This Week in East London: 30th October – 5th November

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George Orwell’s 1984: 19th October – 17th December

Hackney Town Hall, London E8 1EA.

Price: £17.50 – £37.50

George’s Orwell’s classic novel, 1984, has been reimagined as an immersive piece of theatre this autumn. Hackney Town Hall (which was built just over a decade before the novel was published) becomes the Ministry of Truth, and you’ll move-from-room as an extra to the action in this classic story of mass surveillance and totalitarianism. There are cocktails to be enjoyed, live music to absorb and personality tests to take—this is theatre, but not as you know it.

Eat At:


197 Richmond Rd, London E8 3NJ

While bakeries have never been hipper (thanks to Tiktok’s seemingly endless tours of London’s best pastries), that’s not we’re here to recommend this week. Hackney’s most famous bakery becomes a pasta restaurant come evening, and it’s a real treat for the tastebuds. The menus change seasonally, and currently you’ll find a hearty leek, comté and potato canneloni sitting alongside a girolle-centred stuffed pasta dish. The interiors have a pared-back Scandinavian chic, and we’d suggest that you opt for bar seats if you’re coming here for a date night.

Normally, we’re not much of a sweet tooth but missing out on dessert here would be a mistake. Opt for anything that makes the most of those pastry accreditations for a dessert to remember!

Drink In:

Three Sheets

510b Kingsland Rd, London E8 4AB

If there’s one thing we’re true experts on here at dealchecker it’s the cocktail bars of Dalston. We’re not ashamed to admit that we’ve frequented them all. The one spot that we return to time and time again is Three Sheets on Kingsland Road. This tiny spot only has a handful of tables, two of which are perched precariously on the pavement and the windows are often steamy from how full it can get. The cocktail menu is short and you’ll find interesting distilled drinks sitting alongside the classics.