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Just because our usual grey skyline has been replaced by some sort of unrecognisable yellow heat source doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy your usual cup of Joe, just have it on the icy side of the street.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.
Our exclusive meeting with Eroc: the Beyonce of the skateboarding dog world. Eroc the french bulldog is making waves. With fans like Tony Hawk, BBC Radio and over 30k followers on Instagram (and counting), Eroc has also become something of an online sensation. His viral status comes and goes, randomly popping up on online social media channels every now and again to generate hundreds of thousands of views and clicks via the likes of Buzzfeed, Time Out and rogue iPhone filmers.
We all have our own ways of dealing with life when things get shitty. Having a big cry and getting it all out can be incredibly therapeutic, and even more so when we find ourselves repeating the same line over and over through the tears. “He’s a dick!” or “I’m not a bad person!” These little lines of reinforcement help us push through the crappy feeling. Sometimes we might even revert to a hearty little stamp on the floor / kick of some unsuspecting object. It feels surprisingly satisfying when the rage sets in and we feel helpless.
This Friday sees the release of Malian master musicians, Trio Da Kali’s new album Ladilikan. Fusing rich, expressive vocals with traditional instruments like the balafon and bass ngoni, this is a beautiful mix of ancient Mande culture and contemporary Malian sounds. Luckily for us North Londoners, we have the opportunity to see the trio play live in the rather fitting ethereal surrounds of Stoke Newington Church next month.
Walking along Monsell Road in Finsbury Park, we spy the charming exterior of a shop looking like something out of a children’s book circa 1932. Beneath a green and white striped awning, a whimsical new world of mini animals awaits. Once inside we stumble about the store in hushed awe, reaching over a book of minuscule carpet samples/ family of miniature otters to tap a tiny bell.
Whether you’re looking for something to entertain your kids, your friends’ kids or that particularly large man child in your life, you might just have lucked out. Snug are hosting an open air screening of The Incredibles next Saturday evening. There will be tasty sourdough pizzas from Sodo Pizza (Upper Clapton) and ultimate authentic curries from Rice n Spice, Northwold Road.
Coming soon to a Tufnell Park near you is a whole new vegetable patch of delights / wheat field to run vicariously through. It’s time to get excited for Ceremony: a brand new bar/restaurant serving modern British veggie cuisine. Although the website remains tantalisingly mysterious, you can glean more info from their well stocked insta.
Sound baths, pit parties, fake cheese and nipples, these are a few of our favourite things, said no one ever. Bored of drinking down the pub every evening? Unlikely, but bare with me. Sometimes you just want to let down your hair, shake it off and do something down right odd of an evening... followed by a pint at the pub.
It’s been a few months since the last instalment of Online vs Offline. I deleted Bumble, Happn and Tinder, flirted with the idea of match.com, went to a friend’s wedding, heard the vicar call my name instead of the Bride’s and reflected briefly on the crushing inevitability of my own spinsterhood before realising everyone was laughing in the pews and I should probably join them.
Gluten-free cake consumers, vegan cheese enthusiasts, craft beer connoisseurs, lovers of pies and drinkers of tea; your time is now. Buy food of a quality & variety you can’t easily find in the shops, from organic meat to vegan cheese, fish caught that morning to pickles which have been fermenting for months, at Stroud Green market.
Who’s up for free entry, free cake and free folk (except for a jaunty little hat that is passed around for donations)? Get down to The Finsbury this Wednesday eve for a little mid week hootenanny and celebrate some of the best in new live music from the ‘acoustic, singer-songwriter & indie-folk scene’. Host with the most, Zoe Konez (“Ridiculously talented, Konez handles her guitar like she was born with it” - For Folk's Sake) will be deftly introducing each act from gin soaked folk popster herself, Penniless Cove to German indie band, Kalon.
What if you could mix the joys of your local Sunday car boot and all it’s dog perving potential with your favourite vintage clothes shops and high end antique markets? Within the sparkling depths of Dalson’s former ABC cinema, you’ll find The Big London Flea: London’s largest indoor vintage market.
Well, last Saturday morning gym memberships gave way to lie-ins and sleep finally bowed down to some serious carb cravings. Finding ourselves at Oslo later that morning, it was a case of hangover meets diet, salmon vs chorizo. If you’re not feeling too peckish, Oslo isn’t the place for you.
Joni Belaruski’s following has accompanied the artist from her Northern Irish roots and drummer beginnings with punk folk favourites, The Great Malarkey, to a plethora of London gallery shows. This September sees the painter join photographer Karla da Silva at The Beaucatcher Salon with new show, Jupiter Waiting For The Moon. Belaruski's paintings are at times dark and playful, while da Silva’s dreamy imagery is other worldly, creating both mystical landscapes and colourful smoke-filled portraiture.
Get your glad rags on darlings. It’s time for a happening in Dalston. Farrs School of Dancing are recreating Andy Warhol’s Factory next Sunday with live performances, music, films and.. well, not quite silk screening but some good old school colouring-in to get stuck into. This is your chance to finally wear that suede fringe bolero and feather boa combo you gleamed from Crisis last October. The best dressed will receive their fifteen minutes of fame, in true Warholian screen test style.
Until five minutes ago I would’ve believed Pet Nat was a holistic dog food brand / veterinary business in Wood Green. I’m half right actually*, but in the boozios world it’s a fizzy wine. Pétillant Naturel is light and fizzy, usually pretty low on the alcohol scale and rather sweet. Think the opposite of a dry red wine.
As part of our Beyond The Binary series we asked stars of the upcoming Come As You Are Festival which gender specific expressions that really grind their gears. We started with Man Up! whose first answer came from the title of their show.