Top Five ‘Thursdays are the new Fridays again’ events

Written by: Sophie Taylor

Once upon a time, Fridays were the new Fridays for our charleston pulling grandparents, then Thursdays became the new Fridays for our ‘I’ve sewn myself into my flares’ parents before our older siblings decided only Wednesdays were for pogoing to Prodigy.

Now us spoilt Millenials and Generation Z’s have became so impatient we swiped left on all other weekdays and went full circle back to Thursday being the new Friday again.

Here’s how to fully embrace your twitchy lack of virtuous patience for the weekend on a Thursday in North London.

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1. Bounce on giant balls

You’re clearly a big restless child who likes a mid week blow out, so skip down to Proud Camden for giant games, a ball pit, secret beer garden and what they describe as ‘giant inflatable fun’. Ooh matron. As if that’s not too much fun for a school night, drinks are ridiculously priced at £2.50 which spells out it’s-Friday-and-I’m-calling-in-sick before you’ve even left the house on Thursday morning.

Expect house, garage, hip hop and r&b all night with even more ludicrous and sugary drink deals to keep you bouncing on those inflatables. *Sniggers*

Magic Resident DJs every Thursday at Proud Camden The Horse Hospital, Stables Market, Camden Town

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2. Get booed off stage

There’s a reason this particular Karaoke night only occurs once a month. Every first Thursday you have the opportunity to get booed off stage by your audience and host, comedian Quint Fontana. So bring your most brazen of mic hogging compadres who could do with a slight ego pricking. 

There’s plenty of cheese and anarchy to go around at Karaoke Rumble, so leave your inhibitions at the bottom of your glass and wear your thickest of skins. You’ve got two minutes to impress out there baby, make it count.

Karaoke Rumble, every first Thursday of the month at Star of Kings, Kings Cross

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3. Get your jig on

Every Thursday at Cecil Sharp House you can choose to partake in some Irish folk dancing or English country dances and ceilidhs. If you’re more of a musician than a dancer you can join in with the live band and really get on down with your fiddle. All levels are catered for, so don’t you worry about your lack of right feet or partner. You can come alone and rhythm-less, no judgements here. 

There’s even barn dance lessons and American contra dance moves for you to learn and sand the floorboards with. Good excuse to dust off those cowboy boots you’ve been staring at since the noughties. 

English Country Dancing and Irish Set Dancing every Thursday at Cecil Sharp House  from 7:30pm 

Tickets £5 | £4 concessions

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4. Rock the boat

If you’re feeling a bit more popular, you could always have a party on a boat with up to 42 friends. Specifically 42, yes. Be sure to choose wisely when knocking off that unlucky 43rd chum of yours. Canal Party Club let’s you hire a canal boat for two hours with a pickup and drop off point is King’s Cross, Granary Square steps. It’s BYOB, food and music so you don’t need to be serenaded by a Venetian gondolier or endure the Captain’s Neyo mix. Oh yeah, it will just be the forty two of you rocking out on your love boat apart from the Captain who definitely won’t be dipping into your pink Cava and will be concentrating on making sure you get through the 200 year old underground Islington tunnel in one piece. Or 42 pieces.

They also offer 4 and 5 hour trips that go through Camden Locks and Market, London Zoo, Maida Hill Tunnel and Little Venice, before returning to Kings Cross with a stolen tiger onboard from the zoo so you can recreate scenes from The Life of Pi. Hey, it says you’re allowed to decorate the boat as you wish.

Canal Party Club trips are available to book between 12:00 – 21:30 working out at £10/hour per person. 

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5. Quiz yourself

When you’re teetering halfway between going home for a miserable chai latte with Masterchef and drinking away your week stresses with Lary Mary from accounts down Rowans, settle on a reliable pub quiz instead. You can distract yourself from any niggling woes with the more pressing questions while avoiding a broken toe / banging headache situation tomorrow morning. It is a school night after all.

Every Thursday, Treehouse Quizzes host Trivia Night at The Stapleton Tavern in Crouch End. There’s a weekly jackpot of up to £200 up for the winning so get your grey matter in gear so you can shrink it in alcohol again once you’ve won the £30 bar tab. There’s creative rounds involving tin foil and lego and it’s a measly £1 to enter. They also boast a pretty mean looking menu so you can eat your sadness if you lose drastically.

Trivia Night at The Stapleton Tavern every Thursday from 8pm, £1 entry

If you need some more inspiration for your ‘I don’t care it’s not Friday yet I’m off out’ urges, have a read of these helpful devils: 

Top 4 After Work Pints

Bank Holiday To Do List

Top Karaoke Joints

Top 4 Quizzes Finsbury Park

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