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Welcome to your local magazine
When I first started E9 Magazine (as LoveEast
was), I remember one of my interviewees saying
"what will you do when you run out of celebrities
to interview?" I guess he thought people would
only be interested in reading about famous
people. I told him... "that's not what the magazine
is about" and that East London, more than any
other part of the country, was so full of interesting
people that "celebrities" weren't on my radar.
I haven't changed my mind about that. In the
three years since the magazine was born, we
have featured the most interesting and inspiring
people. Some were famous, some not. The
important thing is that we got the chance to shout
about the great work they do.
This edition is no different. Lemn Sissay, MBE,
is probably known to you. He could be called a
celebrity by some, but I'm pretty sure he wouldn't
want to be described that way. He is an inspiring
and amazing human being who is making a
huge contribution to community life... and not
only with his poetry. I'm grateful that he's part
of this edition. Find out all about his wonderful
Christmas Dinner initiative on p6.
We also have some pages devoted to shopping
and you don't have to go far to do it. East
London's makers and independent businesses
are the best places to shop for gifts, so keep it
local if you can.
Have a wonderful Christmas everyone!
C O N T E N T S
with the dazzling and
magnetic Lemn Sissay
Before the YBAs: the
trailblazing East End
the brains and talent
behind Hackney Arts
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Photo: Hamish Brown
life began then, but it was only
earlier this year, shortly before
his 50th birthday, that his social
services files were released to
him. The Report was read to
him live on stage at The Old Vic
theatre in June.
“There are things that I’ve done
that I’m proud of, but of all the
things I’ve done, The Report was
the piece, the sweet spot, the
ultimate in stage performance.
I was here but not here,
absolutely present and NOT.”
The Report did much to shine
a light on the failings of the UK
care system. To many, Lemn is
a beacon of hope, a powerful
advocate and role model.
“It’s an honour to be a role
model but I don’t set out to be
that. To not carry the shame of
children’s homes – that’s a very
deliberate thing,” he says.
Lemn Sissay tells Angie Gough about
his Christmas Dinner initiative
That feeling of shame is thrown
into sharp relief at Christmas,
a reminder to care leavers of
everything they never had. For
a young person in care, Lemn
has written that “the onset of
Christmas is like playing pass
the parcel to the tune of Jingle
Bells and knowing there’s
nothing in the box”.
For years before I met him, I’d
spot poet Lemn Sissay in his
gold bicycle helmet, coat tails
flying, zipping through Hackney
on his bike. When he agreed to
become an Artskickers judge
and I got to meet him in person,
nothing could’ve prepared
me for the “Lemn effect”. He’s
dazzling and magnetic, one of
those people who inspires you
to be a better person.
Lemn’s story is both tragic and
documented in his poetry, plays
and broadcast work.
Born in Wigan, baby Lemn
was placed in care against
the wishes of his Ethiopian
mother. His adoptive parents
put him back into care at the
age of 12 and Lemn was then
in and out of homes until finally
being ejected from the system,
alone and penniless, at 17. His
search for the truth about his
“Christmas Day is the worst
day of the year," he says.
"Everyone disappears into their
own dysfunctional families.
Mum drops the sprouts on the
floor, Auntie Alex drinks too
much, Uncle Gerry is ill, but still
smoking… it’s all about STORIES,
the compounding of memories
of Christmases gone before.
Christmas for care leavers –
there is no story. You feel the
nothingness very sorely on
In 2013, Lemn held the first
Christmas Dinner for care
leavers in Manchester, with 45
guests and a core team of 12
The following year, it happened
in Hackney, where 70 guests
sat for dinner and a proper
Christmas knees-up laid on by
Photo: Jessica Lishak
This year, with the support of
generous sponsors including
the Co Op and a contingency
fund administered by the Lemn
Sissay Foundation, dinners are
planned on Christmas Day in
Leeds, Liverpool, Oxford and
“We’re lighting up the country
like a Christmas tree," says
Lemn. “The dinners are creating
positive, powerful, memories
of love and community and
abundance, memories to look
back and build on."
It’s no surprise to Lemn that the
Christmas Dinner took off the
way it did in Hackney, his home
for 15 years and counting.
With support from the
borough’s can-do creative
population, the commitment of
Hackney’s care leaving services
and a large dose of the “Lemn
effect”, this year will be another
memorable Christmas for
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Lemn and some of his work: the Old Trafford Community mural
Lemn's Hackney loves
*Its radical past and the fact
that Hackney elected the
country’s first black female MP,
*Palm 2 corner shop in
Clapton – when a supermarket
chain opened next door to
him, owner Abdul stepped
up, his deli flourished and so
did Clapton. He’s a symbol of
what Hackney is all about. You
can become friends with your
*Bread and Butter café on
Kingsland Road does the best
breakfasts and there’s no park
in London to beat Victoria Park.
*Its people – so many people
who just get on and make stuff
What you can do to
support the Hackney
DONATE what you can
on Crowdfunder at
BUY a gift using the
Hackney Christmas Dinner
Amazon gift list
on Twitter and Facebook
(HackXmas) for all the
For referrals and
guest queries, email
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The Lower Clapton Tales
Published by Hackney Historic
Buildings Trust and written by
Carolyn Clark, who also
co-wrote The Shoreditch Tales,
The Lower Clapton Tales is a
fascinating look at life in and
around Lower Clapton in the
20th century, as told by people
born and bred or living in the
area for a long time.
You don’t have to look far for
some local Christmas reading,
It is lavishly illustrated with
contemporary photographs and
material. More than 50 local
people contributed their stories
and photos, never made public
before, to create this book.
