The net may be littered with deals of cheap flights and even cheaper hotels, but why settle for a frankly questionable youth hostel when you can get more bang for your buck a little more local? Yes, the weather’s a little precarious, but there is generally a bit more shine than rain at the moment, and there’s plenty on at Bethnal Green this week.
Friendly Fierce Reminder – Tuesdays// Bey Moves Fitness @ Oxford House
The Queen came, saw, conquered and slayed London some two weeks ago. Nevertheless, Oxford House runs a Bey Moves Fitness class every Tuesday and really, what could be better? Squat to Single Ladies, flex to Freakum Dress and get ready to melt away any troubles from the day.
Oxford House: Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green, London E2 6HG
New Exhibition Alert – Tuesday 19th July // City Lit Fine Art Course Exhibition @ Espacio Gallery
This Tuesday, why not head over to an LBG favourite – the Espacio Gallery. Showcasing works from City Lit Fine Art students, the exhibition focuses on introspection: mental and physical health, personal journeys and self-image. As with other exhibitions shown in this space, the idea is to encourage thought and to also promote the work of emerging artists. Known for its friendly vibe and well-curated pieces, it’s fair to say that the Espacio Gallery focuses more on the art and the message and less on the pretence.
Espacio Gallery: 159 Bethnal Green Road, London, E2 7DG
Good Old Fun – Wednesday 20th July // Pub Quiz @ The Old George Pub
Beautiful British weather calls for great British tradition. What’s more traditional than a pub quiz? The Old George is a lasting symbol of an older Bethnal Green; the pub dates back to the 1700s and was renovated in 2013 by Antic. Featuring two floors and the prized beer garden, the Old George can offer you something new on a Wednesday night. The spot is pet and child friendly and an ideal location to enjoy a pint with friends. The quiz is hardly if ever short on numbers, so reserving a table is advised. Don’t say we didn’t tell you so.
The Old George Pub: 379 Bethnal Green Road, London, E2 0AN
Tell Me More – Saturday 23rd July // Grease-Inspired Party @ The Gallery Café
We’re excited to tell you about this one. Heard of The Gallery Café? We featured them on our Bethnal Green goes Vegan post. They are hosting a Grease-Inspired party this Saturday from 7:30pm. That’s right, calling all Pink Lady and Thunderbird prospects: the time has come to show off those moves. These nostalgia-filled nights are an endearing part of the modern east London scene and are a delightful departure from the sometimes cliché and often overpriced nightclubs. Ticket price includes one drink and live music from The Boo Hoos. Did someone say, wop baba lumop a wap bam boom?
The Gallery Café: 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PL
-By Izora Baba
Picture vegan food in your head… Does it include Tiramisu? Ethiopian stew? Cashew and coconut korma? The point is, eating vegetarian and vegan food can seem daunting…. until you discover that your favourite dish still belongs in the menu. The following list offers four BG hotspots that cater to both the vegetarian and vegan market: delicious destinations for both long-term veggie eaters and those curious to see what a life without animal products has to offer.
#1: Just F.a.B., Vegan Italian street Food & Beverages
Just F.a.B is an Italian eatery that wonderfully revisits the traditional Sicilian food truck concept by operating from a converted Red Double Decker Bus. The unusual layout offers a take away window and eat-in space on the upper deck whilst the menu aims to reinterpret Italian cuisine with organic, local and, of course, vegan dishes inspired by the street food scene of Sicily. Just F.a.B is a true family venture, with director Fabio’s own mamma Myra moving over to England to help create the menu and ensure the authenticity of the food.
More information here: http://www.just-fab.org/
455 Hackney Road, London, E2 9DY
#2: The Hive of Vyner Street
This restaurant will never let you down, opening from morning to eve with three separate menus to get you through breakfast, lunch, and then dinner where you can wind down from 5pm with tapas and natural Italian wine. They work very closely with local farmers and wine enthusiasts, and this really shines through in the menu. The Hive offers a diverse range of both vegan and vegetarians dishes, many of which have a Mediterranean influence and all of which are made to honour simplicity and organic produce.
More information available at : http://www.thehivewellbeing.com/
286-290 Cambridge Heath Road, East London, E2 9DA
#3 The Gallery Cafe Vegetarian restaurant / cafe
The Gallery Café is a great opportunity to get the vegan version of your favourite meal. Their breakfast options include the Full English with vegan sausage, baked beans, hash browns, mushrooms, scrambled tofu and sourdough toast. All the food is fresh, eco-friendly and made in-house. What’s more, all the profit generated by The Gallery Cafe goes back into the charity.
More information available at : www.stmargaretshouse.org.uk/gallery-cafe/gallery-cafe
21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green. E2 9PL London
#4: The Larder Food Store/ Café
This British café is small, independent and serves delicatessen products from across Europe. Their Bethnal Green’s Globe Town venue is a vegetarian kitchen that offers many fresh pastries and cakes. Committed to offering responsible retail and a homely atmosphere, The Larder is ideal for anybody looking to enjoy well cooked food and even a selection of vegan and vegetarian items for sale.
