Live music, festivities, film… and now food. We didn’t think the East London live music hub had much room left for improvement, but, by adding dining to its already impressive list of services, Oval Space has found a way.
Freshly launched this summer, the space’s terrace programme gives punters ample opportunity to drink, dance and dine, all within the secluded confines of a light-flooded urban oasis. Nestled amongst East London’s gritty industrial cityscape, the terrace boasts vistas that are sure to inspire any concrete jungle enthusiast: Bethnal Green’s vast decommissioned gasworks serve as the backdrop to this plant-filled, wooden decking clad city sun-trap.
The recently rolled out menu centres around super fresh and sharing-friendly small plates, presented with finesse, but far removed from pretentious. It’s been carefully curated for the venue by newly appointed chef, Oded Oren, whose previous residencies include legendary pie and eel shop, F. Cooke, as well as Bethnal Green’s Common Café. Oren brings with him his signature style of traditional Mediterranean cooking spiced up with an Israeli twist.
The evolving menu selection includes such eclectic dishes as sea bream tartar with roasted tomatoes and avocado; grilled cauliflower steak with labneh and preserved lemons; beef prime rib with salsa verde; chargrilled octopus with harissa; and monkfish tail with seasonal tomatoes. You can also expect to see house-made dips and breads, as well as mouth-watering kebabs and loaded pita plates that serve as the perfect accompaniment to an al fresco craft ale or cocktail.
Every Tuesday throughout summer, the terrace will also be metamorphosing into an open-air movie theatre as part of Oval Space Cinema’s immersive Summer Trip series. The aim is to transport visitors, week by week, to a different holiday destination, all by way of film.
Recline into a deckchair with an Aperol Spritz to enjoy screenings of location-centric classics like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Vicky Cristina Barcelona and The Darjeeling Limited. Each destination will also feature specially themed cocktails, with Oren’s delectable nibbles available throughout.
And not forgetting Oval Space’s roots as a vital London music venue, the party-spot will be calling on its extended network of musical compadres to provide the essential audio backdrop throughout the season. Phonica Records, Percolate, Turf, The Heavenly Jukebox, Earth Agency, Sunday Club, Little Big Agency and Mermaids are all scheduled contribute to the space’s summer soundtrack. And on select Wednesdays, Boiler Room will hijack the terrace for a very special mini series, inviting a different curator each week to programme artists of their choice.
It’s hard for us to hate on anywhere that doles up top-notch food with a side of live music and lashings of cinematic escapism, and with the addition of eats set to excite newcomers as well as longstanding devotees of the venue, you really have no reason not to make this high-rise haunt a summer staple.