On Wednesday night we headed to reopened Dinerama on Great Eastern Street for the ‘We Love Hackney’ campaign launch party, the campaign opposes the councils proposed restriction on late night licensing in the borough, meaning that bars, clubs and music venues would have to stick to a strict 11pm closing time during the week and a midnight curfew at the weekends. As Hackney residents, music lovers and supporters of our local area/businesses it was great to get the chance to meet with like-minded people who all ♥ Hackney!
Owner of Dinerama and co-founder of the We Love Hackney campaign Henry Dimbleby spoke at the launch event saying: “I helped set up this venue. I am a Hackney resident of 16 years, and I have seen Hackney over that time turn into the most creative and exciting borough in this amazing Metropolis of ours. We were shocked and upset about the council’s proposal to change licensing rules. They do not consider music and dance venues to be appropriate”.
The campaign and the local council committee have just agreed to listen to the opinions of those that object to the new laws meaning a consultation will take place in a few months time.
We had a great time at the launch party trying the amazing pulled pork from Smokestak and sampling far too many tasty cocktails, the only downside being that we missed trying a You Doughnut before their supplies ran out, so I guess we’ll just have to pay Dinerama another visit. We even had a chat with local Hackney boy Professor Green who was fully behind the campaign. If you want to show your love for Hackney and London’s night-life scene in general sign-up on their website http://www.welovehackney.org/ and use the NotConsideredAppropriate hashtag on social media.
Here’s some pics from the launch party!