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.
Joginder's Supperclub is a North Indian Punjabi supper party founded in 2009 by mother and daughter team, Rani & Saira. Based in their home in Tufnell Park, North London, 12 guests enjoy a nine course punjabi feast around the big library table while Rani & Saira cook up each course in the kitchen. Joginder was Rani's mother to whom the supperclub is inspired by and memory of. They have held their supperclub once a month for the last 8 years with many returning guests over the years. Catering for both meat eaters and vegetarian the evening is meant to be enjoyed in the spirit of good hospitality, good food and enjoyable company.
Have we told you lately how much we love Helena the Allotment Florist? For the non affiliated, she is a multifaceted Wood Green based bespoke florist with an eye for detail and a passion for ethical practice. Having studied floristry at the Covent Garden Academy of Flowers, Helena worked in various florists around London before deciding to venture out on her own. She saw a worrying amount of flower deliveries flown in from all over the world, coated in preservative chemicals complete with a healthy carbon footprint. The Allotment Florist is a fresh alternative to the unethical companies, with an organic approach to floristry, growing as many flowers as possible in her allotment. “I absolutely love growing flowers, arranging them and just being on my plot surrounded by them.”
It is a bright cold day in April, and the clocks are striking thirteen. Someone on a flickering TV screen challenges Scott Pruitt, the new chief of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, about climate change. The interviewer is confident, as thought he believes, when we all know now that the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.
We spoke with Sarah and Charlie Almond, a design-geek power duo with two lively young children keeping them on their toes in the heart of buzzing Stroud Green. Their apartment on Cornwall Road, Finsbury Park is glistening with minimalist Scandi design and carefully curated Soho House Group style lighting. We chat design inspiration, lighting squabbles and where to get the best Eggs Benedict in the area.
We were lucky enough to sample the mighty food collaboration between Yard Sale and Rola Wala who one fine night joined heart and body to create a pulled lamb, vindaloo inspired double-fermented dough sensation: the Naga Warrior. Though once we cried from charred scorpion chilli, now must we weep in mourning of the beautiful pizza that has finished it’s mighty residency.
Next week the Unrestricted View Film Festival is back for it’s second year. Find the very best in indie cinema and filmmaking at The Hen and Chickens, Islington from the 24th - 30th April 2017. Unrestricted View became the resident theatre company at The Hen and Chickens back in 1999, dedicating themselves to giving up-and-coming theatre companies, writers, actors and comedians a platform to showcase their talents.
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 pictures of the ex and accidentally liking a photo from 153 weeks ago? None of that. Here’s some last minute suggestions for the less organised and non trogladitey among us.
Picture this. It's Friday. It's the end of the month, you're skint and you've just battled the throngs of Facetiming sociopaths on the overground. You need a drink, but you live on Caledonian Road. Nearby you've got that e-sports bar where there's regular Xbox tournaments. You could buy a £6 bottle of Black Tower, but you remember drinking alone isn't socially acceptable (for now). Until you see it: 'Taproom open!' That fabled blackboard perched in a hidden alleyway by Caledonian Road and Barnsbury station. Situated sneakily off Offord Street between Japanese knotweed and an old paint centre - blink and you miss it. Still thirsty.
Sapphire, a 1959 British crime drama, was filmed on the streets of Tufnell Park. The BAFTA winning film highlights racism in London towards immigrants from the West Indies and although dated in style, was ahead of it's time in topic and deemed a progressive movie for 1959.
Dust off your knee socks and rubbery bats: it’s time for a ping pong resurgence. From 7 - 9pm this Friday 14th you are invited to Clissold Leisure Centre to the Table Tennis Club. Meeting every Friday, all players are welcome of varying abilities and depending on numbers, they play relaxed games of Round Robin, doubles, around the world and more.
Fancy a silver ring workshop? Because let’s face it, if no-one’s giving you one you need to make your own. Alternatively you could make it for someone special and take a step towards restoring your karmic balance. But remember to measure their fingers as subtly and awkwardly as possible (or borrow one of their rings for reference).
The National Youth Theatre are currently touring 50 plays in a day across the UK. to celebrate 50 years of the NYT commissioning new work for young people. The locations of all 50 plays have been kept top secret and only released this morning. One particular play will be performed at our very own MoseyHome on Stroud Green Road TONIGHT. We are giving away one guest list ticket via our Facebook and Twitter so get in touch and keep your eyes peeled for a shiny ticket confirmation. All shows will be streamed online live should you miss out
Hands up, who watched The Great Pottery Throwdown? Didn’t you love it when Ryan kept smashing his final show piece and barely even reacted? Did you also think it was mildly inappropriate when Sara Cox kept asking Richard if he wanted to touch the model’s bare torso? Also, also, how lovely was it when Keith the judge got teary about Richard’s lamp?
Hold the actual phone. Donald Trump’s planned state visit to the UK could be set to occur earlier this year, “as early as May”, London police chief Sir Brian Hogarth says. What joy… But that’s not all. Despite mass protest and UK wide opposition to this visit, the President’s potential visit to the UK, which will include an audience with the Queen, is still to go ahead. In Finsbury Park. Nearly two million people signed a petition calling on Theresa May to cancel the visit, but new information points to a North London based welcome as Trump has stated his fear of Central London based meetings and any travel near Westminster.
Vegans! Don’t go compromising. If you’re the kind of vegan that misses dairy and has daily meat cravings, Essential Vegan have your skinny back. Get stuck in to ‘cheese’ balls, ‘chicken’ strips and some brand new burger options at their current residency in Haunt, Stoke Newington. The Essential Jack burger is gluten free and made with pulled slow cooked jackfruit with their homemade red onion and gherkin mayo. Ingenious vegan cuisine awaits!
We want to know what the difference is between the online or offline approach when it comes to finding ‘a mate’. I am currently embarking on a series of test dates to compare digital vs real world dating approaches. Because it’s 2017, Spring has us all randy like March hares and we will never get enough of reading potential cringe material.