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.
It’s pelting it down, it’s cold, the Arsenal v Everton match just finished. We raced to Hammerton Brewery for their monthly taproom opening, dodging and weaving our way through the masses of footie fans emerging from the Emirates Stadium after a good two hours of watching a bunch of blokes kick a ball around a field. Football fan I am not. After sweeping through a maze of cobblestone side streets on a forced detour, we finally arrived to Roman Way. We wiped away the sweat and rain running down our faces, parked our bikes up and headed into the darkness. Hidden away from prying eyes in an industrial estate just a few streets parallel to HMP Pentonville, you’d never even know the brewery was there. Thankfully, our contributor Emmie informed us of this piss-up in a brewery last year so we’re in the know, you know?
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