East London Food & Culture


Oysters! Festivals! Supper Clubs! 6 things to enjoy this month

Chin up, September is awash with pop-ups, yard sales, arty stuff and more

Thursday Lates on Francis

You’ll have seen this on social media by now, but don’t forget that this week the newly formed Francis Road Collective are launching Thursday Lates (and hereafter every first Thursday of every month). Yep, that’s tomorrow night, people – perfect for a back-to-school tension breaker (or five). The most thrilling detail (at least to us) is the monthly supper club at Marmelo (pictured above); much as we love it as a deli we still remember its incarnation as restaurant with a teary eye.

So, Natalie, what’s in store?  “We’ll do a set menu, and you can reserve seating inside, while outside tables are walk-in only,” she says. Better get booking quicksmart. Elsewhere there’ll be pop-ups, streetfood, live music and more, as “everyone on the street has something exciting to offer”, say the FRC, including @yardarm_leyton (with a @pushpull.store vintage furniture pop up) @edierosedesigns @phloxbooks @wearefrmd @bluetitlondon @gardenroomhair and @dreamhouseldn. Thursday Lates, Sept 7th, 4pm-8pm. More @francisroadcollective

Arch Deli Leytonstone
Oyster Club is back…. Photo: SE

Leyton Oyster Club returns

Over in E11, the Leyton Oyster club is back on Saturday 16th September at lovely Arch Deli. Seafood don Oli will be outside the railway arch with his stall (2 to 6pm), bringing at least two types of oysters for you to enjoy, paired with various condiments.

Owner Michaela says they’re running a special offer to those who book a spot with @resylondon – upon showing your booking email, you’ll be able to get 4 oysters for £10 (otherwise it’s 3 for £10). “It goes without saying we’ll have plenty of wine by the glass or bottle to go with these, as well as the usual selection of craft beer and non alcoholic beverages,” she says. Book or arrive early is her advice, Sat 16th 2-6pm, @archdeli_e11


Inside the new Blondies Brewery. Photo: SE

Cheers to Leyton’s Beer Mile

You’ll have seen that Gravity Well’s very urban outdoor space – still not quite a beer garden, let’s face it – has now usefully doubled in size. And boy is it busy with the permanently road-blocked Burnt Smokehouse just along the railway arches. But equally exciting is the brand new Libertalia Taproom just seconds’ walk up Tilbury Road (open Thursdays to Sundays, read our recent story here). And if you can manage a further 15 minutes’ stroll, you’ll be rewarded with more boozy East London vibes at Church Road’s new brewery taproom Blondies, pictured above. We ticked off all three last Saturday night – as well as Yardarm, in fact – and the learning is that you can definitely get your steps in – as as well as sink some locally-brewed booze.

Leytonstone town centre
Hey good-looking: High Road Leytonstone this week. Photo: SE

Leytonstone Festival is here

Note to self: Leytonstone’s long-held annual arts event is in full swing, having kicked off last Saturday (2nd September). And doesn’t the old girl look good right now, especially from San Marino’s bucolic pavement terrace? The festival runs until this Sunday (10th) so there are still a few more days to get involved in events across the postcode’s many eclectic venues, bars, pubs and other outlets. Discover big bands, post-punk, ceilidhs, walks, opera – and of course Hitchcock – in the full programme here or follow @leytonstonefestival

Luna Lounge
Alfresco: Luna Lounge. Photo: SE

Luna Lounge goes leafy

And while we’re in central E11, have you spotted the leafy new pocket-park-outdoor-beer-garden for the still underrated Luna Lounge? It’s much deserved for the area’s hardest-working music venue – which still, unbelievably, has no cover charge for its nightly live events. Not to mention the perfect spot, right opposite the church, to linger with a cold Two Tribes beer and enjoy some live music on these balmy September evenings. Follow @lunalivemusic_

Yard Sale
Last year’s Yard Sale. Photo: SE

Bushwood Yard Sale

Dreamy Bushwood is where we’d all live if we had the moolah. And last year’s BYS was a vibe – as ever – with an impressive 65+ stall holders that made it all happen. So don’t forget that this year’s event takes place on Sunday 17th September (11am-4pm) with at least 25 stallholders registered so far. And for anyone that doesn’t have space outside their house – or doesn’t, in fact, qualify as a Bushwood resident – community-minded Mammoth Tap is hosting a Bushwood Yard Sale takeover (just register your stall online with Bushwood Yard Sale and purchase the Mammoth Tap ticket – and they’ll add you to the map). Sun 17th September, more info here on Insta @mammothtaproom and @e11yardsale

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