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Successful hyperlocal site expands with new launch

A hyperlocal website for north London has expanded with the launch of a new site for the south side of the capital.

The team behind the Kentishtowner have now created Below the River as an online magazine for South London, which will be updated six days a week.

It is published by London Belongs to Me Ltd, the parent company of the Kentishtowner, and is edited by Kate Burt, a journalist who has worked as a commissioning editor and columnist at the Independent Magazine and Independent on Sunday.

The Kentishtowner launched its first print edition last month and has been nominated against national websites including the Guardian and Metro for a digital award at the Newspaper Awards next month.

A piece about the new site said: “Below the River grew out of a decade-long friendship Kate had with Kentishtowner founder Stephen Emms.

“Once they had come up with the idea of expanding the award-winning north London website down here, to champion the other side of the city, they couldn’t let it go.

“And Below The River was born; dedicated to cultural affairs: art, food, pubs, community, history, architecture, design, music – and people. It is published six days a week, from Monday to Saturday, and sometimes more.”

The website will broadly cover the area from Stockwell to Deptford but does not stick rigidly to this and will include reviews of events from all over London.

It is also developing a charitable youth arm, which aims to mentor local under-18s in journalism and digital publishing.