Previously a commercial launderette, The Mangle has ditched the dirty socks and Daz to become a dynamic creative and party space. Boasting a 720 capacity event space, canteen/bar and a variety of music and art spaces, this place is a buzzing Hackney hub.
The much loved brainchild of Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien, all the spaces are intended to get the creative juices flowing. A distinctly warehouse-y vibe harks back to the site's less glamorous former existence. However, it has been re-incarnated with consummate style. The canteen/bar is more chicly stark brasserie than school dinners. Lights dangle from the exposed ceiling, the tables are scrubbed, wood and the occasional well placed fern adds some vibrancy. Surprisingly, the effect is inviting and comfortable as well as cool. Venture downstairs and you'll find a raw basement space that has hosted the likes of Joy Orbison.
After all that creative productivity (or plain old revelry) you're sure to be a bit peckish. Fill your boots with strong lunch options such as beef and wild mushroom pie served with buttered peas (£8.50) or spag bol (£6.50). Wet your whistle on beverages from Square Root London and peruse the extensive cake selection with pure delight.
A word from the chef:
A selection of reasonably priced hearty Bristish classics like kedgeree, scotch eggs and braised artichokes. For dinner, try the salt and spice roasted pork belly at £13.50. Brunch is a big thing here, so make sure you come down for a mid morning feast.
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