The new Nightingale takes shape

The new signs are up at the Nightingale – or “Nightingale on the Green” as it is now to be known – and the refurbishment is in full swing.

Apart from the welcome addition of an upstairs function room, which is bizarrely something of a rarity in Wanstead, the formula seems to be similar to the pub’s longstanding traditions…. it’s a bar serving beers and ales, not a wine bar, and it’s going to serve food too.

That should please many longstanding regulars, though of course the atmosphere will change somewhat. As is traditional here, we wish the new team good luck in their efforts.



Breakthrough at the Larder

The work to expand the Larder into the former Judith of Wanstead shop has broken through – the wall between the two shops is now down, as are Judith’s iconic signs.

The new premises will allow a larger kitchen and more seating. It’s a bold move by the Larder when Wanstead has so many more cafes than when it started. But then the Larder has become a Wanstead success story. From its birth here, it now has six branches around East London – Butler’s Retreat, Bethnal Green, the William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow Wetlands and Newham.

Good luck to Paul and the team on the next stage in their development.



No bomb at Bombetta

Fears that a bomb had been planted at Bombetta led to six police rushing to the Snaresbrook restaurant. It turned out to be loaf of freshly delivered artisanal bread, wrapped in paper with the abbreviated “Bomb” written on the side.

This is a story best told in tweets.

Fringe activities

This is your year to get involved in the Wanstead Fringe.

The event, the sixth, will be taking place between 8 -15 September, and will feature many of the favourite events such as the Jumble Trail, Kinema, comedy, live music and talks. There will also be some never-seen-before events to make it the biggest and best Fringe yet.

The Fringe is put together by a group of Wanstead residents who have the single goal of encouraging and supporting cultural activities in Wanstead. It’s a not-for-profit organisation, generously sponsored this year by a noble triumvirate of Petty Son and Prestwich, Edwards Duthie solicitors and THP accountants.

But it only happens because people get involved in staging their own events – and now is the time for you to organise one. That talk you’ve always wanted to give, or that workshop, or play, show or gig. Whatever it is, Fringe organisers can help with venues, advice, and certainly with publicity. With something like this, it’s the more the merrier.

Get in touch through the Wanstead Fringe site , follow it on Facebook or Twitter, or sign up to become a patron of the Fringe at the Patreon crowdfunding site.  As ever, full details of the Fringe will be published here on Wansteadium.

But now is the time to get organising and get in touch.