Top Four "Imma Get Greedy" Second Helpings of Bank Holiday
Written by: Sophie Taylor
People Google funny things don’t they. Like, “who would win between a dolphin and a lion” or “is a banana a herb” and the latest, “why are there so many bank holidays in the UK?”.
Hold up. I think the real question here is, why are you questioning it*? Just embrace the Monday off you Google fiends. And take a minute to remember those who don’t have the day off, for we are not all blessed. 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.
1. Get hyper local
Show your #locallove in Finsbury Park
Both having opened within the last couple of weeks, they’re keen to meet their new locals.
Chow down without guilt on Blackstock Road in the pristine confines of Salt the Radish, who have opened with a menu of beautiful vegetarian and vegan dishes.
Imagine roasted squash, shallot and feta salads or prawn and spinach coconut curries served with freshly sourced herbal teas.
They also specialise in yoga retreats and bespoke catering, providing canapés and cold table feasts for any occasion. (Got a vegan French Bulldog’s birthday coming up? You got it covered!)
Walnut Dining on Stroud Green Road opened very recently to a party of local foodies who approved wholeheartedly of their healthy, filling cuisine.
Open from 7am – 11pm, Walnut Dining caters for the early worm to the (almost) midnight feaster with flat whites and poached eggs to white port spritzers and savoury tarts.
Read our review of the new eatery and see what you think.
Salt the Radish, 45 Blackstock Road, Finsbury Park, N4 2JF
Walnut Dining Cafe, John Jones Art Building, Stroud Green Road, N4 3JG
2. Get lush and tidy with wha’s occurin’
Welsh Green Man Festival, Kings Cross
Starting the Bank Holiday proceedings early, from Thursday 25th to Monday 29th May, you’ll find a Welsh circus taking over Lewis Cubitt Square in Kings Cross.
The Green Man festival is coming to town and bringing with it a parade of Welsh beer, cider, live music and some pretty enthusiastic performers.
If you fancy a street dance workshop with your Welsh ceilidh routine you can get stuck in with your face painted whilst making your own puppet. For the older (boring) crowd, you can line dance gently to those country rockers, Pinegrove or just subtly swivel those hips to Dutch Uncles in the courtyard.
But after you’ve sampled the fruits of over 140 independent brews, you might find the motivation to head bang your way across the dance floor while a heady DJ lineup grace the decks later on in the proceedings including founding member of The Coral, Bill Ryder-Jones and Huw Stevens.
Soak up some of the atmosphere (booze) at The Grazing Shed with their Super Tidy Burgers, or try a Welsh artisan stone baked pizza from Ffrwnes amongst other Welsh culinary delights to discover over the weekend.
Green Man Courtyard Festival
Lewis Cubitt Square, N1C 4AA
3. Get reet street smart
StrEAT Life, Ally Pally
“Streat Life, woah oh oh, oh! Streat Life!”
Ever fantasised about Alexandra Palace stuffed to the gunnels with say, thirty stalls or so of street food? What about if BBQ food was on the cards? And DJs?
Throw in some live art and you’ve basically just created the StrEAT Life festival coming to Ally Pally this weekend.
The name of the game here is street food, street food, street food (and then some craft drink if you’re that way inclined).
From steakhouse to pop dogs and sticky beaks, the meat eaters are more than covered.
Vegetarian and vegan guests however will feel more than welcome with the likes of Spice Box, Rainforest Creations and Rainbo – a fully vegan gyoza dumplings and Asian salad 1948 Ford pickup truck. For afters you’ve got a Pimms bar, an ice cream cab and Bounty daiquiris from Dash Concept Cocktails.
But that’s all just for starters. You could also win a £50 bar tab if you share one of their snazzy promo posts before Friday. May as well, eh? If you’re worried about your friends confirming the fact you’re a big ol loser, fear not. The ones who mind don’t matter and the one’s who matter don’t mind, cos they’ll be drinking the tab with you amiright.
27th and 28th May
Alexandra Palace Way
4. Get daytripping
Get (slightly) out of London – commute to Hitchin
From Finsbury Park it is a mere 30 minutes on the express train to Hitchin: an idyllic Hertfordshire town stacked with lavender farms, beautiful Tudor architecture and charming places for relaxed shopping and food.
Perhaps more of a day trip for you and your yummy mummy crew than to impress your more trendy friendies, it’s a perfect day trip for the early risers.
Get there early and find yourselves an excellent breakfast from Hasley’s Deli. A beautiful deli and eatery nestled within a Tudor building, Hasley been serving award winning cheeses and pies since 1854.
Try the Eggs Benedict with deli Wiltshire ham or their pan fried field mushroom and creamy brie bap washed down with Chinese green gunpowder tea to start your day off right.
As the weather’s supposed to be nice, you can catch the town in all it’s glory and smell the fresh green tea / lavender.
Visit the lavender farms (open from May 2nd) then come back mid June to pick your own bunches and again the following month for their aromatic outdoor cinema screenings they hold in August in the fields.
*if you’re really bursting to know, just check out the ever faithful (ish) Wikipedia page for goodness sake.
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