Skylodge – Not for sissys!

Oh arrr, lumberjacks

Dust up that lumberjack shirt, muddy those felling boots and whack on a furry hat… Skylodge has opened it’s little wooden doors in a cleverly cosy rooftop setting in Hackney, creating a haven for all lumberjacks and Jills. These pop-up aficionados opened with a rather spectacular thanksgiving turkey chase through London Fields leading the lumberjacks (and the turkey) to a grand sanctuary.

I went to the opening and found some incredible food, amazing hot and cold cocktails and entertainment to mark a very sound addition to the quirky Hackney bar scene – Chuck Norris approved!

Skylodge Interior

As you turn off a Martello street (the lane just past Pub on the Park) and climb the stairs to Platterform, you enter a world of chopped wood, open fires, heated booths and a lumberjack diner, of course. There’s an outside terrace as well as a covered and heated indoor area where you find all the food and drink you could want to fill up on a winter’s evening.

Their specialties are the vast selection of hot cocktails – hot toddies and mulled everythings- as well as a cool cocktail list, wines and beers. The bar tenders are funny, friendly and odd, which makes it an interesting tipple. They recommend some ace alcoholicly warming drinks. Shame they are mainly served in rapidly cooling cardboard cups, but they hit the mark none-the-less.


A couple of drinks (a bit like a naughty cuppa!) and a wonder around later and it’s time for rumbling bellies to get find solace. The restaurant area has ample shared tables and some cute wooden hut-booths. American style plates are surprisingly small, but very tasty and filling. We went for the sloppy joes, baked beans and pulled pork, which were all really good, especially the baked beans with cheese.

Tuck in! Grrrrrr

The event clincher was that said chased turkey of the opening paragraph (once he got his breath back), played a sublime unplugged acoustic set later in the evening which ended a beautifully intimate and indulgent night within a solidly themed, fun place that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

This great winter hang out spot is open until April and as well as the restaurant and music they are hosting film nights too. Can’t wait to go back!

Website:; twitter @platterform and

Skylodge is open Thursdays and Fridays 6pm until 11pm; weekends 12 noon until 11pm

Full address: 274 Richmond Road with public access via Martello Street, London Fields, London, E8 3QW

Make a booking via or call 07870 487621

Skylodge - Acoustic set



Netil House – Summer Party #1


Netil House threw open its summer series of rooftop parties, hailing the beginning of what will hopefully be a sunshine filled season. The premiere was last Saturday and fiery yellow ball came out to play hand in hand with chilled prosecco, condensation laden bottles of Mexican beer and some tasty chicken and taco bites. All washed down with incredible views over east London.

We got there early for a friends birthday and nabbed a spot in the centre, Stepping out onto the roof feels like you’re entering a secret land with decking underfoot and a unique view of the city. The breezy open air and funky background music was an ideal accompaniment to the celebration and the day. Until they ran out of prosecco, which was quickly replenished, narrowly avoiding a middle class riot- phew!

The Korean chicken burger was immense, and he was a lovely dude too. There were also tacos to soak up some of the alcohol.

What a fantastic way to spend an afternoon, with friends, on a nice day… roll on summer, and roll on more summer parties! Find out info and buy tickets for the next series here.


rooftop party

The Brewhouse Folk & Craft Market

Speaking of London Fields Brewery… I came across this event, which begins on Sunday 2nd September.

These good folks are putting on a cute arts and crafts market, set in the lovely Brewhouse. It promises to feature a host of stalls from local craft makers and artists with bunting galore and bands to entertain your ears.

Visit for the artsy craftsyness and stay for a beer. What a great way to while away a Sunday in east London.

These artisan brewers make a cracking pale ale. Give it a go.


Fancy a Brew? London Fields Beer!

What: London Fields Brewery Grand Opening

Where: 374 Helmsley Place, London Fields, London E8 3SB

When: Bank holiday weekend, Friday 26th-29th August

Get yeself down to London Fields on the August bank holiday for the grand opening of London Fields Brewery. They’ll be unveiling their cuddled and cared for amber nectar with bands and music throughout the weekend.

There are a few micro breweries popping up over east London, but I think this is a first for Hackney. Read an interview with London Fields Brewery and Yeah! Hackney HERE .

Festival: Little London Fields

The free festival is back on (after some council wrangling) on Saturday 20th August 2011.

It’s in London Fields and it is not so little with 3 stages of eclectic music, plenty of food from local stalls, art displays and design and something called “Celebrity Graveyard Karaoke”. Sounds like fun! They say that the aim of the festival is to all create “a truly unique atmosphere to what should be a very special, community occasion!”

The line-up is yet to be released, but check back on their website for more information and to register for free tickets… then just pray for sunny weather.

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