The Gentrification of Newham’s Olympic Legacy

Olympic Park in Stratford

Stratford had its East-End culture demolished and rebuilt, at the cost of its residents, past and future.

The London Olympics claimed that it would develop, rejuvenate and improve Stratford; providing better and affordable housing and a wealth of opportunities for leisure and employment. 10 years on from the initial developments on the sites that would become the Olympic Park and East Village it’s a poignant time to reflect upon the gentrification and cost of the culture lost to a now-popular tourist location.

The land that the Olympic Park and its associated Olympic Village was built on was mostly industrial land and uninhabitable, with the exception of Clays Lane housing estate. The area were once plagued with eyesores such as the “fridge mountain”, a monument of domestic appliance waste (the largest heap of fridges in Europe), now replaced with open green spaces and private accommodation. The accommodation in the developed area was once home to 17,000 athletes and staff, most of which now rented privately through GetLivingLondon with prices for a 1-bed apartment starting at £1,300 a month.

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The Ingredients of the Brexit Votes (includes infographic)


Brexit changed the future of the United Kingdom in 2016 when the UK officially decided to leave the European Union, but who voted what? Political parties and local history play an important part of the statistics behind 31 years in the EU.

Opinions can change like the wind; with 31 years of history in the European Union – most voters have lived through the changes the EU brought to the UK – with benefits to certain areas and limitations imposed on others, over time the British public have had time to reflect. In 1975 the majority of the UK (67%) voted to join the European Community (now referred to as the EU) with hopes of prosperity and an overall better life but when comparing these voting areas to the outcome of the European Referendum it is clear to see what areas were left most unfulfilled – areas like Boston, East Lincoln and Stoke-on-Trent voting highest for Brexit.

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London Overground Night Tube Service Launches This Week!

London Overground Tube

24 hour London Overground services begin running Fridays and Saturdays starting 15th December 2017. 

An all-night service will operate between New Cross Gate and Dalston Junction. A map of the new service was released earlier in the week, showing passengers where they can expect to travel for the nights out in the South East (Bermondsey) and East.

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LGBT Interview: Laganja Estranja

Laganja Estranja in London

The winter period is never a quiet one for drag queens – perhaps that’s when they are at their busiest with Christmas tours and cabaret shows weekly, there is never a dull moment.

However, life for stars of hit US reality TV show ‘Rupaul’s Drag Race‘ are busy year. Writing on behalf of BOYBLUE Magazine, we had the opportunity to sit down with one of the stars of season 6, Laganja Estranja (Jay Jackson) and talk about her busy November schedule, life on the road and future plans.

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La Porchetta Pollo Soho Food Review

La Porchetta Pollo Bar Soho

La Porchetta Pollo Bar: the Italian restaurant at the heart of Soho we never knew we needed. 

When you enter La Porchetta Pollo Bar you aren’t presented with the usual faux Italian atmosphere and decoration that you would expect, you are instead welcomed with an unpretentious and cosy Italian serving up pizza and pasta dishes at a reasonable price.

La Porchetta is an authentic Italian restaurant located on Old Crompton Street in Soho that offers a large range of starters, pizzas, pastas and deserts all freshly prepared.

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