After huge success based in Victoria Park, Paradise Gardens became the opening event for the greatly anticipated London Pleasure Gardens in Newham in 2012.

The two-day, family festival attracted more than 50,000 people and featured live music on the main stage from new pop sensation of Sam and the Womp, Alabama 3, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Dreadzone and Musical Youth.

Outdoor arts and performances, dance, circus, cabaret, a world record attempt for the biggest Hokey Cokey with Ida Barr, as well as the Sillympics, markets, street food and a vintage funfair created a magical and action- packed weekend.

Transforming a derelict space at Pontoon Dock, close to the Excel Centre, the festival celebrated the opening with a pyrotechnic spectacular by The World Famous. Based on ‘Silo D’, a silo remaining from the site’s previous industrial use, the display told the story of the Silo and commemorated the former workers at the site.

Sadly, London Pleasure Gardens is now closed.