September 26 – October 03: The grit and the glamour

Joe Strummer's The Future is Unwritten is a must-see this weekend in Hackney Pic: Racket Communications

Joe Strummer’s rock doc is a must-see this weekend in Hackney Pic: Racket Communications

This really is the sort of week that East London is all about: glamour and fashion rubbing shoulders with urban grit, Brutalist architecture, grass-roots art and rock n roll.

Get your teeth into these and remind yourself how great it is to live in one of the coolest cities on the planet.

Music documentary festival - Doc n Roll - is on. These are our two faves in the line-up.

"Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten"

Saturday September 27, 17:30, Hackney Picturehouse, £10.60

Filmmaker Julien Temple takes a look beyond the guise of the late, anti-establishment icon Joe Strummer to offer a warm portrait of the self-described "mouthy little git" who was born John Mellor and was destined to become the frontman for one of the most influential punk bands ever. A complex figure who would learn to use his gift for music as a means of decompressing his conscience, Strummer is revealed here through unearthed interviews and the illuminating recollections of his closest companions.

"Oil City Confidential", film-screening and Q&A

Saturday September 27, 20:30, Hackney Picturehouse, £10.60

Oil City Confidential is a film noir feature length documentary and about pub-rock blues legends, Dr Feelgood; it's the story of four men in cheap suits who crashed out of Canvey Island in the early '70s, sandpapered the face of rock’n’roll and left all that came before a burnt-out ruin, four estuarine John-the-Baptists to Johnny Rotten’s anti-Christ


Balfron Tower pop up flat tours – see our story on the pop-up flat at this Brutalist icon, and booking information, here.

Canary Wharf Fashion Weekender

Saturday  September 27 and Sunday September 28 - Jubilee Place: 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and Canada Place: noon, 2pm, 4pm

Across this fashion-packed weekend, shoppers can enjoy complimentary champagne from a pop-up by One Canada Square Restaurant & Bar in Jubilee Place, before enjoying performances by the brilliantly talented Jackie D Williams with his distinctive fusion of soul, funk, rhythm and blues and phenomenal guitar skills, while iTunes number 1 artist Tristan Mackay will be performing his wide repertoire at the Cabot Place.

Shops offering 20 per cent discount include: Banana Republic, Sweaty Betty, Monica Vinader, Orlear Brown, The White Company, Aspinal of London, Hackett and Barbour, among many others.


It is the Deptford X contemporary arts festival this week we are unable to list all the amazing events going on– talks, club nights, exhibitions, workshops, plays, film-screenings, installations - so please find more information here.


September 27 – October 05, Weekdays 8-10pm, Weekends 10-5pm, Deptford Lounge, Deptford SE8 4SA

What is a Living Room: a family meeting space, hangout, art exhibition?

‘The Living Room’ is an installation of a collection of textile pieces and objects similar to those found inside a domestic front room.

‘The Living Room’ is a space for interactions, conversations, community and creativity: constructed, decorated and furnished with totemic objects symbolic of community values in the changing landscape of South East London. The project explores changing spaces, values and interactions for communities that are going through transition in relation to regeneration and recession whilst also exploring the opportunities and value of the arts.

‘The Living Room’ includes a programme of free workshops and events including a film night, tea mornings, and conversations with local community groups and the public to create an interesting homely living space within the festival. ‘The Living Room’ rug is the central participatory artwork and conversation piece. People are invited to contribute by bringing a length of a fabric

Hollywood comes a-calling

Brutalist architecture is clearly a theme this week, and it’s what got Croydon College picked as the filming location of none other than Kevin Costner’s new movie. The Hollywood star will be shooting here on Saturday afternoon, head down and see if you can get an A-list selfie!

Bourbon & Blues: Errol Linton

September 27, 8pm - 11:45pm, Matthew's Yard, Croydon, CR0 1FF,  £5

There are fewer pairings better suited than good bourbon and good blues, check out Arrol Linton on Saturday night. Won’t take our word for it? Maybe these will persuade you:

”Britain, once a blues power-house, has several fascinating new talents. Most notable is Errol Linton” – Sunday Times

“Soft spoken vocals carry sweetness and dejection” – The Observer

“A gifted blues man… refreshingly free of clichés” – Independent On Sunday

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