Top Four "What to do When You're Not in a Cave" Weekend Plans
Written by: Sophie Taylor
So (hopefully) you’ve found yourself with four days off work. Charlotte from accounts has been banging on about her shit plans all week and Pete’s brutal description of his abhorrent weekend agenda has made you vom more times than you’d care to remember. If most of the usuals are off home for Easter, what are you going to do with yourself? Hide away in your man/she cave scrolling through pics of the ex and accidentally liking a 153 week old selfie? None of that. Here’s some last minute suggestions for the less organised and non trogladitey among us.
1. Hop right in Friday
As long as you didn’t jump too early and are now nursing a stonker from last night’s “woooh four day weekend let’s get another round of shots in” shenanigans, then you shall be in the mood for some old school rock n rolling tonight. What better place to embrace your inner punk than among the streets of Camden? Start off with a walking tour of the famous and infamous sights of Camden’s Rock n Roll history with local girl about town, Alison. “If I haven’t experienced some of the stories I’ll be telling myself, I personally know someone who was there.” She’ll walk you through the rich, musical history of the area showing you where The Clash lived and rehearsed, where Britpop began and take you to Winehouse’s old local, just for starters. Sign up here.
If you’d rather a more straightforward pub crawl, try 1 Big Night Out’s Camden Town version. Wear a long coat, some baggy sweats and dance from pub to pub like a Bowie Jagger gif. Starting at Bar 55 from 8pm, you’ll enjoy welcome shots in 3 more venues including the famous Stables Market and happy hour prices lasting all night. Find all the deets here.
2. Wholesome Saturday
Once you’ve taken full advantage of another lie in, you might be feeling the need for some more wholesome stimulation. Learn to make a chocolate egg, fire a ceramic pot or do some vintage shopping on the Saturday. My Chocolate are hosting a special workshop for hardened cocoaphiles, where you can build a giant flat egg or squashed chick from molten chocolate, using dipping forks to create marbled effects. After a moreish chocolate history lesson, you can dip and decorate your Easter creations using dark chocolate ganache, milk chocolate fudge and bowls of melted chocolate. Workshops take place at 11am and 3pm each day at 10c Branch Place, N1 5PH.
If you fancy something less chocolatey (/obvious), but still want to make work for your idle thumbs, try a pottery class in Stoke Newington. Learn to make your own tableware with hand building, wheel throwing and get creative with your finishing touches once you’ve fired, glazed and thoroughly felt up a lump of unsuspecting clay.
But Saturday’s are the original retail therapy days after all. So satiate that need to swap paper monies for physical items at Stoke Newington Tea House. They’re hosting a pop-up vintage shop on their top floor on Saturday, in partnership with Joey Never Met Doris.
There’ll be vintage clothes and accessories, one-of-a-kind interior and art from local artist, Carl Stimpson. The event is free and open from 11am to 7pm (with a break between 4pm – 5pm).
The downstairs pub is open as usual so if the sun’s got his fedora on take advantage of their garden with a cocktail or two. The four day weekend is young!
Stoke Newington Teahouse, 102 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0LA
3. Resurrect me Sunday
Relevantly resurrecting like the superstar preacher himself (casual blasphemy?) Victoria Stakes are re-opening this weekend after their great fire of last October. Thankfully no-one was hurt but the building had to be completely gutted, calling on six fire engines and 35 firefighters before donating all their food to charities and soup kitchens in the process.
After five months of rebuilding and redecorating, Victoria Stakes is ready for it’s close up once again. They’ll be officially open from the 14th, but why not go on Sunday to bypass the Friday rush and enjoy a more relaxed pint and roast.
That is until you remember it’s a four day weekend, your eyes widen and you order in four trays of shot roulette. Put that guilt away, because you’re supporting a truly independent pub who only serve ethically sourced fresh produce.
So help them keep on rising from the ashes of misfortune with an extra round this Easter.
4. All the Chill Monday
You can either reacquaint yourself with your sofa for the remainder of the weekend and resign yourself to box sets, or recover in style at The Finsbury. This Easter Monday they have pre-empted your need for calm and laid on five of the most relaxing acts they could muster including St. Simeon and the Stylites. Have a listen of the line up here.
Entry is free so you’ve no excuse that you’ve haemorrhaged your wages since Friday. Mon 17 April from 6pm – 11pm at The Finsbury, 336 Green Lanes, N4 1BY.
Currently showing at Camden People’s Theatre, performance artist Tom Marshman’s play Kings Cross (Remix) is a glorious celebration of a bygone era. The show is a tightly crafted journey through the stories of some of the people who made up the 1980s Kings Cross LGBTQ scene. Bursting with warmth, charm and affection, the play is a must see for anyone interested in learning more about London’s alternative history.
The Londoner behind 'Strong and Stable My Arse'. It’s a simple message. A slogan that’s straight to the point. 'Strong and Stable My Arse’ is a statement everyone can understand with a wry grin as they spot it slathered onto billboards, phone boxes and brick walls around the UK. So who could possibly be behind such a simple, cheeky, dig in the ribs campaign? Someone who knows his audience, who knows the mindset of the British like the back of his left hand.
For some, a second bank holiday brings with it an extra day of anxiety as you wonder how to fill the 24 hour void that desk bound coffee fuelled typing usually fills. If you’re not content to lie horizontal letting gravity slide pizza down your throat, here’s our plans for your second Bank Holiday of the month.
“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.
Ceramics with charisma. Local pottery genius, Laura Bird has of course graced the digital pages of It’s Nice That, sold out in Anthropologie* and taken her seat at many a London ceramics stall since just recently starting her career in ceramics. It’s no surprise she is well loved: her unique and gentle humour exudes from every jar, planter and candlestick holder, adorned with cheeky expressions and impish grins.
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.
Healthy chocolate mousse and sexing up your smoothie with Kate Oates. We have found ourselves a yoga guru in Kate Oates, a healthtastic yogi based in Crouch End. When we met her last year she hinted at a few of her own culinary creations and boy were we intrigued. Asking for an exclusive recipe for you health conscious readers, we received a taste sensation of an idea for chocolate breakfast.
“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*.