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Platterform, the guys that brought you the popular pop ups Skylodge and the Sea Adventure Series are taking up a permanent residency in the Hackney Empire brining you food, drink, art and live performances. 

Situated at the very heart of Hackney’s cultural quarter (at Hackney Empire), Stage 3 is set on Becoming a central hub and meeting point for local creatives, foodies, music fans and art lovers alike…

With the aim of establishing Hackney Empire as one of London’s most pioneering cultural institutions- Stage 3 offersS a true feast for all 5 senses!

Watch this space as platterform continue to introduce a variety of exciting new elements to this dynamic project, including innovative ART, incredible live performances, an inspirational evolving food and drink menu and more…



Eat 17 and Bacon Jam founders launch restaurant, burger bar and local convenience store on Chatsworth Road, Clapton

From E17 to E5: how Walthamstow’s leading food entrepreneurs have spread their wings to join Clapton’s thriving culinary neighbourhood 

The family behind the award-winning Walthamstow Spar, neighbouring Eat 17 bistro and cult condiment ‘Eat 17 Bacon Jam’ are launching a restaurant, burger bar and convenience store in a historic former snooker hall on Clapton’s Chatsworth Road.  The downstairs burger bar and convenience store are set to open late April, with the upstairs restaurant to follow in June.

Brothers Chris and Daniel O’Connor, Chris’ partner Siobhan O’Donnell and step brother James Brundle have been praised for their achievements at the Spar in Walthamstow, which they converted from a run-down off license into a foodie emporium – championing artisan produce, craft beer and an organic bakery.

Now they are hoping to do a similar thing with the former Brooksbys Snooker Hall on Chatsworth Road in Lower Clapton, which is increasingly becoming an East London food hub, thanks to other independent businesses like Lillie’O Brien’s London Borough of Jam preserve shop, and a Sunday farmer’s and street food market.

“We can’t wait to become a part of this thriving community,” said co-director James Brundle. “We’re East London born and bred and we already own a buzzing restaurant and convenience store in the village of Walthamstow. We feel that the experience we have gained over the years can be replicated to bring the same benefits to Lower Clapton.”

The new venture will see chef-director Chris O’Connor take the reins as head chef of the 50- cover restaurant, serving up accessibly-priced, internationally-influenced dishes like ‘smoked chicken noodles, crispy skin, enoki’ and pork shoulder, smoky beans, crème fraiche, spinach & hazelnuts. The main restaurant will be situated in the impressive upstairs room of the hall, which retains many of its original features such as decorative cornicing and ceiling fans, and will boast a long, grand bar down the back wall. It will be open in the evenings only.

“There’s nothing else like this in the area,” said James. “We want people to come here for a meal and feel a bit ‘wowed’ by the room and the experience. But it will still be very relaxed and comfortable, competitively priced, and you can just come for a drink and a snack at the bar if you like.”

Downstairs, polished concrete floors and a single, floor-to-ceiling pane of glass fronting the space will create a modern, airy feel for the self-service, 28-cover burger bar and convenience store. The burger bar will offer a focused, well-priced menu of burgers, including the famous grass-fed beef and Eat 17 Bacon Jam burger, and will be the first place to sell craft beer from Hackney Wick’s Crate brewery on tap. The convenience store will look to emulate its Walthamstow cousin, selling everything from kitchen towel to gourmet sausages; Eat 17’s famous homemade ‘ready meals’; and freshly-baked organic bread from its Walthamstow bakery and tasty pastries. All the meat for the restaurant and burger bar is organic and free range, and being sourced from rare breed London butcher Turner and George.

The downstairs, which will open at 8am daily, will also house an outpost of acclaimed seasonal Broadway Market florist Rebel Rebel (rebelrebel.co.uk), making this an unmissable retail and gourmet pit-stop.

Opening hours:

June: DINNER Tuesday – Saturday

6pm – 10pm

August: DINNERTuesday – Saturday

6pm – 10pm

LUNCH Friday – Saturday ONLY

12pm – 3pm


12pm - 6pm

We plan to always close on Mondays.



This July the City sees the arrival of a stunning new destination cocktail bar and restaurant.  With innovation at its core, Silk & Grain is poised to set the cocktail world alight with its exciting menu of signature, aged and conditioned cocktails, accompanied by a sizzling British steak-focused restaurant menu.

Bringing flare to the City with its unique, contemporary design, head to the Monday to Friday venue to sip unique concoctions given extra complexity and depth by being conditioned in metal, glass and leather as well as the more traditional barrel ageing process.  Head for the ground floor bar and indulge in a City Orchard using Silk & Grain’s barrel aged Bacardi cocktail, Poire Williams, lime and apple juice; or a Moscow Mule using barrel aged vodka. Snack on highlights from the British grazing menu including Clonakilty black pudding ‘scotched’ quail’s eggs; crispy pig’s ears; British cheeses and charcuterie.

