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Just because our usual grey skyline has been replaced by some sort of unrecognisable yellow heat source doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy your usual cup of Joe, just have it on the icy side of the street.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.
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!
Touch, taste, smell, hear and create art. Smith & Sinclair, purveyors of the Edible Cocktail, presents The Flavour Gallery: a multi-sensory adventure that’ll seduce your senses and tickle your taste buds beyond all imagination. Ooh matron!
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.
Next time you need a caffeine hit why not take it from a cup brewed from Jamaican beans grown under a canopy of rainforest-preserving trees, whilst eating a home made vegan banana bread as you sit among an array of sweetly scented blooms. Welcome to Mento, Finsbury Park.
Pilgrim, the newest kid to Hackney's pop-up scene, is a unique dining experience inspired by the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. This six course tasting menu includes regional dishes with a contemporary twist not yet seen before in London.