This Week in North London: 20th – 26th November 2023

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Go To See:

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story

Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY

When: 24th November 2023 – 7th January 2024

Price: From £28

Mark Gatiss is one of England’s best-loved screenwriters (having worked on Sherlock, Doctor Who and Game of Thrones), and so when he introduced his own adaptation of A Christmas Carol, we knew it’d be one worth seeing. This staging of the Dickens tale is a ghoulish one, with a focus on the fear that the ghosts of Christmas past and present invoke, rather than just the cheer of Christmas. However, by the end of the play, there are carols to be sung, and you will leave feeling suitably cheery. It might just be the introduction to the festive period that you’re looking for!

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Grab A Bite From:

Antepliler Restaurant

45-46 Grand Parade, Green Lanes, Harringay Ladder, London N4 1AG

Two things happen at this time of year: first of all, we gain a real craving for hearty, doughy, warming food as the temperature drops, and secondly, our wallets start looking awfully bare as we make the approach to Christmas. When both of those things meet, there’s an answer to be found on Haringay’s Green Lanes. Antepliler’s takeaway menu features lahmacun, a thin flatbread smothered in tomato and covered in minced lamb, costing in at just £2.60. This is the delicious, wallet-friendly meal that you’ve been looking for.

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Drink In:

Southampton Arms

139 Highgate Rd, London NW5 1LE

Stomping across Hampstead Heath on crisp sunny days is an absolute delight, and a welcome respite in winter months. After all that walking, you’ll want somewhere relaxed and cosy to warm up and that’s where the Southampton Arms steps in. This pub is no frills and has stripped back interiors with wood panelling, enticing in a crowd that’s as diverse as London is. There’s a piano in the corner and occasionally, you’ll hear the tinkle of the keys as a welcome accompaniment to your pint. Most of the time, it’s the fact that it’s such a laid-back spot that’ll have you returning here for drinks and catch ups with friends.

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