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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Ahead of her show at Hackney Empire on June 27, the much-loved comedian and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig talks us through her favourite Bake Off memory, the best thing about being British and her dog, Mildred.

My epic surf moments are sadly few and far between, but there's something about being faced with either ducking under or trying to catch a wave that's meditative, exhilarating and fun - and that floaty feeling when you do catch one defies description.

The Windrush Cricket Project seeks to bring people of all ages together to share experiences and get active with a bat and ball on the Marshes this Saturday, June 8.

Trying to unpick the qualities that have elevated Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie to the status of fabled modern classic is a tricky exercise.

The Stoke Newington Literary Festival is about bringing bright minds and interesting stories to the community - and keeping tickets cheap all the while.

Seven participants from a disabled cricket club in Hackney have been selected as volunteers at the 2019 World Cup, which starts in London on May 30 and takes place around the country until July 14.

We're now just one day out from the start of All Points East 2019, so are the event organisers slowing down ahead of the Festival's opening? Absolutely not.

As Shoreditch-based venue The Bike Shed prepare to host their 10th anniversary show at Tobacco Dock, the event's caterers Feast It pick out five great places that will be feeding the motorhead masses.

A cocktail bar promising 'chemistry and theatre' is opening on City Road in time for the weekend.

A multi-sensory mural has been unveiled on Great Eastern Street to highlight the vital work of Deafblind UK - the national charity supporting people who can neither hear nor see.

Hot Chip are back and so are the memories of dancing around sweaty basement clubs, and blasting their songs in the car, and watching their catalogue of bizarre music videos. The joy of repetition really is in you.

2018 will go down as one of the most important years in the history of The Tower Theatre Company.

As we pulled up to the Tivoli Évora my kids and I expressed some scepticism for its eco claims - after all, swanky hotels are some of the most energy intensive facilities on our planet.

As runners around Hackney and beyond limber up for next week's Half Marathon, we speak to Virgin Sport's CEO Jessica Frey about the biggest Hackney Festival of Fitness event to date.

Mare Street venue The Last Tuesday Society has been crowned the Best Bar in London at the 7th annual Design My Night Awards.

This Sunday, The Rio is hosting a special screening of Under The Cranes - a film exploring themes of migration and regeneration in Hackney - to support the #SaveRidleyRoad campaign.

Two bank-holidays and a big range of interesting events; there's lots to look forward to in May. Here's a run-down of six of the best things to do in Hackney and Islington.

This year, All Points East will be joining forces with even more local partners to bring a packed programme of free events across May half term.

Personal Trainer Jordan McInerny brings a workout class with a shed-load of sass to east London for the first time on Wednesday, May 1.

Yep, seriously. The returning Margarita Rumble festival offers you two hours of bottomless drinks in a bid to find the best margarita cocktail in London.

Right Now Film Festival seeks to "address the unjust balances of power" currently in play around the world. The series will screen five feature-length documentaries at the Rio between May 6 and 12.

Organisers of the Victoria Park festival will work with a number of local companies as they stage a week of free entertainment for all ages between May 27 and 30.

It's two weeks until Queen of Hoxton launch their latest rooftop theme - a love note to the vibrant culture, colours and flavours of Mexico.

Public Gallery co-director Harry Dougall talks to us about I'm Good Thanks: an exhibition of new paintings from Barcelona's renowned artist Joan Cornellà.

Following the success of their shuffleboard bar, London Shuffle have opened a smaller-scale, table version of the game downstairs. The new bar is called Crazy Eight, and it's named after the original, more old-school game.

The poet and artist Ruth Sutoyé has co-produced an exhibition of film and photography about black women who choose to shave their heads. She speaks with the Gazette ahead of the launch of Bald Black Girl(s) in Clerkenwell next month.

Rio Cinema will link up with events company We Are Parable next week to celebrate the role of black protagonists in one of the most popular movie genres of all: the heist.

The host of BBC Two's The Mash Report will perform an extra stand-up show in east London to meet the high demand for tickets.

Venues around Hackney and Islington are marking International Women's Day in style this year. Starting with a whiskey masterclass and moving on to a special quiz, live music and free massages at the weekend - here are five ways to make the most of your #IWD2019.

Ahead of the next event at Hoxton Hall on March 29, we speak to two of the event organisers about how Sound Out puts exciting acts in front of a live audience, sometimes for the first time.

Five great things to do during March

Thursday, February 28, 2019

From International Women's Day celebrations to alternative comedy nights and short-film festivals, there's loads going on in Hackney and Islington throughout March.

Crate Brewery is about to launch an ambitious crowd-funding campaign as they plan a major refurbishment of their canal-side home in Hackney Wick.

Valentine's Day is on the approach - do you have plans locked in? It's no problem if not, because we've rounded up a bunch of romantic things to do across Hackney and Islington.

As Dry January finally comes to a close, two brothers have opened a shop stocked with a range of 200 no-and-low alcoholic drinks. The Zero Option is a temporary opening for now, but there are plans to go permanent.

Although we might as well say this now: Sue Cook has pulled out.

Wine studio launches at Netil House

Monday, January 14, 2019

A wine specialist has opened a studio in Hackney where she'll host tastings, workshops, dating events and more.

Things to do during Dry January

Friday, January 4, 2019

If you're committing to a month free from any alcohol, fair play. Dry January needn't be a long and arduous slog, especially when you've got this list of things to keep you occupied…

After pop-ups in Covent Garden and Brighton hit a sweet-spot in 2018, the Chocolate Cocktail Club has found a new home in east London. Co-founders Holly Brooks and Rachel Wisson launch their latest venture on Thursday, January 17.

Our top picks for places to party once the bubbly starts flowing and Auld Lang Syne rings out…

A high energy return to form for Susie McKenna's legendary annual outing of gliz, hilarity and joy

Take a look at the production images of Hackney Empire's pantomime for 2018 - Aladdin - on now until Sunday January 6.

While the big guy in red makes his list and checks it twice, check out a selection of the finest festive events coming your way.

Christine and the Queens has been announced as the latest headliner of All Points East 2019.

With party season threatening to break out at any moment, Netil Market has announced four special Christmas-themed events taking place in December.

Jo Trew enjoys the latest offering from the Arcola Theatre, a fresh adaption of Mikhail Lermontov's 19th century novel.

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