From the first floor restaurant expect a selection of different dry-aged steak cuts cooked in a Josper grill, alongside British-inspired mains such as lemon sole with garlic and caper butter; Suffolk cyder soaked, slow roasted pork belly; and heritage tomato, mint and quinoa salad with whipped goat’ cheese and beetroot pickled eggs.  A range of homemade sauces, infused butters and grain mustards will also be available.

Add to this a stylish, laid back setting and charming service and going for cocktails in the City will never be the same again.

Silk & Grain, 33 Cornhill, London EC3V 3ND

020 7929 1378




The London Bar Consultants have announced their latest venture, Merchant House, a premium bar housed over two floors in the City of London. Officially opening on 11th June 2014, Merchant House will stock an array of super-premium, rare and vintage rums as well as a diverse collection of over 250 gins. A dedicated area for spirit masterclasses* will be located on the ground level, with the main bar situated in the basement.

Tucked away at 13 Well Court, London, just off Bow Lane and a stone’s throw from the historic St. Mary-le-Bow church, Merchant House has a capacity of 130 guests and is a celebration of London’s mercantile history and the decadent spices, sugar and rum that have been brought to the City over the centuries. A bespoke cocktail menu, designed by The London Bar Consultants, showcases the high-end spirits on offer. A concise food menu including meat and cheese platters from local suppliers will also be available.

The design and furnishings incorporate dark blue leather seating set against wood flooring, with hints of London’s merchant history reflected in the fixtures and fittings. Combined with subtle lighting, the décor is intended to create an intimate and enticing atmosphere. Plans are in place to introduce a regular live jazz music night in the coming months

Nate Brown and Lewis Hayes, founders of The London Bar Consultants and partisans of the UK bar scene are just as passionate about the service their guests will receive as they are about providing drinks education and creating exceptional cocktails. Nate comments: “We want the focus at Merchant House to be the guest experience, from the moment they are greeted at the door, to the masterclasses, cocktails and interaction with our bartenders.” Lewis adds: “The fascinating shared trade history of gin and rum is something we wish to celebrate with our guests through an exploration of fine spirits.”

Drinks experts and enthusiasts alike can further their education and appreciation of some of the world’s finest spirits by joining The Connoisseurs’ Collective, a membership club available for £150 per year. Benefits include invitations to exclusive events, ‘both ways drinks’ offering a nip of chosen spirit alongside your mixed drink, privilege prices on bar bottle sales and food, plus exclusive rates on event services provided by The London Bar Consultants.

13 Well Court,
Off Bow Lane,


Launched on Saturday 31 May, Maida Hill Market will deliver a dynamic and unique approach to the capital’s burgeoning market scene, by curating a collection of the UK’s finest food, drink, and contemporary and classic design and bringing it to a cosmopolitan corner of West London.

Taking a more contemporary approach to that of nearby Portobello Market (though close enough so that both can be visited in a day), the market will see a weekly line up of food producers, artisan drinks producers, street-food vendors, up-and-coming designers, artists and decorative antiques amongst other lifestyle products.

Based on Europe’s urban markets, Maida Hill will cover all areas of lifestyle, and be wholly committed to championing young talent, as well as focusing on quality and affordability.

Up to 40 unique vendors – split between food, homeware and design - will come together every Saturday at the site near Westbourne Park tube.  Some confirmed vendors include:

Marsh Farm, Hatch Park Game, O Toma O Morte (specialists in unpasteurised mountain cheese), Bad Brownie, Flippin' Cow (exceptional handmade burgers & triple cooked fries), Opera Ice Cream (homemade ice creams, lemonade and Italian hot chocolate) and stands are being offered to graduates from the University of the Arts and artists from The London Print Studio.

Each Saturday there will also be an opportunity to hear some great speakers from the food, drink and design industry at allotted slots in new food venture ‘Maida Hill Place’ a talent incubator situated adjacent to the market and part of the overall offering. Maida Hill Place was created with the aim of showcasing interesting chefs and directional food businesses, often based in the local area.

The list of exciting Saturday speakers will include:  Melissa Cole of ‘Let Me Tell You About Beer’, Tony Singh of ‘The Spice Men’, Glenn Cosby of ‘Great British Bake Off’, Katy Davidson of ‘Mangez-Moi Oysters’, Charlotte White of ‘Restoration Cakes’ Sam Paget-Stevenson ‘The Rum Runner’ and William Borrell of ‘Vestal Vodka’ amongst many others.