The completed olympic stadium across the river from Hackney Wick
Local artists opened their studios and exhibited work in pop-up spaces. There was a feast of multicultural food and drink stalls and craft market stalls lined the curbs. Live music filled the air and booze-happy revelers partied into the balmy night.
The river, coated in green algae, provided cool respite for some daring swimmers and played host to a Coracle Regatta. Courageous volunteers raced across the river in the tiny bowl-shaped vessels, many capsizing into the water, drawing a crowd of cheering spectators on both banks.
The Coracle Regatta on the River Lea
Folly for a Flyover under the A12 in Hackney Wick
As we wandered back towards home we stopped for some shade and refreshments at Folly For A Flyover, a temporary building (café) hand-built using reclaimed wood from the area underneath the graffiti-adorned east and westbound flyover of the A12. The folly was constructed in June and will soon be dismantled, so it's worth a visit to a catch film, workshop, boat trip or a snack before it disappears!
Continuing homeward we reflected on our enjoyment of a sunny, hot and truly Hackney weekend!