As so often happens in east London, what was once a derelict, disheveled car scrap yard is now a blooming lovely, arty chill out spot. After undergoing an extreme makeover turning tyres into plant pots and a caravan into a stately home (yes, really), Breaker’s Yard now offers visitors a zen-like space and art installations.
Dream team Daniel Lobb (an award-winning artist), Deborah Curtis and Gavin Turk (both from The House of Fairy Tales) joined forces to create Breaker’s Yard at Sutton House. It opens today (August 12) and will be running a learning programme aimed at engaging families and inspiring local kids.
Pieces of the yard’s history have been preserved and regenerated, such as a 1970s caravan turned stately home and an art deco ice cream van turned greenhouse. There’s also an edible garden and some incredibly cool sounding metal gates made from over 1,000 toy cars which were donated by artists, locals and celebrities.
It’s so great even Boris Johnson has been for a nose around. Check him out attempting to be green fingered in his fetching purple gardening gloves (matched with his shirt).
Adults £3, children £1. Breaker’s Yard, Sutton House, 2-4 Homerton High St, Hackney, E9 6JQ.