Situated in the basement of the Aubin building, the cinema is as good a place as any to bring your date along, because there’s something not quite right about bringing that girl (or guy) you like to the Odeon. Drinks beforehand at the Vintage Emporium will set the scene.
Looking for something to do round Dalston before the bars open? Arcola theatre is a great place to bring someone for a date. This intimate space is home to some of the brightest young playwrights in the country, a stepping-stone on their way to the bright lights of the West End as it were. Drinks round the corner at the Shacklewell Arms is pretty much compulsory.
Columbia Road Flower Market
A perennial favourite (a ha), and filled with a curious mix of early-morning clubbers (bars open at 6am for the market traders), locals and members of the blue-rinse brigade who’ve bussed in from Bishops Stortford. It’s not called London’s best market for nothing.
If you missed first Thursday’s, that’s a shame, you’ll have to bring your own wine along for this event. This unassuming alley is the spiritual home of the East London art scene. The star of the street has to be Wilkinson gallery, a purpose-built world-class gallery space, closely followed by Nettie Horn.
This place keeps on getting better, and is pretty much the thing to do on a Saturday in the area. If the sun’s out you can make a day of it, and the street is being repaved with trees as we speak. About time, although not sure about the planned Boris bike stand, although am sure we’ll get used to it. Pick up some sandwiches from E5 Bakehouse round the corner, seriously.
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