Nestled between the buzzing vibes of Shoreditch and the quieter Victoria Park village is Bethnal Green, which like many places in east London, is now one of the city’s trendiest neighbourhoods. If you’re out and about near Bethnal Green this weekend, here are our top picks of bars and restaurants to try:

Sager + Wilde

Tucked under the railway arches of Bethnal Green station is Sager + Wilde (and the next two places on our list, too!).

Working with local, seasonal produce, Sager + Wilde’s main dinner menu has a strong Italian influence – grab a bowl of pasta and a glass of house wine for £10 every day from 5-7pm. Or alternatively, they offer a group menu of three courses for £29 a head. Of course, like any good east London restaurant, there’s also a brunch menu and a selection of house cocktails.

Find out more here.

Mother Kelly’s

Perfect for a relaxed drink after work, Mother Kelly’s is a New York inspired taproom and bottle shop. They work with independent breweries all over the world with a wide variety of beers – from the affordable, familiar brands to the more limited edition bottles. They also serve sharing boards of cured meats and cheeses prepared in-house, and street food from local vendors on the weekends.

Find out more here.

The Japanese Canteen

After a few drinks at Mother Kelly’s, head next door to The Japanese Canteen if you’re in the mood for quality yet inexpensive authentic Japanese food. Their sushi is always served fresh, and is from sustainable resources.

Find out more here.

The Larder

Just a few minutes’ walk from Bethnal Green station is The Larder, a bright and airy cafe serving a wide variety of vegetarian food and drink, including a vegetarian afternoon tea and a large selection of juices and smoothies.

Find out more here.

St Margaret’s House

St Margaret’s House is a local charity supporting creativity, wellbeing, and community in Bethnal Green. Their buildings are home to more than 27 community organisations and charities, and their Gallery Cafe.

The cafe offers low-cost vegan dishes, locally ground Fairtrade coffee, and healthy juices as well as a programme of events and monthly art exhibitions – plus their back garden is the perfect sun trap in summer months. Oh, and they’ve also won Best Cafe in Bethnal Green at the Time Out Love London Awards for the last three consecutive years.

Find out more here.

Star of Bethnal Green

The Star of Bethnal Green is a little gem on Bethnal Green Road, with a selection of locally brewed beers, a legendary Sunday Roast, and DJs and disco nights in the evenings. They also offer a loyalty card for locals, 2 for 1 cocktails on Thursdays, and 20% off all food and drinks on Wednesdays.

Find out more here.

Register your interest now for Old Smokehouse, a boutique development of one, two and three bedroom apartments in Fish Island.

Old Smokehouse pays tribute to the industrial beginnings of Fish Island. In Victorian London, the Gas Light and Coke Company established Fish Island as a small factory town for their workers and they named the streets after freshwater fish found in the River Lea. Today the naming of Old Smokehouse tips its hat to the long tradition of family businesses smoking fish in Hackney Wick for generations.

The development is built to a high specification, with access to concierge, gym and multiple roof gardens.

Hackney Wick and Fish Island are set to undergo extensive regeneration, building a creative hub that has been dubbed “the new Shoreditch” – and a perfect investment opportunity. The V&A, London College of Fashion and Sadler’s Wells Theatre are all opening in the Olympic Park, as well as a major development which will include new homes, schools and The International Quarter business centre.

All this change will generate over 50,000 jobs for the area and see The London Legacy Development Corporation establish one of the largest new urban spaces in Europe for over 150 years.

Find out more and download a brochure here.

Islington may be the second smallest borough in London – but there’s plenty going on, especially this April. Take a look at our pick of the upcoming events this month to fill your diary:

Portrait Painting at Candid Arts

Feeling creative? Candid Arts on Torren Street (next to Angel Underground station) are running their popular portrait painting course on 7th April (and throughout May). The class is suitable for all levels, so beginners are welcome, and the course includes plenty of demonstration and one-to-one tuition.

Find out more and book here.

