Restaurant – Lucky Chip at the Sebright Arms, Bethnal Green
Meat-loving Londoners had already traipsed to a church in Kensal Rise and a Hackney car park in search of the Lucky Chip van and its gourmet burgers and hand-cut chips. So news of a semi-permanent home in east London’s Sebright Arms is very welcome. We’re most excited about the return of El Chapo, an aged beef patty with smoked bacon, blue cheese and jalapenos.
• 31-35 Coate Street, E2, 07795 816355, facebook.com/Luckychip. Open Mon-Thurs 6pm-10pm, Fri, Sat 6pm-11pm, Sun 1pm-5pm
The best view of the Olympic Stadium without hiring a helicopter is from the HQ of London salmon smokers Forman & Son, now a bar, the Maddox Club. A short walk from the stadium, it’s the setting for a slice of riviera life on the banks of the Lee. They’ve already held a few celebrity parties here; the palm trees, beach volleyball and cocktails makes it feel like you’re living it up in St Tropez – until it starts hailing again.
• Forman’s Fish Island, Stour Road, E3, 020-8525 2390, formansfishisland.com/dining-experience/ffi_riviera.html, tickets ?25 in advance, ?35 on the door. Open daily until 12 August 11.30am-2am
We’ve seen plenty of original cinematic pop-ups in London – in boats, in car parks, on a wall of discarded fridges – but for sheer chutzpah you’ve got to admire the people behind Netil House’s Hot Tub Cinema. You might not think Londoners would be up for stripping off on a rooftop and sharing a bath with strangers while watching trashy movies, but the first few screenings were a sell-out. Film to be decided by a Facebook vote.
• Netil House, 1 Westgate Street, E8, hottubcinema.com, from ?22, 4 August
There was no shortage of graffiti here before the Olympics, but none was as classy as the new community project from local creative collective Bread. The Walls Have Ears is a 100-metre long mural celebrating Hackney Wick’s industrial and commercial heritage with long-forgotten logos and company names.
• White Post Lane, E9, the-walls-have-ears.tumblr.com
Ellen Gregory McGrath’s hand-painted illustrations and stationery – a quirky mix of Parisian elegance and Japanese subtlety – are wonderful. She’s reverted to her London roots with Pomp, a pop-up emporium full of stationery and gifts by new designers and vintage finds that’s a stylish antidote to the Union Jack souvenir tat clogging up London’s markets.
• 2 Hoxton Street, N1, 020-7729 6342, anzu.co.uk. Open 25 July-26 August, Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-6pm
Mat Osman and Chloe McCloskey, editors of hip guide Le Cool London (lecool.com)
• This article was amended on 3 August 2012 to credit Bread Collective, the creators of the Walls Have Ears mural.