All Points East 2019: a great opportunity to discover East London

Photo: Rory James (All Points East 2019)

Between 24 May and 2 June 2019, All Points East returns to Victoria Park for its second edition. This East London location is surrounded by cool places to visit before or after the festival.

The East End is one of the most vibrant parts of London, and relatively undiscovered by tourists. When visiting APE, be sure to check out what else the area has to offer.

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Parks and canals

All Points East
Photo: Rory James (All Points East 2018)

On a sunny day, East London is all about parks. Victoria Park is the home of All Points East, but also a buzzing place where Londoners play football or cricket, go for a run, or just chill in the grass. Another wonderful green space is London Fields, which connects Broadway Market and its many restaurants with central Hackney.

From London Fields, you easily walk to APE’s Victoria Park along the Regent’s Canal. This waterway runs all the way from the River Thames through the East End to Camden Town and Regent’s Park. It is a popular place for running, strolling, and taking pictures in front of the beautiful locks and street art.

Street markets

East London is also home to several amazing markets. During the weekends, these are popular places where local residents pick up groceries, food, flowers and even house plants. Every Saturday, Hackney’s Broadway Market offers everything from cheese, fruit and veg to delicious street food.

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On Sundays, both Londoners and tourists head to Shoreditch’s famous Brick Lane Market. Here you find many vintage and designer clothes, independent book shops, and many many street food stalls. Record shop Rough Trade East is also just around the corner. A short walk from Brick Lane, Columbia Road Flower Market is a great place to buy flowers and house plants, but also to walk around on your way to All Points East.

Bars and pubs

Whether it’s for a quick pint before the festival or to continue the party after the headliner leaves the stage, East London’s bars and pubs are fantastic. Only a short walk from Victoria Park, the neighbourhood of Hackney Wick is a real hotspot. Here, you will find several bars serving local craft beers in old warehouses along the River Lea. Check out Crate Brewery or Grow, alongside the wonderful street art along Wallis Road and White Post Lane. Perfect for a sunny afternoon!

Other nice areas are only a little further from All Points East. Shoreditch, Stoke Newington and Broadway Market all have many good bars, as well as various great restaurants. Local pubs can really be found all over the East End.

Live music and clubs

All Points East is not the only place in East London with world-class live music. In terms of small venues, Shoreditch and Hackney offer some of the best in London. Pubs like the Shacklewell Arms, the Old Blue Last and the Sebright Arms host up-and-coming local and international artists almost every day. Many of the bands that have performed in these places have later gone on to become very famous.

These same pubs also have regular indie and alternative club nights, ideal for continuing the party after the festival. For more mainstream club music, Oval Space and the Pickle Factory are only a short walk from Victoria Park. For larger clubs, Shoreditch is the place to be.

All Points East 2019

Photo: Tom Hancock (All Points East 2019)

In 2019, All Points East returns to Victoria Park in London. After a successful first edition, the English festival once agains delivers with a diverse lineup. The Chemical Brothers, The Strokes and Christine and the Queens headline the first weekend, while Bring Me the Horizon, Mumford & Sons and Bon Iver take the stage during the second weekend.

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