Living memories are woven
with historical accounts to tell
sometimes moving, and often
surprising stories of life in
The book contains over 120
photos, map and illustrations
from Victorian times to the
As well as making a great
gift this Christmas, the book
is a useful publication for
those wanting an interesting
perspective on the history of
It will rekindle memories for
people who have known the
area for a long time and would
be a great way to find out about
Lower Clapton for newcomers.
Find out about the hidden
history of Whitechapel. Where
can you find the infamous
message by Jack the Ripper
that has continually perplexed
historians and led to much
debate over the years? Or
where is the natural oasis in
the middle of Whitechapel?
These and many other secrets
are revealed in this new book
by Louis Berk and Rachel
Kolsky. £14.99 from local book
shops, Kindle, iBooks and Kobo.
Available from local retailers and
online, priced at £9.95.
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Art & crafts
Not just any old window display, above; tie-dye magic, below; Lizzie and one of her piñatas, right
From tie-dying and piñatas, to magical window displays,
Christine Preisig meets multi-talented maker Lizzie King
Every day Lizzie King goes to her studio in De
Beauvoir and makes things.
“For ages I didn’t know what to call myself.
Now I just say, ‘I make things’,” Lizzie
explains, listing all her different
occupations. She is a prop-maker,
artist, tie-dye enthusiast, teacher,
knitter, sign-maker, jewellery
designer and published author.
For a long time Lizzie felt she
had to specialise and focus
on one thing. But the different
strands started to come together and
combining them under one roof felt right.
“It happened quite organically, without thinking
of a business plan. I just get distracted by many
things,” she says.
After graduating with a fine art degree in
sculpture from Brighton University, she assisted
a set designer for three years. Then she began to
work for her own clients, choosing projects
that she felt connected to. Teaching art
projects at primary schools helped
her support herself during those
Lizzie’s first big breakthrough
came with an appearance on
Channel 4's Sunday Brunch, where
she demonstrated how to make
piñatas. That led to a wave of piñata
commissions and more workshops,
and demand for her colourful, scaly paper
creations has been strong ever since.
The same can be said about her tie-dye
East London makers
workshops, which she runs all over the country
under the name “Get Rich or Tie-Dyeing”.
Earlier this year she published a book with 15
easy-to-follow and fun tie-dye projects making her
London’s foremost tie-dye expert.
Another one of Lizzie’s passions is window
drawings. The bold large-scale illustrations
that grace whole shop fronts or café entrances
combine images from the ancient world with
tropical vibes and loose hand-written signage.
The windows convey a bright and happy mood,
especially in these darker days of the year. The
Christmas window drawings she is working on at
the moment make her excited for Christmas.
“In set design you do all the Christmas shoots in
summer and it feels strange wrapping presents
when it’s hot," she says. "So I really like doing the
windows when it is actually Christmas time. It
makes me feel very festive”.
As a prop-maker she creates decorative objects
for events, adverts and window displays. Her
favourite materials are cardboard and Posca
Sometimes she struggles at first when given a
brief, like one time when she was asked to knit a
dial phone. She's not scared just to try things out
though and her not-so-technical approach often
comes in handy in such situations.
Recently she has got into ceramics and makes
objects like bookends or candlesticks. “It’s like
drawing in 3D,” she explains.
Will she adopt more things as she goes along?
“Most probably!” Lizzy laughs.
Watch this space:
lizzie-king.com, Instagram: @lizzie_kingdom.
Her book Tie & Dye is available on Amazon and at
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throughout Hackney and Tower Hamlets. They
will incorporate drama, singing and dance to
encourage communication, teamwork and selfconfidence
among primary and secondary school
Stage is set to beat the bullies
It's known that bullying and poor mental health
are problems among children, with one in
two kids admitting to being bullied* and one
in ten children suffering from a mental health
problem**. These are worrying statistics, and
something that Anna Fiorentini Theatre & Film
School is working towards changing.
The award-winning school has just won a £10,000
grant from The National Lottery and Big Lottery
Principal Anna Fiorentini launched the initiative
after seeing the overwhelmingly positive effect her
school’s classes had on her students’ confidence,
self-esteem and wellbeing. "Lack of confidence
and self-esteem can hinder a child's progression,
especially if it is caused by being bullied or feeling
inadequate compared to their peers," she says.
"These anti-bullying workshops will go some way
to helping young people understand what is and
isn't acceptable behaviour." LoveEast
*The Annual Bullying Survey
** Youth Mental Health First Aid programme: what you need to know,
National Association of Headteachers
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East End Vernacular
LoveEast is proud to
collaborate with Spitalfields
Life to present the final part
of an exclusive preview of
East End Vernacular
In this final selection from the newly-published
book East End Vernacular: Artists who painted
London’s East End streets in the 20th century, The
Gentle Author introduces the work of Pearl Binder,
Alfred Daniels and Dan Jones.
tptp A scene by Pearl Binder
tptp The Gramophone Man
by Alfred Daniels
East End Vernacular
tptp Brick Lane by Dan Jones
Pearl Binder came from Salford and stayed in
the last hayloft in Whitechapel for six years in the
thirties, capturing the world she discovered in
atmospheric lithographs which were published as
illustrations to The Real East End by Thomas Burke
Dan Jones is Pearl Binder’s son. He has lived in
Cable Street since 1967 and has painted a series
of large-scale pictures illustrating public events in
the East End over recent decades. This painting
shows an anti-fascist march in 1977.
Alfred Daniels was born in Bow in 1924 and,
although his family moved to Chiswick in 1945,
he continued to paint East End scenes from
memory throughout his
life. This man wheeling
a gramophone through
Petticoat Lane was one of
his favourite subjects.
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Star of the community
tptp Hackney Arts' stargazing event at Netil360
Hackney Arts was founded in 2016 by Artskicker
and social entrepreneur Sophie Thompson.
