When Women Ran Fifth Avenue — the queens of 20th-century US retail

If ever there was a place where the impetus behind American consumerism and wealth in the 20th century could be located, it would be Fifth Avenue. Its glittering image as New York’s most lavish thoroughfare is often characterised by female shoppers surrounded by towering edifices named after retail giants.

Yet in our era of shopping malls and online conglomerates, the department store has largely ceased to exist. Today, the likes of Saks and Bergdorf Goodman — which still occupy prime real esta...

Fantasy home: a blueprint for switching off in Wim Wenders’ Perfect Days

I wouldn’t consider myself much of a homebody. I live in London — a city whose sprawling demands — be they work, leisure or a commute time of 40 minutes — mean I spend more time outside the confines of my home than I do inside it. But as much as I willingly succumb to the frenetic pace of city life, I often yearn to escape the chaos.

When watching Wim Wenders’ latest feature Perfect Days, I was struck by the refined living space of Hirayama — a toilet cleaner who spends his days driving in his

Why are so many of us ditching the pill?

The contraceptive pill was the harbinger of the sexual revolution – but now women are growing increasingly sceptical of

Since launching as a consumer drug in the UK in 1961, the pill has earned a reputation among feminist historians as one of the driving forces behind the sexual revolution. For generations now, the circular wheel on the green tinfoil package has been recognised as a rite-of-passage drug for those seeking sexual freedom without the risk of pregnancy. Today, it’s estimated that 1

The mother and daughter leading a bilingual poetry collective — Roman Road LDN

Bengali-born Bow residents, Shamim and Eeshita Azad are cultivating cross-cultural and inter-generational collaboration through language and words.

Upon meeting Shamim Azad at the SoBo housing complex on Mostyn Grove, she handed me a badge of a red and green flower fastened to a safety pin. It’s a ‘Bijoy Phool’ she told me, a symbol worn to commemorate the 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh.

In English, the name translates to ‘victory flower’, and is worn throughout December, similar to that of

Where to celebrate 2023 New Year's Eve in East London

It’s that time already! Wave farewell to 2023 and sing, eat, dance and laugh yourself into 2024 with this round-up of the best NYE events in East London.

Out with the old and in with the new, 2023 has flown by in a flash and it’s hard to believe that 2024 is approaching us already. The New Year can seem daunting but it’s also an opportunity for change and fresh beginnings. A glass of bubbly and a rendition of Auld Lang Syne is a well-loved tradition but this NYE it might be time to experience s

Columbia Road Christmas Carols cancelled 2023 — Roman Road LDN

Columbia Road Christmas Carols have been cancelled for the remainder of the month after the event went viral on TikTok resulting in safety risks due to overcrowding.

St. Peter’s Church on Bethnal Green has cancelled its annual Christmas Carol service on Columbia Road due to overcrowding presenting a ‘risk to public safety’. The announcement was made on Sunday after last Wednesday’s event attracted a crowd of over 7,000 people.

After being advised by the police and local authorities, St Peter’s

Jellied Eels: The Quintessential Cockney Cuisine —

The way to the heart of the East End is through its stomach. Are jellied eels the forgotten food of the East End or a snack that’s destined to make a comeback?

From Pie and Mash, Fish and Chips to Chicken Tikka Masala, the East End is well-known for its big appetite. Though these famous dishes are now enjoyed across the world, the origins of the cockney cuisine began with something lesser known and slightly more fishy.

Jellied eels, cockles and winkles once tantalised the taste buds of the ord

Happy Endings Opens Pop-Up at Victoria Park Pavilion

Happy Endings’ ice cream connoisseurs bring a new warming winter menu to Victoria Park’s Pavilion Cafe so you can enjoy their award-winning soft-serve whatever the season.

The last time we spoke to ice cream expert and ex-MasterChef judge, Terri Mercieca, she was operating her business ‘Happy Endings’ under the railway arches on Burdett Road in Mile End, navigating the financial strains of the ongoing cost of living crisis. 10 months later, she’s set up shop at The Pavilion Cafe, with a new sto

Bobby Baker's East End family made of cake at Tate Britain — Whitechapel LDN

‘An Edible Family in a Mobile Home’ is open at Tate Britain and features a restaged cake installation once held in Stepney Green in 1976 and inspired by working-class families in the East End.