The Writer at the Almeida Theatre

Running from 14th April – 26th May is The Writer, a powerful new production from director Blanche McIntyre. The story focuses on a young writer looking to challenge the status quo, who discovers that creative gain comes at a personal cost.

Find out more and book here.

St George’s Dinner at Harry’s Bar

The newly refurbished Harry’s Bar & Brasserie on Ironmonger Lane is holding a St George’s Day Q&A session with boxer Frank Warren. Tickets are £75, to include a four course meal, tea or coffee, a pairing wine, and a donation to Frank Warren’s chosen charities. These are Debra, that supports individuals and families affected by the skin condition Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), and Nordoff Robbins, a music therapy charity.

Contact Claire Hooper on 020 7600 0300 to book.

Plastic at the Old Red Lion Theatre

Plastic is an emotional new drama showing throughout April at the Red Lion Theatre on St John Street. The play is about time, memory and escape by BAFTA nominated playwright Kenneth Emson and directed by 2017 JMK Award winner Josh Roche.

Book tickets and get more information here.

London Art Fair

The 31st annual London Art Fair is returning to the Business Design Centre in Angel. Bringing together more than 100 galleries with sculptures, paintings, photographs, ceramics and more, the event showcases contemporary artwork from the 20th century to today. As well as the main fair, there are also two smaller, specially curated exhibitions showcasing less established galleries with new works and contemporary photography.

Find out more here.

Comedy at the Union Chapel

West Yorkshire comedian Daniel Kitson hosts April’s edition of Live at the Union Chapel on 7th April, with some special guests to get your ribs aching. These include 8 out of 10 Cats and Taskmaster guest Sara Pascoe, five times Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee James Acaster, sketch trio Gein’s Family Giftshop and Tom Parry of the three-man comedy act Pappy’s.

Book tickets here.

The Singing Mermaid at The Little Angel Theatre

The Little Angel Theatre’s puppet show adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s classic picture book, The Singing Mermaid, is sure to keep the kids entertained this April – and maybe the grown ups too! Running until the 22nd April, the show follows a singing mermaid who is tempted away from all of her sea creature friends to join a travelling circus.

Book tickets and find out more here.

Block C of the development

Bagel Factory is a flagship collection of unique warehouse style apartments spread across an impressive three building complex in the heart of Hackney Wick. The development is built on the site of the former Mr Bagel factory, an iconic part of Hackney Wick’s industrial past; Mr Bagel delivered to cafes, restaurants and supermarkets across the country. The interior design at Bagel Factory compliments this industrious history, perfectly fusing the old with the new.

The development also includes a concierge, a state of the art gym, exercise studio, and communal roof gardens – perfect for enjoying a drink whilst watching the sun set over the city.

CGI of the communal roof terrace

It’s also ideally located for transport links – just a minute’s walk from Hackney Wick Overground station, which will take you to the transport hub of Stratford in just 2 minutes. From here take the Jubilee and Central lines, as well as the DLR, Overground and TfL rail for easy access to the rest of London.

Hackney Wick and Fish Island are set to undergo extensive regeneration, building a creative hub that has been dubbed “the new Shoreditch” – and a perfect investment opportunity. The V&A, London College of Fashion and Sadler’s Wells Theatre are all opening in the Olympic Park, as well as a major development which will include new homes, schools and The International Quarter business centre.

All this change will generate over 50,000 jobs for the area and see The London Legacy Development Corporation establish one of the largest new urban spaces in Europe for over 150 years.

Find out more and download a brochure here.

16 brave members of Currell staff took on the very tough (but only a bit muddy) Tough Mudder challenge at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford on Saturday.

Sporting our very own Currell branded T-shirts, we climbed, crawled, ran, and carried each other through 10 grueling obstacles. Thankfully, we got in there bright and early at 8:45am when the weather was still dry, so we remained relatively unscathed by the mud.

The atmosphere was really positive, with everyone lending a hand to get each other over the obstacles and helping other non-Currell participants too. It was certainly an amazing team building exercise – nothing brings colleagues closer together than pushing them up and over a 10ft wall!

