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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. 

Christmas Graphic Art Fair, 4 & 5 December, 10am – 7pm

Head to Shoreditch for the weekend and kick start your Christmas shopping at this alternative art extravaganza. This special event offers a unique opportunity to shop limited edition art from 50 of the world’s top contemporary graphic artists from as little as £15. Try your hand at screen printing workshops, commission your own unique artwork from resident artists, then bag a prize on the They Made This Art tomobola, while enjoying mince pies and mulled wine. They Made This will also be exclusively previewing brand new artworks from Margo in Margate, Supermundane,, Yeye Weller, Eike Konig, Fandango Kid, Mary Lou, Poster Lad and Morag Myerscough, giving savvy shoppers and collectors the first change to buy unique artworks from these sell-out artists.  Collections are expertly curated by visionary duo, award-winning advertising art buyer Line Donovan and designer Eloise Jones – founders of They made This, home of exciting and affordable artworks.

Protein Studios, 31 New Inn Yard, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3EY

royal drawing school

Royal Drawing School Christmas Holiday Short Courses

Calling all budding artists! The Royal Drawing School, Shoreditch are running a range of one week and one-day workshops in drawing, painting and printmaking, for all levels of experience. And if you can’t make it in person, you can sign up for their online courses.

Royal Drawing School, 9-22 Charlotte Road EC2A 3SG

japanese market dalston

Yokimono Japanese Market

Explore traditional and contemporary Japanese arts and crafts, food and culture, and find unique and authentic gifts for Christmas. Expect delicious Japanese food and sweets, vintage Kimono, ceramics and Kintsugi, Ukiyoe & old woodblock prints, illustrations, stationary and cards, clothing & kidswear, jewellery and  much more – all made in Japan or produced by Japanese artists in London. As well as a wide variety of market stalls, there will be performances from Japanese musicians and  dancers, live demonstrations of Kimono dressing and Furoshiki eco-wrapping! Plus Free entry!

Pod 15, The Factory, 21-31 Shacklewell Lane, Dalston, London E8 2DA

go east vintage market

Go East Vintage Flea Market – Sunday 12 December 11am-5pm

Have yourself a merry and sustainable Christmas, by getting more people to purchase vintage gifts and items this year. Whether you’re looking for midcentury furniture, homeware, clothing or accessories you’ll find Go East Vintage Flea market at the new and exciting venue, Patchworks, a converted warehouse in Leyton, East London. Expect a Christmas-themed market with music, mulled wine, wood fired pizza and chestnuts roasting.

Patchworks, 258 Church Road, Leyton E10 7JQ

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!

55 Moorgate, London, EC2R 6L

Festive Foraging Walks – 3 & 17 December, 3pm

Join Flavour Fred on his trips out foraging on Hackney Marshes and share his passion for wild food and wild plants. Followed by his foraged plant-based cocktail creations and delicious canapés at the UK’s only vegan pub, the Spread Eagle, Homerton.
For tickets email: [email protected]

Spread Eagle pub, 224 Homerton High Street, London, E9 6AS

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.

The Phoenix, 79 Brick Lane, London E1 6SA  @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 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

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 conjure 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

wapping docklands market

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


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