What To Do This November: A 1980's Mixtape
Written by: Sophie Taylor
Make this month a mixtape of activities and create the ultimate soundtrack to November. This could be an eventful 30 days with fireworks on the 5th preempting the inevitable demise of the Western civilisation on the 8th. Can 2016 take any more drama and surrealism? Good job it’s finally time to get back on the sauce. Stoptober has come to a close and we’re going to need our music and our vices to get through now.
ROCK OUT, 1st November
Rock n Roll Tour, Camden
Starting outside the Electric Ballroom, let notorious DJ Alison Wise (anglophilic American expat) take you on a walking tour of the famous and infamous sights of Camden’s Rock n Roll history. Always wanted to know where the Clash lived and rehearsed? Ever wondered where Madness liked to sink a pint or four? How about why Prince loved Camden so much? Prance about the performance venues frequented by The Doors, Amy Winehouse and Sid Vicious and the exact location where Britpop was birthed in the nineties. I imagine it’s a boozy rock crawl so line those tummies in one of Camden’s many notorious street food eateries. Tickets available here. Questions? Email the host herself at email@example.com
SPARKLE, 5th November
Bonfire Night, Clissold Park and Alexandra Palace
The time has come to celebrate a gunpowder fetishist, burn his effigy on a pile of open flames, eat burnt gelatine on a stick and stand dangerously close to exploding missiles of fire. Remember, remember we are all eccentric tossers clinging to outmoded tradition and American sugar on sticks. So excited for Guy Fawkes Night! Clissold Park and Alexandra Palace are both holding their annual spectacles in the sky this November 5th, so dust off your thickest gloves and choose one Bonfire to stand around. *Spoiler alert* you could probably do both.
Clissold Park has a theme and this year its animals. You are encouraged to dress up as your favourite non-human mammal and let your face paint melt next to the bonfire and prance to the sights/sounds of the Clissold 2016 pyro musical. Yes, the fireworks are synchronised to music. There will be kids fun fair rides, street performers and food/drink stalls open from 5:30pm. The display is suitable for all ages, beginning at 7pm and lasting approximately 20 minutes. Book tickets here.
Ally Pally Fireworks. Technically you could go to both displays. Ally Pally are hosting two fireworks shows on Friday 4th at 9pm and Saturday 5th at 8pm. On both days you can expect over forty of London’s finest street food vendors to rock up and even more onsite bars than last year boasting the finest ales, ciders, mulled wines, winter cocktails and more. But what about the beer?
Don’t forget they have the annual and mighty German Bier Festival too, kicking off at 4pm on Friday and 3pm on Saturday. An army of Bavarian waitresses will be serving the finest German Bier accompanied by live bands and DJs as well as music from their traditional Oompah band and DJs from the legendary Club de Fromage. Tickets run out fast, so quickly go and book yourself merry.
ELECTION DAY, 8th November
Make Your Own Neon Light, Drink Shop Do
If you want to take your mind off the US elections but don’t want to stay in twiddling your thumbs, put those idle hands to use and make your own neon light! London Craft Club are throwing a workshop at Drink, Shop, Do on Tuesday 8th November where you’ll be positively encouraged to shine bright like the star that you are. Beginner friendly, this workshop uses electro-luminescent wire which is a safer alternative to the traditional glass and gas neon lights. You’ll have complete creative control from design to shape to glow style. You can choose to run your sign from the mains or a battery pack (all included) and whether you want it mounted to canvas, hung from the wall or dangling from the ceiling. Expert Becci Mai Ford will be ready to help throughout and answer all of your questions, however inane. A perfect antidote to impending election night darkness and horror. The future’s bright, the future’s neon.
Get your tickets here!
TATTOO YOU, 9th November
Temporary Tattoo Workshop, Drink, Shop, Do
Seven years ago, school friends Kirstie Bishop and Coralie Sleap decided to open a pop-up shop in a bath house in Kings Cross, December 2009. By the following August, cafe/bar/activities venue, Drink Shop Do was official. From bottomless brunches to dance classes to more quirky workshops involving lego robots and Jenga dating, Kirstie and Coralie are continuously coming up with new ideas to keep you busy and entertained.
This November, amongst an exciting list of experiences and workshops, there is a free temporary tattoo designing and creating event. So after a cocktail or two, you can finally pretend you’ve inked yourself with your bezzie’s face and post photos of it all over their Facebook like a true overbearing stalker chum.
Want to really show your love for your besty-friendy-wendy? Got the feeling they’re probably sick of you buying them tickets for stuff? Get them a Drink, Shop, Do gift voucher to use in the shop, food, drink and gift experiences. That way they can really spoil themselves and don’t feel obliged to hang out with you. When you love someone, let them go.
BEATBOX, 19th November
UK Championships, Scala Kings Cross
Does anyone remember when Piers Morgan did a beatboxing competition? Go on, have a watch here, then have a long shower and a strong cup of tea. We’ll recover from this together.
Scala are entertaining a slightly different calibre of beatbox hopefuls this November, with Too Many T’s and Natty Speaks hosting a night of beatbox competitions. 28 talented finalists are currently warming up their lips to become the new star of the UK beatbox scene.
Last year, all-female team BURD (Bellatrix x Grace Savage) wiped the floor with the male-dominated field to be crowned UK Team Champions. ‘Whether you are a beatbox newbie or a seasoned veteran, this is an audience experience like no other. A true celebration of the human voice and underground live music culture.’
From 6pm til 3am, expect live performances amongst the battles from the likes of The Beatbox Collective, international sensation Tom Thum as well as last year’s Looping winner and groundbreaking drum n bass producer, Alix Perez. Now cleanse your Piers Morgan riddled browser history and click on Tom Thum’s TED talk here.
Tickets available here.
ROLLER DISCO, 26th November
Fromage on Ice, Alexandra Palace
What’s more awkward than slipping about like a newly born deer on ice in front of people you barely know? Doing so to naughties cheese, of course. Alexandra Palace has teamed up with Club de Fromage to bring you the ripest of 00’s tracks under their beautiful canopy. Shuffle along the perimeter of the rink to top pop, disco, rock, indie and old skool hip-hop giggling nervously. Try to remain upbeat when you realise your arse has started to resemble that mushed up peach dying at the bottom of your bag.
If that doesn’t sound like enough musical brie for you, prise your skates off, grab a joint discount ticket and continue the pop train down to Club de Fromage, Islington. The cheese doesn’t end that easily I’m afraid. These fermented tunes are made of stronger stuff.
Book tickets here.
Joined by over 50 other artists incorporating printmaking, painting, digital art, photography and small-scale sculpture, Tomorrow’s World presents us with utopias, dystopias, predictions, prophecies and visions of the future. We hit up the private view last Friday and it was pretty damn bleak, in the best sense of the word.
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 loathe 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.