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Barge East

Top events and activities in and around E20 this summer

Your ultimate guide to the best things to see and do in our corner of the capital.

Go East

Stormzy with microphone

Grime phenomenon Stormzy is headlining All Points East Festival on Friday 18 August, and he’s personally curated his support lineup. Catch the likes of Kehlani, Lucky Daye and Rampage Sounds before the Crown rapper takes to the stage.

18 August, Victoria Park; allpointseastfestival.com

Winging it

Person eating chicken wings

Get fired up for a foodie festival like no other – Wingfest, the world’s biggest chicken wing festival – is coming to London Stadium. Street food stalls and BBQ professionals will be grilling more than 250,000 wings over three days. Top tip: arrive hungry!

28–30 July, London Stadium; wingfest.co.uk

Groove tonight

St. Barbe on stage

London trio St. Barbe have such a fresh take on jazz that they’ve turned the genre on its head, blurring the lines between electro and prog-rock. Catch them perform live at Grow Hackney for one night only on 16 August.

16 August, Grow Hackney, 98c Wallis Road, Hackney; growhackney.co.uk

Culture club

Person talking into microphone

Celebrate Newham South Asian Heritage Month with a stellar line-up of cultural talks, art exhibitions and movie screenings. The festivities culminate in a classical music concert of traditional Bengali folk music and Bharatanatyam (Indian classical dance) at Stratford’s Old Town Hall on 18 August.

18 July–17 August; newhamsouthasianheritage.org

Set sail

Barge East

Hackney Bridge is fast-becoming a hotspot thanks to its unique pop-ups and incredible street food. Here, you’ll find Barge East, a 120-year-old barge that’s now a floating restaurant. Serving up seasonal, home-grown small plates in a rustic setting, it’s also the perfect place to grab a cocktail canal-side.

River Lee, Sweetwater Mooring; bargeeast.com

Love theatre

Arcola Theatre

Hit playwright Max Wilkinson’s new bl ack comedy Union, set on a summer’s night on the Union Canal, is a funny, and sometimes stark portrayal of London life when the rat race becomes unbearable.

19 July–12 August, Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston; arcolatheatre.com

Be proud

UK lLack Pride banner

Join the world’s largest LGBTQIA+ celebration for people of African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American and Caribbean heritage at UK Black Pride. Last year, more than 25,000 people came to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to party and raise awareness – this year’s event is set to top that.

20 August, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park; ukblackpride.org.uk

Disco, baby

ABBA Voyage on stage

For a hit of pure seventies nostalgia meets CGI, the countdown has begun to see ABBA Voyage before its run ends next year. The disco vibes won’t disappoint – the lifelike avatars belt out all the old classics including Mamma Mia , Waterloo and Fernando. Flares and glitter obligatory.

ABBA Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park; abbavoyage.com

Let’s go outside

Take some time out in nature and hike the walking trails in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – there are specially curated routes for joggers or quieter paths for those who prefer a more chilled-out pace.


Admire art

Tapestry of person

Discover East London’s rag trade heritage at the Traces – Stories of Migration exhibition by renowned artist Lucy Orta. A collaboration between the artist and local residents of Newham and Tower Hamlets, it features a tapestry depicting their lives and experiences.

Until 27 August, Nunnery Gallery & Café, Bow Road; bowarts.org

Shop local

I Do Handmade pop up market

Shop small and support local businesses at the I Do Handmade pop-up market in Westfield Stratford City. Browse the everchanging lineup of stalls for handcrafted bags, jewellery, homewares, and small-batch fragrances.

Westfield Stratford City, Ground Floor, 24 July – 24 September; idohandmade.co.uk

Hit play

Playing table tennis at Bat and Ball

Grab a paddle, some friends and then make for Bat & Ball at Westfield Stratford City for some lively competition. Think table tennis, prosecco pong, karaoke and live DJ sets, if you don’t fancy holding a tune.

Westfield Stratford City, 2 Montfichet Road; thebatandball.com

Get hitched

Toni and Tina Get Married poster

Prepare for an immersive comedy night unlike any other by heading to the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower to witness Italian-American couple Tony and Tina get married. As a guest at Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, you’ll be part of the show, joining in their wedding reception, sampling the cake and of course, dancing, all against a backdrop of London’s skyline.

28–30 July, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park; tonyandtinalondon.com

Just dance

Person DJing

Body Movements Queer Festival is back at Hackney Wick this July for a hedonistic weekend of dancing and afterparties, honouring queer bodies in electronic music. Acts Boudica and Fèmmme Fraîche are top of the bill.

29–30 July, various venues, bodymovements.co.uk

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