Top 4 Weird Things to do This September
Written by: Claire Holly Davies
Sound baths, pit parties, fake cheese and nipples, these are a few of our favourite things, said no one ever. Bored of drinking down the pub every evening? Unlikely, but bare with me. Sometimes you just want to let down your hair, shake it off and do something down right odd of an evening… followed by a pint at the pub (we’re not savages).
Here’s our round up of 4 ever-so-slightly bonkers things to do this month:
1. Your Cells Are Alive With The Sound Of Music
Fancy participating in a meditative, immersive sound bath with a healing fusion of gongs, crystal bowls and intuitive voices? Of course you do!
Well put that Jagerbomb down, because we’ve got the perfect Saturday evening activity for you. One Yoga London are hosting an Immersive Sound Journey session this Saturday 9th September, describing the event as “A place where busy minds are stilled and hearts are opened, accessing an expansive state of deep peace and clarity. Sound resonates on a cellular level, meaning we don’t only perceive it through our ears but through our bodies, through our waters,through our bones. As the healing vibrations wash over you and into you blockages and tension are dissolved and mind, body and spirit are brought into balance.”
Our waters could do with a bit of balance tbh.
Mats and blankets are provided, but feel free to bring anything else you’d like to make your space more comfy. Restorative vodka perhaps?
Immersive Sound Journey by One Yoga London
Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre, N8 9JJ
Sep 09 2017 18:00 – 19:30
2. This Party Is The Pits
After a run of warehouse parties last year that apparently blew a hole in the UK live scene (sounds expensive), Fluffer Records return with their infamous pit parties that see bands play in the middle of the room with the crowd 360. We’ve been told to expect total chaotic bliss, which seems like a bit of an oxymoron to us but let’s not piss on their parade. September’s pit party sees the mighty SPRING KING take to the quite literal centre stage, plus some very special guests and DJs. This event looks pretty good, although I imagine that following this preview we’ll likely be barred. Official partners: Orange Amps // DIY Magazine // Pistonhead Beer
Guardian: ‘Pit Parties are taking gigs to the fans.’
Dazed And Confused: ‘Pit Parties are reinventing London Night life.’
North Four: ‘Pit Parties sound great, shame we’re not invited.’
SPRING KING Pit Party
Secret warehouse location in Hackney
Sep 15 2017 19:00 – 00:30
3. You Gouda Brie Kidding Me
This has caused a right stink in the office. It’s been a veritable fight to the death between the vegan warriors and the carnivores as to whether vegan cheese can be edible/tasty/classed as actual cheese (it can’t, read it and weep suckers). You can find out for yourself at the Life Beyond Cheese class with Ellie Phoebe Brown later this month.
The class will include:
> Intro to ingredients used in recreating the textures and flavours of cheese
> Learn to make a selection of cheese dishes including: the perfect Mac n Cheese and Baked Rosemary Camembert
> A feast of various plant-based cheese dishes for lunch
> Recipes and samples of some of your creations to take home
Life Beyond Cheese class with Ellie Phoebe Brown
Made In Hackney – Local Food Kitchen, 3 Cazenove Rd, N16 6PA
Sep 16 2017 12:00 – 16:30
4. Free The Nipple
Sometimes we venture south of the river, shock horror. Last time we made the pilgrimage we didn’t slowly liquefy into a puddle whilst screaming “we’re melting, we’re melting!” so we’re pretty confident about doing it again. It’ll be worth it for this gem of a burlesque cabaret extravaganza, titillatingly titled ‘Between The Sheets’ (wit woo), now showing at London’s Underbelly Festival on the Southbank. Described as a thrill-seekers paradise and a tantalising display of late-night cabaret, we’re promised comic naughtiness and gasp-inducing spectacle. We’re both exhausted and aroused even thinking about it. Starring Miss Polly Rae, she of The Hurly Burly Show and Soho Burlesque Club fame, this visually stunning, hilarious and risqué romp sounds like one wild night out.
Between The Sheets
Underbelly Festival, Southbank, London
Friday September 8th – 21:30
Friday September 29th – 21:30
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.
Pilgrim, the newest kid to Hackney's pop-up scene, is a unique dining experience inspired by the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. This six course tasting menu includes regional dishes with a contemporary twist not yet seen before in London.
Recent times have seen an unnerving surge in right-wing politics. President Trump’s campaign to ‘make America great again’ saw him make the audacious promise to ‘build a wall’. France saw the uneasy ascent of Marine Le Pen’s National Front in its general elections and Germany’s AfD, (the first openly nationalist party in almost six decades) celebrated an unprecedented third place victory in its recent elections.
Summer is officially over. We're not sure it ever began in the first place. I guess that's one of the few downsides of living in London (other than crippling debt, tube strikes and Boris Johnson), but I digress... Magic Roundabout Old Street is raising the bar for winter, transforming the site into a tented, heated, 'Decades' inspired wonderland.
Guess who’s back, back again. Fat Macy’s back, tell a friend. No, really. Tell everyone about it. Fat Macy's supper club came back into our lives and this time around they had their Middle Eastern Feast on at the cute as a button Luminary Bakery in Stoke Newington, with a menu inspired by Ottolenghi and the #CookForSyria campaign.
Getting shouted at by a burly prison guard with a buzz cut and an offensively loud American accent isn't usually the way one wishes to begin one's night. Nevertheless, as I clamber into a very large (cheers guys) orange jumpsuit, the guard shoves a bottle of Conkers Gin wrapped in a thin towel (no fluffy Egyptian cotton here lads), into my now somewhat clammy hands. Whispering hastily at me to not get caught by the warden I'm ushered off in single file into the depths of Alcotraz.
If you haven’t heard the news yet, the world’s first black bookshop is back. Yes, after months of campaigning for funding and volunteers, New Beacon Books has reopened after threat of closure with a brand new refurb to boot. Established in 1966 by John La Rose and Sarah White, New Beacon Books is the UKs longest running independent bookshop specialising in African-Caribbean literature, cards and artwork.
London cocktail week is upon us. To be honest I can think of nothing worse than strapping on a wristband, carrying around a guidebook and queuing up for something that just needs to be brought to my sorry, tired old lips immediately. Apparently this year however, Drink Up London have released an app that eliminates all of the above nonsense. Get your ticket, download the app and get enjoying your £6 cocktails all week long. Just remember to flash your digital pass to the bartender first.