‘If I’m not challenging the injustices that I see then I’m part of the problem,’ says Begum. ‘I am not a passive person and I don’t want to be a passive person.’Read more
‘I come from a typically working-class, East End family,’ she says. So when I was young, I remember going with my mum to the market on a Saturday. And I distinctly remember what a social atmosphere it was here. How people on the streets would talk to each other.’Read more
‘When I first started I was mainly writing about how sad I was. Now I’m also thinking there are also these other things going on, like how I’m British Bangladeshi and how I come from East London but went to a really posh university.’Read more
It is lockdown round 2.0 Roman Roadies! Although many services deemed essential, such as supermarkets and pharmacies, are largely operatingRead more
Say hello to The Bakery Room. It is a new patisserie shop on the market stretch of Roman Road by the same team as Mile End’s The Pizza Room and The Coffee Room, who are now bringing their French and Italian-inspired bakes on the eastern of the high street.Read more
It’s the Biblical metaphor! It is all about neighbourhood dining, about this idea of everyone getting together and sharing delicious hearty food that isn’t too fancy, that you just want to tuck into.’Read more
From the vibrant days of the exploding local pub culture to driving around the who’s-who of East End celebrities (‘Barbara was very nice and chatty, but she was very drunk,’ he says), it becomes clear that the story of Phil Price is the story of the East End itself.
In a survey of the church in 1900, he commends the ‘good people of Bow’, for not listening to outside experts to modernise the church, as he believed its 14th century medieval architecture should be maintained as is.Read more
‘There has been, rightfully, a lot of focus on supporting local businesses during the pandemic. And I realised that more people were discovering what’s in their local area over lockdown as well as they were exploring their neighbourhoods more now.’Read more
‘I picked the inside of the Mary le Bow church because the Bow Bells are the iconic association with this area. And when I started researching historical people that we could include, I wanted to find someone who helped alleviate poverty because that’s what so much of the local history of this area is about.’Read more
Flipping through those pages, he shares a realisation he had recently. ‘Actually, these prints ended up being a strange lockdown diary of sorts. Because I can remember little things I did the day I made each print.’Read more
Is social media and online marketplaces – the same reason why sales are being driven down, actually been a lifesaver for these businesses? Or is it a double-edged sword?