Weekends are about swapping boring to-do’s for brunches, spending time with your favourite people and enjoying the perks of living in London. A prime destination for pop-ups, an ever-evolving food scene, art, theatre and music everywhere you look, East London is bursting with new things to do and see every weekend. It’s just a matter of knowing what’s going on – our guide is here to help you fill your diary with fun.
The Revel Puck Circus
From 29 July – 8 August The Revel Puck Circus comes home to East London with a brand new show at Leyton Jubilee Park. Audiences will escape into Revel Puck’s immersive universe, led by the company through their village of caravans to catch a glimpse of and interact with the artists preparing for the show. With a cast of both well established and exciting new talent, with The Wing Scuffle Spectacular will be the only contemporary circus show in the UK to feature large-scale circus disciplines such as teeterboard, cloud swing and tightwire in a big-top this year.
The East London Kilo
Shop Kilo is a collective of vintage obsessives, fashion shoppers and eco warriors and their pop-up shop is arriving in East London on 8 August. All items are priced at just £15 per kilo – and there’s no minimum spend, so expect to pay as little as 50p for a vintage gem!
8 August, 10am – 4pm
York Hall, Bethnal Green
Buy tickets on the door or online here
GoBoat docks in Canary Wharf
GoBoat has always been a long-time West London destination, and this summer it’s finally setting up Eastside in Canary Wharf. If picnic in the park is losing its pizazz, why not get a pack up and a bottle of Prosecco to enjoy while chartering a boat around the Isle of Dogs and Docklands. These eco-friendly, electric self-driving boats can cater for up to 8 guests, including dogs and children who are supplied with life jackets and buoyancy aids. All boats are sanitised between each visit and a contactless check-in ensures safety and swift setting sail.
25 Churchill Place, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5EY
All Points East
An actual festival, we can’t quite believe it either! All Points East is returning to Victoria Park this summer over the August bank holiday with one of THE biggest lineups of the year. Over the course of the festival, Victoria Park will host the likes of Jamie XX, Kano, London Grammar, Foals, Bombay Bicycle Club, Loyle Carner and Jorja Smith, whilst on Sunday 29th August, All Points East will be teaming up with Field Day to bring the electronic music festival back to life with Bicep headlining and Floating Points, Artwork and the Blessed Madonna performing with others.
Keep your eyes peeled in the week before for a range of free and community-centred activities taking place in Victoria Park to get everyone into the festival spirit!
Victoria Park, Grove Rd, London E3 5TB
The thought of an actual club, with sticky floors and all, might seem like a distant dream, however, we can confirm an outdoor club is coming to East London this summer.
Ernie’s Yard will be a 12,000 sq ft event space in Canning Town, created by the masterminds behind Tottenham’s iconic nightlife spot, The Cause. Set against a backdrop of the New Docklands Steam Baths and the Docklands itself, Ernie’s Yard will be on the site of a former scrap yard and feature two event spaces with sheet roofing to ensure the party never ends, no matter what the weather; you’ll also find multiple bars and a food court in the space for all your mid-session snacks needs.
The all-day parties begin as soon as government restrictions allow – be one of the first to know more by signing up to the mailing list.
Wapping Docklands Market
A new Saturday market has arrived in East London which, if you have an appetite for anything organic and locally produced, is one not to miss. The Wapping Docklands Market, recently opened at Brussells Warf by Wapping Wall, is the new home to a healthy stock of fresh produce, vibrant street food and work from ceramicists and live artists. Head down on a Saturday between 10am – 4pm, come rain or shine, for some sustainable shopping, a bite to eat and the chance to meet some of the area’s finest local traders.
Brussels Wharf, Wapping E1W 3SG