Do Summer Right
Written by: Violet Myers
It’s finally here!
No time to celebrate – must fill life with child-like whimsy, do a cartwheel, have a summer romance. Oh, the pressure to have fun is too great, maybe just stay inside instead?
Nonsense, we’ve broken it down and created a flawless formula for the perfect summer in London. Now let’s pray it lasts past Tuesday…
Pop Along to a Local Festival
It’s not just about the rather scandalous Wireless when it comes to North London festivals, our streets are bursting with them! There’s Cally Fest, Highbury Fest, Crouch End Fest, Angel Canal Fest, Stroud Green Fest, the list goes on and on, all proudly riot free…. so far.
Water Slide to Greatness
Alexander Palace’s Summer Festival is heating up to be one of the best events of the year, with music stages, an outdoor cinema, a silent disco and…wait for it… A GIANT WATER SLIDE. Pull on those speedos and get ready to plummet down 100m of waterslide mayhem.
Eat Your own Body Weight in Street Food
London is home to some of the most varied and exciting food markets – and it ain’t just Borough getting all the glory. Kerb at King’s Cross has a weekly lunch market and is home to Poke (Hawaiian sushi bowls), Club Mexicana (vegan burritos), Crabbie Shack (crab burgers, lobster rolls) and Hanoi Kitchen (Vietnamese summer rolls). Oh, and don’t overlook Camden Lock Market who have a wide range of traders offering food from all over the globe, our favourites being Rawwwwsome (raw, organic, vegan treats) and Nana Fanny’s (hot salt beef sarnies).
Ice That Coffee
Just because our usual grey skyline has been replaced by some sort of unrecognisable yellow heat source doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy your usual cup of Joe, just have it on the icy side of the street. We love Maison D’etre and Blighty Coffee for a classic iced latte or head down to Vagabond for an epic cold brew.
Embrace The Beer Garden
It’s been scientifically proven that drinking a cold beer in a pub garden on a hot sunny day not only increases your life expectancy but makes you sexier, more flexible and way better at pool. These beers are also calorie free and a good source of iron – that’s science. We love Finsbury Park’s Faltering Fullback, Camden’s Lock Tavern and The Lighterman at Kings Cross Canal. Believing these scientific facts is at your own risk, North Four cannot be held liable for anyone who accrues a beer gut, pulls a muscle or finds they have become sexually repellant as a result of this article.
Go Jump in a Lake
We haven’t been outdoor swimming since our near death experience at King’s X Ponds back in November, but we’re told that in the summer months swimming out in the open is fun, refreshing and not just full of lunatics with a death wish. Check out Park Road and Finchley Lido, or if you really fancy getting back to nature, Hampstead Heath, where you’ll be literally swimming with the fishes.
Have an Ice Cream
Contrary to popular belief, not all ice creams are created equal. We say stop breaking your cutlery on ASDA’s own brand Neapolitan and treat yourself to something a little special. We can’t get enough of Riley’s awesome cones or Udderlicious’ ever-changing flavours, while Camden’s Daughter is representin’ on the soft serve front. Knicker-bocker-glorious!
Take to the Water
Summer doesn’t just free pasty pins and bad football tattoos, it also unleashes us land mammals into the water. Make like a platypus and get in that river! Castle Canoe Club at Manor House offers courses in canoeing, white water rafting and even an annual paddling camping trip. Beginners inductions and equipment hire are also on offer.
Photos: Mike Barry, Mike Ashdown and Alexander Palace.
Currently showing at Camden People’s Theatre, performance artist Tom Marshman’s play Kings Cross (Remix) is a glorious celebration of a bygone era. The show is a tightly crafted journey through the stories of some of the people who made up the 1980s Kings Cross LGBTQ scene. Bursting with warmth, charm and affection, the play is a must see for anyone interested in learning more about London’s alternative history.
The Londoner behind 'Strong and Stable My Arse'. It’s a simple message. A slogan that’s straight to the point. 'Strong and Stable My Arse’ is a statement everyone can understand with a wry grin as they spot it slathered onto billboards, phone boxes and brick walls around the UK. So who could possibly be behind such a simple, cheeky, dig in the ribs campaign? Someone who knows his audience, who knows the mindset of the British like the back of his left hand.
For some, a second bank holiday brings with it an extra day of anxiety as you wonder how to fill the 24 hour void that desk bound coffee fuelled typing usually fills. If you’re not content to lie horizontal letting gravity slide pizza down your throat, here’s our plans for your second Bank Holiday of the month.
“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*.