Festive events that don’t cost a thing
If you’re anything like us, you’re probably already experiencing a bit of how-will-my-money-last-all-December anxiety. So take your mind off your bank balance at one of these jolly free events
Christmas markets in central London are cheerful, but they can also be a bit… much. Too loud, too heaving with tourists, too full of wooden ‘chalets’ selling stuff you don’t actually want. The free Hackney Christmas Market is an excellent compromise: there’ll be a Santa’s grotto, mince pies and Christmas trees, plus ethical shopping, eco-friendly workshops and genuinely tasty street food. 11am-6pm, 14-15 Dec; Bohemia Place, E8
Got time for a big pre-Christmas night out? Get thee to Omeara in London Bridge, where Bumble is hosting a spectacular women-focused rave next week. There’ll be performances from legendary club collectives Sink The Pink and The Rabbit Hole (of Glasto fame), plus a set by super-cool DJ duo Bossy LDN. For free tickets for you and a friend, simply download the Bumble app and swipe to find the invite. 9.30pm-3am, 18 Dec; 6 O’Meara St, SE1
There’s a chic new fish restaurant up north (London). Stylist
’s editor-in-chief Lisa
checks out Lyon’s Seafood & Wine Bar
Cod cheeks and fish collars might not be your idea of a usual fish supper, but Lyon’s Seafood & Wine Bar in Crouch End is not your usual fish restaurant. Their mission? To use every part of a fish when possible to avoid waste. The result? An ever-changing menu of fascinating dishes. The cured salmon with fennel, ponzu and truffle was a dazzling, melt-in-the-mouth combination of freshness and richness. Stonebass tartare with yuzukosho and tobiko was similarly good; tender fish, fruity and salty. As for the miso fish collar, it’s a curious looking (OK, I’ll say it, ugly) thing. But once we dug in and discovered the miso-infused meaty fish, we were converted.
Despite the temptation to fill up on small plates (or the sourdough with seaweed butter – heaven), save room for dessert. The thyme ice cream sundae sandwich with roasted clementine was one of the most interesting and flavour-packed puddings I’ve eaten in years. 1 Park Rd, N8
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