East London Food & Culture

Hackney Bridge: essential festive events guide 2021

Expect outdoor weekend markets, Xmas tree sales, wreath-making workshops, vintage clothing pop-ups & more

From Christmas present-shopping to creative workshops for festive decorations and delicious goods, Hackney Bridge, East London’s culture and culinary hub, is set to become this winter’s perfect destination.

To celebrate the venue’s first Christmas, Hackney Bridge boasts an exciting schedule of family-friendly events and activities including weekend and evening markets, vintage kilo sales, kids’ Christmas crafts workshops, wreath-making workshops, a Christmas tree sale and weekly quiz.

Hackney Bridge
By night. Photo: Makeshift

If you’ve yet to make it down, the canalside public destination launched earlier this year (we first wrote about it here) on the edge of the Olympic Park close to Hackney Wick.

It’s home to an eclectic mix of local independent enterprises, including an inclusive beauty salon, a skateboard workshop, illustrators, brewers, furniture makers, music producers, social enterprises, charities and more, giving local enterprises the space they need to thrive together.


The new Hackney Bridge Kitchen food hall. Photo: Makeshift

This autumn the new giant indoor dining hall and bar, Hackney Bridge Kitchens, opened (above). And this month two brand new traders, Caribbean specialists Bakes’ N Stuffingz and smashed patty dons Bovine Burger joined an already impressive line-up of street food traders, which includes Tamila, Filigrillz, Made In Puglia, Hanoi Chay, Rainbo and Simply Hooked.

Hackney Bridge: Xmas 2021

The Festive Fair Night Time Market
Every Thursday from 25th November 2021, 5pm – 9pm
With the festive season fast approaching, Hackney Bridge will be hosting weekly markets on Thursday evenings from 25th November. Perfect for picking up unique gifts, Christmas decorations and much more. Plus there’ll be mulled wine available. Woop!

Christmas Tree Sales
Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 25th November
Supplying high quality, real Christmas trees at reasonable prices with Hackney Wickmas. Turn up and choose your special tree to take home. If you don’t need a tree, just come down for a mulled wine and good vibes in Hackney Bridge’s little winter wonderland. Turn up or pre order online.

Hackney Bridge
Pick up some crafts. Photo: Makeshift.

Christmas Crafts for Kids at The Kids Table
Every Sunday from 28th November, 11am – 3pm
Relax over brunch while the nippers are entertained with arts & crafts. Crafts will include making festive wreaths, gingerbread men, reindeer antlers and more. No need to book, just turn up.

Seasonal Wreath Making Workshops
30th November 2021, 6pm – 7:15pm & 7th December , 6pm – 7:15pm
Get into the Christmas Spirit and create your very own Christmas Door Wreath with this craft workshop. As well as all the materials you’ll need, admission also includes mulled wine and mince pies! Tickets cost £65 per person.

Outdoor Weekend Market
Every Saturday, 9am – 4pm
Grab unique and seasonal gifts, Christmas decorations, fresh winter wreaths and more at Hackney Bridge’s weekly Saturday market featuring fantastic stalls from local makers and independent businesses. An ideal shopping destination for fresh produce, flowers, plants, crafts, clothes, ceramics, and much more.

Hackney Bridge
Beer fest. Photo: Makeshift

The Festive Beer Fest
Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th December, Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th December, from 12pm
Discover the best of East London’s local breweries at Hackney Bridge alongside delicious food from Hackney Bridge Kitchens food vendors. The perfect family friendly day out for any novice and connoisseurs.

Vintage Kilo Sale
Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st November, 10am – 5pm
A full weekend’s worth of bargain shopping. A huge selection of both men’s and women’s clothes. Reinvent your wardrobe in a sustainable way and give old clothes a new lease of life with this popular thrift clothes market.

Hackney Bridge
Vintage clothing at Get Up Yesterday. Photo: Makeshift

The Bloggers Marketplace
Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th November, 1pm – 6pm
Raid the wardrobes of the UKs most coveted Fashion Bloggers. A fun day of Shopping, Music, Food, Networking, Workshops, Panel Discussions, Giveaways and more. Tickets cost £5.80 and can be bought here.

Weekly Quiz With The Big Fat Quiz Co
Wednesday 24th November 2021, from 7pm
Hackney Bridge are getting in the festive spirit by teaming up with The Big Fat Quiz Co to bring a weekly trivia extravaganza to East London. Entries cost £2 each with teams of no more than 6.

Hackney Bridge, Units 1-28, Echo Building, E Bay Lane, London, E15 2SJ, more info here

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