November 7-13: Gourmet food and magical markets

The best of the week on the East London line. Pic: Street Feast

The best of the week on the East London line. Pic: Street Feast

The East London line is hosting a variety of events over the next week, from fancy cuisine to experimental grub, from thrifty flea markets to creative craft fairs.

So face the bitter cold with zeal and get involved with what’s going on in your borough – the hot water bottle will still be there when you get home!


Street Feast

November 8 & November 9

Hawker House, 38-50 Pritchards Road, E2 9AP

Free before 8pm, £3 after.

This night market affair will take place at Singapore-themed Hawker House. Expect a wide array of street food from some of London’s finest traders, chefs and restaurants.

Hackney Flea Market

November 9, 11am-6pm

Abney Hall, 73a Stoke Newington Church St, N16 0AS

Find pre-loved gems at this all-day shopping fair. It features vintage clothing and linens, second hand books, records and jewellery.


Swell Market Pop-up Shop

November 9, 12pm-5pm

The Hoxton Hotel, 81 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3HU

Free Entry

Support independent brands and their goods while sipping on cocktails and listening to the live DJ.


Two Hungry Bees – Eat Vietnamese

November 9, 7pm-11pm

Catford Canteen, Ground floor of Catford Centre, 28 Winslade Way, SE6 4JU

Cost: £30.00

Two Hungry Bees, food entrepreneurs, will be taking over Catford Canteen to serve their deliciously authentic Vietnamese cuisine.

East London Lines' Catford Canteen article.

Catford canteen hosting the event. Pic: Catford canteen

Christabel’s Mad Hatters Mums Brunch

November 13, 11am-2pm

Ground floor of Catford Centre, 28 Winslade Way, SE6 4JU

Cost: £17.50

This quirky wonderland will provide a hearty brunch and informal atmosphere for mums to bond. Pre-school children and babies are welcome.

Tower Hamlets

Experimental Food Society Spectacular

November 8 12pm-7pm  & November 9 11am-7pm

Ely’s Yard, The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

Sample some tasty treats from the pioneers of culinary creativity and innovation and reveal some sensational food to your taste buds. Many artists will also be displaying their work at the Experimental Food Society.

Art work will exhibited at the Experimental Food Society. Pic: Carl Warner, Food landscape artist

(Carl Warner, Food Landscape Artist)

Confiscation Cabinets at the Museum of Childhood

Exhibition launches November 9 – June 2014, 10am-5:45pm

V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9PA, 10am-5:45pm

Free Admission

View artist Guy Tarrant’s display of items that were confiscated from school children in the launch of this quirky exhibition.


Renegade Craft Fair Old Truman Brewery 

November 9 & 10, 11am-6pm

Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

Free Entry

With over 100 craft-enthusiasts showcasing their wears, get involved with their workshops teaching you how to sew, cross-stitch and patchwork quilt.


Surrey Street Market

November 11, 12 & 13, 7am-6pm

Surrey Street, Croydon, CR0 1RG

This traditional market that has been around since the 13th Century offers a lively day-time experience. Pick up fresh food, fruit and flowers, and maybe even some clothing bargains.


Bargains to be had at the the historic Surrey street market. Pic: rjw1

Christmas Light Switch On

November 7, 2pm-5:45pm

Centrale Croydon, 21 North Street, Croydon, CR0 1TY

Get little ones excited about Christmas by taking them down to the shopping centre for a family afternoon. Let them meet their favourite cartoon character Peppa Pig at this festive light switch-on at 5:30pm.


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