A pokey Irish country cottage on a hillside, with grubby wallpaper, tattered furniture and a wonky cross hanging on the wall is the humble dwelling of Leenane's most malevolent pair.

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With a smart dress code and a swish "industrial" ambience, Collier Row's first drinks lounge, RM5 Lounge, is coming to Clockhouse Lane in late November.

Have you seen Millie Macdonald, who is missing from Harlow?

A Rainham apprentice butcher has beaten 150 candidates by winning a nationwide Apprentice of the Month award.

Grapefruit, cherry and coffee are some of the weird and wonderful flavours to sample at the real ale festival, being held in Wetherspoon's pubs from October 9 to October 20.

Now in its 62nd year, a Harold Hill scuba diving club is celebrating more than 100 loyal members.

As Londoners prepare to bake in this year's scorching temperatures, we've rounded up the best of east London's summer activities from aerial theatre, modern art tours and music spectacles to family fun days and wildlife ventures - here's our most exciting and creative ways to enjoy the sunshine.

A Diabetes UK fundraiser from Upminster has scooped a national award after raising £5,000 for the charity at an event in memory of her father.

How Havering Mind and adult education helped a Cranham 60-year-old through the loss of his partner

Adrian Whittle chats to the Recorder about his travel photography exhibition at Fry's Gallery.

Friends who met at Dagenham 88 Runners club have completed the '26 marathons in 52 weeks' challenge run by Phoenix Running, having managed to complete far before their schedule in 40 weeks on Sunday July 21.

Two traveller camps that have been set up in Harold Hill since Sunday have now been served eviction notices by the police.

A Harold Hill family is one of just four in the entire UK to have six generations still living.

The garage-house duo Leanne Brown and Andy Mason talk ahead of their on concert at Project Romford on August 3.

Havering Council has served legal notice to a group of caravans who pitched up illegally in Gooshay Gardens, in Harold Hill near Romford's Central Park.

The Mayor of Havering has revealed the three charities he will be raising money for this year.

Yesterday, the demolition of two tower blocks in Rainham began, but if residents were expecting an enormous wrecking ball or an explosion, they would have been disappointed - the building is being "dismantled" and "deconstructed," the same way it was built, over a period of six months.

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The family of a former Saint Francis Hospice volunteer have presented a chque for £100 to the charity in her memory.

Over the years Boris Johnson has graced east London with his presence many times, from canoodling with the Cheeky Girls in Canary Wharf to zip lining in Victoria Park.

London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton is calling on more Havering adult volunteers to assist supervising the London Fire Brigade Cadets programme.

Havering Music Makers (HMM) took to the stage for the first performance at Queen's Theatre of Titanic.

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Havering Miniature Railway Club is hosting a one-off running day on Sunday with all fares going to the Macmillan Cancer Support nurses.

Hundreds of people came together to celebrate the Cricket World Cup Final with a festival of the game at Gidea Park and Romford Cricket Club on Sunday July 14.

"I thought I might run off stage crying but if you don't get it right in front of your mum, when are you ever going to get it right?"

Two former Harrow Lodge Primary School pupils returned to their old haunting ground to celebrate 60 years since leaving.

A school in Harold Hill has received government funding to open a new nursery school.

Pop legend Pete Waterman was in Romford last week when he spent a day on the Greater Anglia rail network meeting staff and visiting the company's control centre.


We've all been there, calling our local surgery in the morning, hoping we might be able to secure a same day doctor's appointment.

Instagrammers and baby-boomers are setting a trend for the "Hollywood smile" as a pain-free dental procedure attracts people to south Essex from all over the UK and beyond.

The Christmas holidays are nearly here but don't fret the Mercury has got you covered with over 50 events taking place between now and Christmas that are sure to put everyone in the festive spirit.

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