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Introducing Plaistow Village

Introducing PLAISTOW VILLAGE… Yes, Really.

Last week, we found an Instagram account called @PlaistowVillage and it took us rather by surprise (if it’s your instagram account, give us a shout and let us know if we missed anything). Shocked at having left the Plaistow stones uncovered for so long, we popped on our explorer boots and brushed up on what’s what in E13….

Turns out poor ole Plaistow often gets overshadowed by its shinier bouncier siblings. East Ham, West Ham and Stratford have all been known to take the credit for a Plaistow-ian gem  or two, so we’re here to set the record straight.  Scroll down to discover our best picks for Plaistow.

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THINGS TO DO

Baby friendly Newham

East Ham is a haven for new families; good primary schools, an abundance of parks and relatively low house prices (for London) are all good reasons for newbie parents to make the journey further east and become E6 explorers. This and the fact that East Ham has an utterly amazing kiddie friendly community of parents, volunteers and council led schemes that provide a wonderful local support network. Yep, East Ham is a winner when it comes to small people; from council led Children’s Centres and NCT meet ups, to a 250 strong What’sApp group of mums chatting parenting, babies, boobs and the state of the UK. All that, topped off with a few solid family friendly cafes means East Ham has everything you need to bring a new tiny human into the world. Continue Reading

E6 NEWS, FOOD & DRINK

The Erstwhile Parrot Coffee House, Upton Park

Another Coffee shop, I hear you say? It’s Upton Park’s turn to get a new and awesome coffee house, making this a fabulous February for all Far Easties. This month started with the long-awaited opening of the Red Lion pub on High Street South, then the Evening Standard bigged up East Ham in their property section and now comes the The Erstwhile Parrot Coffee House. The official opening day is Saturday 24 February, but East Blam were allowed in to snoop around and get you the scoop. #undercoverjournalismyeah

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FOOD & DRINK

D&D Patisserie, High Street South

East Ham coffee shops are apparently like buses: you wait around for ages and then three come along at once!

It’s true, our little corner of East Ham South has gone from no coffee shops to THREE in a few short months. We have Parkside Cafe now serving a mean Latte ( the addition of plants means we have upgraded it from ‘cafe’ to ‘coffee shop’), we have the Larder in Central Park and now the newest: D&D Patisserie. Continue Reading

THINGS TO DO

The lean green jumping machine (AKA Flip Out, E6)

Trampolines: Check.
Lasers: Check.
Ninja challenge: Check.
Soft play: Check.
Post industrial 90’s interior in an old Art Deco theatre: Check.
Banging tunes: Check.
Glow in the dark socks: Check.
Great cafe: Check.

You may have guessed but we are talking about newly opened Flip Out, E6. Yep, finally that beautiful old theatre on the barking road has been turned into something, um, useful (if by useful you mean chaotic crazy fun with a side of FUN).

Kids will love it. Grown ups will pretend not to love it, but by the end will be racing to the top of the death slide just the same. It’s an ace morning out, and has something for everyone. Continue Reading

E6 NEWS, THINGS TO DO

Fancy a musical rendezvous with lil’ ole’ EastBlam?

We are having a shindig! Oh yes, we are!

EastBlam have teamed up with the lovely AppleCart Cafe (you all follow us avidly of course, and therefore read our last article on them. If you need a refresher, have a peek here) and will be holding an electrical evening of country and blues music at their fine venue on 12th August.

We intent to have local beer provided by Silvertown’s very own Husk Brewery; local bands, including the lovely LJA Brown  and Newhams only best country band, the Newham Country Club; and hopefully some local people (errr, that’s you, guys). All that packaged up nicely in the rustic AppleCart setting… So get it in your diary now, in RED PEN! Continue Reading

E6 NEWS, FURTHER AFIELD, THINGS TO DO

Easterndrifts top 5 photo worthy spots in Newham

OMG, This is our first GUEST POST! (Excitedly hops up and down!).

East Blam would like to welcome the most fabulous Dan Stevens:- Fellow blogger (easterndrifts.com), Far East{London} explorer, photographer and general knower of interesting historical things and he is going to tell you lovely folks a thing or two about the best spots in Newham to grab an instagram classic. If you are a proper photographer, by all means get your aperture and white balance on too and if you snap a timeless classic, tag us in on Facebook or Instagram for a cheeky share or two #eastham #lovenewham #gothashtagsonmyhashtags. Scroll on MacDuff, as we let Dan take it from here. Continue Reading

FOOD & DRINK, HOME GROWN TALENT

Cocoa Bocoa: East Ham’s own artisan chocolatier

First there was the good enough to eat instagram feed – all brightly coloured yummy looking choccie’s covered in sparkles and rose petals and pretty things and hashtagged as #eastham. We used the heart eyed emoji to respond (Natch). Then there was the surprise encounter at the last Greatfield Market with a stall selling beautifully crafted chocolates. All these clues point to one thing… ARTISAN CHOCOLATE MADE IN EAST HAM!

That’s right, E6 now has its very own artisan chocolatier selling online and at local markets…. East Blam caught up with Cocoa Bocoa to talk East Ham hang outs (The Grill, on High Street North gets a thumbs up), Sustainable cocoa, the  best chocolate to have with your coffee and flavour combinations that have been quite literally dreamt up. We also got taste a few of their favourite flavours too. Market research, we assure you, dear readers… we only do it for the story #properjournalists.

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FOOD & DRINK

Done with your Detox? Time for a takeaway from Squires African Restaurant

The detox done and we made it to payday… That makes it officially time for a celebratory takeaway! We tried Squires Restaurant, on Barking Road back in December, and now the predictably abstemious January is done, it seems like the perfect time to tell you all about it!

Squires is a West African restaurant in East Ham South. The website says ‘West African home-style food with a Nigerian influence’ so you can find all the usual Nigerian favourites on the menu (the Pepper soup was a winner) and it makes a refreshing change from the sea of South Indian eating options in East Ham and Upton Park. They have restaurants in East Ham, Canning Town, Dagenham and Grays, Essex. Continue Reading