Not a football fan? Find other events taking place during England’s World Cup game on Thursday

Are you bored of the World Cup yet?  Here at ELL we haven’t forgotten that there is life beyond Brazil and yet what better time to explore East London than when it is that little bit quieter?

So with the England vs Uruguay match looming, here is a list of alternative activities to get stuck into on Thursday evening while the football-crazed fans are hidden away.


Just a regular Hot Tub Cinema night. Pic: The Hot Tub Cinema

Just a regular Hot Tub Cinema night. Pic: The Hot Tub Cinema

‘Top Gun’ at the Hot Tub Cinema, Shoreditch 

Watch the Tom Cruise classic from the comfort of your very own hot tub. Located on Pedley Street, just off Brick Lane, this quirky venue has proved to be a popular variation on a trip to the cinema.

Tickets are £35 and they normally sell out fast.

London Fields Lido. Pic: ex_ackney_lad

London Fields Lido. Pic: ex_ackney_lad

London Fields Lido 

For another water-based activity, why not check out the 50m heated swimming pool in London Fields. Open all summer, it is a great way to exercise while taking advantage of the warmer temperatures.

Open until 8pm adult entry costs £3.40.

The Naga Viper Chilli Challenge at the Red Dog Saloon, Hoxton 

Heat things up with the famous Red Dog Saloon’s six chicken wing challenge. The wings are coated in naga viper chilli sauce and the time limit to consume them is a short 10 minutes, followed by a 5 minute ‘cooling off’ period where you are not allowed to leave the table. Challenge accepted?

Tower Hamlets

Number 90 standup comedy

Free stand-up comedy from Tom Webb, Matthew Highton, Cheekykita, Ian Lane and Marc Burrow in Bethnal Green.

Spitalfields Music Summer Festival

This annual two-week festival showcases a diverse range of musical talent including folk, pop, jazz, opera and many more, as well as talks and visual art. On Thursday, there is the ‘English Concert’, which features early European instrumental music from 7.00pm-8.30pm. Tickets range from £5 to £35.


Yummy burgers at Black Burgers. Pic: Takeshi Kosaka

Yummy burgers at Black Burgers. Pic: Takeshi Kosaka

‘Beat the Beast’ at Blacks Burgers

This is another foodie challenge, which arguably requires as much stamina the football pitch. The staff at Black Burgers challenge customers to take on an 11lb burger, 1lb of chips and a milkshake.  If you don’t think you can take on this feast, why not share with some friends or choose one of their other meals.

Croydon Connected, Museum of Croydon

This unique exhibition explores Croydon’s relationship with its environment and aims to inspire creativity locally. The paintings exhibited have been chosen in conjunction with self-led disability arts and mental health service user groups, who will be displaying their own art in the Clocktower.

The exhibition is showing until October 2014 and is free.


Embodied Vistas

The Embodied Vistas exhibition begins tomorrow and sees artists Wilson-Eflerová (Kye Wilson and Helena Eflerová) using time-based media and interdisciplinary approaches that will include performance and immersive video installations in response to the Deptford Creek. Audiences will also be invited to participate in workshops to create their own creative interpretations.

The exhibition is showing at the A.P.T Gallery until the 13th July. 

Greenwich Picturehouse. Pic: Visit Greenwich

Greenwich Picturehouse. Pic: Visit Greenwich

‘The Fault in our Stars’ at Greenwich Picturehouse

The highly anticipated film adaption of the best-selling novel ‘The Fault in our Stars’ is out tomorrow and follows two young cancer sufferers, who fall in love. It is showing at Greenwich Picturehouse tomorrow at 6pm and 8.40pm.

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