Top 4 ways to consider yourself Octobered
Written by: Sophie Taylor
Why not just give in and live up to the Americanised, theme-tastic stereotype that October has become. Here’s our round up of the most October themed events you can find in North London this month. Anti Hallowe’en readers be warned: there are extra lashings of pumpkin spice coming up. Get yourself Octobered on us.
1. Carve yourself
With a glass of bubbly in one hand and a knife in the other, it’s time to go on a drunken Halloween killing spree. Not really. North Four do not condone going on a killing spree with champagne. Waste of bubbles innit.
Drink Shop Do and Veuve Clicquot are joining forces this October to make sure you learn how to properly carve a pumpkin once and for all. Get ready for the gooey seedy pumpkin innards to turn your hands all orange and scaly.
There’ll be themed seasonal tunes and the chance to meet 19th century diva fembot Madame Clicquot herself: the hero-widow-bad-child who decided to shun the patriarchy and run legendary bubbly brand Veuve Cliquot (naming it after herself, natch).
Monday 17th October – Friday 21st October / Monday 24th October – Friday 28th October and Monday 31st October. 6-8pm or 8.30-10.30pm, £12 Tickets available here.
2. Ale yourself
Stingy Jack is Beavertown Brewery’s warming spiced pumpkin ale that they are re-launching this weekend like a fiery canon into the expectant mouths of boozey Londoners. They throw in a load of Autumnal spices at the end of the boil as well as some roast pumpkins glazed in maple syrup for good measure.
It’s a pale amber ale and fairly strong at 7.2%. As well as the fruity pumpkin head, expect notes of caramel, cinnamon and ginger in this belly warming beverage from those brew geniuses at Beavertown. Have a little gander at our tour of the brewery here while you’re sipping on the good stuff.
3. Thrill yourself
Let’s face it, 2016 has been rough so far. Now it’s time to make good and turn this year around. So here’s your chance to finally get the Thriller routine down. On Saturday 29th October trendy wendy gym, Frame are teaching the full choreography at their Kings Cross branch (and at the Shoreditch gym too). After just two hours with the miracle-making dance instructor Cassius, you’ll be side stepping and stomping in perfect synchronicity for once.
Whether you’re a Flavia or a Greg Wallace on the dance floor it doesn’t matter. All experiences are welcomed with large Michael Jackson-shaped hands. Go alone or with friends and celebrate being an uncoordinated zombie for a Saturday afternoon.
Book via their timetable here
4. Spook yourself
Never underestimate the power of the love which is unrequited. A Spanish barmaid, realising her feelings for the publican that stole her heart weren’t reciprocated decided to hang herself in the cellar of The Flask pub in Highgate: now a seating area for unsuspecting drinkers probably suffering their own bout of unrequited love tragedy. After one ale too many you might even spot her heartbroken ghost float through the bottom of your drained pint. Either that or you could see a man in a Cavlier’s uniform wandering about the main bar and vanish into a pillar, as he never quite got over his love of cask ale and pork scratching. Or drunkenly walking into pillars, seemingly. Then spook yourself out some more with stories of the first ever autopsy carried out illegally in the Committee Room on a dug up corpse from Highgate Cemetary. URGH. Their beers are pretty tasty though, so don’t get too grossed out.
Want more October suggestions? Foodies go and have a wander over to our top five Supper Clubs article.
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