With over ten years of experience in arts and
entertainment and a passion for social change,
Sophie set off on a mission to use Hackney's
thriving arts scene to encourage creative
exploration and to build a community where
everyone is welcome.
How long have you lived in Hackney?
I’ve lived here since 2014, and very quickly felt
at home. It’s such a vibrant, diverse area, full of
creative people and artistic spaces.
Where did the idea for Hackney Arts come from?
I’ve always gone to events and galleries and
felt the benefits of that. I wanted to share that
positive impact with as many people in my
community as possible, so with a startup grant
from Unltd, I put on a series of workshops led by
local artists, using a share of income to provide
How important is social impact in what you do?
It drives everything we do. The type of classes
and short courses we do are all about giving
people access. We’re affordable. Everything is
Angie Gough meets
Hackney Arts founder
beginner level. It’s all about having a go, with no
background required. We support local artists
who lead the workshops and give them a platform
to share their work. We’re also working with
Spitafields Crypt Trust, supporting addicts with
recovery and rehabilitation and I’m very excited to
be planning events with a refugee drop-in centre
Most fun of all the workshops you’ve done?
I took a group to visit artist Nelly Ben Hayoun in
her studio in one of the trains on top of Village
Underground in Shoreditch. She has worked
with everyone from NASA to the European Space
Agency, and we got to speak to her about how
she makes really ambitious projects happen.
What do you see as the positive impact from
people doing a workshop or class?
There’s a very definite personal uplift that people
get – not just in terms of learning a new skill,
but in having time to create and get away from
everything. Having fun, with no judgement, it’s
good for people. Often in London we can be
disconnected from each other. We offer a way to
meet and connect with new people.
What’s coming up for Christmas?
Oooh… well, when it comes to Christmas, we’ve
definitely got you covered… We’ve got a Wax Ring
Workshop with Emma Aitchison at the Geffrye
Museum on 2 December. Then on 6 December
we’re Wreath Making with florist Lizzie Thorne
at Proud East. And you can Make Your Own
Herbal Christmas Presents on 16 December with
For full interview and festive updates, follow
@theartscrusader on Twitter and Instagram
tptp Sophie at the floristry workshop by That Flower Shop
77A Lauriston Road, E9 7HA
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The Old Church
LoveEast meets Deborah
Coughlin of The Old Church
in Stoke Newington
What’s your story, Deborah?
I spent the past decade moving from
hitting a cowbell and a synth in an alsoran
indie band to creating shows for the
Almeida, ICA, Southbank and National
Portrait Gallery – while simultaneously
writing and broadcastng about the
things I care about – particularly
uncovering unheard women's
voices – for newspapers and radio.
What do you love about East
I live near Victoria Park now, but fell
in love with East London in 2000
when I first moved to Clapton. In that
time I've lived in and ran a gallery
in a warehouse in Hackney Wick,
slept above an arts pub, programmed
in Whitechapel, and even managed the odd
normal house in Tower Hamlets. Even when other
places like Iceland or the US beckoned, I’ve felt
so connected to East London I haven't wanted to
Tell us about The Old Church
The Old Church is a multi-arts centre in the heart
of Stoke Newington. It's got partnerships
with an incredible array of local groups and
artists from the area, and far beyond. It's
beautiful and bursting with history.
What inspired you to take on the job of
What an amazing opportunity! My
predecessor, Rachel, and the brilliant
board at The Old Church (TOC)
have got this beautiful venue into
such a great shape, so it's bursting
with potential for brilliant things. It's
genuinely loved by the community,
artists and visitors. As someone who
wants to platform incredible work for
a broad audience, and who wants to
work with local people to address social
The Old Church
issues we're facing in East London, I would have
been a fool to turn it down.
What’s coming up?
I'm in my planning stage right now. What I want
to do is reach out to groups who don't already
have a relationship with TOC. To work with our
community to make sure we have a community
and arts programme that addresses local
concerns. And to platform challenging, highquality
What is your greatest ambition for TOC?
That everyone in Stoke Newington feels welcome.
That TOC is a destination for culture lovers.
And that we can help tackle the big challenges we
all face in our community with creativity, openness
What’s been your best day since taking the job?
I loved our THINK IN. We didn't know how many
people answered the call-out to come and help
us work up ideas for the future of TOC but we had
a full house! People who had been involved with
TOC for decades and people who had never been
through the door before, all exemplifying the
wealth of experitise and experience that resides
in Stoke Newington. It was fascinating and fun.
How can people help?
We want people to get involved. We want ideas.
Emails telling us what you want to do here. And
we need support – from volunteers donating time,
to people and businesses who want to donate to
Inside the multi-arts centre
There's loads over the next few months
Friday, 1 December: Baba Yaga's Hut Presents:
Jozef Van Wissem
Wednesday, 6 December: Blow the Fuse
presents Gaelynn Lea
theoldchurch.org.uk; @theoldchurchn16 on
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
The Old Church, Stoke Newington Church
Street, London, N16 9ES
LOVEEAST OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2017 19
a Merry London
When Halloween and Bonfire Night are over,
then it’s OK to mention the C word. Where are
you spending it, what are you eating, does Father
Christmas still exist in your house, and how do we
stop the cat attacking the tree?
My childhood Christmases were spent in my
parents’ rural house, with long muddy walks
before lunch to knacker out the dog and get some
calories in the bank. We’ll be doing the same this
year, hoping to knacker out two pre-schoolers,
and ensure they doze in front of the telly in the
afternoon, surely a Christmas highlight all round.
But we will be doing it in London.
I won’t hear a thing against Christmas in the
city. London is at its best over bank holidays,
half-terms but especially at Christmas. The city
empties out. Normally bulging Tube trains have
seats available. Jam-packed bars turn into places
where you don’t queue to get a drink and you can
nab the table by the fire.