More information available at :www.worldslarder.co.uk
241-245 Globe Road, Bethnal Green. E2 0JD London
-By Helen Taupin and Izora Baba
To do list: 4th – 10th July: Last week was certainly been a devastating one, and we’ve all be left wondering what next. First Brexit, then England’s sore defeat to Iceland to mark a 2nd Brexit out of the Euro cup (a sad joke, at our expense). Worry not, we anticipate that next week will be lighter, brighter and hopefully our line up of activities this week, should help to ease the pain, and restore a sense of faith . From a feisty Wrestling showcase on Friday to an charity led exhibition at Oxford house welcoming refugee’s and asylum seekers, there’s plenty here to see and do too alleviate the pangs of humiliation.
That Unexpected Extravaganza – Friday & Saturday 1st and 2nd // The Greatest Spectacle of Lucha Libre @ York Hall
Prepare yourself for an exclusive wrestling extravaganza; The Greatest Spectacle of Lucha Libre, hailing from Mexico. For two nights only, York hall will be transformed to the spectacular world of Luchas. Featuring some of Mexico’s and Britain’s finest masked wrestlers; ‘Mighty Silver King (aka Ramses in the notable Nacho Libre), and internationally acclaimed wrestling star Juventud Guerraera will be joining forces with the UK’s hero’s of ‘Lucha Britannia’. Providing a hair-raising free-fighting experience, and a little taste of el Méxicana. There will be an assortment of authentic Mexican street food, delicious agave cocktails and tequila shots a plenty. A perfect pick me up to end the calamitous week we’ve just had. Need I say more… Make sure you book before its too late. See you in the Arena.
Tickets: from £20 can be purchased here
The Arena: York Hall 5 Old Ford Road, London E2 9PJ
PubClub – Monday 4TH July //@ The Star of Bethnal Green
Monday blues? Not to worry, the Star of Bethnal Green has you covered. What better way to start your week off than in a pub known for its vibrant energy, live music and standalone character on the Bethnal Green pub scene. Check into The Star for High Five Mondays: a Margarita and a round of wings and chips for a fiver each. Plus, if you’re really up for setting the tone for the week, book one of their karaoke rooms and sing the memory of those deadlines away.
The Star of Bethnal Green: 359 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 6LG
Oxford House Hosts – Tuesday 5th July// Message of Welcome @ Oxford House
Although Refugee Week ended on the 26th June, Oxford House will be hosting Messages of Welcome by Kazzum from Tuesday 5th July; a collection of postcards that feature welcoming messages to refugees and asylum seekers. Produced in creative writing workshops that discuss the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers, the postcards will be featured proudly in the Oxford House gallery. In light of current events such as Brexit and British involvement in Syria, this collection comes at a poignant time. Aiming to encourage positive reception of refugees, Messages of Welcome is a project involving young people who, through these cards, extend their arms to the people of the world who are and will become part of the community. Boosting empathy and alleviating social tensions, Kazzum brings this compassionate project to Bethnal Green up until the 10th July, after which the cards will be donated to Refugee Groups.
Oxford House: Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green, London E2 6HG
Exhibition Date – Wednesday 6th July // Wolfgang Tillmans @ Maureen Paley
Pop down to Maureen Paley for our exhibition Wednesdays, where German Fine- Art photographer, Wolfgang Tillman’s showcases his 8th solo exhibition. Featuring new and previously unseen work The State we’re in, A (2015) located in the downstairs gallery focuses on the visible and invisible borders that define and sometimes control us. Make sure to catch a glimpse of the notable collection of Pro EU posters that were commissioned at the time of the historically momentous EU Referendum. In the wake of the Brexit, and with England’s break from the EU looming. There couldn’t be a better time to come and see some of the effective methods of Print communication used by the graphic artist and self-proclaimed supporter of the values of the EU.
The EU protects your rights against these enemies of freedom. To leave the EU now, in these dangerous political times, is not patriotic, it’s simply foolish and it would send the wrong message to the enemies of European values
Maureen Paley: 21 Herald Street, London E2 6JT
Thirsty Thursdays – Thursday 7th July // Jacob Yates & The Pearly Gate Lock Pickers @The Seabright Arms
Eat Your Own Ears presents Scottish band Jacob Yates & The Pearly Gate Lock Pickers this Thursday at the Sebright Arms. Originally formed in 2007, the band bring their haunting southern melodies to Bethnal Green and it’s not an event to be missed. With a sound that is described as “Mississipi-meets-Maryhill”, the Arms is sure to be brimming with atmosphere and intrigue. Think the Rocky Horror Show – minus the theatrics, keep the melancholy and add some notes of mysterious southern character. In a nutshell, prepare to be moved. Check out the band’s album Luck on iTunes to prep.
The Sebright Arms: 31-35 Coate Street, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9AG
-By Leah Abraham and Izora Baba