All in all, it was a huge amount of fun and we managed to raise over £1,300 for Help for Heroes. Well done to everyone who took part and a big thank you to everyone who donated!

Currell Chartered Surveyors have been instructed on the sale of The Surrey Stadium in Whyteleafe, Surrey.

The stadium is currently home to Whyteleafe FC, who have a range of different football teams for all ages, including an U23 development squad. The club will not be affected by the sale.

The site also has potential for further development, subject to planning. Permission has already been granted for a new stand, incorporating new office space, a conference room, and medical centre. There is also potential for student accommodation subject to planning.

Simon Garfinkel, Director, said:

“This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase more than 5 acres of land within the M25 adjoining a built up area and with  good transport connections. We are expecting interest from sporting organisations as well as developers looking to land bank.”

Find out more and download a brochure here. 

Last week, five members of the Currell team flew to the south of France during the week of MIPIM 2018. MIPIM is the largest property expo in Europe, bringing together some 26,000 delegates from the real estate, city and political industries, including 5,400 investors, from over 100 countries. Held in sunny Cannes, the event is a fantastic opportunity for networking.

Currell met key stakeholders and landowners who are active in the east of London, especially around Barking where we are opening a new office later this year. They also met footballer Sol Campbell!

Chris Currell, Group Chairman, said:

‘MIPIM is about maintaining existing relationships, sharing market information, and catching up with friends in the industry. Meetings and events are essential, but the spontaneous introductions are priceless and this year was no exception. Another great few days and a fantastic endorsement of our expansion into east London.’

To find out more, get in touch with a member of our team here.

The kitchen is probably one of the most used parts of any property – especially if it’s open plan and also includes a living or dining area. This is the central energy of the home, where families and friends come together, so make sure you’re entertaining in one of our fantastic kitchens…

Brewery Square, EC1V

Built on the site of a former brewery, this incredible four bedroom period property has been modernised to a high standard whilst still retaining all of its rustic charm. This is especially visible in the kitchen and dining area, with its wooden floors and exposed brickwork, giving it a light industrial feel that’s becoming increasingly popular in the City.

Find out more and arrange a viewing here.

Tyndale Terrace, N1

This four bedroom family home in Islington has undergone extensive renovation, and is now built to a high specification – especially in the kitchen, which incorporates innovative ‘Wavin’ technology to provide underfloor heating throughout.

Find out more and arrange a viewing here.

The Tapestry Building, EC2M

Built in the 18th century by the East India Company, The Tapestry Building has now been converted into 14 contemporary warehouse apartments with an unrivaled specification – including comfort cooling, intelligent lighting and entertainment systems, Gaggenau kitchen appliances and bespoke joinery throughout. The sleek and contemporary kitchen blends in seamlessly with the rest of the stunning apartment, with a central island and breakfast bar space.

Find out more and arrange a viewing here.

Mildmay Road, N1

Another property that’s perfect for families is this five bedroom home nestled between Canonbury and Dalston. The open plan kitchen/dining room caters perfectly for family living and busy mornings, with a breakfast bar as well as a separate dining/living area.

Find out more and arrange a viewing here.

Copper Lane, N16

This unique semi-detached property is set within a private eco co-housing mews development in Stoke Newington. Copper Lane was shortlisted for a RIBA Regional award in 2015 and has featured many times in national and international press, radio and TV.  The top floor provides a fabulous open space with ultra-modern fitted kitchen and ‘Richlite’ kitchen work top.

Find out more and arrange a viewing here.

Buckingham Road, N1

This attractive semi-detached Victorian property has been lovingly transformed into a fantastic modern family home with fabulous and impressive social space.The sleek kitchen is bespoke fitted with Italian ultra-modern units and a central island with stone worktops and sides. The kitchen also has integrated appliances, including a ‘Barazza’ hob and steam oven.

Find out more and arrange a viewing here.

