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A Brief Intro to… Waterloo Food Fortnight

Updated: Jan 30



It’s no secret that the UK has one of the best festival scenes out there. But each summer, the race to buy tickets and pay extortionate prices turns Londoners into a FOMO ridden mess. And that’s before the mud, tents and toilets take their toll on the spirit of it all…


So we’re delighted to be part of Waterloo Food Fortnight, the summer festival that everyone can get a taste of.


Run by our local BID, WeAreWaterloo, the ‘Opening Act’ of Food Fortnight will take place on Thursday 27th June from 5pm to 9pm. As Glastonbury festival goers arrive in Somerset, local Londoners will descend on Lower Marsh for a 90s themed street party. A giant screen will play a montage of the best Glasto sets from the 90s as well as a screening of Space Jam. Make-up artists will be on hand to add glitter to faces while retro gaming stations will offer a trip down memory lane. In the DJ area, mid-way down the street, DJ TBX and guest DJ Prime Cuts will cover all genres of 90s music from Brit pop classics to old skool hip hop vibes. At the other end of Lower Marsh, Cubana’s live music stage will provide the perfect soundtrack to their mojito making workshops (the drink they helped introduce to a UK audience in the 90s). Lower Marsh Market traders and Waterloo businesses will be selling street food throughout, providing the perfect accompaniment to the beers served via the Brooklyn Brewery and London Fields Brewery Pop Up bars). For anyone who wants to carry on the party late into the night, there will be three official 90s themed after-parties: Brit Pop vs Hip Hop in the Café Del Marsh garden, Girl Power tunes at Tonight Josephine and Brit Pop at Horse and Stables.


Over 20 other events will take place in the neighbourhood over the following 2 weeks including a panel discussion about Sobriety, bottomless cake and prosecco event, a Malbec tutored tasting, Supper Club style dinner and a Chocolate masterclass. The full line up of activities can be seen here.


Here at Leake Street Arches, Mamuska Polish Bar and Kitchen will be leading several events during Food Fortnight.


On Wednesday 3rd July (6pm to 7.30pm) and Sunday 7th July (2pm to 3.30pm) they will run a Pierogi (Polish Dumpling) Making workshop. Attendees will learn the secrets to making this much loved Polish delicacy.


On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during Food Fortnight, Mamuska will hold Movie Nights, featuring classic old Polish movies. With the Mamuska food menu to hand and some great promotional drinks offers, it’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate with friends and family interested in experiencing Polish culture.


Last but not least, on the two Fridays during Food Fortnight (28th June and 5th July), they will be holding a Potańcówka.Come and experience partying, Polish style! A special offer on Soplica Vodka boards will ensure everyone gets involved in this traditional Polish music and dance party.


Draughts will also be taking part in Waterloo Food Fortnight celebrations by hosting a Beer Tasting night in partnership with Brooklyn Brewery and London Fields Brewery. On Weds 3rd July, a beer tasting expert will be on hand to talk attendees through a variety of tasty beers. The games library featuring over 600 titles, will then be available for guests to choose a selection of board games to play for the night.


So, if you didn’t get a Glasto ticket, stop crying your eyes out and come join us in Waterloo for a 90s infused street party and two weeks of food focused fun! For more information, click here.

Tunnel Rules

London & Continental Railways Limited (LCR), the landlord of Leake Street Arches and the managers of the Leake Street Tunnel, are keen to support the creative community working on Leake Street and ensure that other people in the local area continue to value the contribution that tunnel activities bring to the neighbourhood. These Tunnel Rules are designed to create an enjoyable experience for everyone.

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