One of the biggest hits in late-night London last year was Street Feast – an open-air food market based in an old Travis Perkins builders yard that packed in 3,000 clued-up munchers a night. Following on from its indoor successor, Hawker House, the latest project of founder Dominic Cools-Lartigue (yes, actual name) is Fairground, based in a rundown building on Kingsland Road. It reflects London’s growing desire for nights out that offer the laidback and diverse thrills of a music festival, and as such it’s planned to be a hub of food, dancing and cultural shenanigans spread over three floors…
The first tier of this delicious party cake holds the main bar (run by the Strange Hill agency, which has overseen the drinks offering at the London Edition hotel) as well as a music space which will be split between DJs on Saturday and live music on Sunday. Rinsing it out until 3am on Saturdays will be folks from fashion collective Love Bullets plus spinners representing labels such as Hot Natured and Black Butter.
The place to feed your head. Level two plays hosts to the Grandaad Lounge (their spelling, not ours) which will be hosting workshops, talks and interviews during Fairground’s run. If it all sounds a bit David Brent, relax. This Saturday’s programme includes a session with a 24-carat Time Out hero – the mastermind behind EDL-baiting online group the English Disco Lovers, who’ll be talking about the power of social media.
Up top is where the edible bit of the operation resides. The Fairground Diner plays host to a shifting set of pop-up restaurateurs over the coming weeks. The opening weekend sees Thai New Year (Songkran) celebrated with a takeover from Busaba Eathai’s chef Jude Sangsida, who’ll be creating curries and grills inspired by a recent trip to his homeland, while on other floors Som Saa and Yum Jungle will be serving more Thai-lights.