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Things to do in East London

An East London guide to help you fill your diary with fun...

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. It’s just a matter of knowing what’s going on – our guide is here to help you fill your diary with fun. 


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Herbal Alchemy

A retreat from city life – Lab Tonica is presenting the perfect alchemy of history and healing with a vibrant programme of ‘Breathe and Blossom’ yoga, seasonal herbal workshop, plant based lunch, healing sound bath, magical wild crafting session, some ethereal meditation.

Where? Sutton House, 2 & 4 Homerton High Street, London E9 6JQ
When? 21 July 2022
labtonica.co.uk


Spitalfields Music Festival 2022

This year’s programme includes over  20 London and World Premieres and brings together classical music traditions and artists from across the world in celebration of the power of music to transcend culture, community and language at a time of much-needed global unity.

When? Thursday 30 June to Wednesday 13 July across East London
spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk


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All Points East Summer Sessions

To kick off this year’s festival season, East London’s most hotly-anticipated festival All Points East has announced three intimate shows ahead of the main festival weekends. In collaboration with Iconic eyewear brand Ray-Ban, APE presents The Summer Sessions at three London venues across May, June and July, showcasing a handful of the most exciting artists of 2022: Kenny Beats and his Friends at KOKO on 9th June, and the series ends with Self Esteem at Earth at Dalston on 14th July. Plus don’t forget to buy your tickets for APE’s main event starting on Friday 19th August when Gorillaz will headline. The Chemical Brothers and Kraftwerk serve up a double whammy on Saturday 20th August and the following weekend sees the highly anticipated Tame Impala on Thursday 25th. The welcome return of The National on Friday 25th, essential UK dance duo Disclosure on Saturday 27th, right through to Sunday 28th August when you’ll get to see one of the greatest live acts, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. What a line up!

When?
Self Esteem at Earth at Dalston on 14th July
Tickets: allpointseastfestival.com

Facebook / Twitter / Instagram: @allpointseastuk | #allpointseast


Hackney Wick Cabaret Show

You will not be disappointed at Studio 9294, Hackney Wick, as this intimate new show, LINES Underground Cabaret highlights the very best in undiscovered talent in comedy, music, burlesque and more. Hosted by award-winning comedienne, Gabby Killick, LINES is all about modernising, reinventing cabaret and setting new standards in live entertainment for a post pandemic city. Expect a blinding evening of entertainment and bring your dancing shoes!

LINES Underground Cabaret
When? Thursday, 28 April, 6.30pm and monthly thereafter
Where? Studio 9294, Wallis Road, Hackney, London E9 5LN
Tickets: £10 + booking fee
Tickets here


East London Dance

East London Dance

You’ll find a brand-new programme of Adult Street Dance Classes at East London Dance’s new state-of-the-art home, The Talent House. The termly programme of street dance classes will be a mixture of ‘beginner level’ and more technique focused ‘all levels’, providing dance enthusiasts and professionals alike the opportunity to work with incredible artists to take on the techniques and foundations of street dance styles and develop their craft. In partnership with Kloé Dean and Myself UK Dance Kloé has brought together a dynamic group of some of the capitals best dance teachers, specialising in street dance, hip hop and funk styles. First term classes include ‘beginner level’ Popping with AIM Collective and Hip Hop with Dominic Hamilton and ‘all levels’ Afro Dance with HomeBros and Breaking with Rain Crew.

Where? The Talent House, 3 Sugar House Lane, Stratford, London E15 2QS
eastlondondance.org


Go East Vintage Flea Market

Have yourself a great 2022, by getting more people to purchase vintage gifts and items this year. Whether you’re looking for midcentury furniture, homeware, clothing or accessories, look out for Go East Vintage Flea market.

Where? Check out Insta for event dates
@GoEastVintage
@Patchworks.xyz


Clays Bar

You’ll be guaranteed a fun-filled night out at this virtual and unique clay target shooting experience for up to 20 people in the heart of the City, along with fabulous cocktails and insanely good food. The menu, developed by Culinary Director Roger Olsson, formerly of The Ritz and The Dorchester, offers shareable bites like Scotch eggs; Korean fried cauliflower; Cornish whitebait with lemon & aioli and truffle popcorn. Book now, as the bar is becoming increasingly popular!

Where? 55 Moorgate, London EC2R 6L
clays.bar


Jons supper club

JONS supper club

Spark up conversation and share a love of food and a unique dining experience with your fellow diners. Jon Villar’s has created his very own pop-up restaurant, Wok with Jon, within the trendy walls of The Phoenix, Shoreditch. Fusion is the name of the game with his Middle Eastern/pan Asian 12-course tasting menu. Each course is a surprise, and a positive assault on the senses. Expect dishes such as braised octopus with pineapple kimchi, purple yam and curried bread fruit, chicken and foie gras gyoza. A vegan menu is also available with no compromise on flavour, including salt baked miso celeriac, smoked jackfruit kofta, and a peach and dark rum donut, to name but a few courses.

Where? The Phoenix, 79 Brick Lane, London E1 6SA
eatwith.com  @eatwithlondon


Dabbers Bingo

Dabbers has brought the beautiful game of Bingo back with a bang. Inspired by the glitz, glamour and hosts of game shows, the interactive experience is not like any other Bingo. Boasting incredible line ups featuring the best comedians, performers and musicians in the country, prizes and a one off custom built ball machine that must be seen to be believed. PLUS Dabbers food and drinks menu brings bingo theatrics to the plate through a playful spin on retro food classics. So what are you waiting for? Book your place now.

Where? Dabbers 18-22 Houndsditch, London EC3A 7DB
dabbers.bingo


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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.

Where? Brussels Wharf, Wapping, London E1W 3SG
zeroomarkets.co.uk/wapping-market


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