September 1-5: Dreamboats, dates, dining and dunking.

Dreamboats and Petticoats @ Fairfield Halls, Croydon.

Dreamboats and Petticoats @ Fairfield Halls, Croydon.

This week we’ve got a great selection of art, food, cinema and shows listed to help you deal with the shock of September. Whether you want to jump in a hot tub, meet that special someone, eat in a hidden dining room or take the kids to a show, ELL has got you covered.

First Thursdays

Thursday 5 // Various venues.

East London’s best art galleries will once again be opening their doors on the first Thursday of the new month for a jam packed evening of show openings across Tower Hamlets and Hackney. Free.

Highlights include Leekyu’s The Daily Life of the Body at 5th Base Gallery and Mapping the Abstract at Beers.Lambert Contemporary.


Thursday 5 // The Bell Pub, 50 Middlesex Street.

Some food for thought - a brand new concept, the night will combine great food with four short talks and discussions led by "funny, lighthearted and fascinating" speakers. Tickets must be brought in advance and cost £40.

Back In 5 Minutes

Wednesdays - Saturdays weekly // 224 Brick Lane.

Pop-up dinning specialists The Disappearing Dining Club continue their residency in a hidden private dining room at the back of a clothes shop on Brick Lane. Prices start at £30 for four courses.

Come Date With Oxjam

Tuesday 3 // The Book Club, Shoreditch.

Oxjam hosted speed dating in aid of charity. Apparently it’s “fast paced, sociable and most of all it works”. Everyone has ten dates, and being Oxjam there will also be live music. £10 for a space.

Hot Tub Cinema - Labyrinth

Thursday 5 // Rockwell House, 10-14 Hewett Street.

Hot Tub Cinema continues its summer run on a Shoreditch rooftop by showing the David Bowie classic Labyrinth. Shake the summer holiday sand out of your swim suits and jump in the water, its looking like this could be the last warm week of the year. £30 each or £240 for a private tub.

GTM (Get the Message) mural arts project

Tuesday 2 - Friday 6 // Various venues.

Last chance to take the kids along to this council backed art project before the new school term starts. The workshops help kids experiment with spray paint and creating art with various over materials. It has been running across the borough all summer but ends on Friday. Contact Mark Davies on for more info. Free.

Open Mic Night

Tuesday 3

New Cross Inn, New Cross

As is the case with every Tuesday, New Cross Inn will be hosting one of the areas biggest open mic nights, welcoming performances from bands, comedians, solo artists, poets and any other word/music based entertainment you wish to offer. Free entry.

Spread Eagle pop-up cinema

Monday 2 // The Spread Eagle, 39-41 Katharine Street

Every Monday the pub plays a film on its pop-up cinema upstairs to enjoy with a few drinks or some pub grub. This week they will be showing Steven Soderbergh’s recent psychological thriller Side Effects starring Rooney Mara and Jude Law - a film ELL thoroughly recommends you check out. Free entry (as long as you’re drinking or eating).

Dreamboats and Petticoats

Monday 2 - Saturday 6 // Fairfield Halls, central Croydon

The Rock n’ Roll show inspired by the late 50s and early 60s will be holding one or two performances every day this week as part of a national tour. Critically acclaimed, the show has had a number of runs in the West End since launching in 2009. Tickets start at £22.

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