My toddlers get first dibs on the swings in Victoria
Park. The roads are quieter. The stress levels can’t
help but drop, and the Christmas cheer excites
Bell from Bow loves the city
over the festive period
the toddlers and gives tired parents an excuse for
a drink and a mince pie in the pub.
London is exciting when it’s full and bustling, but
it’s so much easier to navigate, particularly when
armed with a scooter or a balance bike, when
there are less people around.
And it’s a chance to invite relatives to stay, show
them Wanstead Flats glittering with frost, and walk
the canals with your breath forming clouds.
And then to be first in line for the sales and to
enjoy the empty theatres. It’s a gift that comes just
once a year – a quiet London. Merry Christmas.
Celine blogs on parenting, East London and
everything in between at bellfrombow.com/the-blog.
Instagram and Twitter: bell_from_bow
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Urban Makers East
LoveEast is proud to be the media partner for Urban Makers East, a
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Sunday 10 Dec 11.30 – 4.30pm
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A free online guide for
mums, dads and families,
filled with all things baby
and child-related taking
place in and around Tower
Hamlets has been launched at
It has a great what’s-on
calendar listing local events by
day so parents can see where
they can take the kids if they
just need to get out of the
house in a hurry.
Locals can sign up to regular
free newsletters filled with
special offers, competitions,
events and news.
Regular collaborators range
from Shoreditch Town Hall to
Stratford Circus and Half Moon
Theatre in Limehouse – and
many, many more.
In addition, local parents
can now take advantage of
a fantastic new resource,
And (shhhh…) it’s not just for
Tower Hamlets residents… the
free membership card is on
offer to surrounding boroughs
including Hackney, Greenwich
and Newham, too.
Jo Aspin, founder of the website,
said: “I’ve lived in Tower Hamlets
all my life and I know the area
like the back of my hand but
having a baby was new territory
"I have quickly discovered
a whole new side to the
borough and have a newfound
community that I was unaware
existed pre-children. There
are so many fantastic things
happening locally in Tower
Hamlets, from regular free
cultural events to new shops
and restaurants opening
monthly. Tower Hamlets Mums
has its ear to the ground and a
buggy on the streets to make
sure that families need never
miss a local happening again.”
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It won’t be news to many that
childcare in London is expensive
– in fact 39 per cent more
expensive than outside of the
As well as the cost, it’s often
inflexible and hard to secure,
and as a result many artists,
entrepreneurs, creatives and
freelancers are struggling
to continue their work while
not giving up being hands-on
V22 has provided an answer
by creating a space for artists,
freelancers and entrepreneurs
who are parents to work
alongside a crèche facility for
The crèche has dedicated access
to the lovely Dalston Eastern
Curve Garden and the use of
local facilities like the CLR James
As well as self-contained studios
and fixed desks, V22 offer sharer
desks which can be rented per
three-hour crèche session. They
Art organisation V22 has opened its
first workspace crèche in their studio
building in Dalston, writes Katie Tysoe
ask that parents use the crèche
facility at least twice a week so
that children can get to know
each other, settle in to the new
environment and fully enjoy the
learning and play activities on
“It’s really important for
freelancers with young children
to have a space where they
can get some work done, but
that also provides a fun and
enriching environment for their
little ones,” says parent, Jo.
“I hope other workspaces take
inspiration from what V22 is
doing so that more freelancers
can access this sort of service.”
“It’s my son’s first experience
away from parental care and
the crèche has been wonderful,
says Tara, another parent. “I’m
nearby if he needs me, but I
can also get on with my work
knowing that he is safe and
happy and being cared for.”
In partnership with parents
and carers, V22 is building an
environment that celebrates
the importance of play with
child-centred routines through
creative parenting and an ethos
There does not have to be a
choice between being great
parents and great makers.
For more information, visit
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What to do
We have probably the best panto in the world
here in East London (oh yes we do!), and this
year there's rags to riches Cinderella played in
Hackney Empire's unique style; wonderful Wilton's
Music Hall's Mother Goose, written and starting
Roy Hudd, and let your hair down with Theatre
Royal Stratford East's Rapunzel. There's also Puss
in Boots at Hoxton Hall... but book early! Get your
tickets here: hackneyempire.co.uk, wiltons.org.uk,
Come to The Ministry of Christmas, Santa’s
secret hideaway at the Ragged School Museum.
Visitors of all ages will get a magical opportunity
to not only help the Elves but, in traditional
surroundings, packed with fun and activities, they
will also get to meet the real Father Christmas.
Gardens and parks
The Festival of Light at Dalston Eastern Curve
Garden continues to bring light and cheer to the
darkness of winter. All sorts of lantern activities
until 22 December, when the garden closes for
Try your hand at some natural festive wreathmaking
at Tower Hamlets Cemetery park on Sunday
11 December, or clear out the post-Christmas
cobwebs with a guided walk on New Year's Day.
Junior Wildlife Club decorations workshop in
Victoria Park, 2 December, 10.30am-12.30pm, FREE
(meet at V&A building); plus Family Festive Day
at Vicky Park, 16 December (again, meet at V&A
Follow us on
Join Cbeebies actor Samantha Seager
(Bobby, Me Too!) and her team
for fun filled, interactive drama
and storytelling sessions
for 2-5 year olds at one of our
classes in Stoke Newington,
Clapton or Victoria Park
Has your little
one got the
for our timetable and venues
and to book a free taster class
Music and Drama
The Snowman with live brass band. Redbridge Brass
is bringing Raymond Briggs's classic animated film
to life this Christmas with a live brass band playing
the soundtrack. A choice of three screenings,
doors open at 3pm, 5pm and 7pm on Saturday,
9 December at St Gabriel’s Church, Aldersbrook
Road, Wanstead, London E12. Contact telephone:
07786 553 684
Baby Music Class in the Straw Bale building at
Hackney City Farm. 10-10.45am and 11-11.45am.
