Can a cafe promote happiness?

These are strange times, where the wider the potential is for our global networks, the more isolated and lonely we feel, especially in big cities. Never before has there been some much discourse and discussion about the pursuit of happiness and how we can improve or mental and physical wellbeing ...

The Posh Club

Cabaret show promoters Duckie welcome us to The Posh Club, where golden girls and silver foxes get dressed up and hit Hackney for an afternoon of high tea and 'ooh la la'.  Simon Casson explains why it's important to get older people out and socialising not just for the ...

Cody Dock: A Community on the Lea

Hidden on the docklands of a Canning Town industrial estate is a an evolving and growing artist and community space called Cody Dock. Artist in residence Stephan Shiell takes us a guided tour of the area with it's boat cafe, compost machine, hydroponic plant beds, pocket park.. ...

Save the Date Cafe: Egalitarian Eatery

After watching a video online about The Real Junk Food Project, Ruth decided she needed to take action, her partner James, a chef and caterer, joined her on this mission and together they have become part of a growing network tackling the disturbing quantities of restaurant and supermarket ...

Public Works: Interview with Torange Khonsari

Earlier in the summer  Museum of Architecture hosted a discussion around Public Space and Neighbourhoods, with the central theme being what is the responsibility of architects and public organisations to shape and define how these spaces are used and consequentially how we behave in these spaces, perhaps playing a ...

Pop Brixton

We missed Pop Brixton's grand Phase 1 opening last week as the idea of another container 'Box Park' venture wasn't particularly appealing, but after having heard Carl Turner from Carl Turner Architects who build the project talk at a recent discussion ...

Cultivater: Martina Randle

When Martina Randle organised her first Jumble Trail in Clapton three years ago, she never anticipated its popularity. Now the organisation has become nationwide allowing people to organise their own events,  bringing communities together and spreading the joy of neighbourhood rummaging and cake induced sugar highs. ...

All for the love of Jam

Jam tasting and animated talk with French but London based 'Confiturier' Pierre-Louis Phelipot, who left his corporate job to concoct imaginatively flavoured artisanal preserves for this boutique company The London Jam Factory. Who knew jam could induce such passion! Useful Stuff The London ...

Independent London Store Guide

Photographers Effie Fotaki and Moritz Steiger have been compiling and publishing the 'Independent London'  guidebook series since 2006, celebrating and promoting London's independent shops and the people behind them. Their most recent 'East London Edition' was published late last year, they recently launched an...

(S)potted: Machines Room

Vyner street, known for it's contemporary art galleries, is now becoming the go to street for makers and hackers with the recent opening of Technology Will Save us at number 1 Vyner street, and a larger makers space, gallery and café: ...

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