7 Things to Get up to in North London this May
Written by: Violet Myers
The sun is actually shining and North Londoners are taking notice. We’ve swapped our flat whites for iced lattes and our usual four winter jackets (we’ve got layering down to a fine art) to a much more manageable two, rejoice it’s finally spring!
Celebrate your freshly warmed cockles with some joyful May time fun, hot damn we know you’ve earned it!
1. Come Back! The Karl Marx Musical
May 3rd – 14th, £18
Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate Village
Is this how it feels to have all your dreams come true? Yes, my little communist it sure is! Direct from its success in Hamburg, prepare for an outrageous night of comedy and singing.
For more info visit: Upstairs at the Gatehouse.
2. London Burlesque Festival
May 6th – 22nd
Roll up, roll up for the burlesque extravaganza of the year. Featuring new and seasoned talent, glitz, glamour and enough body glitter to sink a cruise ship. Warning: Those in the front row may get randy.
For more info visit: http: London Burlesque Festival.
3. Muswell Hill Creative Spring Market
May 7th, free
St James’s Square, Muswell Hill Road
Grab a few handcrafted, locally sourced and made with love bargains! Featuring artworks, furnishings, jewellery and accessories all made by the Muswell Hill Creatives group.
For more info visit: Muswell Hill Creatives.
4. Origami Wonderland
May 12th, £8
The Snooty Fox, Canonbury
Come on over to The Snooty Fox for a relaxed evening of Japanese paper folding. Sure, your chance of incurring an eye-watering amount of paper cuts are sky high, but sometimes kids, you just have to live dangerously, throw caution to the wind and even enjoy some complimentary sake. B-b-bad to the bone.
For more info visit: Origami Wonderland.
5. Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
May 13th – September 17th
Regent’s Park Theatre, Regent’s Park
Regent’s Park Theatre opens its lovely floral doors once more for another season of brilliant theatre in beautiful surroundings. With a wide range of productions planned for the five month run, May kicks off with a production of Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Running Wild’.
For more info visit: Open Air Theatre.
6. The Tweed Run
May 14th, £25 (£5 of which is a donation to the London Cycling Campaign)
Spa Fields Park, Northampton Road
Join the celebrations at London’s most dapper cycling event. Expect cyclists in their sharpest tweed, finely decorated bicycles, plenty to eat, a good spot of tea and even some well-deserved post cycle bubbly. Tally ho indeed.
For more info visit: Tweed Run.
7. Gemma Cairney’s Full Moon Party Sleepover
May 21st – 22nd, £130
St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Kings Cross
Better steam press your nighties girls, it’s time to get ready for the world’s ultimate sleepover! Join Radio One DJ Gemma Cairney as she guides you through a night of Prosecco, gourmet restaurant feasts, makeovers by Clinique, a hearty breakfast, yoga and what sleepover would be complete without a rousing game of truth or dare, hosted by comedian Mae Martin.
For more info visit: Full Moon Party Sleepover.
“He said, I know It’s only arctic roll but I like it like it yes I dooooo” Those are the lyrics right? Well this weekend they certainly are, at Kerb’s Guiltiest Pleasure in Kings Cross featuring an arctic roll of pure indulgence. Over Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd July, the street food collective from your wildest dreams are hosting the most indulgent hits from all their pop ups at Granary Square.
Hivemind are coming to the Hen and Chickens Theatre this Summer with a cracker of an innovative show. Three directors try to win over the audience with improvised stories acted out by the rest of the Hivemind cast on the spur of the moment. As each scene ends you decide whether to “stick” and see where the story goes or “twist” and let the next director take over. The director who ends up with the least scenes acted out has to pay a ‘terrible forfeit’. Told you it was harsh.
We have been wondering whether or not to share this secret gem with you for a while now. Having walked past Cazenove Road on many a drunken occasion, we’d spotted The Lacy Nook A Board luring us inwards with a siren’s call of cocktails and beer garden. But unfortunately we’d get the timing all wrong and they’d rarely be open. “Closed at 4am! How ludicrous?” we’d holler, slurring and swaying up the road. Until now. Opening last year, The Lacy Nook is a collaboration between two friends who turned to Kickstarter to help them achieve this culinary dream . Think small and large plates of fusion Balkan BBQ, salads and carpaccio alongside
This year, Playing Up have commissioned a new play by Sophie Ellerby (HighTide First Commissions Writer and NYT REP Company 2013), Three, which will be staged at the Arcola Theatre from 20th to 22nd July. The urban and domestic drama, directed by NYT Associate Director Anna Niland follows three sisters who fight to keep track of reality as their world is turned upside down.