Bobby Baker’s 1976 art project ‘An Edible Family in a Mobile Home’, originally held in a Stepney Green housing estate, has now been restaged by Tate Britain as part of their new ‘Women in Revolt’ exhibition. The piece features four rooms inhabited by a working-class East-End family entirely made out of ca

Wickham's Department Store: The Harrods of the East End

Once the East End’s most upmarket shopping destination, the peculiar-looking building holds a secret history of family feuds and rifts between locals and big business.

The building that spans 69-89 Mile End Road looks more like it should belong on the streets of nineteenth-century Paris than here in the East End. Between Stepney Green and Whitechapel stations, the classical Beaux-Arts structure is embedded into the high street. You wouldn’t guess that the building was once Wickham’s Department

East London Christmas Markets 2023 — Roman Road LDN

Get yourself in the festive spirit with this local guide to the best Christmas markets East London has to offer in 2023.

Once again the festive season is approaching us and it’s never too early to get ahead of the Christmas rush. We’ve got you covered with a selection of the best Christmas markets East London has to offer. Whether you’re looking for stocking fillers, decorations, or even just a festive day out, you’ll certainly find what you’re looking for here and might even come across someth

Maud Joachim: the Suffragette who supported the East End. —

Maud Joachim may not be as famous as Suffragette as Sylvia Pankhurst but her work earned her a medal, which is now part of the Glasgow Women’s Library and her life in the East End makes for a fascinating read.

Maud Joachim is widely remembered as a militant suffragette and the recent news of her hunger strike medal being auctioned in Scotland has thrown her into the spotlight. However, she also has an important history of supporting the local community of women here in Bow and played an integra

Suffragette medal auctioned to women’s library in Scotland— Roman Road LDN

A hunger strike medal awarded to an East End suffragette was auctioned to Glasgow Women’s Library earlier this month.

A medal awarded by the Women’s Social and Political Union to East London Suffragette Maud Joahchim in 1909 was auctioned off to Glasgow Women’s Library at a bid of £41,000 on 3 October.

The medal, now over a century old, was awarded to Joachim after a four-day group hunger strike in November 1909 at Dundee prison. Joachim was convicted after disrupting a talk by Winston Churchi

30 Years of The Virgin Suicides — Delude Magazine

Thirty years ago, American author Jefferey Eugenides published his debut novel The Virgin Suicides. First appearing as a chapter in The Paris Review years prior to its publication, the story was released to mild critical acclaim. Decades later, the novel is now heralded as a landmark in coming of age fiction, more potently the tale of the Lisbon sisters has been canonized in the collective consciousness of girls online. Set in the haze of 1970s American suburbia, the tale of five sisters who all

Deep dive into the 2023 King's Artists Programme

As this year's King’s Artists programme concludes, discover more about this year's 6-month research and development collaborations, supported by King's Culture

In January 2023, King’s Culture announced the participants of the 2023 King’s Artists cohort, which would see collaborative research and development projects awarded six-month research and development (R&D) grants, with the aim of fostering academic and artistic exchange. Since launching at the beginning of the year, the five collaborati

Pro-Ana: The Body and Pain in Cyberspace —

The dawn of Web 2.0 now seems like a hazy myth. We are haunted by the internet of our past, yet its original user base is shrouded in mystery and folklore. The internet is like a phantom limb—we can't see it physically, but we know for certain it's there, and we live our lives with this predetermined notion of its ever-present existence. In cyberspace, meaning is never fixed. Pain becomes beauty, illness is considered a lifestyle, and the physical body is rendered obsolete. There's a myriad of w

Consumer Catholicism — labaatan

During one of my routine scrolls through Twitter, I came across a recommended tweet of a Depop post. The listing was reminiscent of a Brandy Melville ad, a faceless girl on-the-go, dressed in cropped top and denim mini skirt, carrying a printed canvas tote bag. But what immediately caught my attention was the text overlay decorated with an array of pink bow emojis, which read: ‘catholic confession readings’.
• None Baptised and confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church. The user rounded off the lis

A Democracy in Decay: A Further Look at Roe v Wade

Protestors responded with outrage to the decision to overturn Roe v Wade, marking a socio-political crisis in the US.

After almost half a century since its original ruling, Roe V. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court late this June, triggering bans and restrictions on abortion access across the US. The decision, which was leaked a month prior, comes at a time of in the US. It was met with harsh resistance as many immediately gathered in protest against the ruling.

Having attended the prote