North London Life Hacks For The Savvy
Written by: Sophie Taylor
The internet loves a good life hack article, doesn’t it just. But what about us shrewd North Londoners? We know it all already, right? Well here are a few North London focused tips that you might not have heard about yet (but most likely have, so enjoy the gifs we’ve carefully chosen for you instead. Gif Curators… I wonder if that’s a thing). Yes, that’s right we’ve gone and done an article with life hacks, a list and gifs in it. You can write strongly worded letters of complaint to us at email@example.com.
1. Drunken Olympics
Do you like sports? Do you like beer? Oh good. Do you also like free things? Download MatchPint app and get a free pint (568 millilitres of beer to be precise). In return, you must watch some sports at one of their participating pubs, which can be found across North London, and give them a little rating/review. This also includes watching the Olympics by the way. Too easy!
2. AA for Cyclists
Bike woes? Can’t make it to your trusty bike shop for a repair? Save your legs and your pennies and use North London based, Bikes R Us mobile repair service. They offer a complete cycle repair service either at your home or place of work. There’s no local callout charge and callouts are available up to approximately 15 miles (excluding Central London).
A full annual service costs from £25, the supply and fit of a new inner tube (puncture) will set you back £12 and wheel trueing is just £6-10 good English pounds.
They don’t have a website or an app, so go old skool and keep 020 8882 8288 saved in your phone under ‘BIKE HELP NOW!’, right next to ‘STRANGE BLOKE FROM BAR’ and ‘???’. Apparently when you ring them you have to speak to their mum first and ask if they’re in…
3. Satnav No Go
Are you one of those rare species of Londoners that drives? Well if you are, here’s a little word of advice – don’t use satnav if you want to avoid congestion charges. Apparently, that little fucker of a satnav will take you into all these pricey congestion charge zones on purpose, the naughty little snake!
4. No Place Like Home
Lost your phone, your compass and your dignity? Somehow wandered into South London and need to get home quick sharp? The flat side of the ‘Walkie-Talkie’ (20 Fenchurch Street) points towards north London like a beautiful silvery lighthouse. No need for those ruby slippers, which is just as well as you left them outside the club, didn’t you.
5. Silence of the foxes
Foxes are fantastic creatures. They’re also loud as arse when you’re trying to get some shut-eye. So here’s a tip if you’re being plagued by those screaming urban red heads: they hate chilli powder. Liberally dust some spice around your back garden, front garden, foot of your bed (can’t be too careful- according to the Daily Mail they’re after your face as you sleep). Peace at last.
6. Peace in Angel
I spend a weird amount of time in Angel, but even I didn’t know about the footpath off Duncan Street that leads down to the canals. The traffic noise suddenly disappears, the tourists are lost in the shopping centre and all you are left with is narrowboats, casual cyclists, and water. City stress heads in need of an urban refuge take note – this is one calm oasis in the middle of one of North London’s most frantic of spots.
7. Station to Station
Citymapper is a great route planning app, but as a savvy North Londoner you’re probably after something a little more extensive and in the know. Try the Station Master App, which is more of an in-depth travel guide app than a route planner, giving you intensely detailed information about each station – from the number of steps to fun facts and historical background info.
It also doesn’t require WiFi so you can browse at your heart’s content underground. Station Master has 3D maps and exit maps so you can see the true layout of a station, especially the ones with a maze of corridors, and find out the best exit.
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.