Tonight, on this dull yet sweaty Monday, what you may well need is to show your confectionary based fillings to the ceiling and let it all out with a huge bellowing guffaw about nothing in particular. Let the likes of quick witted Josie Long, surreal twosome Max and Ivan and the downright uproarious Tom Parry help you escape the chocolate lacking reality of 2017.
Registered charity, All Dogs Matter are a dog rehoming centre based in Archway. They use a mixture of foster homes and kennel spaces to house their dogs, who are each looking to be fostered or adopted. Occasionally we look through their profiles of beautiful singletons looking for love and feature one at random. We interviewed one newly single lady in particular called Lottie. A fun spirited character with smooth hair and a huge grin, Lottie was a right laugh.
Next Sunday it’s the Cally Road Jumble Trail, run by the community. Think a car boot sale but on the street with vintage clothing, accessories, toys, original creations and cakes if you’re lucky. The whole of the trail is set up online over at jumbletrail.com where visitors get a colour coded map to explore and discover all the hidden treasures on offer from your neighbourhood.
You’ve got your socks pulled up but no Cliff Richard in sight. You’re all white shorted up with nowhere to go. It’s time to find out where your white headbanded self will fit in. Here's our top four Wimbledon screening hang outs to try this Summer.
Until five minutes ago I would’ve believed Pet Nat was a holistic dog food brand / veterinary business in Wood Green. I’m half right actually*, but in the boozios world it’s a fizzy wine. Pétillant Naturel is light and fizzy, usually pretty low on the alcohol scale and rather sweet. Think the opposite of a dry red wine.
Abney Public Hall is hosting a market of world food delicacies next weekend, having gathered together the creme de la creme of planet Earth’s cuisine. Prepare for a mass fusion of cultures, great food, drink and music just off Stoke Newington Church Street.
Otherwise known as the shoredification of London, there are four stages of denial when it comes to dealing with the inevitability of gentrification. Are you a dilapidated ol’ boozer clinging on to the same threads since 1989, or more of a craft beer-swilling/moustache-bearing pop up type propping up the bar at a cookie dough cafe? Let’s find out before your bedroom’s transformed in to a pop up belfie gallery.
Poop poop! Get your driving gloves on and tweed jackets ready, for Toady has invited us down to Toad Hall for a banquet on the riverbank. Join The Literary Hour for their all new immersive supper club experience this Summer. It’s the eighth in their series of book themed events with multi-sensory five course meals featuring additional surprises… Ooh ratty!
Every last Thursday of the month a motley crew of performing acts shuffle off to the skinny little Moustache Bar on Stoke Newington Road for a night of microphone hogging. It’s Open Mic night and the stage isn’t just available to acoustic guitar yielding crooners. The floor is open for all you comedians, rappers, poets, hell even actors are welcome to come tread the boards at Moustache Bar this Thursday 27th July.
Ah Stokey. You chilled out little rebel of North London. The seemingly easy breezy, laissez-faire attitude that appears to exude from every award winning eatery and baby clothes shop of Church Street is all but an organic hessian veil over it’s anarchic and rebellious history. Nonconformists, anti fascists and dissenters built the area as we know it.
Trying our luck, we decided to ask the wonderful Raina and Saira of Joginder Supper Club to give us some unseen insight in to their centuries old Punjabi recipes. Amazingly they agreed to shed some light on one of their most tasty dishes: the Bhoolghobi Tamatar (cauliflower with tomato and potato). Over to the experts...
So this July 198 cyclists head over to Germany to start the Tour de France. If you think that is weird, wait till I tell you it started in Yorkshire a few years ago. Anyway after the three days of the Grand Depart the spectacle of the world's biggest sporting event heads back to France and the action really begins.