Iftekar Hossain tells Emma Bartholomew about his journey from Dubai and Bangladesh to running the Hoxton pizzeria that’s just been named north London’s ‘best takeaway’ in the British Takeaway Awards

It was a flagship project for Sadiq Khan’s fundraising platform. But since its relaunch, Well Street Market has been plagued by problems. Now the traders’ association has quit and the market is going back to its original once-a-month timetable in an effort to salvage footfall. Sam Gelder reports.

Each week we take to the streets to find a start-up business right here in Hackney. This week, we discovered Toast beer made from bread is expanding to US and Brazil

Tesco in Kingsland High Street could be demolished and replaced with a six-storey high-end boutique hotel.

To mark the centenary of the October Revolution, the Gazette looks back at a “way-out” church in De Beauvoir that hosted Lenin, Stalin and Trotsky for a crucial conference – and put the Bolsheviks on the road to power.

Three decades of recommending health foods and supplements to customers has earned George Edwards the nickname “the urban bush doctor” – though whether he appreciates that is another story.

Rick Oughton knows more than most about the Gazette’s top stories over the last 20 years. As the face of the paper to newsagents across the borough he not only delivered the headline posters every week – he wrote them too.

Shopkeepers in one of Hackney’s oldest trading streets have joined forces to try and reverse its dwindling footfall.

I would like to express our disgust and distress at the proposed “lock in” Tesco in Morning Lane, Hackney, is proposing to host writes Emma Dalmayne, CEO, Autistic Inclusive Meets (AIM).

Former Arsenal and England star Paul Merson took on the British Heart Foundation’s iconic London to Brighton bike ride in memory of former team-mate Ugo Ehiogu to help raise money for lifesaving heart surgery.

A mindless thug who robbed a stranger at knifepoint in Stoke Newington and then stabbed a police officer has been jailed for four years.

A luckless lorry driver has found himself homeless at 61 after the passport proving his immigration status was stolen and he lost his job.

Panicking that she might have to start rationing vegetables, Zoe Paskett meets Shane Harrison, a New Zealand born restaurateur and expert in foraging for food

The Vortex Jazz Club and Vortex Foundation are proud to announce the launch of In the Changes (see p3), writes Cameron Reynolds, Vortex Foundation, Dalston.

Market stalls returned to Well Street on Saturday for the first time in eight years.

Existing tension between gangs on the border of Hackney and Islington has erupted in a fortnight of worrying attacks. We found out what has caused it, and what is being done to stop it.

With one in 10 gay men now living with HIV, Zoe Paskett explores how chemsex has become an NHS public health crisis. Peter Darney, writer of play 5 Guys Chillin’, and sexual health nurse Hannah McCall offer insight.

Sweeping changes to the centre of Hackney have been revealed in a new “masterplan” published today by the town hall.

Our waterways are becoming greener by the day, writes Will McCallum, Hackney resident and Greenpeace.

The historic Well Street Market is set to reopen in October, eight years after traders packed up their stalls and left.


To celebrate LGBT history month, Hackney resident Amanda talks about her journey to becoming a foster carer, with the council’s support and training.

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