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.
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!
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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.
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