New pop-up venue Fairground hits Haggerston

10 weeks of food, views and music at three-story office block

TAKING over three floors of an empty office block in Haggerston is a new pop-up designed to fill the minds, bellies and souls of visitors every weekend for 10 weeks.

Fairground is the brainchild of Dominic Cools-Lartigue, a resident of Hackney and founder of open air food market Street Feast and its indoor successor Hawker House.

Floor one will hold a main bar and event space, hosting Saturday take-overs by Run Dem Crew, Love Bullets, Field Day and many more. Sundays will feature live music from both new and established artists.

Floor two has the Grandad lounge, a creative hang-out space set to showcase inspirational guest speakers, workshops, talks and interviews. The launch weekend, over 12 and 13 April, covers topics including ‘sustainability for our creative lives’ followed by a masterclass on 'how to start a movement' from EDL-baiting online activists English Disco Lovers.

The top floor will be transformed into the Fairground Diner, a restaurant with a constantly changing roster of chefs. And on the floors below, guests will get to taste many of Street Feast’s greatest foodie hits.

The opening weekend marks Thai New Year, Songkran, with some brand new dishes from the likes of Nahm’s Andy Oliver, with Som Saa and Yum Jungle serving up some appetising Thai fried chicken.

Fairground launches on 12 April, at 260-264 Kingsland Road, Haggerston, E8 4DG. Free entry.