Sips on the Canal
So you may or may not have gathered but I am a little bit of a fan of the London hunt. What I am more of a fan of is when somebody else suggests a place to explore. Better yet, when I haven’t heard of said place. This exact chain of events occurred a few weekends ago and is what led me to The Proud Archivist in Haggerston.
After a tiny jaunt down the canal we arrived at our destination, a collaboration of restaurant, gallery, bar and events space overlooking the water. How can you not be drawn in here?! With the evening light pouring in through the window there was really no way we were going anywhere else!
At the bar we were served by a cheery beard after a little umming and ahhing due to being presented with all the perfectly arranged options you see below. Overwhelming much?!
To our right lay the restaurant with the tables retaining an air of semi-permanence that seemed appropriate since the stairs on the right led to a constantly changing gallery space where photographs and prints were hanging on display for sale.
To our left was a large illuminated wall space which we couldn't help but be drawn to like moths to a flame and decided to make it our home for the time being.
The intriguing photo/ light/ projected installations fixed to the walls provided much to talk about (come on, who doesn’t love a good old bit of visual aid)!
A rainbow with an afro casually sauntered past our table followed by wigs and beards galore .. apparently we had missed the memo, later discovering that a performance of the Crucifixion (or a loose version of) was taking place in the room next door... an Easter overflow perhaps?! We chose to focus on the psychedelia around us and pretend everything was as normal as ever..
Drinks drunk, we tipped our caps to the skull in the cage and crossed over to the restaurant to satisfy the oncoming rumbles.
Menus presented on clipboards were placed in front of us and we were confronted with the irritating struggle of wanting everything.
There is so much going on at the Proud Archivist ranging from theatre productions and book launches to 'sexy yoga'... I also imagine they are hugely open to any manner of suggestion and are committed to supporting the local community so if you have a bright idea, send it their way! They've also made it nice and simple with their life sized clipboard calendar to help everyone on the way to a better planned and consequently a more fun life (I'm totally on board with organised fun)!