'Win for Valentines' by David Shand, image courtesy of Print Club London

10 Ways to Get Some Culture This April

Written by: Violet Myers

It’s nine o clock on a Friday and you’re parked on the sofa, Dorito in hand, farting into your Spiderman onesie. Haven’t you already seen this episode of ‘Don’t Tell the Bride’? Remind me again why you spend 70% of your earnings on rent so you can stay in? This is London baby and conceptual artists are the cities greatest pests, third only to rats and people mispronouncing the word Southwark. The place is crawling with culture and it’s yours for the taking. Telly off, bra on, it’s time to get civilised.

‘Hung up Ripped Off’ @ Atom Gallery

Atom Gallery, 77 Stroud Green Road, N4 3EG
Until the April 2nd

David Shand presents a small selection of his ‘Hung up Ripped off’ series inspired by the decaying billboards of tube stations. The images are striking, colourful and raw. (FREE)

‘A Public Resource’ @ Cubitt Art Gallery
Cubitt Gallery, 8 Angel Mews, N1 9HH
April 2nd, 2:00 – 6pm

Cubitt Art Gallery presents a day of discussion, with topics ranging from black activism, feminism, social housing and gentrification. Each talk lasts 50 minutes, or clear your Saturday and prepare for a whole day of knowledge. (FREE)

‘Couple in a Hole’ @ ArtHouse
 Crouch End
ArtHouse Crouch End, 159A Tottenham Lane, N8 9BT

April 8th, 6pm

A one off showing of Belgian born filmmaker Tom Geen’s dark thriller about a middle aged couple who, after renouncing civilisation, move into a cave in the middle of the woods. Mondays, am I right?! (£11)

'Around the World' Mark Powell, image courtesy of The Hang Up Gallery

‘Rear Window’ @ The Screen on the Green
The Screen on the Green, 83 Upper St, N1 0NU
April 9th, 11pm

Enjoy one of Hitchcock’s classics at one of Screen on the Green’s popular late night showings. Featuring a new cocktail menu inspired by the film’s New York setting. (£10)

‘Anthropology’ @ Hang-Up Gallery
Hang-Up Gallery, 81 Stoke Newington Road, N16 8AD
Until April 10th

Mark Powell returns to Hang-Up Gallery to present an exclusive collection of his beautifully intricate ink and biro drawings. (FREE)

‘Smoke and Mirrors’ @ Jacksons Lane
Jacksons Lane, 269a Archway Road, N6 5AA
April 19th – 23rd, 8pm

Acrobatic duo The Ricochet Project treat their audience to a night of mesmerising contemporary circus, aerial, dance and trapeze. This is one circus not to treat the kids to as the performance features adult themes and lots and lots of bare boobies. (£14.95)

‘Girls, Girls, Girls’ @ Union Chapel
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, N1 2UN
April 28th, 7pm

An all female music night that campaigns to put a global end to FGM worldwide. The event is to raise awareness and funds for FGM charity Orchid. (£10)

Scene from 'King of Ubu', image courtesy of Camden Art's Centre

‘Rikuzentakata’ @ Central Saint Martins

Central Saint Martins, Granary Building, N1C 4AA
Until April 20th

Featuring the work of emerging artistic duo Natsumi Seo & Haruka Komori and high profile Japanese photographer Naoya Hatakeyama, the photography exhibition explores the area of Rikuzentakata, the town that was swept away in the 2012 Tsunami. (FREE)

Franciszka & Stefan Themerson Books Camera, Ubu @ Camden Arts Centre

Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, NW3 6DG
All throughout April

In an exhibition exploring the Polish experimental filmmakers’ film practise, their use of puppetry, stage design and comic strips. A celebration of the duo’s extremely inventive and original careers. (FREE)

'The Privilege', image courtesy of The Camden People's Theatre

‘The Privileged’ @ Camden People’s Theatre
Camden People’s Theatre 58-60 Hampstead Rd, Kings Cross,  NW1 2PY
April 12th – 16th, 9pm

A playful, solo participatory performance event that explores race, community and identity. The event includes an after performance discussion and male nudity, wahey! (£12)

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Top 4 'Christmas is just a bad excuse for a' Winter Markets

By gum there are a lot of winter markets this year. Fueled by sickly sweet mulled wine and overpriced pulled pork sliders, we’ve managed to wade our way through the murky waters of winter markets and find some decent looking ones round this here part of town. Don’t let our Grinch-esq vibes put you off (I’m more of a Pancake Day person myself) because, if you’re into markets, you’ll probably like these. Read on, if you’re merrier than us.

The Vinteriors team and Mary le Comte at Moseyhome in Finsbury Park, North London for 'Style My Shop'.

Style My Shop: Vinterior x Moseyhome

Take a short walk along Finsbury Park’s own sunset strip and you’ll find MoseyHome, an interiors retailer and styling consultancy who have invited us to collaborate with them on an exciting new series titled 'Style My Shop', in which they invite some of London's most talented interiors experts to quite literally style their shop. Interiors porn at it's finest.

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Top Five "It's That Time Of Year Again" Things To Do This Winter

Why was the snowman sad? Because he had a meltdown. Much like us, every year, when winter comes. It’s cold, it’s dark, and we know Christmas is on its way. But hey, it’s not all bad – the events round this time of year can be pretty swell. So don your scarf-shawl-blanket and get your frolic on, it’s time for fairy lights, scarfing mulled wine and stuffing your face!

