Show & Tell with Anorak Mag on East London

July 21, 2012 0 comment

Todays’ interview is triple-excitement. Not only it features Anorak Magazine, literally the first & most interesting/educational/artsy children’s magazine in the world (out 5 times p.a., for 6-12 years old with an English, a French and a German version, distributed all over the world), but it’s also about East London where the excitement is building up ahead of next Friday’s Olympics Opening and last but not least, it’s Cathy’s son Oscar – 10 years old – who is interviewed, sharing his faves in his favourite hood, with his own photos. So if you’re heading to sunny London next week – yes, they promised the sun & a mini heat wave too for the Olympics – take notes. Cheers Oscar…Cheers mates!


I am Cathy Olmedillas, the founding editor of Anorak Magazine. My son Oscar was born in the East End ten years ago. He is a proper London boy, even though his roots are a mixture of Spanish, Italian and French. During the Jubilee celebrations, I asked him whether he felt British and his answer was clear: “I don’t feel British, that’s too posh. I am an East End boy, that’s all.” So when Vanessa asked me to describe our beloved neighbourhood, I thought he would be better suited to explain why we love it so much.

You can cycle all around Hackney, it’s fun. First place to go, if you like old toys, is the Museum of Childhood , I spent my childhood there (photo below, here’s the link on how to get there).

After that, cycle down to Victoria Park where you can eat a nice full English breakfast at the Pavilion and even go on a pedalo around the lake. You can also see some amazing skills at the skateboard park there or just have fun in the play area. Then I recommend Hackney City Farm, where the big piggies are really funny. They sleep a lot. The donkeys are cute. The chickens make funny noises and if you are lucky, you can even see sheep shearing. The farm café makes delicious ice creams.


Next to the farm, you have the BMX track, which is great if you are adventurous and don’t mind a couple of grazes. Always wear a helmet if you are riding there.

Then you can cycle down to Lock 7, it’s a nice café where they make delicious muffins in all flavours and they fix your bike too if you need.

On a Saturday, two minutes away from that you have Broadway Market, they sell tons of stuff there, like great cupcakes & pork sandwiches: all you need for lunch and happiness.

In Broadway Market you have a Fish and Chips restaurant which sells the best gelato, they come straight from Italy and we have one after school when the sun shines. Regents Canal is a nice place to cycle or walk even though the water is filthy, it has bikes at the bottom and lots of moss.

If you are still hungry, go to the thai restaurant Busaba in Old Street and order the calamari, it’s so good you won’t regret it.


If you wanted to go somewhere outside London for a day out, go to Liverpool Street Station and take a train to Mountfitchet Castle. I love it because I love history. There, it teaches you stuff by making you laugh because they have some weird dummies in the medieval village. And it has beautiful peacocks.

Enjoy Hackney!”


You’ll see on Anorak’s website that it’s actually more than a magazine. Anorak Press (the edition house behind the magazine) publishes fun colouring books, beautiful London postcards, a special issue of jokes in French etc etc..Even an iPhone app. (which Marcelo and Amalya have been playing with endlessly in the Eurostar!) and soon to come, Anorak TV, a promising app for iPad showcasing creative programs. Stay tuned, and subscribe here.

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