Things to do in London's East Village

Stratford Christmas Lights switch-on

December 2nd. 6pm. A free mince pie and mulled wine. Sounds great, right? Bakers Signorelli will be on-hand to help out with that.

The event is free but ticketed and starts from 6pm. There will also be a host of fun family activities, including a kids' Christmas craft workshop, fairground rides, a Ferris wheel, and food form east London vendors like Roots, Mother Kelly’s and Ban Be.

Register for free here.


Dine at Darkhorse

An independent restaurant that’s been open for a few years, Darkhorse is now attracting attention as a quality dining experience. The park side location offers al fresco dining during the summer months but the restaurant’s interiors lend themselves to atmospheric dinners during autumn and winter.

The genre is pan-Mediterranean, the menu is small, seasonal and much of it is cooked in a charcoal oven; offering a distinctive flavour.

It’s an ideal location for the occasions where a sophisticated venue is required. Read more about our favourite restaurants in the local area here.  


Shop local, artisan foods

Signorelli, Ted’s Veg, and Appetite London are amongst local producers offering artisan produce to East London locals.

With Signorelli offering up their usual pastries, coffees and cakes, and their Bread Shop bringing freshly baked loaves to the masses, it’s a great addition to your daily shop or just a stop for a great coffee. Appetite London is a deli of sorts, specialising in butchery, cheeses and charcuterie – much of which is locally sourced within the UK. Ted’s Veg is a traditional greengrocer and farm shop. Fresh produce is grown on the family’s farm which is then sold to you via their store. A true example of farm to fork right in the heart of the city.


Keep fit at 9Round

Are you the kind of person that likes to try different ways to keep fit? As well as a number of more traditional gyms and fitness options around East Village London, you’ll find 9Round - a 30-minute kickboxing fitness experience. Self-described as “high intensity, results driven”, this workout burns up to 500 calories per session – that certainly counts as an intense thirty minutes in our book.

The other bonus? There are no class times. A new kickboxing circuit starts every three minutes, meaning whatever time you show up, you won’t have to wait long before you can get started. It’s fitness for the efficient!


Feed your soul with cultural pursuits

The Lab is East Village’s creative hub. A place that hosts community workshops, events and exhibitions – it’s somewhere you can go to escape from the daily hustle and bustle. Feed your soul by learning something new like weaving or creative writing or attend a cinema premier for an arthouse production.

It’s also a place where debates on topics that are relevant to East London take place. So why not attend and involve yourself in topical discussions!


Join a swap shop!

Yes – you heard right. Loanhood, one of the UK’s leading fashion rental apps, holds regular swap shops in E20. It’s fast, it’s reasonably priced and most importantly it’s sustainable – cutting down on the waste of fast fashion and ownership. It’s also a good way to give that old coat you never wear a new lease of life by swapping it for something you’ll use!

The swap shops regularly take place at The Lab. Visit the Lab website for details on the next event.


Indulge in a bit of self-care

There are ample beauty and wellbeing providers in East Village. You could visit Fix, for physiotherapy, acupuncture, massage or even take part in a yoga or Pilates class. They also offer counselling services and pre/post-natal care.

If your idea of self-care is more nails and beauty than holistic practices, then Regency Beauty is where your headed! Aesthetics, waxing, nails and facials are all available, with certain offers advertised throughout the year.