January seems to have lasted an eternity. 5 Monday’s in one month, with freezing weather to match. Long live February! To make sure you start the month off right, we’ve compiled a list of highlights as usual, picking the best bits Bethnal Green has to offer so you don’t have to!
Tower Hamlets Labour Party Winter Jumble Sale -3rd February – St Margaret’s House
Whether you enjoy politics or not, everyone loves a bargain and that’s exactly what you can expect to find at the Labour Party Winter Jumble Sale. With a range of gadgets, toys, books and kitchenware all on sale at rock bottom prices, pop down to St Margaret’s House for some austerity essentials. You can also donate items that are cluttering up your life – drop them off at 11am on the day.
Entrance is 50p for Labour members, £1, for others
12pm – 4pm, St. Margaret’s House 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, E2 9PL
Super Bowl Party – 4th February – The Star of Bethnal Green
Touchdown at The Star for the screening of the 52nd Super Bowl. With special Super Bowl themed food, special drinks promotion and pre-game entertainment; there will be nowhere better to watch the game and soak up the atmosphere. All tickets come with a free beer and a bag of popcorn to kick things off. What better way to check out the banging refurbishment at one of Bethnal Green’s smoothest venues?
£5 ticket – complimentary beer and popcorn
£17 ticket – complimentary beer and super bowl platter (Smoked BBQ Rib Chunks, Spicy Buffalo Chicken Wings, Deep Fried Pickles and a Homemade Potato Salad)
10pm – 3am, The Star of Bethnal Green 359 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 6LG
New Acts of the Year 2018 Comedy Selection – 6th February – Rich Mix
Comedy nights can often be extremely expensive, especially in and around East London. However Rich Mix are showcasing new, exciting young comedians battling it out to be chosen in the heats for their New Acts of the Year series, where 12 will eventually feature in the showcase final. With free entry, go have a laugh on the cheap!
18+, 7.30pm Rich Mix
35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA
and from the team at Oxford House….
“The Green” – 20th February – Oxford House – Tuesday 20th Febraury
“The Green”, our monthly meeting, will meet once again at 6pm, Oxford House, on Tuesday 20th February, to discuss ourlatest business support news as well as taking a look at the issues that are affecting residents in the area.
This month, our guest speaker is Michael Smythe, project lead at Phytology and the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve. Michael explores mental and physical well being in our increasingly cramped urban environments. We’re looking forward to hearing how access to nature and complex ecosystems is really important for this.
To get involved in the meeting and to add an agenda point you feel needs addressing please email: email@example.com
The strength of these meetings is in the guestlist, so please do share this opportunity far and wide; businesses, residents, organisations – all welcome.
Oxford House, Derbyshire St, Bethnal Green, London E2 6HG, United Kingdom
Compiled by Thufayel Ahmed
Photo is from Museum of London and shows an evicted matchbox maker, circa 1910, in Bethnal Green.
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The Florist Arms Pub
The Florist Arms is a free house with a unique range of draft beers and cask ales. Their specialties are stone baked pizza, salads and oven baked dishes. Organised around the local community, you might be able to get a discount if you work close by.
More information available at : http://www.thefloristarms.co.uk/about-us
The Florist Arms Pub, 255 Globe Road Bethnal Green London E2 0JD
The Star of Bethnal Green
This traditional pub is a local affair that offers street food, local beers, cocktails and private karaoke sessions, and DJs on the week-ends. Their speciality is to provide drink packages for different price ranges. For example, the Bronze Package includes 12 bottles of Peroni, 1 bottle of Prosecco, 5 Jaegerbombs for £75.00 with £16 savings. Moreover, their membership card system rewards you with a free bottle or Prosecco for your birthday.
More information available at : http://starofbethnalgreen.co.uk/
The Star of Bethnal Green, 359 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 6LG
The Approach tavern
The Approach tavern has a traditional British vibe with a wooden bar, a fire place and hand pumped beer. Their special events are coordinated with the local Approach art gallery. If you are looking for a casual place to hang out after work, this will match your expectations.
More information available at : http://www.remarkablerestaurants.co.uk/remarkable-restaurants-approach.html
The Approach Tavern, 47 Approach Road London E2 9LY
The Sun Tavern
Established in 1851, The Sun Tavern host is a traditional English pub. It serves cocktails, Irish whiskey, and ales from some of London’s finest breweries. You can book table for smaller groups, as well as private hire areas for larger bookings. What is more, the menu includes “single serve takeaway”, which allows you to take any beverage away with you. In other words, you can enjoy bar-quality drinks where and when you like.
More information available at : http://www.thesuntavern.co.uk/single-serves/
The Sun Tavern, 441 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 0AN
This venue offers a local selection of beer and pies. Every review lauds their award-winning pie menu which includes several vegetarian options. If you would like to wander off Bethnal Green road, this is a must- see.
