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Follow Your Heart . . . to Hackney

  • Poster 460 Hackney Road London, England, E2 9EG United Kingdom (map)

About the event

Our guests passed under the neon heart which sits over the doorway of this gorgeous venue to find the tables not only laid with the usual napkins and flowers but also with Board Games. We started early and set about mastering BackGammon, Sorry!, Geo Bingo, Impossipuzzle and many more. It was a great ice breaker and had actually been suggested by one of our guests Nick, from the Carers Network. Great call Nick!

Poster seats 60 and 20 of our guests were from Oaktree Capital who came as part of their 'Community Matters' programme. They came armed with games, enthusiasm and open hearts and like our regular guests they entered into the spirit of Mike's Table, happily dining and chatting with people they probably would never normally meet. The atmosphere was buzzing, conversations heated and fun, new friendships were formed. It was great.


Sweet Potato, Coriander & Feta Mini Frittata on Mixed Leaves

or Smoked Mackerel & Feta Pate with Pickled Radish

Pan-Fried Garlic & Paprika Tofu or Handmade Hampstead Chipolata's served on Italian Panzanella Salad

Orange Marmalade Pudding with Citrus Yogurt

Our Volunteer Team

Chefs: Sophie, Andi & Daniel

Sous Chefs: Alan, Matt & Claire

Front of House: Eve, T, Mandy, Steve & Louise

Our Partners

Margins at Union Chapel

Prisoners Abroad

Riverside Supported Housing

Carers Network

CGL (Care Grow Live)

Food Partners:

Roni's Bakery

Hampstead Butcher & Providore


And special thanks to Elizabeth Cosby (Oaktree Capital) and to Tano & Diego at Poster

Kind Words

"Another great night at Mike's table. I was greeted at the door with a big hug, like I was the long lost Prodigal son. That set the tone for a night of making friends, kindness and inclusion. We all had interesting tales to tell. I shared my table with 2 journalists, a property developer and a young man best described as a free spirit."

"I can’t thank you enough for letting Oaktree be a part of this wonderful event."

"Just wanted to send a big thank you from myself and all of our residents who attended yesterday! We all had such a great time."

Earlier Event: July 1
Mary's Table
Later Event: September 21
Yoga Brunch