Leytonstoner editor Stephen Emms also contributes to Hackney Wick newspaper The Wick, amongst other titles, and the latest issue – yes, in actual print! – is now available across East London.
In it he rounds up a whole host of free things, cheap things, weekly markets and the best eating & drinking offers to be had in an area that’s no longer exactly known for being value-for-money.
So, freelancers, parents, students and anyone else who likes to wander the Olympic Park on a wet autumn afternoon seeking out a bargain – save these tips somewhere for easy access.
The Best Bargains in Hackney Wick
£1 coffee at Clarnico
Deal of the season? At Clarnico Club, an airily stylish café directly opposite the Olympic Park (and handily near Here East) a coffee is an astonishingly good-value £1 all weekend Sat-Sun 9-5pm. No strings attached, say the chalkboards. Read more on Clarnico here. Tandy Pl, London E20
UPDATE NOVEMBER 7th: this deal has now sadly ended, the owners have informed us. We say: bring it back!
£2.50 lunches from the van
Hot sausage baps start at £2.20 and cheese-filled rolls from £2.50 at the canal-adjacent unnamed transit van (main pic, above) on the Hackney Wick side of the bridge, meaning there’s always a line of office workers, builders and students come lunchtime. Meanwhile, parked opposite is Yardman Styles, Caribbean patties with tasty fillings of beef, lamb, veg or fish for just £2.50. By Bar 90, Wallis Road E9
£5 burgers at Preeti Patty
The best value quality independent burger in this part of East London? Definitely. When we asked (brilliantly named) Indian fusion burger joint Preeti Patty why their signature offering was so well-priced, they simply said that they opened their graffitied hatch “at the height of the cost of living crisis”, and “take a hit” on their winning sandwich of smashed beef with cheese, caramelised onions and secret sauce – at just £5. There are also rice boxes and burritos (from £7) Unit 19, 10 Stour Rd, Bow, London E3
Weekday offers at Here East
This buzzy canalside strip boasts a rollcall of bargains mostly on weekday lunchtimes. Four Quarters offer pizza and a soft drink (£10, 12-3pm) or pizza and a pint (£12), while poultry dons Randy’s Wing Bar has its Lunch Meal Deals – a free portion of fries or slaw with any burger or wrap (12-4pm, Mon-Thurs).
And wildly popular brunch spot The Breakfast Club, pictured above, offers a Breakfast Combo for £10 – that includes any hot drink plus any Special, from a full-on fried Brekky to Blueberry Pancakes with all the trimmings (Mon-Fri till midday), while Happy Hour pints and cocktails are £5 (5-7pm). You’re welcome.
This article is extracted from the latest issue of The Wick, which has loads more tips like these. Follow The Wick newspaper on @thisisthewick and find it across all the bars, venues and cafes in Hackney Wick and East Village.