Crafted Blues and Beer

A wave of music is swelling at Surrey Quays and Canada Water by Owen Rice

Atmospheric Blues at Leadbellys, photo by Sophie Murray-Morris.

When the Busking Blues sessions were recently launched at Leadbellys Canada Water Plaza nobody could have guessed they would so quickly become the showcase of London’s musical talent that they have, with bookings set for December that include

December 7th – Joe Strouzer
December 14th – The Cosimo Matassa Project Trio (festive New Orleans R&B party)
December 21st – Steve Morrison

The music scene at the venue is co-ordinated by veteran hosts Superglad and, believe me, there’s quite a craft in what they do; shaping the right mix of performers with the location. But the management at Leadbellys also deserve a round of applause for making the space and time for musicians and singers to entertain the regulars there.

As Lara at the bar recently said, “because Thursday’s are the new Friday’s we’re planning an ‘Xmas Blues Party’ on Thursday the 14th of December. We’re tweaking our regular ‘Busking Blues’ session into a festive New Orleans R&B Party with The Cosimo Matassa Project Trio.”

The Cosimo Matassa Project are a seriously good outfit so the people of Canada Water Plaza are set for a treat, to be sure. Having said that, anyone who was there in November to see Dai Price playing solo will already know why Leadbellys is getting a reputation for all the best reasons.

The proud arrival of locally made craft beers

The other craft celebrated at the bar is beer. Not so much the craft of making it, but the art and practice of enjoying Craft Beer. With a dedicated Craft Beer Week (30th November-7th December), there are all sorts of benefits to taking part. From a crafty Burger and Beer deal to winning a brewery tour round Fourpure, a local craft beer company in Bermondsey.

Deal Porter Square
Canada Water
SE16 7AQ
t: 020 3805 5372

“Apfelstrusel”, skip dessert and head straight to this beauty, our twist on a German classic.



Think festive, think lederhosen, think apple strudel. Your perfect winter warmer, like liquid happiness. We defy you to not raise a smile once consumed!

Rum, Frangelico, Cinnamon and Winter Spices.

Served shaken, in a coup glass, with Star Anise.

A bar tender who is busy mixing your next one as you enjoy the first.

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