Oh Snap! Top Five Free Election Night Covfefe
Written by: Sophie Taylor
Oh snap! Another general election looms. Whether you’re hopeful for a landslide win or a surprising wild card outcome, wipe the bitter disappointment from your tastebuds with some gins, ales, burgers and strong coffee.
Because let’s face facts, it will be neither of those results will it? Find the perfect place for you to receive the bad news in good company.
1. The Competitive One: The Big Gin or Ale Election at The White Lion
Cast your vote then commiserate or celebrate this Thursday evening. It’s the Big Gin or Ale Election (see what they did there?) at The White Lion.
Other ways to quell your heavy heart, as you watch the inevitable play out over three screens, involve: general election themed bingo, polling booth prizes and a £50 bar tab up for grabs for the more competitive among us.
Good ol fashioned British bar food will be served all night, including special election burgers. We’re not entirely sure what that entails, but I’m imagining a blue cheese British beef burger with a side order of awkwardly salty chips or a vegan homegrown mushroom burger with allotment grown red sweet potato fries and extra helpings of Daddys sauce from 1972.
The White Lion, 125 – 127 Stroud Green Road, N4
Book your table before they’re all gone via email@example.com or on 0207 561 8880.
2. The Caffeinated One: Election Night (again) at The Lexington
“Booze. Laughs, tears, coverage on the big screens over both floors.”
Apparently at the last election in 2015 someone was barred from The Lexington for punching Farage’s face on the big screen (if ever there as a reason to be barred from a pub..) but they are back once again to stir the masses. Over both floors the results will be covered on two rather large screens until we have a new old same same but different Government. Their award winning menu will be served all night alongside craft beers “with strong coffee and even stronger drinks”.
The Lexington will be divided into four sections:
In the Red Corner we have Jeremy ‘JEZZA’ Corbyn
In the Blue Corner it’s Theresa ‘Vicarage’ May
In the newly resurgent yellow Corner it’s Tim ‘the alternative’ Farron
In the naughty corner it’s probably that Farage chap or something – who knows anymore.
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Road, N1 9JB
9pm – 5am
Free but ticketed. Register here.
3. The Slightly Biased One: Election Watch Late Night at The Dove
Another screening event is taking place at The Dove in Broadway Market. Tickets are required to guarantee entry, but they’re free as a bird.
There is a veggie burger and drink deal running for the night with a less than subtle political leaning (it’s an outright tribute to Jeremy Corbyn) for a tenner.
Go for a like minded crowd if you’re voting Labour, or if you fancy a lively discussion with the other side of the debate.
We could probably all do with a little escape from our own echo chambers and hear some alternative ideas. Whilst chowing down on a big fat veggie burger, right?
Thursday June 8th 7pm – 5am
The Dove Freehouse and Kitchen
24-28 Broadway Market, E8 4QJ
4. The Comfy One: Election Night at Your House
Run in out of the rain, pop your comfies on and kick back with a takeaway. From the comfort of your own sofa / bed you can channel hop when you get bored of the relentless poll watching.
Results not going your way? Dropped garlic sauce on your hoodie? No-one cares but you and you’re in charge of the remote / mouse.
Get some Graham Norton on the iPlayer and pretend it’s not actually happening till you’ve had an extra shot Americano tomorrow morning.
Alternatively have some people round for judgement free moral support and more discounts on your curry. Then when the delivery guy or girl arrives you can make eye contact and smile this time, gesturing slowly at your actual real life friends in the living room.
5. The Sporty One: Silly Election Run
If you’re more of a ‘run away your problems’ than eat them type, there’s a Silly Election Run throughout London on the night of the 7th where you can pound the most political streets of the Capital.
Referred to as a light hearted and satirical 10k/5k race, you get to bash actors dressed up as your favourite/most hated politicians whilst running off your adrenaline.
Perfect if you’re into that sort of thing. Get tickets here.
When danger reared its ugly head, Brave Sir Robin turned and fled… to his namesake pub on Crouch Hill for a craft beer and a top-notch meal from kitchen residency Cue Point. Warm globes of light hang above intimate booths, specially commissioned wall design offers a rich backdrop, and cosy sofas, deep armchairs and plentiful cushioned stools ensure no one is without a seat.
Flocking to Holloway Road on one of the many Sundays that we’ve spent at the Nag’s Head Car Boot Sale, we spotted a new Vietnamese place called Pho Hot getting ready to open up their doors. Being the nosy folks we are, we peeked inside and spotted a menu. Banh Mi was on it. It's a baguette, but not as you know it. Glory of all glories! It’s been far too long since I last consumed this distinctive sarnie and I'm happy as Larry that there's a new Banh Mi joint on my doorstep.
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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.
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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!