Diddy Bugs. Try Hackney Forge on a Wednesday
morning. Cbeebies actress Samantha Seager runs
acting classes for little tots. actingbugs.co.uk
The Museum of Childhood is buzzing this
Christmas. Visit the Sounds of Christmas Display
and pick up a special audio trail to guide you to a
series of objects which will spark your imagination
through sound. Join in at Sing-A-Long Saturdays –
interactive singing sessions featuring festive classics
and songs about the toys. Let off some steam at
with the kids
Make Some Noise Days. Join musicians, artists and
performers for an audio walk, interactive shows
and instrument-making. vam.ac.co.uk/moc
This is your last chance to visit the Geffrye
Museum before it closes for a refurb. Take the
little ones along to the Christmas Past exhibition
and introduce them to Christmas as it used to be.
Get creative at the Glow of Good Cheer workshop
at the William Morris Gallery (free) wmgallery.org.
Disco babies at Shoreditch Town Hall is great fun
and suitable for 0-6-year-olds.
After-school dance at Yoga Nest, Old Ford Road,
4pm every Monday.
Try some ballet and contemporary dance
classes with the East London Dance School
at the Chisenhale Dance Space in Bow.
Every Sunday there are drop-in children's pottery
sessions at Hackney City Farm. There's no need to
book, just turn up ready to get messy.11am-1pm
and 2-4pm. £5. Goldsmith's Row, E2.
Get messy, get creative at Wonderland Ceramics,
Please check times/availability online or via the
websites or phone numbers provided.
Time to be Creative
237 Victoria Park
Ph 020 8985 1214
Personal training with Michelle Crawford
Children welcome if you can't get childcare
Fighting Fit Studio, 15 Bow Wharf, E3 5SN
unique gifts, Children's
Birthday Parties, team
building, and lots of fun
Price is £39 per day. Discount for 5 to 9 days (£37
a day), www.wonderlandceramics.com
or £35 a day if booking 10 days.
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Wanstead Tap & Mora
Mora's fried anchovies, left, and fish stew, right. Below, Iain Sinclair discusses his new book at The Wanstead Tap
Susan Birtwistle visits two
Some say that Forest Gate, Wanstead Flats and
Leytonstone are the only bit of real East End left.
Iain Sinclair came this way to chat about his new
book, The Last London.
He was talking at The Wanstead
Tap, a community hotspot
tucked away under a railway
arch next to some car-repair
garages. A café and a craft beer
shop to either sup there or take
home, I can vouch that they
also do a good G&T.
They also have a performance space and as well
as Iain Sinclair, their events page lists evenings
with Martin Ware (founder of The Human League
and Heaven 17) and Robin Ince from the Infinite
The charismatic Dan Clapton dreamt up this place
with a Tony Wilson vision of "build it and they will
come". He’s right, the 100 or so craft beers and
his little black book of contacts makes this one of
the most interesting places in London right now.
It doesn’t do food in the evening so we went to
another local hotspot for sustenance, Mora in
Leytonstone. It was opened last year by friends
Carlo and Luca, who grew up together in Sardinia.
The exceptional quality of the food keeps this
place heaving with locals. They cook and serve
with such love and care I found it life-affirming, as
well as delicious.
We ate like royalty:
beautiful smoked tuna
carpaccio, the freshest
fried anchovies, a delicious
seafood stew and fresh
with wild boar ragu. All of it
London is never static but throwing up two
neighborhood places of this quality within a
10-minute walk of each other, in one of its least
pretentious areas, can only be an exciting thing.
The Wanstead Tap, 352 Winchelsea Road, E7 0AQ.
Mora, 487 High Road, E11 4PG. From £7 a starter
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Festive hummus dip trilogy,
with miso crackers
Diana Warrings suggests an easy snack for when
people arrive bearing Christmas presents
In preparation for the Christmas
party season, these three
delicious protein-rich hummus
dips with linseed crackers will
make your life easier when
They bring not only colour but
lots of good fibre, vitamins and
minerals to the dining table.
This trio would of course also
be a great companion for
celebrating into the new year.
For the miso crackers, mix
all the dry ingredients, then
add the water and stir in the
crushed garlic and ginger until
well combined. Leave to soak
for three hours or overnight.
Thinly spread the thickened
mix onto a baking paper-lined
baking tray. Bake at 90-100C for
40-60 minutes until crisp. The
thinner the mix is spread out,
the quicker it will bake.
Once baked, leave to cool
before cutting into squares and
storing in an air-tight jar. They
will keep for up to two weeks.
For the beetroot hummus,
pre-heat the oven to 180C. Mix
the spices with the coconut
oil and set aside. Next wash
the beetroot, peel, cut into
small chunks, place into an
oven dish and rub with the
oil-spice mix until well covered.
Bake for 45-60 minutes, until
nice and tender. Leave to cool
Place all ingredients in a food
processor and blend until
smooth. Season to taste and
garnish with a drizzle of olive oil
and some sesame seeds.
Place all the classic hummus
ingredients in a food processor
and blend until smooth. Season
to taste and garnish with a
drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle
of Cayenne pepper.
