7 Night Out Ideas This February in North London

Written by: Claire Holly Davies

Staring across a sweaty pub, your line of vision shaking from the inhumane amount of vodka/lager/jager bombs you’ve poured into your body, trying to catch the gaze of a friendly face. Queuing at a bar three people deep, attempting to elbow your way to the frontline before stuttering out an almost incoherent order at the obviously unimpressed bartender in front of you. Clutching your phone with sticky fingers, stabbing at it in an attempt to summon the magic carpet ride that is an uber taxi. This is the average Great British night out, right? A depressing mix of ill gotten gains, turbo shandies and Whigfield lyrics. Well fear not, good people of North London! We have 7 great night out ideas lined up for you this February, all within comfortable reach of your bed. Uber…what uber?

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1) Life on Mars? David Bowie Night at Ally Pally Ice Rink
5th Feb – Alexandra Palace.

What better way to pay homage to a genius than through the strange earthling ritual of putting on bladed shoes and cruising around a sheet of ice. Am I right? If Bowie were to look down on us mere earthlings from his new planet, I imagine he’d be delighted to see a bunch of North Londoners ice skating to his music. This event, curated by appropriately named promoters ‘Feeling Gloomy’, is taking place tonight in the beautiful surroundings of a local landmark and 50% of the profits will be donated to Cancer Research. So grab your thermals, limber up and prepare for a collision course of a night. We’ll see you down there.

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2) Lucky Voice Music Quiz at Lucky Voice Islington
Every Thursday – Islington.

We do love a quiz. We especially love boozy quizzes that include air guitar, limbo and hula hooping rounds. Surprisingly enough the quiz is music focused (didn’t see that one coming), with favourite topics such as ‘Name That Tune’ and ‘Next Lines’ featuring in the fun. They also serve pizzas…which we’d recommend eating directly before the limbo-ing and hula hooping, just for the funsies! Winners win cash money. Get there by 7:30pm to reserve a seat.

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3) Tame Impala at Ally Pally
12th& 13th Feb – Alexandra Palace.

Oh hey there again Ally Pally, you sexy beast. Get you with all your fun activities and nights out! Australian rockers Tame Impala will be gracing the stage at this iconic North London venue this month, with Jagwar Ma confirmed as support. The ‘festival village’ at the venue will be filled with award-winning street food and entertainment (and presumably beer), so it’s advisable to arrive early in order to experience the pre-show gluttony.

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4) NME Awards Show ft. Suede at The Forum.
12th Feb – Kentish Town.

Winners of the NME ‘Godlike Genius’ Award (yup, these guys are practically Zeus-like by NME standards) Suede are playing a very highly anticipated show at one of our favourite venues. Once described as ‘too tacky and trashy to fit in with the London indie darlings…’ (cheers The Guardian), Suede have had more than 20 years of success, including a Mercury prize (the band donated the entire wad of prize money to Cancer Research. Good eggs.) This special North London gig will see Suede play their critically-acclaimed ‘Night Thoughts’ live set, where the band perform the full album behind a projection of the accompanying feature film. They will follow this with a storming second set of classics, fan favourites and rarities.

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5) Anti Valentines Day Fiesta at Barrio North
13th Feb – Islington.

As veritable Valentines Grinches, it won’t come as much suprise that the mere mention of the V word brings us out in hives. Traditionally our favourite Valentines activity is laughing at 100 ‘happy couples’ crammed into a 50 seater restaurant, staring angrily at one another over a lit candle and vase of wilted flowers, elbow-to-elbow with a identical couples either side. This all happening whilst we skip merrily past the window, clutching our M&S meal-for-one avec bottle of wine. This year, however, we’ll be partaking in a spot of debauchery to mark the occasion. Barrio North’s anti-Val party is based upon a legendary event in 1929, during which a mob of singletons associated with the Hips Don’t Lie gang of southside Mexico City, caused mayhem – leaving a wake of empty tequila and mezcal bottles. At this North London based event you can start your night with a tequila and mezcal taster menu, followed by a night of musical bootlegging and mobster monkey business. Whatever that may be.

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6) Friendly Fires DJ set at The Old Queens Head
19th Feb – Islington.

