Editor: Laura Billings


At first, this book was going to be called The Community Lover’s Guide to London. Until a realisation that the density of activity here meant that it would be both a daunting task and a ridiculously huge book! After wondering how to tackle it for a while, I decided to focus on the area of London I am most involved in – Hackney.

How could I ensure that the 15 projects were representative of all the things that go on in such a diverse and creative borough? How should I explain the inclusion of some projects and not others? If someone else edited it, would they end up with something completely different? I went back to the principles of the Community Lover's Guide series and stared at the bean shoot on my desk for inspiration. This was about celebrating local, resourceful, creative, people-led, grassroots activities.

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