Dogs of Alcibiades, guarding the Bonner Entrance of Victoria Park

The story behind the Dogs of Alcibiades statues in Victoria Park

The statues are marble sculptures of Molossian Hounds and were donated to the park by Lady Aignarth, a wealthy and clearly rather generous resident of East London, in 1912. They are rumoured to have been a commemoration of her late husband, Horatio, who passed away that year.

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A free 10-week mental wellbeing ‘toolkit’ to help you through lockdown

After nearly a year of living with Covid-19, we find ourselves yet again in another lockdown akin to last March. And this time, you might agree that we’re collectively worn down from a year of living with the pandemic and, unlike last time, there’s less sun to provide us with some much-needed Vitamin D.

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Ba'al Shem of London's grave © Social Streets

Ba’al Shem of London’s grave in Mile End’s Alderney Road Cemetery

Behind an anonymous brick wall in Alderney Road off of Mile End Road lies the oldest Ashkenazi cemetery in the U.K. Founded in 1696 and closed in 1852, the cemetery marks the establishment of the Ashkenazi community, now the largest Jewish ethnic group in the U.K.

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Closed for lockdown, Bow Road tube station 2020 © Michael John Oliver

The controversial history of Bow Road tube station

Bow Road tube station is best known for its playful, colourful pillars that line its platforms. But did you know this station has a rather turbulent history? We dive into the story behind Bow Road’s tube station.

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