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REVIEW: Institute Of Light, London Fields

REVIEW: Institute Of Light, London Fields

Londoners are time poor, so any new venue offering two, three or even four things in one go often gets a thumbs up from us.

Not just any old things, mind – top quality entertainment and food with a hint of cool. And from somewhere exotic and unexplored, even better.

WHERE? Welcome, then, to the Institute Of Light – a raw little space under the arches in London Fields, where a fun new venue seems to spring up (and then woefully, disappear) every other week.

WHAT? It’s a an art-house repertory cinema; a vinyl record store; a beautiful Brazilian restaurant and bar; coffee shop *and* bookshop. Phew. They’ve partnered with renowned Brazilian event organisers MargoCamilo to launch ‘Rio Boteco’ – a contemporary pop up take on the Brazilian “corner shop pub”. We sampled the upscaled menu of traditional tapas and street food, alongside a fusion of traditional Brazilian comfort dishes. Think amazing cachaça cocktails and drinks from local, artisan distilleries and breweries.

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WHY? To sample proper comfort food that didn’t come from your mum’s kitchen (the slow-cooked short ribs on the bone with cassava gratin & watercress is one of the richest, most decadent dishes we’ve ever eaten), then watch an awesome classic movie (everything from Jerry Maguire to Blades Of Glory via City of God), hear new music, read new books and make new friends, in a venue so tucked away it feels like your little secret.

HOW MUCH? Cinedining tickets £9, regular seats £6. Starters in the restaurant start from £6-9, mains £9-£16.50.

ADDRESS: Arch 376, 10 Helmsley Place, London, E8 3SB


Amy Everett is FashionBite's food and travel editor, she also writes for national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian Travel, Stylist, Shortlist, Red, Cosmopolitan and more.

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