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.

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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).

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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Just because our usual grey skyline has been replaced by some sort of unrecognisable yellow heat source doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy your usual cup of Joe, just have it on the icy side of the street.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.

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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.

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