A Flying Visit to a Folly

I finally made it down the Folly for a Flyover on Sunday afternoon. Lured by rumors of tasty bagels and the chance to hire a row boat on the emerald green canal. The Folly is situated under the A12 flyover – they’ve taken a disused space and created something of a buzzing summer event. As well as the cute café with cuter staff, there is a theatre with plenty of film and theatrical events for kids and adults; mainly showing a gay sci-fi film selection, but also workshops and other intriguing events.

The space has been put to good use- the café and cinema are made up of light wooden bricks balancing on one another around scaffolding creating in what can truly be called a ‘pop-up’.

On Sunday, the bagels were delicious, the coffee good (served through strange cylindrical glass filters) and the boats were great fun. £2 gets you half an hour to slowly paddle down the canal in a wobbly boat with heavy oars. The ear splitting drum n bass sounds of a left over canal-side warehouse party merging with the industrial canal sides viewed from a twee little rowing boat was quite surreal for a Sunday in Hackney!

The 6 week long folly is run by Assemble CIC, the people behind the cinema on Clerkenwell Road’s ugly abandoned garage last year. Get down there for one of their viewings or events, or just have a couple of hours to enjoy the scenery (and bagels, it’s all about the bagels for me).

Photography by Keith Allen / Olenka Gibbs


Arty Party: Hackney Wicked Festival 2011

When: Friday 29th – Sunday 31st July 2011

Where: Hackney Wick, various venues

Website: http://hackneywickedfestival.co.uk/

Hackney Wicked is once again upon the Wick. Warehouse will be opened up to have a snoop at what the trendy artists are up to in their communes (well, just the art), there’ll be dancing in the street, weird and wonderful things for sale (I loved last year’s swear cushions) and plenny of parties, bands, workshops and artsy fartsy fun to be had. You don’t have to be an artist, or a trendy, but be prepared to rub shoulders with them all emerging from the Hackney Wick warehouses.

Hackney Bubble will certainly be there! Last year’s was good times spent in mini gardens with cans of beer, sifting through crap art to find divine galleries (what the hell is Elevator all about!?), rocking our socks off to street bands and some interesting hoola hooping.

For more information on their and a lists of artists, galleries and events visit their website, hackneywickedfestival.co.uk

En Counter

Coffee is important. A trip to Melbourne last year woke up my drab London tastebuds to this fact. Antipodeans take painstaking lengths to get it right and you can taste the effort. At any point in a coffee bean’s epic journey things can go wrong. Somehow in the UK we think it’s acceptable to drink burnt tasting coffee with limp, soggy froth. Well, it ain’t. My quest for great coffee led me to The Counter Cafe.   

Tom thinks coffee is important too. And cakes. And great home made tasty tasty food. I agree! Treating yourself to a breakfast on a weekend is one of the pleasures that make the working week’s light at the end of the tunnel. We rode our bikes across “dark side” of Victoria park (Hackney Wick), under the tunnel  and into the warehouses sits The Counter.  


Inside the bare walled, cinema seated surroundings you’re immediately greeted by smiling chocolate brownies and home made cookies (they actually make around 3 metres of brownies a week! ). The coffee didn’t disappoint. It took me back to Melbourne standards with a pretty fern on top of the slight froth of the latte. Mmmmmmm.   


I went for the scrambled eggs with basil and cherry tomatoes with smoked salmon on toast. Perfect gooey eggs with a hint of basil on home-made rye bread. No tomato ketchup, but a zingy tomato chutney to spice it up a little. beautifully cooked, tasty and quick. I have been recommending this place, but I probably shouldn’t as I want to keep it as a secret hang out because it quickly got busy after 12pm on a Saturday. They are planning to do nights there and have held a couple of gigs already. Can’t wait for the sumer courtyard to spring into life.  


 Thank god Tom  (above) left his job and started to make coffee. He’s got just the right idea about how great food and decent coffee should be served in a nice atmosphere. Time Out have been going on about this place, but I wish they would shut up and leave it to the bubble.

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