Art for free in Hackney


Your guide to seven days of complimentary culture


King Toadfish and the Al Weather RidersQuirky country-pop band King Toadfish and the All Weather Riders play an uplifting jamming session at The Marie Lloyd Bar. Self-described as a “smorgasbord of sound”, they feature support from Barry “Boy” Roberts on bass and the mightyjo on percussion.
From 8pm – late at the bar in Hackney Empire, 289 Mare Street, E8 1EJ.


The Ratpack and ZombyGlow stick fans can head to a HOW’S MY RAVING? evening for an all-night dancefest with The Ratpack, followed by a portion of Zomby later in the night. Plenty of old and new school rave.
Session goes from 6pm-3am. Cargo, 83 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3AY.

Image courtesy of Mr Scroobs

1950’s Exhibition
Not for those scared of the dentist: a group of artists display a reconstruction of a 1950s dental surgery at the Hackney Museum. Also a range or memorabilia and posters to explore.
Hackney Museum. Runs from 10am – 5pm. 1 Reading Lane E8 1GQ.

Live Music and Comedy
An eclectic night of comedy, live music and interactive games are on offer.
The Globe, Morning Lane, 8pm-late.

Family Day Out

Victorian Day
Families who fancy a blast from the past can head to a Very Victorian Day. Travel back to the 19th century to play games and take part in a lesson from a Dickensian teacher.
Sutton House. 2pm-4pm Homerton High Street, Hackney
London, E9 6JQ.


Experience a good old Hackney knees-up at the Hackney Empire. A whole host of talented folk return the Empire to its roots with some Music Hall rompery.
Hackney Empire. From 4pm-6.30pm. 289 Mare Street, E8 1EJ.


Maureen Younger
Maureen Younger tantalises fans with a fresh comedy act. Joined by upcoming comedians looking to split some sides.
The Marie Lloyd Bar, 289 Mare Street, E8 1EJ. 8pm – 10.30pm.


Imigration Exhibition
Hackney Museum features exciting new displays on the history of immigration to Hackney over the past 1000 years. The museum looks at the stories of some of the amazing range of people that have made their homes here from Saxon times onwards.
Every Tue, Wed, Fri 9:30 am – 5:30 pm; Thu 9:30 AM – 8:00 pm; Sat 10:00 am – 5:00pm


Graffiti Exhibition
Check out renowned graffiti artist Jock McFayden’s gritty Kill Matthew Barney exhibition. 11am-6pm, or by appointment, at The Grey Gallery, Unit 4, Helmsley Place, London Fields. E8 3SB.