The North Star

Comics and comedy in Leytonstone this weekend

Cartoon graphicComics, comedy, community garden, live music, art and theatre and more. Here’s a round up of some of what’s happening in Leytonstone in the next week or so. Please share!

Saturday 23 February, 2.30pm-4.30pm

Comic Lab at Leytonstone Library

Find out how to make your own comic strip with professional cartoonist Steve Marchant. The event is free but you need to book.

Leytonstone Library
6 Church Lane
London, E11 1HG

Saturday 23 February

Laughter Zone at the Luna Lounge

The Luna Lounge’s regular monthly Laughter Zone is on this Saturday, and on Friday they are featuring Silver Hill — acoustic originals and classic covers.

See the Luna Lounge website for their regular programme of events.

Exhibitions at The Stone Space

Waiting – 21 February to 17 March 2013
Fixations – 21 March to 14 April

More information from: The Stone Space Gallery

Coming up next week

Tuesday 26 February

The East Side Jazz Club presents John Altman’s Big Band at The Heathcote Arms

More details:

A busy programme at the Plough and Harrow

Leytonstone’s newest music venue had a busy programme of events next week:


  • Thu 28: Jam Club present Best of Acoustic


  • Fri 1: Another Winter Productions presents Swinging For Mars + Summer Snowmen + Mary Do You Wanna
  • Sat 2: Artery —4 great alternative edgy guitar bands
  • Tue 5: Turn Off Your Television — Variety Open Mic
  • Fri 8: Gerry Byrne (Spectrum Radio) Irish Roadshow DJ session 
  • Sat 9: Get Ploughed Live —Prison Blues + Impossible Things + Loose Joints

Other regular events

Monday nights are Quiz Night at the Red Lion. See the Red Lion website for details of their regular and special events. What’s Cooking has music on Wednesday’s and the 2nd, 4th and 5th Saturday of the month and is now at the Birkbeck Tavern. There’s Live Music on Friday Nights at O’Neill’s and look out for dates for live music at The North Star Sessions.

Sat 2 Mar

491 Community Garden Wake Up And Smell The Flowers

Woodhouse Players Triple Bill

  • Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet
  • A Separate Peace by Tom Stoppard
  • The Book Club of Little Witterington by Joan Greening

Fri 8 and Sat 9 March 2013
Fri 15 and Sat 16 March 2013

Welsh Church Hall

More information and to book: Woodhouse Players website

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Leytonstone Festival, Arts Trail and the Olympic Torch

Leytonstone Arts Trail 2012Festival and Arts Trail

It’s the last weekend of Leytonstone Festival and Leytonstone Arts Trail and there’s still a packed programme of Festival events and art appearing all over the area, not just in the 16 venues taking part but also in people’s windows and gardens.

With the sun reckoned to make a much delayed appearance it promises to be a perfect weekend to enjoy these events.

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Some of the pictures at Norlington Road Studios — it’s worth a visit as there are many more to see. Entry is free.

Do look at the official programmes on the Leytonstone Festival and Leytonstone Arts Trail websites/Facebook pages, however, to check for any last minute updates to the programmes, in case I have missed anything or where you may have to book in advance or numbers may be limited. If you spot an error, please let me know.

The Stone Space is the headquarters for Leytonstone Arts Trail 2012 and is showing samples from over 70 artists. You can collect a Trail Guide from The Stone Space and find out about the venues taking part in this year’s Arts Trail.

London 2012 bannerOlympic torch

The Olympic torch arrives in Waltham Forest this Saturday. It’s not coming to Leytonstone, but will be going along parts of Leyton High Road.

Independent Retailer Month: support your local shops and businesses

Independent Retailer Month poster
July is also Independent Retailer Month, so while you’re out and about in Leytonstone, take the opportunity to support your local shops, cafés and restaurants!

Saturday 21 July

Carlton House Open Day

Aylmer Road

Saturday 21 July

I am Cann Hall, 1948-2012 photography exhibition

The Holly Tree

Saturday 21 July

A leisurely walk around Leytonstone Arts Trail

Meet at Leytonstone Underground (Church Lane side), 11.00am

Saturday 21 July

Leytonstone Calling, live music at The Red Lion

Hip-hop and street art and the London food and ale festival.

Saturday 21 July

The Hot House Quintet

The North Star

Saturday 21 July

Woodhouse Players

The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Welsh Church Hall

Saturday 21 July

Blackhorse and Standard Women’s Morris Dance

St John’s Churchyard

Saturday 21 July

Shaolin Gong Fu City Kung Fu and Tai Chi performances and workshops

The Salvation Army Hall

Sunday 22 July

A celebration of Irish culture, featuring the Jones Boys

The Plough and Harrow

Sunday 22 July

Oh So Funny Comedy Night, starring Mr Alan Davies

The Sheepwalk (ticketed event by email:, say how many tickets you want, if tickets are still available)

Sunday 22 July

Woodhouse Players

The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Welsh Church Hall

Sunday 22 July

I am Cann Hall, 1948-2012 photography exhibition

The Holly Tree

Sunday 22 July

What’s Cookin’ Fifth Annual Summer Picnic

The Birkbeck Tavern

Sunday 22 July

The Choice Standards Trio and Marnie

The North Star

Sunday 22 July

Songs of Praise

Cann Hall and Harrow Green Baptist Church

Further afield

The British Film Institute has a Hitchcock Season this summer

Hitchcock Gallery Leytonstone Tube 1

Check these pages for more information: