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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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