Top Four Divine Acts For A Guilt Free December
Written by: Sophie Taylor
Guilt Free December: a month is for 30 days, not just for Christmas.
It’s time to cleanse your soul and pretoxify yourself. Why not have a saintly first half of December so you can really let your hair down in the debauched second half?
Prepare your liver and cleanse your soul with gift buying, charity parties and culture: it’s guilt free December. Here’s our top four divine acts to keep the demons at bay til the work Christmas do at least.
Divine Act no.1: Take in some culture
? Tel Aviv-based artist Johnathan Reiner will be showing his new exhibition, Femme Fatale at leading contemporary art gallery Hang-Up. Currently training as a neurologist, Dr. Reiner’s work addresses concepts that aren’t hard-wired into our brains, but imposed on us by the culture we live in. The self-taught print-maker has created a vibrant body of screen prints and previously unseen originals for Hang-Up’s Femme Fatale exhibition.
The Private View launch is on the evening of the 1 Dec, from 6 – 9 pm where the artist/doctor himself will be there. Behave yourselves.
Hang-Up Gallery, 81 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 8AD
Femme Fatale exhibition open from 2 Dec 2016 – 29 Jan 2017, Private View 1st December 6-9pm.
? After an entertaining few weeks following the new Atom Gallery refit on their instagram, they are ready for their close up. The official reopening party kicks off on Friday 2nd December with their debut show, ‘Excited State’: what happens when an Atom moves from one place to another and then puts on a smashing print show.
You know where it’s at. Ah ha ah at.
Atom Gallery, 127 Green Lanes, Newington Green, N16 9DA Private View from 6-9pm (just in case you didn’t know where it’s at).
? On the 6th December, the Somewhereto Network are hosting an exhibition at arts space, Green Rooms. Get ready for a night of spoken word, music and live art, all from emerging creative talent from the Somewhereto_ network. For more info on all those exhibiting and performing, get thee to the Eventbrite page.
Green Rooms, 13-27 Station Road, N22 6UW.
Divine Act no.2: Support local businesses
? On the 2nd December, the creme de la creme of Crouch End will be opening up late for an evening of late night shopping with tasty food, retro, vintage and kitsch. Yes, it’s Barboot time again!
Amongst the racks of vintage clothes, you’ll find homeware, hair styling and a whole host of junk to fit in your trunk.
You might just spot the event creator, Amelia and her beautiful dog Rose down at Painted Black Vintage, a clothes shop bursting with affordable women’s and men’s clothing from the 1920s to the 1970s.
Crouch End Barboot, Late Night Shopping
2nd December, 7pm – 10:30pm
? Keep it local, keep it safe. This Christmas, why not polish your halo by getting the shopping done early (like this weekend) and hella local. Less effort, better gifts, great karmic retribution.
As part of Small Business Saturday, Stroud Green N4 are hosting a trail of goodliness from their very own shops and pubs. Pick up a Stroud Green Christmas Trail card (lovingly created by wondrous design agency, The Barefaced Movement) from any shop bearing the Christmas Trail poster. Collect stickers from participating venues and receive free drinkies for your support.
Go forth, get stickered, be merry!
Small Business Saturday Stroud Green Trail
3rd – 4th December
Divine act no.3: Buy gifts for others
? For all your Christmas shopping needs head to Alexandra Palace on the 4th. From fabulous fashion, menswear, jewellery and accessories to quirky items for the home, plus antiques and collectables. Download the 2-4-1 entry voucher and pay just £3 on the door. Stalls will include vintage ladies & menswear, jewellery & accessories, homeware, posters, collectables & curiosities.
Pop up Vintage at Alexandra Palace, stalls open from 9.30 to 4.30pm.
? Every Monday, the Islington Christmas Market is opening again. Luckily it has relocated this year to the Angel Shopping Centre, where you’ll be met with a very warm reception in the form of market stalls in festive chalets selling Christmas décor and gifts. Expect speciality chocco, wooden laser cut jewellery, candles and the world’s smallest champagne bottle.
Angel Shopping Centre Islington, Monday – Fri 11am – 7pm, Sat 10-6pm, Sun 12-5pm
Divine act no.4: Host a charity party
? Host a Crisis Christmas Party from 5th – 11th December. Crisis is the national charity for single homeless people, dedicated to ending homelessness by delivering life-changing services and campaigning for change. Help make a difference to people facing homelessness this Christmas with a Crisis Christmas party. Your Crisis Christmas Party can be whatever you fancy. Turn your existing event into a Crisis fundraiser, have fun and raise funds for a good cause. Tis the season for overindulging whilst thinking of others after all. If you can’t make that week, don’t you get your knickers in a twist! Relax and do it when you can within the month. The main priority here is making sweet sweet money for an incredibly worthy cause. More deets and reading material here.
Of course there are hundreds of other ways to appease your dark soul and repent for past grievances before 2016 is through. Have a look at some more conscience busting suggestions in our article, 7 Ways To Save Your Soul.
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 loath 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.
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.