I finally made it down the Folly for a Flyover on Sunday afternoon. Lured by rumors of tasty bagels and the chance to hire a row boat on the emerald green canal. The Folly is situated under the A12 flyover – they’ve taken a disused space and created something of a buzzing summer event. As well as the cute café with cuter staff, there is a theatre with plenty of film and theatrical events for kids and adults; mainly showing a gay sci-fi film selection, but also workshops and other intriguing events.

The space has been put to good use- the café and cinema are made up of light wooden bricks balancing on one another around scaffolding creating in what can truly be called a ‘pop-up’.

On Sunday, the bagels were delicious, the coffee good (served through strange cylindrical glass filters) and the boats were great fun. £2 gets you half an hour to slowly paddle down the canal in a wobbly boat with heavy oars. The ear splitting drum n bass sounds of a left over canal-side warehouse party merging with the industrial canal sides viewed from a twee little rowing boat was quite surreal for a Sunday in Hackney!

The 6 week long folly is run by Assemble CIC, the people behind the cinema on Clerkenwell Road’s ugly abandoned garage last year. Get down there for one of their viewings or events, or just have a couple of hours to enjoy the scenery (and bagels, it’s all about the bagels for me).

Photography by Keith Allen / Olenka Gibbs

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