The doodle bar

This Battersea bar encourages punters to scribble on the walls with big fat marker pens and also hosts regular life drawing classes with cocktails. Next class is May 7 and costs £12. Be there at 7pm for an 8pm start.  

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Dreambagsjaguarshoes, named after the two stores the bar used to be, is a Shoreditch institution, with a different exhibition taking over the venue every six to eight weeks. It also hosts Sunday markets and art fairs.      

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Approach Tavern 

A Bethnal Green boozer with an art gallery upstairs, you can gather round the bar for beers and pub grub with the arty boho clientele, before dipping into higher-minded pursuits upstairs and browsing the installations.