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24 inspiring change makers helping London rise again

Not for a long time has the capital been so full of vibrant, creative minds making a real difference in their chosen fields. Jessica Benjamin profiles 24 fresh faces getting London back to its best


Behind-the-scenes at illustrator Eleanor Shakespeare’s London studio

The London-based artist, who created this week’s London Rising Evening Standard cover, shares a peek of her creative space


Eric Dier: I’d have my ashes scattered in Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

The Spurs and England footballer on his Lego lockdown, scoring free cab rides and his penchant for The River Café’s desserts


Life in Lockdown: members of the ES team share their photo highlights

Looking to enter our lockdown photography and video competition? Members of the Evening Standard team share their lockdown photo highlights to get you started

The Escapist

How baking helped London get through lockdown

Baking hasn’t just been a national remedy for Covid cabin fever. Jessica Benjamin finds it has also helped our mental health and kick-started fledgling careers


Lockdown lexicon: the weird words that defined the pandemic

From quarantinis to covidiot to zumping, the past year has spawned a whole new vocabulary. Wordsmith Jessica Benjamin presents a pandemic dictionary


What can men do to help women feel safe in the wake of Sarah Everard?

The case of Sarah Everard is sadly not an anomaly; violence against women has been described as an ‘epidemic’ by MP Jess Phillips. So what can men do to change things?

ES Magazine

Mother of Pearl founder Amy Powney on her new sustainability platform

The Mother of Pearl founder and creative director talks to us about the future of the creative industry, fashion’s impact on climate change and her new platform, Fashion Our Future

ES Magazine

Billy Porter on London Pride and being a fashion icon

The Pose star opens up about how far Pride has come since it began, and the roots of his iconic dressing

ES Magazine

Jordan Firstman on impressions, Instagram and internet fame

Some people went rather quiet during lockdown — not so Jordan Firstman, who became a hilarious Insta sensation. Jessica Benjamin meets the internet’s new funniest person

ES Magazine

A dark romantic soul: meet Lauren Auder

Far more than just a purveyor of irresistible neo-gothic pop, Lauren Auder is an important new voice who won’t allow the trans community to be ‘swallowed up and tamed’. Jessica Benjamin meets her


Amanda Gorman to Marcus Rashford: the rise of the activist model

Inauguration stars Amanda Gorman and Ella Emhoff were signed to IMG last week, so is this a new age for the modelling industry, asks Jessica Benjamin?


DOTUS: The First Dogs have moved into the White House

Major and Champ arrived in Washington this week and already have their own Instagram account and a line of merch


The most fashion-forward First Family ever?

Nike high tops (in the Capitol, oh yes!), unashamedly sexy cocktail dresses and sharp tailoring, why we’re already obsessed with the youngest Bidens


From catfishing to Covid cuffing, a dating dictionary

10 years is a long time in (digital) love… From catfishing to Covid cuffing, Jessica Benjamin on how the dating game changed


Can an app save your relationship?

Hit a rocky patch after one hell of  a year? Jessica Benjamin and her boyfriend see if tech can get them back on track