Hand feeling colourful splashes of artwork at Smith and Sinclair Flavour Gallery
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Suck it at The Flavour Gallery

Touch, taste, smell, hear and create art. Smith & Sinclair, purveyors of the Edible Cocktail, presents The Flavour Gallery: a multi-sensory adventure that’ll seduce your senses and tickle your taste buds beyond all imagination. Ooh matron!

Hodgepodge on Crouch Hill, North London. New restaurant opening November 2017
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New Opening: Hodgepodge Crouch Hill

Offering modern British cuisine with a smokey twist, Crouch Hill's newest contender to its foodie scene, Hodge Podge, is all minimal styling and hearty yet inventive dishes.

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Top 4 ‘Eat, drink and be scary’ All Hallows haunts

Brush the cobwebs off your sexy banana costume; it’s that time of year to make a tit of yourself in fancy dress again. We’ve rounded up the most spine-chilling Halloween happenings in North London and, trust us, they sound horrendous. Be afraid, be very afraid.

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The Moroccan Medina at The Queen of Hoxton Rooftop

God bless the Queen... of Hoxton. Or, more specifically, their rooftop - which happens to be one of our favourites in this here city of London. These guys are well known for creating beautiful, seasonal pop-ups which have included the Nordic Viking themed 'Skye Halla' and the Neverland inspired 'Bangarang'. This winter make way for 'The Moroccan Medina', a sky high hideaway inspired by the romanticism of the beguiling ancient city of Marrakesh.

Mento, floristry cafe in finsbury park, North London
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Mento: Flowers and Coffee

Next time you need a caffeine hit why not take it from a cup brewed from Jamaican beans grown under a canopy of rainforest-preserving trees, whilst eating a home made vegan banana bread as you sit among an array of sweetly scented blooms. Welcome to Mento, Finsbury Park.

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Pilgrim: A Unique Spanish Pop-up Dining Experience

Pilgrim, the newest kid to Hackney's pop-up scene, is a unique dining experience inspired by the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. This six course tasting menu includes regional dishes with a contemporary twist not yet seen before in London.

Amelia Donkor as Rose standing in shadow behind Ian McDiarmid as Enoch Powell holding speech at Park Theatre

Theatre: What Shadows

Recent times have seen an unnerving surge in right-wing politics. President Trump’s campaign to ‘make America great again’ saw him make the audacious promise to ‘build a wall’. France saw the uneasy ascent of Marine Le Pen’s National Front in its general elections and Germany’s AfD, (the first openly nationalist party in almost six decades) celebrated an unprecedented third place victory in its recent elections.

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Dogtober Doggy Brunch at The Narrowboat

Bark bark bark. Bark! Woof! Yep, you heard it straight from the dog’s mouth. Dogtober (definitely a real thing) is in full swing and The Narrowboat is hosting their annual Doggy Brunch next Saturday 21st October. Bone Appétit!

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Magic Roundabout's Retro Winter Wonderland

Summer is officially over. We're not sure it ever began in the first place. I guess that's one of the few downsides of living in London (other than crippling debt, tube strikes and Boris Johnson), but I digress... Magic Roundabout Old Street is raising the bar for winter, transforming the site into a tented, heated, 'Decades' inspired wonderland.

Slow roasted lamb shank shawarma at Fat Macy's supper club in The Luminary Bakery, Stoke Newington
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Fat Macy's Middle Eastern Feast

Guess who’s back, back again. Fat Macy’s back, tell a friend. No, really. Tell everyone about it. Fat Macy's supper club came back into our lives and this time around they had their Middle Eastern Feast on at the cute as a button Luminary Bakery in Stoke Newington, with a menu inspired by Ottolenghi and the #CookForSyria campaign.

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We Spent the Night in Alcotraz

Getting shouted at by a burly prison guard with a buzz cut and an offensively loud American accent isn't usually the way one wishes to begin one's night. Nevertheless, as I clamber into a very large (cheers guys) orange jumpsuit, the guard shoves a bottle of Conkers Gin wrapped in a thin towel (no fluffy Egyptian cotton here lads), into my now somewhat clammy hands. Whispering hastily at me to not get caught by the warden I'm ushered off in single file into the depths of Alcotraz.

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New Beacon Books Mini Market

If you haven’t heard the news yet, the world’s first black bookshop is back. Yes, after months of campaigning for funding and volunteers, New Beacon Books has reopened after threat of closure with a brand new refurb to boot. Established in 1966 by John La Rose and Sarah White, New Beacon Books is the UKs longest running independent bookshop specialising in African-Caribbean literature, cards and artwork.

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Top Four “Hold My Phone I'm Going In” Cocktails

London cocktail week is upon us. To be honest I can think of nothing worse than strapping on a wristband, carrying around a guidebook and queuing up for something that just needs to be brought to my sorry, tired old lips immediately. Apparently this year however, Drink Up London have released an app that eliminates all of the above nonsense. Get your ticket, download the app and get enjoying your £6 cocktails all week long. Just remember to flash your digital pass to the bartender first.