7 Ways to Save Your Soul in North London
Written by: Violet Myers
Remember the time you convinced Jason Anderson that eating grass was how the Hulk achieved his super human powers? How about the time you devoured your housemate’s Mini Milks and then blamed it on global warming? Well, we don’t mean to worry you or make anyone repent too heavily, but that divine intervention hasn’t happened and it turns out that the great big metropolis in the sky works on a points system. Unfortunately, you’re getting a D- at best.
Now, as we’re mates and all, we’ve had a word.
The big guy upstairs has his concerns but knows that deep down you are a stand-up chap and just need a chance to prove your decency. We think the big bacon slide on the disco cloud may get a bit lonely without you, so we’ve devised a list of ways to help your community and save your soul all at the same time. Tell Gandhi and Bowie to make room on their ultimate frisbee team, this heaven thing is in the bank.
1. The GoodGym – Help Kentish Town Farm
May 4th, 6.45pm
150 Ossulston St, Kings Cross
Savagely kill two birds with one stone by toning up those gams and that flabby old soul. Embrace that inner Olivia Newton John by getting physical, mucking in and helping some farm brothers out.
Check out The GoodGym for other local opportunities to get fit while helping your community.
2. Food Not Bombs – Volunteer to Cook / Collect / Deliver Food
Donate those stew making skills to a wonderful charity who are saving the world one vegan lasagne at a time. Food Not Bombs do fantastic work all over the country, offering food, friendship, support and community to anyone who needs it. They’re always on the look out for cooks willing to lend a helping hand, or if cooking brings back molten pasta nightmares why not offer some help delivering these delicious bounties?
Check out Food Not Bombs to see how you can help your local chapter.
3. Folk Against Violence – Charity Concert for Solace Women’s Aid
May 4th, 7.30pm
St Pancras Old Church
A charity folk concert raising funds for Solace Women’s Aid, a local charity offering support to those who have been victims of domestic and sexual abuse. Featuring an all-female lineup, soloist Katey Brookes alongside bands Xylaroo and Wednesday’s Wolves, will treat their audience to a night of exceptional music in one of North London’s most beautiful venues.
4. The Scouts Association – Become an Assistant Scout / Beaver Leader
Stoke Newington, N16 0AH
Help to mentor your local scout group and pretend you’re a good self-sacrificing member of your community while really indulging in a spot of glitter craft and some outdoor adventuring. Damn, karma is fun! No qualifications are necessary, although a certain tolerance for children is very much advised.
Check out Do It for more information.
5. Team Up – Tutor English and Maths
Stoke Newington, N16 9EX
Help under performing students reach their full potential with small group tutoring. Here’s your chance to help inspire struggling kids and guide a new generation through the marvels of writing BOOBIES into a calculator, St Peter better get your massage chair ready in heaven because you’re going to be a shoe in.
Check out:Team Up to see which schools are looking for help.
6. Centra Volunteering – Laughter Therapy
Got a knack for a good old knock knock joke? How about a raunchy limerick? “There once was a lady from Harringay…” This stuff writes itself, I’m telling you, well, Centra Volunteering needs you! Laughter therapy gives older people the opportunity to enhance their lives, build relationships and have a jolly good giggle in the mean time.
If you’re outgoing, optimistic and looking to give back check out Centra Group.
7. Muswell Hill Baptist Church Soup Kitchen – Feed the Hungry
Lend a helping hand to a charity that has been feeding the needy since 1994, Boy George, that’s a lot of soup! Open 5 nights a week, the Soup Kitchen feeds around 40 people a night, offering friendship, guidance, support and a hot meal to anyone who needs it.
For more information contact: email@example.com.
Joined by over 50 other artists incorporating printmaking, painting, digital art, photography and small-scale sculpture, Tomorrow’s World presents us with utopias, dystopias, predictions, prophecies and visions of the future. We hit up the private view last Friday and it was pretty damn bleak, in the best sense of the word.
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 loathe 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.