Words by Leanne Creasey, Friday 21 September 2018
Don’t know what’s on this week? We do… Every other week we highlight the best your borough has to offer for a great few weeks ahead.
This week’s suggestions are close to our hearts…and our homes! Here at Cuckooz we have a soft spot for our East London locals and we’re featuring three of our favourite places, each showing the diversity of this side of our great city. Make sure you’ve got glad rags, comfy cardigans and your Sunday best for the next few weeks of rocking events.
If you’ve not stumbled out of Queen of Hoxton, are you truly an East Londoner? The answer to this question is surely no! Next week the famously fun bar is serving up one of our favourite humpday events: Drag Bingo; a night of balls, wigs and satanic invocation like nothing you've ever seen before! Eyes down for the first round starting at 8.30pm SHARP. Throw your gladrags on and head down there for a chance of winning some genuinely underwhelming prizes. If you’re lucky enough to catch some late summer rays, the rooftop terrace is the perfect spot to wind down. Drag Bingo is on 26th September and is free entry. Advance tickets are available on the QoH website.
After a night of screaming bingo surrounded by drag queens surely there is only one thing to do – cuddle up with a blanket and a film, and we have just the place for you to go! One of those most loved spots by locals in East London, the Geffrye Museum has recently closed for a two-year construction, restoring it’s fabulous 18th century almshouses. Fear not, for the garden is still open and to keep this local place alive during it’s refurb, it has enlisted the help of some of London’s best event creators to transform its quiet lawns into something spectacular. On 27th September the Luna Cinema will show science fiction fairy-tale The Shape of Water, outside in this magical setting. If you’re in London in September it’s a must to still experience the serenity of the Geffrye, even if you can’t go inside! Tickets are available on the Luna Cinema in advance!
Time to get a bit more demure, pick out your Sunday best and head to a hidden tropical paradise disguised as East London’s foremost modernist architectural feat. Brutalism at its best, the Barbican as well as being an incredible building is also home to amazing events, music film and even weddings. The building’s real treasure trove is the hidden tropical garden contained in the glass conservatory, abundant with exotic fish and over 200 tropical plants and trees. Lucky for us, they offer glorious afternoon tea within these incredible surrounds. The tea itself contains and sumptuous selection of handmade cakes and savouries as well as a glass of bubbly. This great experience is not to be missed on a jaunt to East London. Prebook in advance on the Barbican website.