Community projects east and south east of the capital have received a funding boost from the Mayor of London.

Boris Johnson has pledged £285,000 to local initiatives as part of his £9 million High Street Fund.

It is the first time the Mayor of a major European city has used civic crowdfunding website to donate money to grassroots schemes.

A disused alleyway in Whitechapel is one step closer to transforming into a library after Literally in Tower Hamlets scooped £15,000.

It needs a total of £66,000 to create the facility, complete with forum, book exchange, seating and planters.

Meanwhile Good Food Catford, in Lewisham, received almost half of the amount it needs to create a social enterprise community grocery store and Hello Hoxton High Street received £19,000.

The High Street Fund cash - amounting to £14,000 - moves the project closer to its £33,000 aim.