Sandbrook Road, N16

This four bedroom house in Stoke Newington has a spacious kitchen with ample room for a large dining table and direct access to the garden, which makes for an excellent entertaining space. The skylights also give the room additional light and atmosphere.

Find out more and arrange a viewing here.

Kingsland Road, E8

A classic Victorian warehouse conversion offering versatile space, an abundance of natural light and situated on the Kingsland basin. Alongside the contemporary and stylish kitchen, there is also a wonderful industrial feel throughout with wooden floors, spectacular vaulted ceilings, exposed brickwork, and steel beams.

Find out more and arrange a viewing here.

 

Now that the Beast from the East has cleared and the daffodils are blooming, this only means one thing – spring is on its way. OK, it’s not exactly warm yet, but soon it will be; which means it’s time to decorate accordingly. There are some fantastic new interior design trends emerging (or re-emerging) for spring, so here are our top picks to try out at home:

1. Gelato walls

Pastel pink, mint green, a light coffee – keep your wall colours soft and delicate this spring to add a fresher feel. If there’s a flavour of ice cream in the same colour, you’re probably on the right track.

2. Jungle fever

Tropical motifs and plants have been a popular trend for a while now, and spring is the time to follow this to the full. Pair larger potted plants and hanging succulents with brown leather furnishings to give your home the ultimate dose of jungle fever.

3. Shine on

Another trend that looks like it’s sticking around for a while is metallics, specifically copper and rose gold. Adding accessories with brassy tones gives your room an instant modern upgrade.

4. Wall plates

Do you have a set of plates that are too nice to use every day, but you still want to show off? This is the solution. According to Lucy Currell of interior design company Studio Iro in a piece for The Times, “the ceramics add depth, texture and pattern, either singularly or as a collection”… so put them on display immediately!

5. Shape up

Along with tropical motifs and metallics came a trend for geometric shapes and furniture. A great place to show this off quickly and easily is with light fittings – swap a lampshade for a geometric shell (bonus points if it’s in copper or rose gold). Geometric patterns are also a great design for tiles, so if you’re redecorating the kitchen or bathroom, this could be a style to consider.

6. Add pops of colour

Gone are the dark days of winter – it’s time to come alive and shake off the gloom and cold. What better way to do that than with colour (and lots of it)? Adding small pops of colour with cushions/throws can really boost the whole feel of the room – especially if interesting materials and designs are used; pom-poms and fringing are always a fun addition.

7. Back to basics

Spring is all about getting back to nature – with the weather cheering up, the daffodils coming back and blossom filling the trees. It’s therefore the best time to incorporate natural elements into your home; go for wooden utensils, sideboards, and decorations as well as animal prints and soft, earthy colours.

8. Go sustainable

With a fresh start comes a fresh outlook – if you’re looking to be more eco-friendly, Artisan Lifestyle have a fabulous range of 100% recycled glassware that looks amazing and also help you do your bit for the planet.

9. Get clever with storage

De-cluttering is one of the first things to do in a spring clean – and a great way to get your stuff in order is with clever storage. Think Scandinavian minimalism and opt for an interesting console. Clear your belongings out of the way whilst also adding an interesting new piece of statement furniture to the room.

10. Add some texture

Ceramic vases, pots, and bowls add an extra feeling of homeliness – especially if they’re handmade. Opt for a smooth white with a subtle pattern or interesting shape to bring some minimalist but cosy sophistication to your living room.

This morning we had the pleasure of attending Islington Giving‘s ‘100 Women for Islington Giving’ event in honour of International Women’s Day.

The event was truly inspiring, with talks from Islington Giving, The Parent House, the Middle Eastern Women Society and Organisation, and The Guardian Foundation. We were particularly moved by one of the parents from The Parent House, who left us with the words “behind every strong woman… is herself”, which was met by a huge cheer and applause! 

Even though we know Islington to be a fantastic borough with plenty of arts venues, independent shops and restaurants, and a wonderful community – there are still many people struggling who need support. The work that these charities do truly help those who are most in need, so do take a look at their websites to find out more about how you can donate or get involved.