Leyton

Former Leyton Wetherspoons reopens under new owner as ‘cultural hub’

Its new owners boast they have “created the perfect marriage between music and art”
By Waltham Forest Echo

The Spark House (credit: Full Fat)
The Spark House (credit: Full Fat)

A long-standing Wetherspoons pub in Leyton has reopened as a “cultural and eclectic hub” after a makeover by its new owner.

Now trading as The Spark House, the former Drum pub in Lea Bridge Road promises “the best DJs and vivid digital art installations” to “provide an otherworldly atmosphere for guests”.

The building’s new owner is the Brighton-based Laine Pub Company, which owns 55 pubs across the South East of England, who purchased it from Wetherspoons after it was offered for sale last year.


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The Spark House, formerly The Drum (credit: Full Fat)

Prior to that, The Drum was run by Wetherspoons since the 1980s and was in fact one of its first ever pubs. 

The Spark House team boast that they have “created the perfect marriage between music and art”, showcasing work from visual artist Daisy Dickinson, who has also shown at the Tate Modern.

They add that “customers can tuck into a comforting array of gastropub worthy small plates”, listing examples such as Korean cauliflower bites and chill cheese quesadilla. 

The Spark House is open from noon until 11pm on Sunday to Wednesday, until midnight on Thursday and until 2am on Friday and Saturday.

Find out more on their website here


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