This morning, Currell had the pleasure of attending Bisnow’s Future of East London event, hosted at the new Goodluck Hope development in the heart of the Docklands.

In true east London fashion, the event was held in a warehouse, with guests walking through a mini rainforest to get to the sales and marketing suite. The event was very fascinating, despite the cold weather!

Model of City Island (far end) and Goodluck Hope (closest), sister developments by Ballymore

The event consisted of a breakfast networking session, followed by two panel discussions.

The first was about east London as a true melting pot of culture, education and business – and what this means for developers. Some interesting points were raised by all panelists, who agreed that east London is one of the fastest changing and most diverse areas of London. With this in mind, investment in education and creative industries are key, with a particular focus on prioritising opportunities for local residents, especially young people.

The first discussion panel

Tim Reeve, COO of the Victoria and Albert Museum, discussed the new V&A East which is set to open in the Olympic Park in 2023. With east London being home to some of the poorest boroughs in the country, he discussed how to reconnect with their audience, especially with young people through the education syllabus. V&A East will differ hugely to the original V&A in South Kensington – with a completely different tone, presenting art in a way that is useful and accessible to young local people that want to pursue a career in the creative industries.

Another interesting point was raised about tourism, and the influx of people coming to stay in the east as opposed to central London. Elli Jafari, Managing Director of The Curtain hotel in Shoreditch, said that she’s seen tremendous amounts of interest from all sectors of tourism – not just young people coming to London for leisure. Professionals travelling for business who are used to staying at five star hotels in the City are now now willing to venture to the outer edges, and say they loved staying in Shoreditch.

Walking through the City Island development

The second panel talk focused on work spaces in east London. Although east London offices have traditionally been synonymous with trendy startups, creatives, and tech companies, this is beginning to change. Georgina Philippou, COO of the Financial Conduct Authority, discussed her company’s move to their brand new office space in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford. East London seems to be the most favourable place to build new places to work, as there’s much more land to build on, instead of trying to cram workers into pre-existing spaces.

The topic of wellness among working people was also discussed. Jacob Loftus, Founder & CEO at General Projects, talked about the emphasis developers are now placing on wellbeing for staff. Beyond the standard measures such as healthy food and fitness facilities, the focus is now shifting to accommodate mental health as well as physical. Outdoor spaces, relaxation/meditation areas, and a general attention to natural environments and comforts are coming to the forefront, as people are encouraged to take breaks from their screens and focus their minds elsewhere.

All in all, the event was a great insight into the different industries that are shaping east London’s revival, and we look forward to what’s to come in the future.

Last weekend saw the successful launch of Bagel Factory and Old Smokehouse at the dedicated marketing suite in Hackney Wick.

There was a really strong turnout with 120 people in attendance, and lots of interest in this exciting new development.

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.

You can find out more about the developments and check out a virtual tour here.

Fast becoming one of Hackney’s trendiest hotspots, London Fields is full of independent bars and restaurants, with Broadway Market offering a whole host of culinary gems. Here’s our top pick of places to go for a bite and a cocktail (or two).

Sans Pere

Sans Pere opened the doors to its second venue on Broadway Market in November. A French bistro with a twist, Sans Pere has created a menu perfect for those with a sweet tooth, offering up a unique and vibrant selection of cocktails, desserts and specialist coffees.

Innovative, French inspired cocktails are paired with each dessert. The cocktails incorporate homemade ingredients alongside classic French ingredients.

Find out more here.

Tuyo

Further down Broadway Market, overlooking the Regent’s canal, is Tuyo. Spanish for ‘yours’, Tuyo serves a range of Mediterranean inspired tapas, pinchos, and bigger sharing dishes. Tuyo’s tapas are not just Spanish, they are also influenced by Greek and Turkish recipes to bring a mixture of flavours from the Med.

Book a table here.

Okko

Okko’s colourful Japanese dishes are beautifully presented, delicious, and good for you. Inspired by modern Japanese cuisine, the food is perfectly prepared, with the wooden furnishings and minimalist decor bringing the atmosphere of a modern Tokyo cafe.

Book a table here.

Off Broadway

A favourite amongst locals, including a few celebrities (Kirsten Dunst, Michael Fassbender, and Keira Knightley have all been spotted there), Off Broadway serves a range of fun cocktails and bar snacks. Go for the buzzy atmosphere, stay for the resident cat.

Find out more here.

Twigs

Both a plant shop and a cafe, Twigs serves healthy lunches, brunches, and delicious macaron ice cream sandwiches. Pick up a new succulent for your living room and stop for a bite to eat, all under one roof.

Find out more here.

Insitute of Light

The Institute of Light is Hackney’s newest collaborative space under the railway arches of London Fields station. IOL is a cinema, record store, bookshop, cafe, and restaurant/bar. Their menu is based around a fusion of Anglo-French cuisine, and is dependent on seasonal and market produce.

Book a table here. 

Martello Hall

Perfectly positioned on the corner of Mare Street and Warburton Road (which heads down to the fields) is Martello Hall, a bar, restaurant, and workspace. Head there on a Sunday for a roast, during the week for bottomless coffee and fast wifi, or on a Saturday night for pizza from their wood fired oven and their delicious range of cocktails. You can also hold your own event here – or attend one of theirs, like supper club, late night DJs, and Sunday jazz.

Book a table here.

Climpson and Sons

Climpson and Sons roast their own coffee in-house, and are constantly on the lookout for the best flavours and techniques. They take their work seriously, with an ethos towards sustainability and ethical sourcing, and also run workshops and courses to help others brew their own perfect cup of joe.

Find out more here.