6 Places to Date Yourself in North London

Written by: Shanna F. Jones

So everything you like is either expensive, illegal or doesn’t text back. Been there buddy. Or maybe all you want to do is give your hot ass some well deserved relaxation time. Alone. Doing whatever the hell you want to do. Or maybe you, like me, eventually find social interaction cripplingly tiring. Once you get over the embarrassment of thinking you look like Billy or Jilly no mates, you’ll be able to appreciate how sophisticated and mysterious you really look. ‘Who is that beautiful human with such confidence?’ They will say.Uh huh, that, my friend, is you. You’re the trendsetter with glowing lack of inhibition, living with such wild and sexy abandon. You are like Rafiki in the Lion King when it comes to wisdom, satisfied with the quiet sense of knowing freedom comes with doing what you want, when you want. There is nothing more stress relieving than having some me time.

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Good god, you are so awesome, no one on this god damn planet deserves to date you like you deserve to date yourself, so go and enjoy it.

1. Have a boulder at The Castle Climbing Centre
Unlike climbing, you don’t need a buddy to do bouldering. In fact, you need very little equipment at all, just buy or hire some specialist shoes and a chalk bag. The Castle near Stoke Newington is a pretty spectacular place to try it out.

The Castle Climbing Centre.

2. Make a daisy chain in a London garden
Make like Cecilia from Atonement and recline near grand old trees and under blossom when the season is right. Lord Leverhulme, a wealthy philanthropist, had the Hampstead Pergola & Hill Gardens designed in 1904 for lavish Edwardian garden parties. Party on.

Hampstead Pergola & Hill Gardens

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3. Book a night in a hotel alone
You could read trashy books or watch detective programmes ALL NIGHT and nobody would have to know about it. Bonus: you don’t have to pack sexy underwear. Check out the Green Rooms in Wood Green, an artist community hotel where you can see shows and discussions before retiring to a room of one’s own. Rooms start at £50. Bargain.

Green Rooms.

4. Hang out in a bookshop
Ok, I know I’m a writer and must stop inflicting my own interests onto you interesting and varied people, but I can’t help being fascinated by lurking around book shops. It makes me feel like a real beat poet, haunting the shelves at City Lights, San Francisco. The North London version has got to be Housmans, which has just won the Best Independent Bookshop in London award.

Housmans

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5. See a play
Make your high school English teacher proud and see an outdoor show at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Currently showing is Running Wild, the largest-scale production ever to be shown at the theatre. Or, if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, you can catch Henry V, Jesus Christ Superstar or Pride and Prejudice in the forthcoming months.

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

6. Get up and go…
I got really excited when I found out that I could walk from my home to Central London in just over an hour. I’m pretty sure I had to walk for nearly that long to catch the bus back at home in the middle of nowhere. It’s not all smog and tubes. Try the Jubilee Greenway walk, which takes you up the canal towpath from Little Venice to Camden. One might have to have a well-earned pint at the end of that…

Jubilee Greenway

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