This is a sponsored inclusion on behalf of The Spark House.
You don't often come across an old-school English pub that's undergone as creative a transformation as The Spark House.
From the outside, it might look like it's had a fairly conventional (if remarkably well-executed) glow-up — think fairy lights, a foliage-strewn terrace, and an elegant blue-grey paint job. But step through the door of this east London watering hole (or just wait till it gets dark), and you'll discover an otherworldly haven of art and music.
Located on Leyton's Lea Bridge Road — just on the cusp of Walthamstow — The Spark House, which is part of the Laine Pub Company, has fast established itself as a hotspot for local creatives.
Its raw, industrial-feel interior provides the perfect backdrop for an array of light sculptures and multi-sensory digital installations by some phenomenal local artists (expect wizardry involving tape machines, reels, loops and moving photography). This includes work by the likes of Sapphire Goss, Karel Doing, and Daisy Dickenson, who has previously been exhibited at the Tate Modern and the BFI London Film Festival.
For those looking to really let their hair down, there are regular electronic DJ sets — Lumieux, Rupert Ellis and Azire are just some of the names featured on The Spark House's colourful event programme, at the time of writing.
Oh, and in case you fancy a bit of late-night revelry, it's open to 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.
If you're after a more chilled-out pub experience, know that, in addition to its roof terrace, The Spark House boasts an absolute beauty of a beer garden, complete with cabins to shelter you from the elements if needed. Ideal for enjoying a Sunday Roast, a sharing platter, or a selection of gastro-worthy small plates (we'll have the Korean cauliflower bites, please).
And to drink? It's got to be a craft pint or two from Laine Pub Company's own kegs (wine and spirits, are available too, obvs).
The Spark House, Leyton.