For the pea and mint hummus:
blanch the peas to defrost
them, leave to cool completely,
then place all ingredients,
bar the mint leaves, in a food
processor and blend until
smooth. Finally add 1 tbsp of
mint leaves, blitz once or twice,
season to taste. Garnish with a
drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of
sea salt and some fresh mint
Serve with the crackers and
seasonal crudités of your
Diana Warrings is a qualified
nutritional therapist cooking
delicious and healthy food, shared
350g chickpeas (canned)
1-2 clove of garlic
2 tbsp (30g) tahini
2-3 tbsp (30-45ml) of water
5 tbsp (75ml) of cold pressed
extra virgin olive oil, some
extra to garnish
1-2 tsp cumin
2 -3 tbsp (30-45ml) of
freshly squeezed lemon juice
salt, pepper,cayenne pepper
200g roast beetroot
Spice mix for roasting: half tsp
ground ginger, half tsp turmeric,
a pinch of ground star anise, a
pinch of ground cardamom, half
tsp chili powder
1 tbsp coconut oil
150g chickpeas (canned)
1-2 clove of garlic
2 tbsp (30g) tahini
2 tbsp (30ml) of water
5 tbsp (75ml) of cold pressed
extra virgin olive oil, some
extra to garnish
2 -3 tbsp (30-45ml) of
freshly squeezed lemon juice
freshly ground pepper, 1 pinch
of sea salt and if you like heat
a bit of chilli
white or black sesame seeds to
Pea and mint
300g garden peas (frozen)
150g chickpeas (canned)
1-2 clove of garlic
1 (15g) tbsp tahini
2 tbsp (30ml) of water
5 tbsp (75ml) of cold pressed extra virgin olive oil,
2 -3 tbsp (30-45ml) of lemon juice freshly
ground pepper, 1 pinch of sea salt
2 tbsp fresh mint leaves, some extra for garnish
Makes around 20-25
175g of linseeds
25g of white sesame seeds
1 tbsp (15g) of brown rice miso paste
2.5cm of organic ginger, crushed
1 tsp of chilli flakes
1-2 cloves of garlic (crushed)
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For the icing
300g unsalted butter, softened
200g 70% chocolate
600g sifted icing sugar
100g cocoa powder
¼ tsp salt
100-120ml of whole milk
Carefully melt the chocolate in a microwave oven
in 30-second bursts, being careful not to burn. Set
aside to cool.
If you’re not into the traditional
festive cake made with dried fruits,
LoveEast has a happy alternative
Cream butter and sugars for 5-10 min until fluffy
and light in colour. Sift flour, cocoa powder, bicarb
and salt together and set aside. Mix vanilla into
buttermilk and set aside. Add eggs one at a time
and beat for 1min between each addition. Stop
and scrape down the bowl and mix again until
pillowy and well incorporated.
Add one-third of the dry ingredients on a slow
speed and mix until just incorporated. Add
half the buttermilk and mix just until the milk
is incorporated. Stop and scrape down and
add another third of the flour followed by the
buttermilk. Once the final batch of flour is
incorporated scrape down one final time and
ensure the batter is one constant colour all the
way through. Scoop into baking pans and bake for
24 min at 300F.
Cream the softened butter in a mixer for at least
five minutes on medium to high. (Butter should
be soft enough for your finger to leave a slight
indent if you push but not be sloppy).
Turn your mixer to low and add in the cocoa
powder and beat again for two min on medium.
Stop and scrape down thoroughly.
Add half of the sifted icing sugar and start mixing
on low until the icing sugar incorporates and then
turn up to medium for three minutes. Stop and
scrape down thoroughly.
Add the remaining icing sugar and half of the
milk/ sour cream and beat slowly until mixed well.
Add salt and turn up mixer to medium and beat
again for two minutes.
Turn mixer to low and add remaining milk and
turn up to medium for one minute. Finally, add
cooled melted chocolate on low speed and beat
on low speed for one minute.
Pipe and decorate to your own style, or as picture.
225g light brown sugar, 200g caster sugar
175g unsalted butter, 3 large eggs
275g plain flour, 100g Valrhona cocoa powder
350ml buttermilk, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 and a half teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
Half teaspoon salt
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The wine guide
Eugenio Ciccarelli has
suggestions for whatever
you're cooking this year
Enlighten your spirit for Christmas with a
selection of authentic wines carefully chosen
and directly imported by Vinarius for your festive
foods, presents and parties.
Prosecco Superiore Conegliano Valdobbiadene
Brut. Sommariva, £15.95
Who said that Prosecco cannot be a serious
drink? This is the driest style of Prosecco that
comes from the best area in the north-east
of Italy. A delicious aroma of citrus fruit, white
flowers and fresh herbs with hints of bread
crust. Dry, elegant and clean on the palate which
makes it an excellent choice as aperitif and to
accompany many simple or complex fish dishes,
white meat or vegetables. Try it with sushi or, as
is custom in its area of origin, throughout the
Blanc d’Amour 2016. Chateau Bizard, £14.95
A blend of four grape varieties (Viogner, Grenache
Blanc, Marsanne and Roussanne) from a
producer in Côtes du Rhône in France. The wine
has a really nice aroma of white peaches, lychees
and acacia flowers with an ample but balanced
palate and a very fresh finish. Splendid as an
aperitif or to match dishes with crab, shellfish or
smoked salmon but also with grilled chicken or
creamy goat cheeses.
Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2014. Baccinetti, £17.95
Rosso is the little brother of the more famous
Brunello di Montalcino. Made with 100 per cent
Sangiovese grapes from the best area in Tuscany,
the wine is unfiltered, cheeky and unrepentant.
It shows a nice crimson colour with a red fruit
nose and hints of leather. The palate is fresh and
lingering with red cherries and raspberries, a
firm tannin and a pleasant, clean finish. Particular
suited to turkey with cranberry sauce, duck, lamb
curry, pasta ragu and medium-to-strong cheeses.
Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC 2012,
David Sterza. £35.95
One of Italy’s most famous and prestigious wines,
especially those from the Classico vineyards
that are considered the best expression of
the appellation. Made with Corvina grape, it is
powerful and elegant and shows a very complex
nose with ripe red and dark fruits, vanilla and a
touch of cloves. Very rich but fresh on the palate
with aromas of plum jam, cocoa and liquorice
toward the end. The finish is dry which makes it
ideal for strong cheeses, roast beef, venison or to
be used as “Vino da Meditazione” after the meal.
Vinarius is a wine merchant and enoteca located
at 536 Roman Road, E3. It regularly organises
tasting events, and Christmas is no exception.
On 19 December, Vinarius is organising its
Christmas Charity Wine Tasting and all the
proceeds will be donated to the MS Society.
Check the website for more information or to
book a place: Vinarius.london
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History Hangout Christmas quiz
of the year
Stephen Selby sets the
questions in the Christmas
History Hangout quiz
1. What is the name of the river that flows under
Hackney Central railway bridge?
2. Who built Sutton House?
3. Lord Beaconsfield attended his first school in St
Thomas's Square. What was his real name?
4. What hospital was founded near Victoria
Park because of the fresh air in Hackney 150
5. What year was the disaster at Bethnal Green
6. Why was St John-at Hackney Church built
and consecrated in1798?
7. What was the name of the station next to
Liverpool Street, whose trains went to Dalston?
8. Why did King Alfred split and dam up the
9. Why were the gas works built near the canal on
10. Why did the London Tube trains never
have a station in Hackney.
11. What was the original name of Broadway
Market in the 19th Century?
12. What was the name of Elizabeth 1st's
favourite admirers who owned the original
13. What was the Roman name for Kingsland
History Hangout Christmas quiz
Road and where did it lead to?
14. What was the largest shipping dock in Tower Hamlets
during Victorian times?
15. Which war was Hackney's General Booth associated with,
and where were his first headquarters?
Prof Tomas Malinowski
1. Hackney Brook
2. Sir Ralph Sadler in 1535
3. Benjamin Disraeli
4.The London Chest Hospital
5. March 1943
6. Because St Augustine's
(C.1275) became one of the
most fashionable churches outside the City,
and was far too small
7. Broad Street
8. To beach the Viking fleet at
Ware, successfully preventing them from
9. Gas holders were sunk into the many
deep ponds on Cambridge Heath
10. Because the wealthy landowners
wouldn't allow it.
11. Duncan Place
12. Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester 1532-
13. Ermine Street which headed due north
14. The London Docks.
15. The War Cry, the Salvation Army's
newspaper. His first HQ was in Mare Street.
LOVEEAST DECEMBER 2017 – JANUARY 2018 43
Who would like it?
If you want to work out in a fun
setting – not in a gym – while
moving to music, then my class
is the answer. It appeals to all
ranges of fitness abilities, from
novices to those returning to
fitness and the super-fit who
want to get breathless. Ages
of my participants range from
teenagers to a 75-year-old.
What makes your class different
My experience as a professional
dancer and dance troupe leader
means that I’m able to help
participants of all abilities enjoy
a workout that is appropriate
I know how to make it
challenging but not impossible.
I have an ear for music and the
movements that match a tune. I
keep things simple and fun.
Roger Love, a local personal trainer,
talks to Zumba teacher Zoe Evans
What makes you most proud?
Seeing the smiles (and sweat!)
on people’s faces from the
start to the end of my classes.
It’s particularly pleasing when
participants remember a
routine and really let themselves
go and enjoy the moment.
Who are you & what do you do?
I teach Zumba with Zoe. I’m
a classically trained dancer
from London Studio Centre. I
danced professionally around
the globe for 20 years and even
performed the can-can in Paris.
I have been running classes
across London for nearly a
When & where is your class?
10am on Saturdays, at
Frampton Park Baptist Church’s
sports hall, in Frampton Park
So what’s it like?
Fun, friendly and calorieburning.
What goes on in it?
We start with a warm-up to
music and then raise and lower
the heart rate while dancing to a
fantastic mix of addictive tunes,
before stretching for the cool
We are a social bunch and meet
for coffee after class.
What's the most memorable
moment from your classes?
Hearing the success stories of
my participants and seeing the
before and after pictures from
some of them.
I was also choked when they
threw parties in my class to
celebrate my marriage and the
birth of my children.
Roger Love is a personal trainer based in Netil House, E8, hackneypt.com
What's on in December & January
Weekly (ex 25 Dec)
Pilates, 7-8am, £1,
Pause studio, Francis
Blues jam, 8.30pm,
Open garden ,11am-
4pm, FREE, Church
Garden, Harold Road,
Open workshop, 10am-
5pm, £35, School
of Stuff, Shacklewell
Lane, use bench
space and tools and
do whatever you like
Feasting and fun, 1pm,
£85, Hoi Polloi
2-3.30pm, £3, Tower
class, 12-4pm, £5,
Shoreditch Town Hall,
plus tea dance
Hackney Forge, Vicky
Park, 07550 722693
Be Nice Club, Stour
Space. An evening
of food and live
what you can
Pub quiz, Cat & Mutton,
Baby massage and
yoga, 11.15am, £12,
7pm, £40. Denim, 7th
floor of Ace Hotel,
5 (-23) Dec
The Tin Drum, 2.30pm
& 7.30pm, from £12,
Shoreditch Town Hall,
production (ages 14+)
19 Dec Charity Wine
Tasting at Vinarius.
Proceeds to be
donated to MS Society.
29 Nov-20 Dec
Colombia Road Market
Festive tea dance, 12-
3pm, for over-50s, Vicky
Park, 020 7364 4504
Make a Christmas
Wreath, 7-9pm at Proud
Chase The Moon,
7-8.30pm, £18, 5k &10k.
