Pick of the Line 17/03 – 24/03

Thursday: St. Patrick’s Day Special @The Water Poet Bar

Friday: Lucky Jim’s Package Holiday @ Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club

Saturday: Farmers Market @ Telegraph Hill Lower Park

Sunday: X-Factor Live Tour 2011 @ The o2 Arena

Monday: Short and sweet @ Cafe 1001

Tuesday: Impact: collisions and catrastrophies @ Royal Observatory Greenwich

Wednesday: Outdoor Swimming @ London Fields Lido

ST PATRICK’S DAY @ The Water Poet Bar, Shoreditch

Photo: Ewan M, flickr

Guinness, green outfits and everyone staking their claim to be Irish; it’s that time of the year again.

If you want to taste the finest East London’s got to offer on St.Patrick’s day I suggest getting yourself to The Water Poet Bar and not just for a few evening drinks to see which of your friends does the best accent after a double whiskey and coke.

From midday they will be serving authentic Irish dishes. Diners can choose from a 3-course menu that boasts Irish oysters, soda bread with Guinness and shallot vinegar, pan-fried salmon, colcannon and whipped Irish whiskey butter for mains and a Guinness sticky Toffee pudding for desert.

If that doesn’t tickle your taste-buds then the aptly-named Irish traditional band Auburn Fox will be playing from 7.30pm with their

collection of Uilleann pipes, tin and low whistles and guitars. If some of those instruments don’t ring any bells I don’t blame you!

You couldn’t possibly end the day without buying all your Irish friends a drink either after all they are such good craic!

9-11 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, Shoreditch, London, E2 6BX

LUCKY JIM’S PACKAGE HOLIDAY @ The Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club

Photo: Last.fm, flickr

For those of you who are not joining the rest of us on Friday in declaring a national hangover day then never fear, there’s still plenty for you to do.

The Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club has a treat in store for all of you who, like myself, think summer couldn’t come quick enough.

For one night only this venue will be transformed into a package holiday resort so get packing those suitcases, smear yourself in high factor sun cream and polish your dancing shoes for some cheesey summer beats to get you in the mood.

With music from DJs XXX-Pat and friends and a menu of pizza and sangria it’s a night not to be missed hangover or not.

Don’t forget passports because one lucky party-goer will also get the

chance to win ‘a holiday of a lifetime.’

Tickets cost £5 on the door / £4 in advance and all proceeds go towards the Free Belarus Campaign.

To visit the campaign website go to

http://zoneofsilence.org/ or alternatively visit the event’s facebook page

http://en-gb.facebook.com/event.php?eid=159319427455268 to find out more

or book your ticket online.

Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, 42-46 Pollard Row, E2 6NB

FARMER’S MARKET @ Telegraph Hill Park

Photo: NatalieMaynor, Flickr

If you would like a taste of Telegraph Hill before the upcoming festival that kicks off March 25, then you should go to the Farmer’s Market this Saturday in the lower Telegraph Hill Park.

Just 15 minutes walk away from Goldsmiths University and located at the back of New Cross, it’s a good opportunity for locals to spare their Saturday morning lie-ins on a quest for delicious food.

The market which takes place on the third saturday of every month runs from 10am to 3pm . Produce varies according to seasonality so don’t expect meats like Game from March to mid August or English tomatoes in mid December.

Seasonal fruit and vegetables are sourced predominantly from Kent and

bread, cakes and buns are made locally. Stalls also serve up a variety of cheeses, fish, wines and olives.

You can walk around at your leisure and sample much of the food and the stall holders are more happy to give you information on the products as well as tips on dishes and ingredients to make a perfect meal.

Telegraph Hill Lower Park, New Cross, SE14

X FACTOR LIVE @ The O2 Arena

Cher LLoyd and Katie Waissel

Listen up X-Factor fanatics as you might be surprised to learn that there are still tickets available for X-Factor Live Tour 2011 that comes to the o2 Arena on Sunday.

You can check out all your favourites from last year’s hit ITV show while enjoying a night at one of London’s best concert arenas.

Whether you want to scream ‘Marry me’ at former-brick-layer-come-winner Matt Cardle or have a sing-along with scouser Rebecca Ferguson it’s sure to be a fun-filled night with live performances from all the 2010 runner-ups.

Tickets start at a standard rate of £32.50, however there is a discount available when booking family tickets.

For more information and booking go to:

http://www.gigantic.com/timeout/event_gce_23246a.html

The o2, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX

SHORT AND SWEET @ Cafe 1001, Brick Lane

Short and Sweet @ Cafe 1001

If you love film, you’ll love Short and Sweet. It began as London’s only weekly short film festival, running every Monday night since May 2006 and has been going from strength to strength ever since.

Each and every week in a back room of Cafe 1001, they show a selection of the finest short films, music videos and short animations from around the globe for free!

They aim to showcase the best in old films, new films, from established directors to breaking talent in an attempt to ultimately celebrate the medium of film. It’s also a great place to network with an intimate crowd of around 200 other film enthusiasts who attend each week.

Every year since 2007, BAFTA have chosen Short and Sweet as the London venue to screen all their BAFTA short films and short nominees.

As recently as March 7, they launched an additional night in Toronto,

Canada, after 5 years operating in London. Following the huge success and progression of this small festival they plan to launch in Australia and South Africa in the near future.

If you want to experience the evening for yourself doors open at 6.30pm with screenings starting at 7.30pm. It is advised you get there a little early though as the room is quite small and you may not get a seat!

For more information visit the website http://www.shortandsweet.tv/

Cafe 1001, 1 Dray Walk, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL

IMPACT: Collisions and Catastrophes @ Greenwich Royal Observatory

Impact: Collisions and Catastrophes

Impact: Collisions and Catastrophes is a great one for the family or a fantastic way to get out there and unleash your inner geek.

This new exhibition at the Greenwich Royal Observatory is open to the

public every day from 10am to 5pm until Aug 29.

From meteor showers to giant asteroid impacts, the Earth is constantly bombarded by debris from space.

The exhibition will open your mind to these fiery visitors and their

impact on our planet; from laying waste to vast areas and even triggering mass extinctions of plants and animals.

Booking is not required so you can pop-along whenever suits you – bonus!

For more information and for similar exhibitions visit the National

Maritime Museum website http://www.nmm.ac.uk/visit/events/impact

The Royal Observatory Greenwich, Greenwich Royal Park, SE10

LIDO @ London Fields

Photo: purpaboo, flickr

Getting bikini-body ready or just keeping fit this outdoor swimming pool in Hackney is the perfect location for a quiet swim on a Wednesday.

Reopened in October 2006, the lido is a thriving hub of activity with

plenty of families and trendies attending at the weekends, which is why I suggest a weekday, especially now that the weather is beginning to warm up.

The lido is opened from 6.30am to 8pm on weekdays and 6.30am to 5pm on weekends. The entry fee begins at £2.70 and there is disabled access to the facility.

For more information go to

http://www.londonfieldslido.co.uk/

London Fields Westside, Hackney, E8

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