Here East's canal-side dining hotspot opens on 11 June

Independent restaurants, cafes, bars and shops open in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

A NEW retail site by the River Lea in the Olympic Park is attracting a host of exciting, local, independent businesses.

Called Canalside, the site forms part of Hear East, a campus for creative and digital industries that is being created from the former London 2012 Games press centre. Canalside has been designed to provide a choice of independent restaurants, cafes, bars and shops for those working at Hear East, as well as visitors to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

For the official launch day, on Saturday, 11 June, there will be live music, free demonstrations and workshops, including 3D printing chocolate, vermouth tasting and foraging.

Among the first wave of 12 London-based retailers to move into the green, canal-side strip is Shane’s, the seasonal British restaurant that first opened in Chatsworth Road in 2012. Their second outpost ‘Shane’s on Canalside’ will focus on locally sourced ingredients, some even coming from as close by as Hackney Marshes.

Other independent retailers opening in June include The Breakfast Club, Randy's Wing Bar, Gotto Trattoria, Mason & Company and The Bicycle Man.

Alongside landscaped gardens, and both indoor and outdoor seating, Canalside will also have its own urban orchard from which the restaurants' chefs will be able to source fresh produce.