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.
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.
The Pheonix, 79 Brick Lane, London E1 6SA
London Christmas Beer Festival
On Friday 19th & Saturday 20th November, from 12 noon until late both days, at the old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane. The two-day Christmas festival bonanza will offer craft beer, natural wine & mulled cider, as well as a host of London restaurants and street food heroes serving up festive dishes. There’ll be a Christmas market selling festive foodie goodies and hampers, as well as a bauble making workshop, live gospel choir and a drag queen advent calendar countdown! Camp as Xmas? Most definitely. Early bird tickets are on sale now, priced £15 person and include entry on both days, a London Xmas Beer Festival tote back and beer on arrival (standard ticket price is £20 per person).
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 brand new 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.
18-22 Houndsditch, London EC3A 7DB
Six by Nico
Escape the mundane and be transported to a world of pure delight with a unique 6-course Guilty Pleasures menu for £37 at Six by Nico. Each dish created to conjur up a memory – from staying in pyjamas all day to binge-watching your favourite tv shows or enjoying breakfast for dinner, or even singing cheesy pop songs we all have a secret guilty pleasure that we are not so quick to share… Featuring the likes of ‘Nico’s Fried Chicken’ (or, Celeriac for all the veggies!), Lamb Kebab, Octopus & Pork Bolognese and ‘Nutella and Waffles’. We’d also recommend the wine pairing menu to accompany the delicious food – and as the menu transforms every six weeks you’ll have to keep going back!
Chancellor Passage, London E14 5EA
Projekt Mkt | Vintage Poster Market 12-14th November 2021
For anybody with a love of mid-century pop culture, interiors, art and graphic design, this Hackney event offers a rare opportunity to see thousands of original vintage posters under one roof. Bringing together ten leading independent vintage poster dealers – each with their own distinct specialism and collection at a quirky industrial warehouse space in East London. With prices starting from £20 for a lovingly sourced vintage treasure to £2000+ for iconic and rare collector’s pieces, there will be plenty for every budget.
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
Craft for Free
Hackney-based brand Artisans will be holding a live leather craft workshop for London Craft week via Instagram Live @artisans.life on 4th October 2021 at 7pm. And for this Craft Along, they are giving away their Entry Level Leather Key Ring Craft Kits for Free to anyone who signs up. Its aim is to encourage community engagement with craft and help people enjoy the physical and mental health benefits of hand making.
The Salad Project
Whether you’re shopping in Old Spitalfields Market or working nearby and find yourself in need of a healthy boost, then The Salad Project is the perfect pit stop for a refuel, with over 50 different ingredients to choose from. You can build your own bowl or opt for one of the crafted bowls; try the seasonal Autumn Bowl, with quinoa & freekeh, spinach, apples, bacon, brussels sprout, stilton, raisins, and a pomegranate vinaigrette, or keep warm as the evenings draw in, with the comforting Squash No Beef salad filled with spinach, caramelised red onions, cherry tomatoes, truffle butternut squash, parmesan and tossed with a hazelnut balsamic vinaigrette.
GoBoat docks in Canary Wharf
If picnic in the park is losing its pizazz, why not wrap up and buy 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