Have we told you lately how much we love Helena the Allotment Florist? For the non affiliated, she is a multifaceted Wood Green based bespoke florist with an eye for detail and a passion for ethical practice. Having studied floristry at the Covent Garden Academy of Flowers, Helena worked in various florists around London before deciding to venture out on her own. She saw a worrying amount of flower deliveries flown in from all over the world, coated in preservative chemicals complete with a healthy carbon footprint. The Allotment Florist is a fresh alternative to the unethical companies, with an organic approach to floristry, growing as many flowers as possible in her allotment. “I absolutely love growing flowers, arranging them and just being on my plot surrounded by them.”
We spoke with Sarah and Charlie Almond, a design-geek power duo with two lively young children keeping them on their toes in the heart of buzzing Stroud Green. Their apartment on Cornwall Road, Finsbury Park is glistening with minimalist Scandi design and carefully curated Soho House Group style lighting. We chat design inspiration, lighting squabbles and where to get the best Eggs Benedict in the area.
We want to know what the difference is between the online or offline approach when it comes to finding ‘a mate’. I am currently embarking on a series of test dates to compare digital vs real world dating approaches. Because it’s 2017, Spring has us all randy like March hares and we will never get enough of reading potential cringe material.
I am getting married. Judging by the wealth of I'm-Getting-Married bridal blogs out there, the mere fact that I agreed to legally bind myself to another sack of flesh makes me a pre-eminent expert on event planning, marriage and relationships in general. Hurrah. I've never been an expert on anything before! Especially weddings, because I have literally never married a single person ever. Not even a little bit.
New Beacon Books is facing threats of closure as they require funding to help with repairs and an online presence to help compete with major outlets. The bookshop was founded over 50 years ago in 1966 by Trinidanian John La Rose and his partner Sarah White. It soon became a hub for activism, black history education and became an independent publishing house.
*Spoiler* there are twelve possible outcomes. We’re not so much into pigeonholing as celebrating the wonderful intricacies of our uniqueness here in North London. So are you a laid back Stokey boozer or more of a Manor House artiste? Answer truthfully and realise your true North London destiny. It may be time for a change of scenery. Tell us who you are over on Facebook and who you think we’ve missed out.
Issues of gender, culture, ethnicity and religion are getting a more front of stage position in the Western media spotlight at the moment. As Trump rose to power, so did the voice of the opposition and the sound of feet marching, echoing throughout headlines and Twitter feeds.
One fine day in Johannesburg circa 2004 ish, Ian Fuhr was enjoying his usual massage. Amongst whale song and body oil his therapist started a fateful conversation, convincing him that what South Africa really needed was a beauty salon chain. He turned over and frowned, confused. “Does this look like a face that belongs in the beauty industry?” he scoffed, most self deprecatingly. “No” she said, somewhat cruelly, “but it looks like a face that could change it.”
Thanks to my editor and her grand plans, this may just be my month for attempted love at least. We want to know the difference between the online and offline approach when it comes to finding a mate. Is it to start by not calling them mates, perhaps?
The folks behind Network Rail are planning an end to Oyster cards. Rail Delivery Group have been working with biometric technology to create automatically charged fares via fingerprint and iris scans. Ermahgerd. It’s the 'logical next step' from using our phones to open barriers (like Apple Pay) which is to be trialled in the coming months on the Chiltern Railways’ route between Marylebone and Oxford Parkway.
So as it turns out you are not only dear to us, but someone else is trying to win you over this Valentines. Iknowright. Sexy boxer Bobby from Total Boxer has not-so-anonymously signed a card for you. There’s a special gift inside too: a boxing workout session, completely on the house. You know how you’ve been banging on about wanting to try boxing and yoga at the same time?
What if, instead of forcing further debt on ourselves with a holiday and wishing the whole of Winter away, we embrace the blues? Travel doesn’t magically make you happy. Often we feel depressed as a result of circumstance. Sometimes it’s a hormonal imbalance. Other times it’s a more permanent illness that we have to live with and learn how to cope. And it sucks. But we’re not alone.
What better way to kick start 2017 than with a musical treasure hunt? With 100s of records being released from music legend Gilles Peterson’s record collection, vinyl enthusiasts - with a flavour for Acid Jazz - will need no more than a little patience and a good eye (or should I say ear) in order to track down one of the DJ’s prized possessions.
The devil makes work for idle thumbs. So if you’ve given up drinking for a bit and you’ve forgotten what those opposable thumbs are for other than wrapping round a cold pint, put them to use again. Whether you’re a sewing novice or your stitch bitch routine is a little rusty, get back in the game with a sewing classes in Stoke Newington.
Yes, we dressed as the Google definition of a hipster and took part in a generic hipster Terrarium making workshop. Like something out of an Urban Outfitters guidebook, we embraced the activity and had a jolly good time thank you very much.
Within a historic mews and former coach houses in Inner North London sits an eclectic and creative private development of one and two bedroom properties. We met with site designer Mike Baxter about what led him to this particular proper project.
We have gathered on the roof of Netil360 in Hackney to perv on the full moon and take creepy close up photos of him through telescopes. It’s a Stargazing and Lunar Photography event with Hackney Arts and the Lumen Collective where we also meet an astronomer named Paul.
Like running? Like beer? Every Wednesday at 6:30pm sharp, the keen runners of Camden collect and take to the streets for a jog and a rewarding free beer at the end. As part of Advent Running (25 runs in 25 days) and Camden Town Brewery Run Club, Camdens Daughter plays host to the start and finish line, providing the first post run round free.
From the Yorkshire Dales to the allotments of Wood Green, florist expert Helena Willcocks showed us how to make our own unique festive wreath. I made mine on the tail end of an unrelenting double hangover, but under the expert guidance of the Allotment Florist it didn’t look as remotely tired and twisted as my insides.