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A family’s backyard has been turned into a tropical paradise on Alan Titchmarsh’s ITV show Love Your Garden, so they can “create wonderful memories there” with their severely disabled son.

A bar opened by Five Points co-founder Ed Mason has closed because of its “challenging location” in Hackney Wick.

Yesterday, 16:20

A Ridley Road market trader has been jailed for life for slitting the throat of another party-goer at a St Patrick’s Day celebration, over a trivial dispute about a microphone.

Yesterday, 14:13

An off-duty police officer sought favourable treatment when he was flagged down for allegedly using his mobile phone at the wheel, a Met misconduct panel has heard.

Yesterday, 13:23

Police are investigating an alleged rape by the Woodberry Wetlands nature reserve in Finsbury Park.

Yesterday, 12:14

The name Kench Hill may not mean much to Hackney’s newcomers, but it might strike a chord with anyone who grew up here.

Yesterday, 11:08

Young people belted out songs from Chicago, Dream Girls and the Greatest Showman and danced their hearts out to hits like Pinball Wizard at a variety performance at the Hackney Empire on Saturday night.

Yesterday, 10:03

Hackney Wick FC’s Bobby Kasanga has been recognised for being a positive role model through his work to deter young people from a life in gangs.

Mon, 17:33

Senior coroner Mary Hassell has today unveiled the new policy that will dictate how her office decides which deaths to deal with first.

Sport

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has been speaking ahead of his side’s Europa League clash with FC Vorskla Poltava at the Emirates. Read every word of what he had to say...

Arsenal’s experienced Stephan Lichtsteiner has been speaking ahead of the club’s opening Europa League match of the season against FC Vorskla Poltava. Read on for Layth Yousif’s report from London Colney on Wednesday afternoon.

The centre back hailed the current strength in depth at Orient

Two goals in the final five minutes at the San Siro turned the game in favour of the Italian side

Leyton Orient suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to Bostik South Central outfit Cheshunt in a friendly at Theobalds Lane last night.

08:10

Middlesex opener Sam Robson admitted to a mixture of emotions after scoring his first century of the season on day one of their County Championship Division Two match with Derbyshire.

London Senior Cup first round: Haringey Borough 4 Beckenham Town 1

Yesterday, 21:15

Champions League Group B: Inter Milan 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1

Hidden Homeless Campaign

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Psychotic residents banging on doors in the middle of the night, drug dealing, prostitution and excrement in the corridor. Now a health watchdog has slammed dire conditions in Hackney homeless hostels. Emma Youle reports

Hackney Council has been forced to apologise to a single mum and offer her a payout after bungling her homeless application.

Homeless hostels are making huge demands on police resources in Hackney with thousands of call-outs for rowdy behaviour, violent assaults and missing people, the Gazette can reveal.

Entertainment

16:24

Thirty years ago, the Gazette launched its weekend listings section Friday Live – including the latest from Dalston’s Rio Cinema. Now, it’s back! Alex Jackson brings us up to speed.

Artists are throwing open their studio doors to the public in east London this weekend as part of a free ‘open studios’ event for the 50th anniversary of the Space arts organisation.

Indie band The Vaccines are to headline the third annual LDN Block Party, which takes over the Oval Space and its surrounding area for a feel-good celebration of street food, beer and live music on Saturday September 22.

There’s no such thing as a dead cert in theatreland. No matter how bulletproof the material might seem (through reputation or otherwise), there is always the potential for it to flounder on the banks of poor execution, woeful miscasting and meandering direction.

The Gold, an indie/alt/pop band hailing from Essex, reach a big milestone as they head to Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen to celebrate the launch of their first EP – Lover – on Thursday August 30.

The recent heatwave has made it all too easy to feel like Spain is on our doorsteps.

The revamped Savoy Cinema in Stoke Newington will reopen next month as Earth – and a host of new shows have also been announced.

You won’t be leaving your pizza crusts behind when it comes to Yard Sale’s latest guest chef collaboration.

The festival, arranged by Hoxton Mini Press, will see a range of celebrated photographers give talks at D&AD between August 17 and 19.

A selection of actors, singers, dancers and musicians have joined up to produce Legacy, which will run at Hackney Empire on Friday, August 10.

The fun is just starting this-morning at east London’s Victoria Park for a family day out.

Beautiful Allotment bring sustainable cocktails and BBQ food to a leafy new open-air hangout

Rum lovers – you may want to head down to your nearest Patty and Bun before the end of the month.

Reinvigorating classics and telling new stories: Grimeborn festival celebrates opera artists shaking up the genre

A meal out is never simply about food these days, with the trend for all things immersive spreading to the humble three course meal.

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