The Islander Festival

Summer is in full swing and socialising is well and truly back on the agenda with the launch of the inaugural Islander Festival

After several months of cancelled holidays, postponed weddings and low-key milestone birthdays, getting our social lives back on track is top of the agenda this summer.

To celebrate, London City Island is hosting the debut Islander Festival from 27 June to 10 September. This began with alfresco screenings of every Wimbledon match throughout the tournament, followed by a series of family-friendly blockbuster movie screenings projected on an enormous 15m-square screen for a truly immersive experience and accompanied by gourmet food and drink options.

Summer screenings at London City Island

“The Islander Festival invites the finest gourmet food and drink providers from London City Island”
The Perfect Serve: City Island’s delicious range of food and drink providers will be serving up the ultimate festival feasts

The Islander Festival has invited the finest gourmet food and drink providers from London City Island and further afield to make the events as delicious as they are entertaining.

London City Island’s own artisan chocolate shop, Cartografie, will be serving homemade ice creams, sorbets and popcorn, alongside single-origin iced and hot chocolate drinks, and a twist on the traditional strawberries and cream combo, served with delicious chocolate sauce.

Homestead, the island’s restaurant and deli from MasterChef champion Sven-Hanson Britt, has recently unveiled a plush outdoor terrace and new seasonal menu. Takeaway pizza, burgers, salads and sandwiches will be available from Homestead throughout the festival.

The main pop-up bar at the festival, complete with white picket fence and deck chairs will serve England’s favourite sparkling wine, Nyetimber, along with a selection of organic global wines from Wanderlust Wine.

The Lockdown Room is also serving up seasonal beverages, including Aperol Spritz, ice coffee, craft beer and Pimm’s, with its popup Lockdown Beach Hut.

Another new opening on the Island, coming in September, is Soda & Friends, a modern highball-inspired bar from the mind of prolific drinks writer and businessman Nate Brown. Soda & Friends will be serving fruity homemade highball cocktails in cans to thirsty attendees throughout The Islander Festival.

Read more about Homestead, Cartografie and why London City Island is east London’s new foodie destination on The Islander Journal.

Homestead's outdoor terrace

Food market and live music fun on the island

You will be able to travel around the world without leaving London City Island this summer with our collection of alfresco food markets. In partnership with Urban Food Fest and Ace Events, we will also be running street food markets on the following dates: August 13 and 27, and September 3 and 10. These will be free to attend, include a delectable collection of international cuisine and will also feature live music performances from the likes of singer-songwriter Logan J Parker and Afrobeats superstar Vincent Bugozi.

Starting on Saturday 24 July, open-air music sessions will take place at Hopewell Square once a month, from 4pm- 8pm. Stay tuned for more details of the full line-up coming soon.

The Islander Festival runs from 27 June-10 September. Follow @londoncityislandlife for all the latest news about The Islander Festival and use the hashtag #TheIslanderFestival to share your favourite photos of the festivities and we’ll repost the best pics!


Words by Gemma Billington