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.
Carouse founders Chris, Theo and Ben – the charming folk behind Kentish Town’s Rose and Crown – have a new venture afoot and we couldn’t be more bloody excited to see it. We’ve been creeping in their windows, peering through the paint and sneaking glimpses at builders’ bums for a few months now (okay, maybe not the last one), watching these guys transform this cosy corner of Crouch Hill into a rather cool little boozer. Now they’re opening and everyone is invited. Come one, come all, and try all 20 of their beers on tap with us.
Last month I decided to try clubbing again. I don’t quite know what came over me, but I actually (brace yourselves) enjoyed it. I went to Body Hammer’s monthly party in Manor House and I’m here to tell you to go too, whether you love clubbing, hate clubbing, or really couldn’t care either way. #notspon
Rich, fried, buttery, potato-y vessels loaded with flavor combinations that go down rather well with craft beer, late nights and good times. Ha, who am I kidding, EVERYTHING goes down well with beer. You heard that right buddy, loaded potato skins are back with a bang (and a generous portion of bacon) and are currently being served at Old Street's The Magic Roundabout by street food pop-up Skins and we could not be any happier. Well, unless they were to stuff it with, say, Mac and Cheese or risotto. Oh, that's exactly what they do? Well paint me green and call me a cucumber.
Magical gifts, wonderful gifts, marvellous gifts, beautiful gifts, gifts, glorious gifts glo-ri-ous giiiiiifts. Please Sir, I want some more. It’s that time of year again and whether you love it or loath it gifts will be purchased and presented into expectant hands. Stroud Green's very own Pretty Shiny Shop have compiled a gift guide to help ease the shopping shock. Imagine only having to trot to your local gift shop and tick off your entire shopping list in one fell swoop. Done, finito, terminado! To make it that little sweeter, it's also all very affordable... so you won't even have to pick a pocket or two.
Alright guys, it’s happening. The frosty charm of December is, once again, being beaten to a pulp by the capitalists’ wet dream: Christmas. The hideous twinkling of artificial outdoor lighting is starting to appear, with tourists flocking from far and wide to watch D-list celebrities press a button. Invitations to Christmas parties flood in from your multiple part-time jobs, ensuring you make bad decisions bi-weekly til next year. Supermarkets are selling 12-day advent calendars containing confetti, cookie cutters and candles for a flawless £50. And oh, how the mulled wine flows.
Who doesn’t love a cheeky statistic, correctly sourced? You know we do. Well, did you know that for every £1 spent with a small business, 63p is re-spent in the local area, as opposed to a measly 40p in every £1 re-spent locally with larger businesses? An absolute travesty, am I right? That 23p has to mean something, right, guys?! Guys? Guys, where are you going? Wait, there’s freebies involved too!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.