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Rowena Smith is celebrating 10 years as landlady and owner of the Old China Hand in Tysoe Street.

 

Architects are regular clients of Jennifer Newman, who brought minimalism and colour to outdoor furniture for schools, hospitals and retailers.

 

Mattie Faint has lived in Clerkenwell for 40 years, and is a clown as well as curator of the recently relaunched Clowns Gallery Museum in Dalston.

 

Elaine Kelman is head of the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children on Pine Street.

 

Emma Colyer MBE is the founder and director of Body & Soul, a charity which supports children, teens and families living with HIV.

 

After 14 years, the Venerable David Meara has retired as rector of St Bride's, the spiritual home of the media.

 

Charlotte Bowers quit her job in consultancy last year to open a deli in Amwell Street – a thoroughfare of independent shops. She talks to Jon Yeomans about championing small producers, digital deli plans and her love of Clerkenwell ...

 

The graphic novels and cartoons of Posy Simmonds have been acclaimed for their razor-sharp satire on London literary rivalries and English middle-class pretension. She talks to Andre Paine about the best bus routes for inspiring dialogue, the latest film adaptation of her work and the pleasures of radio phone-ins.

 

Director and choreographer Ivan Blackstock is a rising star on the hip-hop dance scene. He talks to Katy Salter about baked beans and rice snacks, Clerkenwell's best tattoo parlour and life on tour...

 

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