This Week in North London: 11th – 17th December 2023

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Christmas Ice Discos

Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY

Price: £16.50

Alexandra Palace’s ice rink becomes a Christmas disco every evening from this Thursday up until Christmas. You’ll find twinkling lights, a frankly vast Christmas tree, and ice skating with a soundtrack that’s entirely festive. This winter (and year in general) has been a very rainy one so far, and so you’ll be glad to find that this atmospheric ice rink is protected from the elements. So, grab your best friends and thickest socks for an evening that’s sure to leave you feeling the Christmas cheer!

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Eat At:

Bob’s Cafe

43 Muswell Hill Broadway, Muswell Hill, London N10 3HA

The name of this spot in Muswell Hill had us expecting that this restaurant would do an excellent fry up, but perhaps not much else. However, the name couldn’t be more misleading. Instead, the focus here is on fresh ingredients and food that’s as nourishing as it is delicious. It’s open for every meal of the day and breakfast includes dishes like shakshuka and a Middle Eastern mezze plate, while dinners include an array of Asian dishes like a tasty crispy cauliflower dish, and an excellent katsu curry. It’s the sort of friendly neighbourhood spot that you’ll want to return to time and time again.

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Drink In:

Bar Esteban

29 Park Rd, London N8 8TE

This tapas restaurant and wine bar is the hottest place to drink in Crouch End. It was opened by the former music producer, Stephen Lironi, and the atmosphere here has always been distinctly fun. The decor is somewhat ramshackle, in the best possible way, and has us feeling as though we’ve just stepped in from a Spanish beach. We recommend sitting at the bar and grabbing some fresh seafood as you work your way through the well-curated wine list here.

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