Live music from Jazz New Blood
Live music by Rosie Frater-Taylor (guitar and vocals) and Roella Oloro (piano) from Jazz New Blood.
First Thursday of every month
On the First Thursday of every month, over 150 galleries in east London come together and run free events, exhibitions, talks, workshops, and private views during a special late opening.
Explore galleries, artist run spaces and studios in east London using our online map to guide you. Alternatively, pick up a printed version from the Whitechapel Gallery or any of the other participating galleries.
Be inspired by our latest Top 5 selected galleries and exhibitions, buy a ticket for the Art Bus Tour or follow one of our recommended Walking Tours to make the most out of your First Thursday.
Until 26th June
Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4QH
Free admission; no advance booking required.
The Dogs of the First World War exhibition explores the role of dogs as both companions and workers during the years 1914-18.
The exhibition is inspired by the Libby Hall Collection held in the archive at Bishopsgate Institute. The collection is a treasure trove of canine-related photographs and postcards, essential viewing for dog-lovers and social historians alike.
The exhibition can be visited during Institute opening hours.
For more details see the Bishopsgate Institute website.
Sunday 3rd May, all day
Truman Brewery, Brick Lane
Tickets from £11.50
Banging beans, great food and live music
Whether you drink coffee out of love or necessity, there’s no getting away from it: beans rule our life. Not all grinds are created equal though. Treat your taste buds to a cup of the superior stuff at London Coffee Festival. With over 250 artisan coffee and food stalls plus bands and DJs, you’ll be buzzing with excitement (never mind the caffeine). Get inside and smell the coffee.
VIP tickets include: – access to the VIP Hospitality Suite – complimentary cocktail – premium tote bag – London Coffee Guide 2015 – full day access – fast track entry – and more
Children under 10 go free.
Like coffee? Listen to our interview with Hackney based Climpsons & Sons Coffee
The April edition of EastCast discovers how The Art of Dining create a unique supper experience, we talk to Claire Martin the co-director of Mill Co about the spaces they manage across London, meet the photographers/founders of the guide book series London Independent Store Guides, get to know more about an independent film festival Shorts on Tap and speak to Ryan Buckstein – Chief Cultural Engineer of the Ace Hotel Group.. and music from The Marbles Jackson and Lail Arad.
Wednesday 25th March to Saturday 11th April
The Big House Presents…
Created by Ben Musgrave, with Andrew Day.
A verbatim piece inspired by real stories from the cast.
“These people who we want to listen, I don’t think we ever get to see them… these people hide.”
The words of young men and women who have survived the chaos of the system. Who have lived the consequences of political games. Who now have 60 minutes to be heard.
Inspired by real stories, and an extraordinary visit to the Houses of Parliament, this is a wild, tender, funny and devastating exploration of the political lives of young people on the margins.
Director Maggie Norris
Designer Sarah Beaton
Movement Carrie-Anne Ingrouille
Lighting Designer Peter Small
Sound Designer Ed Clarke
The Big House are back to work, collaborating with 15 young care leavers and young people at-risk to create an exciting, original production; Politrix will be a verbatim piece responding to the upcoming election. The group are in week 3 of rehearsals; Politrix will run from Wednesday 25th March to Saturday 11th April.
Tues-Weds 6-7 Jan
South African beats take over cafe OTO as drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo returns to the venue for a two-day residency gig featuring saxophonist Jason Yarde, bassist John Edwards and pianist Alexander Hawkins. This is their first gig in London since the release of their latest album ‘4 Blokes’, on the Ogun record label.
Tickets start at £7 for one night but you can get two-day passes from £12.
From Fri 5 Dec
A site specific theatrical event commissioned by Spitalfields Music and Shoreditch Town Hall.
Shoreditch Town Hall
380 Old Street EC1V 9LT
Fri 5 Dec 7pm, Sat 6 & Sun 7 Dec 3.30 & 7pm
Tickets £12. Booking 020 7377 1362.
‘The East End? It is a shocking place… an evil plexus of slums that hide human creeping things, where filthy men and women live on penn’orths of gin… where every citizen wears a black eye, and none ever combs his hair.’ – Arthur Morrison – ‘Tales Of Mean Streets.’
Join Bafta winning writer and stand-up tour guide Alan Gilbey for an evening in The Ditch, the East End’s dodgiest dive bar, where Ronnie and Reggie are having a knees-up with Jack The Ripper and a man who looks a bit like an elephant. But beyond the whelks and the pearly buttons, in a maze of secret rooms below the streets of Shoreditch, other stories demand to be heard.
Part celebration of East End history, part meditation on the area’s future, Tales from The Ditch brings together a large cast of local storytellers, historians and musicians to create an immersive maze of tales less told from London’s ‘little bit of rough.’
Take a peek, try a door, part a curtain, step inside. Who knows what you might discover?