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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Only last night I found myself lost / by the station called King's Cross. / Dead and wounded on either side / you know it's only a matter of time.” [Pet Shop Boys - Kings Cross] It’s the night after the play and I’m standing at the bar of ‘The Big Chill House’ on Pentonville Road in Kings Cross. It’s ‘Throwback Thursday’ (#TBT) and happy hour is definitely over.
Ceramics with charisma. Local pottery genius, Laura Bird has of course graced the digital pages of It’s Nice That, sold out in Anthropologie* and taken her seat at many a London ceramics stall since just recently starting her career in ceramics. It’s no surprise she is well loved: her unique and gentle humour exudes from every jar, planter and candlestick holder, adorned with cheeky expressions and impish grins.
Having worked in hospitality with a keen artist’s eye, the Arts Building knew Emma was perfect to take over the space. They were after a morning to night eatery for the neighbourhood, one for local residents and workers alike. Knowing the street’s reputation as a bit of a foodie strip, the menu had to be up to scratch for it’s discerning super-taster of a community. Yes, we’re a hungry bunch in Stroud Green.
At the time of writing this the menu has just been released for Food by Feast’s new supper club. I imagine, however, that by the time you read this every dining space will be swiftly filled. If you aren’t acquainted with the duo yet (tsk), they’re the genius collaboration of Cordon Bleu chef and food writer Olivia Potts and Guardian food writer and cook, Kate Young. Having successfully completed the likes of a Gilmore Girls supper club to rapturous applause and smacking lips recently, the latest menu experience is Twin Peaks inspired and looks equally witty and delectable.
Sound healing in Stoke Newington. This Thursday 18th May, The Mystery School of Sound are running a de-stress gong bath experience in Stoke Newington Ramadan Mosque. Alongside guided meditation, healing process and gong performace, you’ll get a mini intro to healing traditions of the druids and hermetic teaching.
Patron Cave a Manger’s pop up cinema are shacking up at The Rose and Crown in Kentish Town to screen The Artist. Soak up the atmoshpere of the Festival du Cannes with swanky popcorn and elegant cocktails. Get red carpet ready for this special screening of The Artist - the ridiculously popular award winning silent French film that everyone fell in love with.
Unfortunately rising rents are affecting community spaces in Stoke Newington and their availability. St Mary’s Centre currently provides a space for projects including the Foodbank, Hackney Migrants centre and the Night Shelter but they're at risk of losing their space. To help raise funds to redevelop the space and increase awareness, they are organising a weekend food market in Stokey. The pop-up food market is a launch event for their huge fundraising drive to rebuild the community rooms attached to St Mary's Church in Stoke Newington.
Healthy chocolate mousse and sexing up your smoothie with Kate Oates. We have found ourselves a yoga guru in Kate Oates, a healthtastic yogi based in Crouch End. When we met her last year she hinted at a few of her own culinary creations and boy were we intrigued. Asking for an exclusive recipe for you health conscious readers, we received a taste sensation of an idea for chocolate breakfast.
“All My Single Cylinders, All My Single Cylinders”. Two girls, sick to the back teeth of Tindering and Bumbling about the bars of London, decided to create their own speed dating night. Involved in the biker community of East London they have created a special series of nights combining live music, motorbikes and speed dates. Bolt Motorbike Shop of Stoke Newington is their latest venue, providing a more intriguing backdrop for your date night and quashing the usual awkwardness of sparse, brightly lit speed dating scenarios. You can admire the motors, enjoy your free drinks and listen to some live music with some top notch handpicked company.
In case you’ve never had a piirakka, (also known as Karelian pasties, pies or pirogs) they’re a delicious Finnish treat that you need to try immediately. Whether savoury or sweet, they’re basically a light pastie made with rye flour and a pretty unique variety of filling options. Meet Aapo Nieminen, a native Finnish local who grew up with piirakka. After getting tired of asking friends and family to bring him these naughty little pasties whenever they visited he came up with a plan. “They are an important part of everyday finish life. One day I thought why not just make them yourself?”
The lycra is optional. Coffee however, isn't. On Friday 197 cyclists descended on Sardinia to compete in the 100th edition of the Giro d'Italia. For those of you that don't have wardrobes filled with lycra you might never of heard of it but Think Tour d'France but in Italy. Still drawing a blank?
Naked Dough have appeared like a pair of beautiful fairy godmothers to lead me to an actual edible cookie dough dance party. Plus they didn’t even tell me what I should wear, they genuinely don’t care. Naked Dough is a new restaurant serving edible cookie dough from tubs, cones and even carry home pots. The ingredients are raw egg free and the flour is heat-treated so you need not worry-like-Edwina-Currie about salmonella and stomach bloat (unless you’re gluten free of course. In which case I’m sorry you’ve stumbled upon this torture page of an article).
Ten years ago MINT Vintage first opened in Covent Garden before moving on to the more creative surrounds of Stoke Newington, pioneering fashion forward vintage. Every piece is hand selected and sourced from all over the world, ensuring every garment is trend driven but timeless and always unique. This May they’ve decided to transform their world in to an “oops we were trying to make corduroy and came up with denim” dreamland*.
Finding myself wandering around Limehouse Basin craving a pint and perhaps even a slice of pizza, I needed to get home to my local Crate Brewery sharpish (they do the freshest craft beers and have award winning pizzas). But how to get there? Stumbling in to Limehouse Station and towards a huge sign saying CLOSED, I consider walking there instead. A short meander riverwards, I reach the canal and begin to notice a group of people donning chunky waistcoats stretching their arms around. I pause for a second, swaying slightly on the spot, watching this mesmerising circle of humans yielding huge double ended spoons.
"Ooh they’re doing a psych night at Moth Club Tina!” "What, again?” It’s a familiar sentence. Fast becoming a buzzword for young musos and Beyond Retro dwellers alike, psych music is no longer just for the suede fringed waistcoat wearing Acid Jazz lovers who curse their parents they weren’t born in 1966. No no. The psych music spectrum has spread it’s bendy wings and shaken off it’s lava lamp skin to embrace a whole host of musical genres. From William Burroughs to Pet Sounds to Thee Oh Sees, the genre’s had a birth, decline and resurgence. Nambucca in Finsbury Park are totally capitalising on this revival with their new monthly night, SIKE! This Thursday 11th May, they’re bringing four different acts who are all covering different elements of the psych scene.
Back in 2014 The Good Egg was hatched, mixing Californian sunshine with Tel Aviv traditions to bring one heck of a menu to Stoke Newington. Food critics, instagrammers and swathes of Stokey baby holders flocked to it’s doors to get stuck in to the Jerusalem breakfast, merguez sausage and indeed eggs washed down with spicy brunch cocktails.