January 31-February 7: Superbowl or bowls of soup?

From Superbowl Sunday to servings of soup from a mageirio (i.e. a Greek cookshop), you can eat, drink and jive your way through this week. Pop up rum bars, greek meze, discos for folks with kids, and swing dances are all on offer for your pleasure.

Greek Meze Pop Up

January 31 & February 1, Times vary

Hackney Cypriot Association, 5 Ball's Pond Road, N1 4AX, London

As a little winter warmer, they are making a small diversion from meze to bring you something from the mageirio (i.e. the cookshop). Mr. Dimitris is renowned for his chickpea soup. It’s a beautifully simple but rich vegetable broth with a delicate balance of olive oil and lemon and deliciously soft chickpeas. He has been serving this up to market traders for the past 50 years.


Pop Up Rum Bar

Opens February 1, Wednesday-Friday (5pm-late), Saturday-Sunday (1pm-late)

Portside Parlour, 63 - 65 Broadway Market, London, E8 4PH

This is east London's first pop-up rum bar. So head over and enjoy some killer cocktails whilst lounging in their plush basement and listen to the backtrack of rock 'n' roll blues.


Alter Ego

Friday, February 1, 7:30pm

Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, London E8 1EJ

Kat B, from MTV Base, hosts an entertainment spectacular featuring top guest artists including headliners Krept & Konan, Paigey Cakey with some surprise special guests. Judges include Hackney Empire's very own Susie McKenna (writer/director of their world famous panto), BBC 1Xtra's TWIN B and comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli and more. You can see Hackney's young singers, dancers, rappers, actors and comedians all competing for the title Alter Ego 2013.

Check out ELL's video snippet here.


To Be Worn Again

Saturday, February 2, 12-5pm

Netil House, 1 Westgate Street, Hackney, E8 3RL

To Be Worn Again - Kilo Sale in London. After the success of their last few events, they are heading in to London. Vintage delights from the 50s to the 90s will be on offer for only 15 pounds per kilo.


Sunday, February 3, 7pm - 5am
Roadtrip Bar, 243 Old Street, Hoxton, EC1V 9EY


Head down for a FREE Super Bowl party this Sunday. Tuck into classic American diner food as you wash down your dinner with draught beers. Build up for the game starts at 10pm and the bar will be open until the game finishes in the wee hours of the morning.


Friday, February 1, 9pm-3am

The George Tavern, 373 Commercial Road, E1 0LA London

A girl soul dance party - go and celebrate the soul grooves from Tina Turner, The Supremes, and 80s pop of good old Whitters. Dedicated DJs spinning the hits, old rarities, and inspired artists. Watch rare footage and get free entry into a memorabilia raffle. Your dress inspiration for the evening: BIG HAIR, mini skirts, fishnets, sixties, beehives, twinsets and shoulder pads. Head on to the dancefloor (with somebody who loves you).


Disco Loco

Sunday, February 3, 3-6pm

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

Hailed as the "rave for folks with kids," Disco Loco is a non-profit community event, run by dedicated organisers and artists who are committed to offering an affordable and friendly cultural activity for families with young children in East London. Making sure everyone can enjoy the music, dancing, eating, drinking, and playing together.


The Dash Café: Music and Film from Pop-Up Circus

Wednesday, February 6, 7:30pm

Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London, E1 6LA

The evening will be a mix of contemporary and traditional music and short films from Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Russia, and other former Soviet Union states. This new collective unites four highly regarded London-based musicians, two from the contemporary classical idiom and two improvising musicians. Music will vary from Russian folk ballads to group arrangements of virtuosic solo violin repertoire.

Hoppin' on the Hill presents a SWING DANCE

Thursday, January 31, 7pm

The Hill Station, Kitto Road, London SE14 5TY

For swing dancers of any skill level - head to the Hill Station for a swingin' good time. Don your best sock hop ensembles and take on the Lindy Hop, an American jazzy dance from the 1920s and 30s. For those of you a bit more advanced, try a lesson with Ronnie Slide.



Monday, February 4, 7pm

New Cross Inn, 323A New Cross Road, London SE14 6AS

Four live performances from London bands with a spot from Australian Mikey Fitz. Genres range from punk to jazz to acoustic folk - so people of all tastes have something to enjoy.


Thursday, January 31, 7pm-12am
1 Matthews Yard, Croydon, Greater London CR0 1FF
'Form From Form' exhibition is launching at Matthews Yard. Curated by Ben Bridges and Michael O'Reilly, featuring the work of graduates from Wimbledon College of Art and students from the Royal Academy and the Royal College of Art.


Saturday, February 2, 8:30pm-3am
Scream Lounge Croydon, 20 South End, CR0 1DN, Croydon
Bringing together all styles of underground music including Dubstep, House, Garage, D&B & Techno, Community want to give people access to the sounds that can be heard all over the world on their own doorstep.


Monday, February 4 
Bar 10, Croydon, 10 Park Lane, Croydon, CR0 1JA

Live music, free entry and 50 per cent off all food. Plus two-for-one cocktails - so why not get a little rowdy this Monday night?

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