September 12 – 18: appreciating ale and art

Sample the craft ales down at Brockley Brewery this weekend Pic: Nick Richards

Sample the craft ales down at Brockley Brewery this weekend Pic: Nick Richards

It seemed fitting to feature some of EastLondonLines’ best breweries in the week of the Good Beer Guide – here are some that open their taprooms to the public so you can wile away a pleasant afternoon, sipping the golden nectar just yards from where it was made. If you can tear yourself away, or prefer a hangover-free week, the London Design Festival is taking place for all your culture vulture needs.


Brockley Brewery

Saturday September 13, 10am - 5pm. 31 Harcourt Road, Brockley, SE4 2AJ

Brockley Brewery is open for tastings every Saturday 10am – 5pm. Added bonus: they also sell fresh bread, bicycled to them every weekend by local baker Coopers Bakehouse. Who says gentrification has to be a bad thing?

Find more information here.

Intertidal Cinema

Saturday 13, Sunday 14 and Monday 15. 8-12 Creekside, Deptford, SE8 3DX

Part of the London Design Festival, The Intertidal Cinema in Depftord Creek, will be in operation Saturday - Monday, at varying times depending on the tide. A film about Deptford’s history will be screened, in among the old architecture, docklands, and the creek itself.

Check out our interview with the cinema’s designer Hannah Fasching here.

Admission free, find  screening times and more information here

Tower Hamlets

One Mile End Brew Company

White Hart Brew Pub, 1 Mile End Rd, London E1 4TP

Take a trip to the White Hart Brew Pub on Mile End Road and sample the ales, made by Head Brewer Simon McCabe of the One Mile End Brew Company…just feet below you in the cellar.

Find out more, and drinks prices, here.

Tent London 

Thursday September 8. Ely's Yard, 15 Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR

Aptly in-keeping with this week’s real ale theme, Tent London – part of London Design Festival, showcasing design from 290 different companies (including furniture, lighting and interior products) – is being held in none other than a brewery. The Old Truman Brewery to be precise.

Admission £8, buy tickets and find out more here.


London Fields Brewery

Open every day, 11am - midnight. Warburton St, Railway Arches, London E8 3RR

Tucked away between London Fields and Mare Street is the London Field’s Brewery, serving amazing beer brewed on site, open every day from 11am until midnight. Pop down for a Weekend Brewery Tour complete with tasting session, or just a swift pint. On Sunday evenings enjoy live jazz on Sunday from 8:30pm.

Find out more here.

Shoreditch Design Triangle

All week, various locations

Not content with just a few events, Shoreditch is hosting the ‘Shoreditch Design Triangle’ for the duration of the London Design Festival, featuring installations, exhibitions, pop-up shops, and late night opening on Tuesday 16.

Find the full list of events here.


Acoustic Bunker

Sunday 14, 7pm. 1 Matthew's Yard, Croydon, CR0 1FF

The London Design Festival doesn’t reach as far as Croydon, but who needs that anyway? Here we have Matthew’s Yard, a workspace and arts venue in the heart of the Old Town showcases work from local artists, and on Sunday will be hosting its monthly Acoustic Bunker - an evening session featuring a selection of live acts.

Admission free. Find out more here.

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