North London Food & Culture

MUST DO: Fashion sale, flowers and (socially-minded) fitness

Be quick to hit Parka London's sample sale. Plus ethical blooms - and highly ethical exercise

FASHION: Parka here cheaply

You might even get 80% off. Photo: Parka London

You probably know already that there are a fair few fashion brands and businesses based in Kentish Town. Outerwear label Parka has been around for years now and has regular sample sales to give you a cushty 80% off. Get to Dean House Studios between 1st and 3rd November to stock up – but note that the sale is cash only. Free Entry, Deane House Studios, 27 Greenwood Place NW5

FLOWERS: Drop the Fbombe

Dahlias courtesy of Fbombe.

Like blooms? There’s now a flower studio “with a difference” based in Kentish Town. It’s the concept of two women offering an eco-friendly alternative to the imported flower business. They work with growers inside the M25 (including NW5) and as their work is seasonal, they admit they’re forced to “be a whole lot more creative than the usual flower designers”. They’re already building a reputation, having recently been commissioned to decorate the Great Hall of the British Museum. More info here.

FITNESS: Do Good Gym

Exercise, do good deeds, combat loneliness. Photo: GoodGym.
This socially-minded Camden-based (part of a UK-wide) venture helps charities and non-profit organisations with physical work. Volunteers complete a weekly 30-minute task at food banks, homeless shelters, city farms, community centres and gardens. Meanwhile, small groups of DBS-checked runners also aid older, isolated people who are not able to do a task on their own, or simply need a chat, thereby combating loneliness. More info here.

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