Gotta Catch Em All - Pokemon Go in Finsbury Park
Written by: Sophie Taylor
The craze for ‘catching them all’ is spreading like chlamydia at a freshers week and no amount of antibiotics will stop it. Taking over from selfies as the dangerous fad of the digital age, Pokemon Go is draining the batteries and data usage of many a Londoner. But amongst tales of people falling off cliffs and being mistaken for burglars, there are some rather heartwarming stories of how the augmented reality game has had a positive effect. Some parents with autistic children have noticed how their child has engaged with the game, broken their routine and gone outside to socialise and interact with other Pokemon enthusiasts.
You’ll find the most common Pokemon in North London are those snooze fests Pidgey and Rattata. Apparently, the best way to level up is with a load of those boring Pidgeys so don’t ignore ’em. And the top spots for catching the most elusive beasts are around the leafier areas, so stick to Finsbury Park and Clissold Park to begin with and get some real life nature in your face. Don’t trip on a twig, mind.
We fired up our Pokemon Go app (is it just us or does it take an absolute age to load? Then when you forget your volume’s on loud and the intro music blasts out – cue withering looks from all those around you…) and took to the streets of Finsbury Park and Stroud Green to try and grab a Jigglypuff by the short and curlies.
This naughty little whiskery beast was hanging out with his mouth wide open outside The Hopsmiths in Crouch Hill. Look at those teeth and look at those unsuspecting pint drinkers behind him. Not a clue.
How do you feel about this angry little baby? Floating around in some purple smoke outside The Stapleton Tavern. This psychic levitator read our minds and said, “No, it’s not time for a pint yet. Get catching more sexual infections.” Sorry, Pokemon. Go catch more Pokemon.
As well as a plethora of Pidgeys and Ratatas, Finsbury Park is dripping in Drowzees. They may look like yawny sleepy buggers but they’re worth training up, apparently, and keeping in your iPhone’s arsenal of Pokemon. Speaking of which, the Emirates Stadium has an arse load of Drowzees in and around it as well as the odd cheeky Horsea. Not too shabby.
In between gasps of ooh a Pokemon Gym! and aah quick a Raichu! we discovered that there is a real live Pokemon Party this Saturday 23rd July at the Electric Ballroom and costumes are encouraged. Apparently, lures will be set off every half an hour which sounds creepy AF, but means you might catch a Snorlax at the bar. Or Pikachu himself in the DJ booth. Oh, and it’s over 18’s only, which says a lot about our generation really doesn’t it.
Go, be a big nerd and hope your app doesn’t crash on the dancefloor.
Photos courtesy of the fantastic Tavia Davies
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