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.
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
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
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
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.
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:
“Only last night I found myself lost / by the station called King's Cross. / Dead and wounded on either side / you know it's only a matter of time.” [Pet Shop Boys - Kings Cross] It’s the night after the play and I’m standing at the bar of ‘The Big Chill House’ on Pentonville Road in Kings Cross. It’s ‘Throwback Thursday’ (#TBT) and happy hour is definitely over.
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Having worked in hospitality with a keen artist’s eye, the Arts Building knew Emma was perfect to take over the space. They were after a morning to night eatery for the neighbourhood, one for local residents and workers alike. Knowing the street’s reputation as a bit of a foodie strip, the menu had to be up to scratch for it’s discerning super-taster of a community. Yes, we’re a hungry bunch in Stroud Green.
At the time of writing this the menu has just been released for Food by Feast’s new supper club. I imagine, however, that by the time you read this every dining space will be swiftly filled. If you aren’t acquainted with the duo yet (tsk), they’re the genius collaboration of Cordon Bleu chef and food writer Olivia Potts and Guardian food writer and cook, Kate Young. Having successfully completed the likes of a Gilmore Girls supper club to rapturous applause and smacking lips recently, the latest menu experience is Twin Peaks inspired and looks equally witty and delectable.
Sound healing in Stoke Newington. This Thursday 18th May, The Mystery School of Sound are running a de-stress gong bath experience in Stoke Newington Ramadan Mosque. Alongside guided meditation, healing process and gong performace, you’ll get a mini intro to healing traditions of the druids and hermetic teaching.
Patron Cave a Manger’s pop up cinema are shacking up at The Rose and Crown in Kentish Town to screen The Artist. Soak up the atmoshpere of the Festival du Cannes with swanky popcorn and elegant cocktails. Get red carpet ready for this special screening of The Artist - the ridiculously popular award winning silent French film that everyone fell in love with.
Unfortunately rising rents are affecting community spaces in Stoke Newington and their availability. St Mary’s Centre currently provides a space for projects including the Foodbank, Hackney Migrants centre and the Night Shelter but they're at risk of losing their space. To help raise funds to redevelop the space and increase awareness, they are organising a weekend food market in Stokey. The pop-up food market is a launch event for their huge fundraising drive to rebuild the community rooms attached to St Mary's Church in Stoke Newington.
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“All My Single Cylinders, All My Single Cylinders”. Two girls, sick to the back teeth of Tindering and Bumbling about the bars of London, decided to create their own speed dating night. Involved in the biker community of East London they have created a special series of nights combining live music, motorbikes and speed dates. Bolt Motorbike Shop of Stoke Newington is their latest venue, providing a more intriguing backdrop for your date night and quashing the usual awkwardness of sparse, brightly lit speed dating scenarios. You can admire the motors, enjoy your free drinks and listen to some live music with some top notch handpicked company.
In case you’ve never had a piirakka, (also known as Karelian pasties, pies or pirogs) they’re a delicious Finnish treat that you need to try immediately. Whether savoury or sweet, they’re basically a light pastie made with rye flour and a pretty unique variety of filling options. Meet Aapo Nieminen, a native Finnish local who grew up with piirakka. After getting tired of asking friends and family to bring him these naughty little pasties whenever they visited he came up with a plan. “They are an important part of everyday finish life. One day I thought why not just make them yourself?”
The lycra is optional. Coffee however, isn't. On Friday 197 cyclists descended on Sardinia to compete in the 100th edition of the Giro d'Italia. For those of you that don't have wardrobes filled with lycra you might never of heard of it but Think Tour d'France but in Italy. Still drawing a blank?
Naked Dough have appeared like a pair of beautiful fairy godmothers to lead me to an actual edible cookie dough dance party. Plus they didn’t even tell me what I should wear, they genuinely don’t care. Naked Dough is a new restaurant serving edible cookie dough from tubs, cones and even carry home pots. The ingredients are raw egg free and the flour is heat-treated so you need not worry-like-Edwina-Currie about salmonella and stomach bloat (unless you’re gluten free of course. In which case I’m sorry you’ve stumbled upon this torture page of an article).
Ten years ago MINT Vintage first opened in Covent Garden before moving on to the more creative surrounds of Stoke Newington, pioneering fashion forward vintage. Every piece is hand selected and sourced from all over the world, ensuring every garment is trend driven but timeless and always unique. This May they’ve decided to transform their world in to an “oops we were trying to make corduroy and came up with denim” dreamland*.
Finding myself wandering around Limehouse Basin craving a pint and perhaps even a slice of pizza, I needed to get home to my local Crate Brewery sharpish (they do the freshest craft beers and have award winning pizzas). But how to get there? Stumbling in to Limehouse Station and towards a huge sign saying CLOSED, I consider walking there instead. A short meander riverwards, I reach the canal and begin to notice a group of people donning chunky waistcoats stretching their arms around. I pause for a second, swaying slightly on the spot, watching this mesmerising circle of humans yielding huge double ended spoons.
"Ooh they’re doing a psych night at Moth Club Tina!” "What, again?” It’s a familiar sentence. Fast becoming a buzzword for young musos and Beyond Retro dwellers alike, psych music is no longer just for the suede fringed waistcoat wearing Acid Jazz lovers who curse their parents they weren’t born in 1966. No no. The psych music spectrum has spread it’s bendy wings and shaken off it’s lava lamp skin to embrace a whole host of musical genres. From William Burroughs to Pet Sounds to Thee Oh Sees, the genre’s had a birth, decline and resurgence. Nambucca in Finsbury Park are totally capitalising on this revival with their new monthly night, SIKE! This Thursday 11th May, they’re bringing four different acts who are all covering different elements of the psych scene.
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