Neon night run Olympic
Crap Film Club: Turkish
Star Wars, 7pm, £5, The
Book Club, Shoreditch
6, 7, 8 Dec
Christmas lunches, FREE,
and Chingford, for
13 (-28) Dec
Puss In Boots, 11am,
2pm, 5pm, £12/family
ticket £49, Hoxton Hall
Childhood Revisited, 6.30-
8pm, £12pp, an evening
of music, Museum of
Moonbow plays, 7.30pm,
Naff Drag New Year 9pm-
3am, £15 adv, or £20
Sing Tower Hamlets,
7.30-9.30pm, £10/ £85
per term, community
choir, open to everyone,
St Paul's Shadwell
listen and rest evening,
Museum of Childhood,
Light Up A Life, 7pm,
St Joseph's Hospice,
Mare St, remembrance
£14, London Stadium,
Late night shopping,
7, 14, 21 Dec
11.30-5.30p, £150 for
one day, e5 Bakehouse,
Creative Kids: Glow
Of Good Cheer, 10-
11.30am & 1-2.30pm,
William Morris Gallery,
Crafty Fox Xmas Market
4-9pm, Geffrye Museum
Creative Kids: May Morris
11.30am & 1-2.30pm,
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What's on in December & January
Papillon, 8pm, £7.50,
duo, St. Margarets
House, 21 Old Ford
1 (-13) Dec
Robin Hood and
The Outlaws of
Waltham Forest, 2pm
(weekends) & 7-9pm,
£10 (children £7), Ye
Olde Rose and Crown,
1 (-22) Dec
7-11.30pm, £55, The
North Star, Homerton
1 (-31) Dec
times am & pm, from
£10, Hackney Empire
1 Dec (-6 Jan)
The Box Of Delights,
7.30pm (and some
2.30pm), £20, Wilton's
donations at Starlight
with members of
Hoxton Hall panto cast
Judge Jules, 9pm, £18,
Hackney Wick Choir
Fridays at 4-5pm,
Dancing in Dalston, 7pm,
FREE, last day to catch
the first solo exhibition
by The Spyglass Project
Dancing in the Dark
Christmas special, 8pm-
1am, £5 adv, Moth Club
Christmas Shopping, at
Well Street market, E9
2 Dec, Christmas Fair
& Christingle Service,
1-4pm, St Mary's Bow,
230 Bow Road, E3
Christmas Bauble, 8pm-
1am, £10, The Red Lion,
2 (-3) Dec
Sweeney Todd, 2pm
& 7.30pm, £18, last
Hackney flea market,
from 11am, Church
Last chance to visit Geffrye Museum before if closes for refurbishment.
Christmas Past exhibition: 400 years of Seasonal Traditions in English
Homes, Free. Until 7 January.
Junior Wildlife Club:
FREE, Vicky Park (meet
at V&A building)
Norman Jay MBE, 8pm-
2am, Mirth Marvel &
Winter Market, 11am-
4pm, £2, St Margarets
House, 21 Old Ford Rd
DIY art, 11am-6pm,
FREE, Rich Mix, Bethnal
What's on in December & January
9 (-10) Dec
Christmas market, 11-
5pm, Ecology Pavilion,
Mile End Park,
more than 50 local
Goldie Lookin' Chain,
7.30-11pm, £16, Oslo
3pm, £45, Wlliam
Family festive day, 12-
3pm, FREE, Vicky Park,
with Santa's grotto.
Meet at the V&A
Roman Road Xmas
Roman Road, E3.
£1, St Joseph's
Hospice, Mare Street,
Xmas Herbal Gifts,
2-4.30pm. Make your
own at Proud East
6 Jan - 24 Mar
Kids' rugby, Victoria
Park, 01252 794150
6, 7 Jan
A Christmas Carol,
SUN SUN SUN
hunt for weird and
wonderful fungi, Tower
A Shot of Christmas
£10, WF Community
Hub, Orford Road,
Local makers market,
Stour Space, Hackney
Santa Run, Vicky Park,
5k or 10k, for St.
Joseph's Hospice, stjh.
FREE, Rich Mix,
Bethnal Green Road
Winter tree walk,
FREE, Vicky Park, 020
Market, Christmas fun
The Big Christmas Wind
Natural festive wreath
Carol Service, 6pm, St
Mary's Bow, 230 Bow
The Blitz Party New
Year's Eve Special,
8pm, from £55,
Adult workshop: Art
5pm, £55, William
The Big London Flea
Epic, Stoke Newington
Peep Show Quiz,
8-11pm, £25 per team
(up to 5), Moth Club
12.30pm, FREE, Vicky
Park, 020 7364 4504
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Festive fun at the Museum
Sounds of Christmas Display Pick up a special
audio trail to guide you around the Museum,
to a series of objects which will spark your
imagination through sound.
Sing-A-Long Saturdays Join in fun interactive
singing sessions featuring both festive classics
and songs about the toys. Saturdays 2, 9 and 16
December from 12 noon.
Christmas Colour, Listen and Rest Adults wishing
to relax and unwind can book this great evening
of music and creativity. Thursday, 7 December
Ensemble Perpetuo Takes participants on a
journey through the museum performing a
beautiful repertoire from Janáček and Mozart to
Debussy. Wednesday, 20 December (£10-12).
Make Some Noise Days When you’re ready
to get out of the house after Christmas, join
musicians, artists and performers for an audio
walk, interactive shows and instrument-making.
Wednesday 27 – Friday 29 December. Free.
Animals and Children in the East End 1840-1919
On 18 January archivist Gary Haines gives an
evening talk (£5-7).
Full details of all the exhibitions and events can be
found at www.vam.ac.uk/moc/whatson
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