Signed to XL Records, Friendly Fires have been nominated for a Mercury prize (we love them Mercury prize winner types up this end of London) and achieved ‘single of the week’ on both NME and Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show for their single ‘Paris’. With an emphasis on groove and funk, Friendly Fires have been remixed by the likes of Tensnake and Aeroplane. They’ve also had their music featured in Gossip Girl. Oh Chuck Bass, how we love your nostrils. Friendly Fires will be partaking in a spot of DJing this month at the Essex Road gaff they call The Old Queens Head.

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7) Desert Island Top Five at Drink, Shop, Do
26th Feb – Kings Cross.

If we were to take anything to a desert island, it probably wouldn’t be old Daniel Bedingfield records. We’d rather bring the essentials, you know? Like a George Foreman Grill, an iPhone and a Kindle. Well on this desert island you’re only allowed to bring yo’ fine selves (and presumably some cash for the bar.) Luke, Liam and Andrew from Early Doors Disco invite you down to Desert Island Top Five, the club where everything is played in top fives – from ‘top five white boy Hip-Hop from the 90s’ to ‘top five bands that are mad at their dads’ and even ‘top five songs by Craig David that you wish you didn’t know the words to.’ But, if you don’t like their choices, you can submit your own on the night and they’ll slot it in. The Greatest Hits of Daniel Bedingfield here we come!

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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.

Regional Spanish tasting menu at Pilgrim, a new pop-up supper club in Hackney, North Four Magazine
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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.

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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.

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Music: The Psychotic Monks London Debut

Garage and psych rock fans rejoice - The Psychotic Monks are stopping off in Camden tonight as part of their European tour. Roughly translated from French (GCSE stylee merci very much), the psych rockers describe themselves as “noise, fury, music impregnated .. with life impulses” finding a balance between “neurotic madness and contemplative melancholy”.

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Bubble Tea and Banging Teriyaki Chicken in Finsbury Park

A bubble tea place in Finsbury Park? That also does a bangin’ teriyaki chicken rice box? Uh, hell yeah. This little gem quietly opened up last March on Wells Terrace. Y’know the spot where folks bumble off the most crowded bus in the entirety of London and damn near break a hip scampering for the tube round the corner? Yeah, that little pocket of Finsbury Park.

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Londoners: Are We Proud or Ashamed?

According to a recent Provident Personal Credit survey Londoners still remain at the bottom of the friendliness scale scoring just 6.44 out of 10. Begging the question, how could anyone be possibly proud to be a Londoner? A city where its inhabitants revel in their ability to remain as cynical and isolated from the outside world as possible. A shallow group of people who are far more interested in Instagramming their brunch then saving money to buy houses or giving back to the community.

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Conference: Raising Awareness for Mental Illness in Young Men

A series of talks taking place this November shines a necessary light on mental illness in boys and young men. Speakers will gather at Finsbury Park’s Arts and Media School to raise awareness and help advise on a variety of topics including substance misuse, eating disorders and suicide.

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My First Night at Green Rooms Hotel

Staying in a hotel one mile from where you actually live feels strange enough, but doing it on your own is even stranger. These photos are a visual record of me wandering the lonely corridors of a new boutique hotel between the hours of 10-12pm. I would describe the decor as handmade but not cheap, minimal but not clinical. It has the feeling that money has been spent on the things that matter.

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You Feta Brie-lieve it: Cheese Festival Comes to North London

The rumours are true: a cheese festival exists and it’s coming to North London. This Sunday. Be there or be … cheese-less I suppose. But you’ve gouda get there early:  If you’re as keen as brie and one of the first fifty fromage fondlers to show, you’re in the running for a free bottle of Black Cow’s pure milk vodka. Traders will be setting up stalls along Islington’s Chapel Market: from the Raclette Brothers and Mac to the Future to La Fromagerie and The Cheese Truck.

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Dream Talk: Sound Art for Your Commute

Dream Talk. It’s like Dream Phone, but not at all. Artist Emma Alonze and musician Andy Becker have joined forces to collaborate on a (possibly prophetic) new sound art project. Londoners are invited to take a moment out of their daily commute, routine or journey and immerse themselves in a narrated collection of dreams. Taking three years worth of forty winks, Alonze has gathered and narrated a chosen few to be set to an ambient soundtrack by Becker.