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The date has been leaping around like a frog on an Aga, but it’s been finally confirmed by Antic Ltd that the Red Lion, Leytonstone¬†will¬†reopen on the 8th of June after its extensive refit. For beer-loving ‘stoners, it will be … Continue reading

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>London Pride

>TIW favourite The Harp has been voted CAMRA’s pub of the year – the first time ever for a London pub. Is it the best pub in Britain? It’s all highly subjective of course, but The Harp is certainly in … Continue reading

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>The Lion In Winter

>A big sign (hoho) that things are at last progressing for Leytonstone landmark The Red Lion (ex Zulus). Rumour has it that a lot more work is needed refurbishing the old place than was first thought, which may have put … Continue reading

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>A King At Night

>The original Tron was baffling for the thirteen-year-old TIW sat in Keighley Picture House. But Our Lad and me were there for the computer animation rather than the confusing but lame storyline. All done on the Foonly supercomputer with its … Continue reading

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>“Don’t have that. It’s horrible.” Said the the friendly James May lookalike behind the bar. He was right. The sampler of Brodie’s Kosher Rye Ale he gave me smelt like gloss paint, and tasted like grass clippings. His recommendation of … Continue reading

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>Paper View

> It’s got a lot of potential, Leytonstone High Road, and it’s about to get two million quid’s worth of ‘improvements’. I’ve no doubt that this will amount to the railway bridge getting a touch-up and loads of new signs … Continue reading

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>Eastern Promise

>Some pictures from a foot-stampingly cold tour around part of the Olympic site’s perimeter on the Stratford/Bow frontier. It doesn’t look it, but Europe’s biggest building site is nearly finished, ahead of schedule and under budget. I’ve not always been … Continue reading

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>Rail Ale

>Never thought I’d look forward to visiting a pub near a train station. Finally got to the Euston Tap for a late-afternoon visit on monday. At first, the place was empty, except for an extremely posh young man who appeared … Continue reading

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>In The Red

>Just recently there have been all sorts of rumours about Leytonstone’s two most prominent dead pubs. Lincoln’s, which dominates the middle section of the HIgh Road has been sold. Or it hasn’t. Planning to convert it to flats has been … Continue reading

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>Mid-Century Modern

>London, city of surprises. When I first moved here I often used to walk down White Lion street N1, past a recess in a wall thick with a palimpsest of posters. Full of the flush of gentrification, Islington council had … Continue reading

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