'

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK

The group of anarchists who vandalised an east London hipster cafe have responded to their critics, telling HuffPost UK: "It’s a fucking class war ...

Cereal Killer Cafe Vandals Announce Their Next Target

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK

A group of anarchists who vandalised Shoreditch's hipster Cereal Killer Cafe at the weekend have announced their next target will be the recently-open...

The Cereal Cafe Was Vandalised By Protesters And No One Can Quite Work Out Why

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 27.09.2015 | UK

East London's Cereal Killer Cafe has been vandalised by anti-gentrification protesters calling claiming to want to "reclaim Shoreditch". Around a t...

Artists and Creatives Are the Real Property Developers... Blame Us

Alaric Hammond | Posted 16.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Alaric Hammond

My show opened last week at The Saatchi Gallery. It's mainly about London (and the underbellies of other cities), and in one of the capital's most iconic institutions. Yet I don't live here anymore. I moved up north so I could be with my son full-time but equally I'd had it with trying to find the space I needed to work and live London.

Walthamstow Isn't 'Social Cleansing' - It's About Excellent Affordable Housing for Local People

Khevyn Limbajee | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK
Khevyn Limbajee

Social cleansing is an emotive word that is completely inappropriate for this regeneration scheme, which will benefit our existing residents and improve homes to ensure they meet the needs of our future generations.

Walthamstow - The New Home of Social Cleansing

Melanie Briggs | Posted 02.08.2016 | UK
Melanie Briggs

The letter was swiftly followed by a visit from a council official, who spouted jargon about decanting, phasing and acquisition. She coldly talked about "units" rather than homes and seemed genuinely astonished that we were unhappy about their proposal to knock down our affordable, lovely home in order to build far less affordable ones.

Let's Embrace London Life and Culture in the Suburbs

Edward Adoo | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK Politics
Edward Adoo

We don't want the next generation to think our beloved city was made exclusively for travellers and rich investors. We need to ensure London's heritage is preserved. But let's embrace life in the suburbs and take the best of London with it.

Stop Selling Our Hearts 4 Meat

Tim Arnold | Posted 30.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tim Arnold

Caitlin Moran's article came out and it struck a chord. And then I got my guitar and struck a few more. I realised that because of the day to day work I do on Save Soho, I hadn't actually made any music for months. But out it came. Like a storm that had been brewing in the back of my mind for months.

Colombia's Cartagena: Should Government Prioritise Tourists Over Citizens?

Israel Butler | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Israel Butler

Getsemani is the last residential neighbourhood of Cartagena's 'old town'. A colonial city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Cartagena was recognised as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1984.

A Celebration of 'Hipster Economics'

Anthony Dursi | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anthony Dursi

It seems that commentators are conflating two different modern issues: urban sprawl/gentrification and rising economic inequality. The latter might be fuelling the former but policy intervention in one is very different to the other.

A Misconceived View of Gentrification

Edward Adoo | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK
Edward Adoo

Alex's attack on "Shoreditchification" goes beyond the shores of Brick Lane, Hackney Road, Shoreditch High Street, Kingsland Road and surrounding areas. It's a real dig at what Londoners are all about. Get over it Alex, go and mingle with your gentrified buddies and chill out.

Berlin's First Cannabis Cafe: Could Berlin Become the Next Amsterdam?

Emily Wasik | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Politics
Emily Wasik

If Hermann's proposal gets approved in the near future, the "Berlin Wall of Pot" dividing the city's residents will come down, tourists will flock to the culture capital not just for the cheap living and turbulent nightlife but for cannabis cafes, and everyday Berliners will be able to pick up their ganja from a store counter, along with their milk and brötchen.

Bellenden Road Man

Ezra Tafari Rose | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ezra Tafari Rose

The weight of my thoughts has cracked these pavements like Bellenden Road men's falling wallets or the weight of young men felled by stray bullets. My thoughts need a staycation but now there's this big gentrification and I just want out.

Gentrification: The Curse of the Renting Classes

Matt Hutchinson | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Hutchinson

When I moved into my current rented flat in Forest Hill the area was reasonably cheap and had no coffee shops. Now, seven years later, it has at least five coffee shops, a deli and several boutiques. On top of that it's also on the East London Line on the overground. All of this has pushed rents up by over 50%.