Haggerston it up

Barge House
The best meal of any weekend has got to be brunch, whether you like it bottomless, seafood based or with a side of entertainment, London has got you covered.

When it comes to Barge House, you definitely need to be craving carbs. Their ‘breakfast in bread’ is the answer to your hangover/hunger pang prayers, so you need to make sure you go there hungry and ready to feast.

And if your hangover isn’t so bad that even the thought of alcohol gives you the fear, then they have three house infused vodka Bloody Marys to quench your thirst.

Address: The Barge House, 46a De Beauvoir Crescent, N1 5RY
Opening hours: Tues-Sat 10am – 11pm, Sun 10am – 5pm

Grimaldi service
Every year you can catch dozens of clowns dressed in their full get-up coming together to pay tribute to Joseph Grimaldi (considered the king of clowns) and there isn’t a big top in sight. Taking place in a local Hackney church, this isn’t your usual clown experience.

Although you can look forward to the fun, jokes and downright crazy that you usually associate with clowns, this is a ‘memorial service’ and since it’s based in a church, so there are some rules.

After the service, the madness continues, with performances by various clowns, which despite being over the age of 5, still managed to make me laugh out loud… more than once.

If after all that you’re not clowned out, you can also visit The Clowns Gallery-Museum. Made up of only two rooms and small ones at that, it probably won’t take you longer than 15 minutes to look round. It houses a collection of photographs, props and costumes worn by some of Britain’s most famous clowns. However, the crowning (or should that be clowning) glory has to be the gallery of eggs, each painted with a clown’s face. It’s an unwritten rule that no two clowns should have the same makeup, so it was clearly decided at some point back in time that this was the most ‘obvious’ way to keep track.

Address: Holy Trinity church, Beechwood Rd, E8 3DY

Draughts
Sick of dragging Monopoly out of the cupboard, every time you fancy a game night? Then you have got to try Draughts, no, not the slightly easier version of chess…London’s first board game cafe.

With over 600 games to choose from, it’s easy to feel a little out of your depth, but the staff are always around to give some words of advice or a helping hand in choosing the right game. When they’re not doing that, they’ll be happy to provide you with enough food and drinks to keep you sustained during your gaming marathon.

Address: 337 Acton Mews, Hackney, E8 4EA
Cost: A gaming session costs £5 per player and lasts up to 4 hours
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs (10am-5pm, 6-11pm), Fri (10am-5pm, 6-12pm), Sat 10am-12pm, Sun 10am-11pm

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