Support a new E7 food market
Starting this weekend – yep, both days – is the awesome-sounding new Forest Gate Food Market. Head over to Woodgrange Road tomorrow or Sunday (our tip would be walking straight over Wanstead Flats) for a summer pop-up, until the end of September, already boasting a roll call of renowned East London street food vendors: Holy Crumpet, Leyton’s Brooklyn Bodega, Sri Lankan dons the Curry Cats (who’ve done sell-outs at Leytonstone High Road’s wine bar To Be Consumed), Homechef tacos and more. 89 Woodgrange Road, Saturdays 11-6pm, Sundays 10-4pm.Follow @forestgatefoodmkt on Instagram.
Tick off some new openings
It really is all going apace now. You’ve probably already checked out the stylish new record shop-cum-cafe Dreamhouse, but if you haven’t, it’s open Thursday to Sundays on Francis Road. Another newbie is plant-based East Village cocktail bar Roots (@rootsbarlondon), worth a visit, although it was extremely quiet on ours, even in the week indoor drinking had just been allowed again: still, nice negronis.
Just on the other side of the Olympic Park, on Endeavour Square, is another new summer pop-up. Anders’ Terrace (see main pic, above) boasts a Mittel-European flavour (think currybratwurst or vegan schnitzel broetchen) and capacious ‘Bier Garten’. Better still, of its 150 covers, only 50 are prebooked which gives the less-organised amongst us a chance too (@andersterrace).
Join the stage at Jubilee Park
Outdoor theatre seems like a good way to while away a summer’s evening in 2021. So we’re chuffed that the East London Shakespeare Festival comes to E10’s Jubilee Park in July with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. With BYO picnics welcomed, this is “outdoor Shakespeare with a twist,” says organiser Rosie, “combining the wonderful storytelling of the Bard with a flavour of East London culture. It’s pure, unadulterated escapism, with live music, showstopper numbers in lovely outdoor settings.” They’re currently looking for locals (11+) to join the Jubilee Park Community Ensemble – it’s a free opportunity for any keen actors or simply those that want to give it a go. Show dates are: Lloyd Park, 8th – 11th July, Jubilee Park, 15th – 18th July, Wanstead Park, 31st July – 1st August. More info and book here.
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