"Nah, Not The Notting Hill Carnival" Bank Holiday To Do List
Written by: Sophie Taylor
As long as you’re not one of those smug office knobs who took the Friday off (yeah, we see you), you deserve to ease yourself in with an after work pint and gear up for your long weekend of not using the bank.
By the way, did anyone else look at their iCalendar the other week, punch the air and book a three-day fun binge because it said it was a Bank Holiday Monday? Then realised it only applied to Scotland? I know, I know. Well, chin up you over excited big kids you, your time has come!
So, as we have all come to the depressing conclusion that it takes at least a week to recover from one pint these days, you may as well push the boat out and have a big old late one on the Friday and recover in September.
On the 26th August at The Garage in Islington, battle winning club and festival DJ, Mr. Thing will be playing over four hours of classic hip-hop, soul and funk in his Throwback Lounge. The DMC Champion (that’s the Disco Mix Club Championships for the uneducated) and former Scratch Perverts member will be dipping into his mammoth catalogue of music, accrued across years playing venues and events around the world, to try to impress us North Londoners… and impress he will.
Tickets are £6 in advance or £10 on the door, so get booking good looking.
Go on, play the YouTube video we’ve lovingly embedded for you and keep it playing while you read. He’s right good that Mr Thing. I think I’m a bit in love with him now. Anyway, on to Saturday…
Whether you’re feeling fresh as a daisy or rough as the worm that just crawled out from under it, Saturday morning is for eating and lounging. So why not do it on the beach? Camden Roundhouse imported 150 tonnes of sand just for you to scrunch your toes in and get all annoyed about when it’s still in your shoes come Christmas. Pack a spade* and a belly for filling because they’ve got BBQ rum & coke spare ribs, deep fried polenta, cocktail bars and obligatory ice creams.
Every Saturday they have live music from ‘young emerging musicians and DJs who have all come through the Paul Hamlyn Roundhouse Studios’. Hey guess what else? It’s completely free. Unless you want to book a VIP beach hut, which seem to be going fast, so if you like the sound of your own private summer house with ‘cushioned seating and exclusive outdoor space’ with either 2 bottles of prosecco, a fridge of lager, 12 ciders (or soft drinks), popcorn and rock, food from the BBQ, App ordering and waiter service to your hut and a souvenir beach mat get clicking here.
Now that you’re full on sticky ribs and crunchy sand, it’s time to get your hot pants and your rave on at KOKO; just up the road on Camden High Street.
From 9pm it’s The Hot Wuk Truck Party. Expect ‘pure dancehall hype’ until 3am and lots of twerking. Personally, I think it’s a massive excuse to wear comfy, comfy flats and be a complete and utter sweaty mess judgement free.
They say to book early to avoid disappointment but there are still tickets left and some available on the door (£10-20 advance or £25 on the door).
Koko – 1a Camden High St, London, NW1 7JE
Photo from Heatwave
It’s Sunday and it’s time to chill out before you realise you’ve got Monday off. So instead of hysterically switching off Antiques Roadshow and over compensating with ill-judged last minute grand schemes, slow down. Use Sunday to catch your breath with some more relaxed plans.
Try heading to The House of Illustration in Kings Cross and catch much-loved children’s illustrator, Quentin Blake’s exhibition on until 2nd October. Have a read of our review of The BFG in pictures.
Then why not be one of those self-satisfied Sunday strollers that actually do bottomless brunch. But do it right, without the cheap prosecco, at Victory Mansion in Stoke Newington and leave deservedly smug. Or, if you’re a ‘more runny eggs, less hangover at sunset’ types why not pick and choose from our top four recommended Darling Let’s Do Brunch suggestions.
But if that’s not enough celery and tomato juice for you, meander down to Drake and Morgan in Kings Cross for Bloody Mary Bingo where you can ‘indulge in booze, banter & bingo downstairs in our Green Room Bar’. We’re a sucker for a spot of alliteration.
The bingo will be coordinated by fabulous drag prince Alfie Ordinary with Arran Shurvinton. You can go for the drinks package: £15 for 3 bloody mary’s / bellinis or the set menu: £25 for a main meal & 3 bloody mary’s or bellinis.
Book your space by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Or give em a ring-a-ling on 0845 468 0107
It’s time to get schooled. You may well be suffering from Bank Holiday FOMO at this point, so quash it with a panic planned novelty class. Like a Burlesque Dance lesson. Even if it’s not your friend of a friend’s hen do you can still don some vintage heels and gloves and get involved with a lesson in empowerment from Sharon T, founder of the highly-acclaimed London school of burlesque.
‘Embracing diversity is the Burlesque Baby mantra. From 18 year old girls to women in their late sixties – Tesco cashiers to supermodels, city bankers to royalty – Sharon believes that all of these women are united through one desire- to feel empowered!’ she says, referring to herself in the third person and slightly muffled through some feathers. Preach it Shazza, Sophie is with you on that one.
Photo via Burlesque Baby
If that sounds like a bit too much belly shaking after your big weekend and massive Monday breakfast, how about venturing into Hampstead for a supper club and masterclass? Learn how to ‘perfectly smoke and cook low and slow’ at The Flask. Their resident food buff and General Manager, Mark Gourdie, will teach you about their fantastical Big Green Egg cooker, covering everything from charcoal/wood choice, cooking techniques, rubs, sauces, meats, vegetables, and sides. Once you’ve learnt more than you bargained for from a huge green egg thing, they’ll be serving up a feast with each dish matched to a ‘crisp & refreshing beer from Signature Brewing Company’.
Book yourself in here why doncha.
Photo via The Flask
Joined by over 50 other artists incorporating printmaking, painting, digital art, photography and small-scale sculpture, Tomorrow’s World presents us with utopias, dystopias, predictions, prophecies and visions of the future. We hit up the private view last Friday and it was pretty damn bleak, in the best sense of the word.
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 loathe 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.