Voga: I Try Out the Madonna-Inspired Exercise Class

Julia Richardson | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Julia Richardson

Renata, the instructor, is easily identifiable in with her gaudy Lycra leggings. There are about 15 of us sat on the mats. The group is predominantly female though a handful of guys are dotted around and there is a range of abilities from first-timers like moi, to weekly devotees.

Tributes Paid To Shot Hackney Teenager

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK

UPDATE: A 15-year-old boy has been charged with murder following the shooting of teenager Shereka Fab-Ann Marsh in Hackney, east London, on Saturday, ...

15-Year-Old Girl Shot Dead In Hackney

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK

A teenage girl has been shot dead, police said. The victim - believed to be aged around 15-years-old - was gunned down inside a building in Hackney, e...

Pickle Juice - The New Way to Wash Down Your Whisky

Victoria Ferran | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Ferran

When it comes to whisky, we like to keep things simple. Neat, on the rocks, or mixed with coke - that's how we know and love it. New York Magazine's food blog Grub Street echoed this recently when it described flavoured whisky as 'The Beginning of The End' and filed it under Desecrations. I mean, why try to fix something which isn't broken?

Supper Club Superlatives

Ashwin Bhardwaj | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ashwin Bhardwaj

Supper Clubs have revolutionised London's dining scene: rather than cooking in a restaurant, enterprising chefs host in their homes, where, without the risks and overheads of a restaurant, they tend toward the experimental, with food that you'd be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.

Hackney's Stripclubs Are in Danger of Being Shut Down for Exploitation, But Just Who Is Exploiting Whom?

Christina Franks | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christina Franks

As an ex dancer, I know what to feels like to be exploited. Ten years ago, I worked in one of the slightly less seedy establishments around Bethnal Green, on the strip that runs up towards Shoreditch. It wasn't my first time.

Cuts Show Cameron Is Creating a Victorian 'Two Nations'

Diane Abbott | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

Never has George Osborne's hypocritical catch-line "we are all in this together" sounded more hollow than with the news that 10% of the poorest areas, including my own borough of Hackney, have been hit by cuts that average over 25% of their local authority budget. Meanwhile some of the wealthiest areas have not just avoided the cuts, but have seen their grants rise under this government.

Jessica Elgot

What Do People At Hackney Foodbank Think Of Osborne's Plans?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

At the same moment that George Osborne strode into the House of Commons, to pronounce that the coalition government had "restored stability in a fisca...

Boris Bike Riding Thug Stabs Boy In The Back In Front Of His Mother

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK

A teenager boy has been stabbed while walking with his mother in Hackney. The 16-year-old victim was surrounded by a group of youths following a v...

Immigration: We Need That Other Story of Britain

John Jackson | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Jackson

We are in great need of the other story of Britain. The one where millions of us get on with our lives and get on with each other. That everyday local experience provides the building blocks of our national experience. It should no longer remain invisible. The story of new neighbors who have become true friends has never been told, now is the time to start telling it.

Brogan Driscoll

How Social Media Is Helping Find Work For Stay-At-Home Mums

HuffingtonPost.com | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

There's a lot to love about (and to learn from) Kathryn Tyler and Nikki Cochrane co-founders of Hackney Social. Not only are they two hard-working...

Ed Miliband Sacks Diane Abbott

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Politics

Diane Abbott has been sacked from the Labour frontbenches by Ed Miliband, and is now urging the Labour leader to take a stronger line on immigration h...

Dog of the Week

Louise Glazebrook | Posted 27.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Glazebrook

One of the things that I always say is that puppyhood is a rollercoaster of emotions for owners, it has highs and lows. Starting classes early means that you have support through those really early stages where it is all new and you are trying to work out what the hell you do!

The Problem with Dangerous Dogs in the UK

Louise Glazebrook | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK
Louise Glazebrook

When you read of incidents involving dogs attacking humans, adults or children in the newspaper or hear of it on the radio, that attack did not 'just happen'. Things lead to that exact moment in time where that dog took life into its own control. If you look at any of the dogs who have killed or attacked an adult or child and you were able to look at its lifespan, you would find numerous incidents and triggers.

Mark Powell 'Drawing on History' Private View Launch

Ben J. Cotton | Posted 02.10.2013 | UK
Ben J. Cotton

The evening of Friday July 26 saw the launch party of the long awaited solo show 'Drawing on History' by biro artist Mark Powell at the Hang-Up Gal...

The Hackney Fashion Hub: A Temple of Consumerism Which Will Only Exacerbate the Problem It's Seeking to Heal

Ellen Grace Jones | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ellen Grace Jones

Fuelling the shallow, consumerist aspirational culture (which ironically is what pervades the impoverished rioting kids) by whitewashing a veneer of affluence is not the answer. It will only increase social marginalisation and frustration. East London already has Westfield in Stratford, it does not need another twinkly mecca to consumption to further alienate its poor community.

Jessica Elgot

Jewish Group Offers Protection To North London Mosques

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK

A Jewish "police force" has offered protection to mosques in Hackney, following a spate of violent attacks on mosques. Shomrim, a uniformed Jewish ...

Meet the Artist: Mark Powell

Ben J. Cotton | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ben J. Cotton

Mark Powell uses nothing but a simple Bic Biro ballpoint pen to create incredibly detailed portraits of the elderly. His chosen canvases are antique documents dating from 1763 onwards.

Freq. - Light Sculptures in Hackney

Bob Chaundy | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

You peer through a laser-cut porthole in a large hemisphere and are greeted with an extraordinary light show. What look like dozens of eyeballs stare at you in all manner of changing colours and patterns, some simple, others complex.

Joe Webb 'Pulp Friction' Private View Launch at Hang-Up Gallery

Ben J. Cotton | Posted 16.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ben J. Cotton

The evening of Friday 7 June saw the launch party of the long awaited solo show Pulp Friction by collage artist Joe Webb at the Hang-Up Gallery in ...

Private View Launch Party for New kennardphillipps Exhibition 'Blue Murder'

Ben J. Cotton | Posted 29.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ben J. Cotton

A large packing case suspended from the gallery ceiling throws out images on a loop of David Cameron. His face replaced with the indices of the stock markets juxtaposed with scenes from the London riots. In the short time its been up it seems to have already created quite an impression with passers by and local residents.

Devils in the Details

Patrick Cash | Posted 29.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Patrick Cash

In liberal Britain right now it seems the gay marriage law is about to be passed, the country is, in effect, rewriting what it believes to be right. Is there any chance this ethos can spread to those young men who are portrayed in El Hosain's film?

Jessica Elgot

Why Are Police Stations Empty In London's Crime Hotspots?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 19.01.2013 | UK

Hackney Police station is an lofty, imposing figure in the heart of the second most deprived local authority in the country. Earmarked for closure ...

Bruce Willis and the Vanishing Car

Joe Mott | Posted 03.02.2013 | UK
Joe Mott

I'm quite sure that by the strict letter of the law, Hackney Council are perfectly entitled to take my car and charge me that money because - despite being an Olympic Park away (almost) from where I was parked - they had put up a sign.

Street Food, Street Food Everywhere and Not a Pitch in Sight: Boris, We Need You!

Shrimpy Balfour | Posted 09.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Shrimpy Balfour

It is no secret that street food in London is thriving. Every month new traders hit the scene with mind boggling new concepts and taste combinations crazy enough to make Heston think twice... But our own experience thus far has been fraught by intransigent councils and endless negotiating with the powers that be.