Felix Mortimer of STYX Presents: The Perfect Saturday in Tottenham
Felix Mortimer is a Haringey native and Managing Director at STYX, Tottenham Hale’s premier arts venue.
He shares his perfect day in Tottenham, North London; extra irresistible now it’s connected to Sadiq’s blistering and 24-hour Victoria Line!
9am – Hearty breakfast at Tasty Bites
Nestled amidst an industrial park, a hidden gem of a greasy spoon for £2.40 you can nosh on scrambled eggs and watch forklift trucks amble around victorian ex-marble warehouses.
Other options: Craving Coffee, Bite Me Cafe, Pistachio in the Park
10am – Kayak on the Lea
Stroll across Tottenham Marshes, the first home of Tottenham Hotspur and the flood plain of the River Lea, past dystopic allotments managed by Living Under One Sun and a beautiful assortment of barges. The Lea stretches up towards Waltham Abbey and Cambridge if you’re feeling adventurou,s or down to Hackney Wick and Limehouse.
Other options: Wander round the Reservoir, Brunch at The Banc.
11am – Run riot at IKEA
No trip to N17 is complete without a visit to IKEA, the lumbering warehouse is an Aladdin’s cave of flatpack and scandi-chic. Impossible to come away empty handed.
Other options: Pop in on Building BloQs, make something at Blackhorse Lane Studios.
1pm – Gorge on ChickenTown
If you didn’t succumb to meatballs get the 192 bus to Tottenham Green, the historic fiscal heart of Tottenham, flanked by the Bernie Grant Arts Centre and Tottenham Town Hall, ChickenTown flash-fries steamed chicken from an old fire station. ‘Sas’ is hard to beat even with the 34 other fast food places jostling for your lunch money, Tottenham Green Market (on Sunday not Saturday but let’s not ruin the article’s Saturday vibes – thanks to Deidre on Twitter for pointing this out) should furnish you with plenty of pudding and cheese options.
Other Options: Mac & Cheese at Blooming Scent, Napoli at Loven Pizza.
2pm – Take in the sights and sounds of the Retail Park
The most profitable retail park in the country, nip to Lidl for the cheese twist or cookie and nip past Craving Coffee’s cart if you’re in need of a pick me up.
3pm – Beavertown Brewery
Off the beaten track this is a gonzo beer guzzlers’ Mecca hidden behind Hale Village. Their taproom lets you sample their Bloody ‘ell, Gamma Ray and Smog Rocket straight from the Beaver’s mouth. With a 2/3rd costing only £2.50 it’s a one-way trip to falling in the Lea after a few hours.
6pm – STYX
An urban Oasis, STYX plays host to comedy on Wednesdays, acoustic music on Thursdays and a selection of parties and theatre scattered through the rest of the week. Run by theatre-company RIFT and housed in an ex-ambulance depot complete with a venetian inspired beer garden (including canal and bridge) STYX rounds off the perfect day in Tottenham with a local beer and a belly laugh.
Other options: Life drawing at The Beehive, a LIFT show at The Bernie Grant Arts Centre.
Weekly comedy at STYX starts this evening featuring the talents of Notflix and Good Cops. See the complete line up and buy tickets (£8) at styx.space.
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