More information available at : https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g186338-d5816673-Reviews-The_Camel_Pub-London_England.html
The Camel, 277 Globe Road, London E2 0NS
-By Helen Taupin and Izora Baba
Would you be tempted by a Mussel and Artichoke bisque circled by anchovy butter and sourdough? If your mouth is watering at the mere thought of that dish, it is time for me to tell you where you can find that particular delight in Bethnal Green.
Two and a half years ago, new owners decided to rejuvenate the ground floor of the 18th century Old George pub. Their project was successful and the pub was awarded the Time Out Award in 2015. However, until recently, the upper floor was under the rule of Patches the cat, to which the space had been attributed in the sales contract.
A month ago, the first floor opened as a cosy and retro dining-room able to cater for 45 guests. The venue now opens on Thursday and Friday evenings as well as all day on the week- ends. In the kitchen, four people, including a chef, toil to make a delectable menu come to life.
Love Bethnal Green view? The new restaurant perfectly complements the pub by offering finer cuisine for acceptable prices without altering the charming, and welcoming atmosphere of the old establishment.
More information available: http://oldgeorge.co.uk/
Old George Pub, 379 Bethnal Green Road, E2 0AN
-By Helen Taupin
Are you a fan of Spanish food ? If yes, this post will make your day. In approximately two weeks time, a brand new Spanish deli and restaurant called Padron will open on Bethnal Green Road. Padron will take over the retail space left by The Décor Store.
The owners of Padron also own the Japanese Canteen chain. They are hoping Padron heralds the arrival of a Spanish success story.
Padron , 341-343 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 0AH
-By Helen Taupin
It’s a Friday night and after having successfully made it to the close of another working week, you feel like going out for a drink or two. “Where will the night take me?” you think to yourself, and may be surprised to hear a far-off voice answering your query with a reply that sounds remarkably like “Bethnal Green”.
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E2 may not have always been the first place you would make a beeline for if you wanted to find a quirky spot to let your hair down and debate whether to drink cocktails or beer, but in recent years there has been a huge influx of pubs and bars that have decided to call this postcode home. Here are ten of the most note-worthy that you should visit (split into two parts because there are just so many):
Redchurch craft brewery moved to Bethnal Green in 2011, but their Tap Room opened its doors to the public only last year. Their bar shares the same premise as the brewery, succeeds in being fashionable yet unpretentious, and creates the perfect, intimate atmosphere for any true beer lover as there are no middle-men to complicate the relationship between drinker and beverage. If you want to try a full range of Redchurch’s delicious and unique craft beers – from their pale ales to their more experimental beers – then this is the place for you. If all this wasn’t enough, the bar also serves food and plays host to quality live music.
Peg and Patriot (2)
Peg and Patriot opened last year and it really puts E2 on the map as a place to go for quality cocktails. If you are looking to enjoy high-concept and experimental drinks in a minimalist venue that really lets the liqueur do the talking, then this is the place for you regardless of whether you fancy a ‘Perfect Martini’ or have ‘Pho Money Pho Problems’. If you visit here and begin to feel a bit peckish then don’t fear; Peg and Patriot offer some intriguing bar snacks too. As the resident bar of the Town Hall Hotel, it can only be imagined that the latter are punching the air at the chance to be so involved with this place.
The Kings Arms (3)
The Kings Arms calls itself ‘Bethnal Green’s newest local’ and it is clear to see why. This pub was taken over and refurbished in 2013 and whilst from the outside it may look like a traditional pub, if you go inside you will be in for a treat. Although still dimly-lit and inviting, there is a definite sense of being in a modern, down-with-the-times, drinking establishment when you enter. This pub seems to care only about one thing, however: supplying an extensive range of local and craft beers. With a rotating selection of beer on tap that comes from all around the world and a vast array of bottles – many of which have very interesting labels– any craft beer lover should not miss the chance to visit. They serve up some pretty good snacks, too.
Satan’s Whiskers (4)
Tucked away just off Cambridge Heath Road, Satan’s Whiskers is the place to go if you’re in the mood for some mild debauchery or just some great tasting cocktails. They change their menu regularly and so there are always new cocktails on the agenda which have great sounding names such as ‘Salty Dog’ and ‘Satan’s Americano’. You drink these in an atmosphere that can be summed up by the bar’s vast array of vintage wall posters, taxidermies, and their red, neon sign hanging up somewhat invitingly outside. If you are hungry, bar-snacks are available and it should be known that whoever is in charge of the music has great taste.
Sebright Arms (5)
Sebright Arms has its own venue space downstairs and has recently been nominated for NME’s Best Small Venue – the only place nominated in London – which shows that this spot takes its role as entertainer very seriously. As a place to go for a drink, it doesn’t disappoint either. Alongside the usual range, it serves over 10 local craft beers that cater to a wide range of taste buds and also hands over some unusual soft drinks for those who don’t drink or are just very busy the next day. The food menu is also rather extensive, making Sebright Arms a fitting choice regardless of what your plans are.
-By Hayley Downey