‘Perfect for a sit-down’: Hackney Bridge’s outdoor space. Photograph: Hackney Bridge

On the banks of the River Lea sits Hackney Bridge, a newish venue boasting a mix of workspace and studios, an indoor street food market and event space.

The multi-purpose spot in Hackney Wick opened in autumn 2020 and now plays host to a variety of community events – most recently the Queer Summer Fayre last Saturday.

Organisers promised to give the traditional British fayre a “much-needed queer shake-up” during Pride Month, with performances, art, ‘crafternooning’, food and drink on the bill.

It certainly didn’t disappoint.

The event gave the classic British fayre ‘a much-needed queer shake-up’. Photograph: Lizzie McAllister

Upon arrival, attendees were treated to a series of market stalls selling an array of wares, from art to T-shirts. A wander through the main building led to an outdoor seating area and upstairs rooms hosting an impressive line-up of cabaret performances from Naked Presents.

And there was more to do than eat, drink and watch, with several free workshops available, including ones on zine-making and collage, and later an after party.

Between the copious activities, there was just enough time to grab a pint from the bar or a pizza, pad thai or plant-based meal from the food stalls – set to a musical backdrop of nostalgic noughties hits and queer disco anthems. This could all be enjoyed on the canalside, where the venue’s outdoor area provided the perfect spot for a sit-down.

The Kids Table is open every Sunday. Photograph: Hackney Bridge

This free event was just one of many that Hackney Bridge is hosting this summer.

Throughout the month of July, the space will serve bottomless brunch every Sunday, and a vintage market will set up shop once a month until the end of August.

For fans of live music, there are regular DJ sets, and parents wanting to enjoy some peace and quiet need not fret – The Kids Table will keep the little ones busy with arts and crafts every Sunday from 11am to 3pm.

For more information about what’s on offer at Hackney Bridge, visit hackneybridge.org/events.