From left, Ilhan, Oya and Ibrahim Doldur © Social Streets C.I.C

Whole Fresh: a new venture from the family behind Best Food Centre

When you walk towards Whole Fresh, the first thing you notice is fruits and vegetables lining the front of the shop enticingly in rustic, wooden buckets to attract passers-by. There are also shelves of olive oil, vinegar and every other imaginable condiment, herbs and other deli-style items. There is a constant cool breeze from the refrigerators and the sound of soft jazz wafting over from the shop radio.

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Chaneen Saliee with her family in Victoria Park. Photos by Matt Payne

‘I want my daughters to love the skin they’re in’ says local mum influencer

‘Representation is so important,’ she says. ‘Seeing yourself on TV, on social media it creates confidence because you think, “there’s someone who looks like me doing all these things, and I can do this too.”’

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Statue of Sir John Cass, Jewry Street, Aldgate

William Gladstone and Sir John Cass: statues with links to slavery

His blood red hands have been a symbol for the oppression of the working class for as long as local people can remember. And the statue itself represents a man who is under scrutiny by activists and local government for his record upholding the slave trade. Should the statue’s removal be the symbolic next step in the fight against oppression in all forms?

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Victoria Park with the City in the distance ©️ Matt Payne

Lockdown photo essay captures aerial photography of an empty Victoria Park

‘The drone allows you to see areas from a very unusual perspective and it has the power to completely transform familiar places. I look for the geometry within infrastructure sometimes and the pathways in the park provided that.’

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Etching of Daniel Mendoza

“Mendoza the Jew”: the boxing pioneer who fought antisemitism one jab at a time

Inside the ring, his innovative techniques raised the sport from primitive punch-throwing to a strategic artform, while outside it, his visibility offered a rare account of positive representation of Jewishness. Empowered by his example, boxing became popular among the Jewish youth, making it harder to stereotype them as defenceless and weak.

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First doodlebug was dropped on Grove Road © Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archive

World War II’s first doodlebug was dropped on Grove Road

The first V-1 flying bomb, or doodlebug, landed on Grove Road, decimating the railway bridge and killing six people. 30 people were injured and 200 were made homeless. Here’s how it happened.

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The Kray twins with Johnny Squibb © Louise Potts

Book Review: ‘Krays: The Final Word’ by James Morton

‘This boy has been beaten by beasts’ are the first words in Krays: the Final Word, spoken by a Thames Court magistrate investigating the assault on a boy called Roy Harvey who was allegedly beaten with chains by the Kray Twins and their friend Patrick Aucott in Mare Street, Hackney.

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