Lalibela  

 
 
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137 Fortess Road, NW5 2HR
 
 
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Mon-Wed: 6pm-11.30pm; Thu-Sat: 12noon-4pm and 6pm-11.30pm; Sun: 12noon-4pm and 5pm-10.30pm
 

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Bohemian Ethiopian restaurant with unique rituals and relaxed ambience.

Forget knives and forks, eating with your fingers is the way forward at Lalibela. Encouraging a truly hands-on approach, the food in this Ethiopian eatery is designed to be enjoyed. The menu is divided between vegetarian, meat and fish dishes (with the latter arguably the best) but the advised approach is to order a combination of different dishes from each menu and to tuck in and taste them all. Expect delicious, heavily marinated dishes accompanied by mash, split peas, rice and warm bread, perfect for dipping and dunking. The service is excellent - jovial, relaxed and knowledgeable, which is important as the menu is a tad confusing and needs careful deciphering from someone who knows what they?re talking about. Split over two levels, with a fairly noisy bar and art gallery area downstairs and more relaxed dining area upstairs with low stools by large windows, this has become a very trendy spot, despite its off-centre location. Ethic knick-knacks are prevalent throughout the bohemian building, as is the delicate musky smell of frankincense, the presence of which becomes all too clear when you order coffee... First the beans are brought ceremoniously to your table, roasting and steaming away in a small pan. They are then removed in order to be ground only to return minutes later in a delicate teapot with dinky cups and a glowing, warm nugget of frankincense. It?s not expensive either.

Best for:
Finger-licking and finger dipping, Frankincense scents, knick knacks, coffee ceremonies and low stools.

Did you know?
Lalibela is a small town in the middle of the Ethiopian highlands.

 

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Hilton London Islington Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £78  21% off
53 Upper Street, N1 | 2 miles from Lalibela
The Business Design Centre next door is the obvious attraction for many of the guests at this smart, efficient Hilton Hotel, but Islington's excellent restaurants and ... More
 
 
 
DoubleTree by Hilton London - Islington
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £64  32% off
60 Pentonville Road, N1 | 2.1 miles from Lalibela
The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Islington underwent a major refurbishment in 2014, transforming the rooms and suites into a stylish accommodation option. The newly ... More
 
 
 
Holiday Inn Camden Lock Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £59  23% off
30 Jamestown Road, NW1 | 22 minutes from Lalibela
Housed in an exciting modernist 'white box' building, and with some of London's maddest and most entertaining shopping and nightlife on the doorstep, the Holiday Inn ... More
 
 
 
 
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Queen of Sheba
London > Restaurants > African restaurants
12 Fortess Road, NW5 | 5 minutes from Lalibela
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Shaka Zulu
London > Restaurants > African restaurants
Shaka Zulu,, Stables Market,, NW1 | 19 minutes from Lalibela
Shaka Zulu is an iconic restaurant, bar and club bringing a taste of Africa to the heart of London. Based over 2 floors, Shaka Zulu combines ... More
 
 
 
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Shaka Zulu
London > Restaurants > African restaurants
Stables Market, Camden, Camden Town, London NW1 | 20 minutes from Lalibela
Located in Camden's Stables Market more or less underneath Gilgamesh and opened at vast cost after three years in the making, Shaka Zulu falls under the ... More
 
 
 
 
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Nuraghe
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12 Dartmouth Park Hill, Kentish Town, NW5 | 2 minutes from Lalibela
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The Pineapple
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51 Leverton Street, NW5 | 3 minutes from Lalibela
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Lord Palmerston
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33 Dartmouth Park Hill, NW5 | 5 minutes from Lalibela
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The Fratellis
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Tuesday 13th October 2020 - 7pm
Lalibela, 9-17 Highgate Road, NW51JY | 6 minutes from Lalibela
The indie-rock trio from Glasgow play all the favourites from debut album Costello Music and the upcoming offering, In Your Own Sweet Time....More
 
 
 
Heels Of Hell
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: Wednesday 28th October 2020 - 7pm
Lalibela, 9-17 Highgate Road, NW51JY | 6 minutes from Lalibela
Performances by the drag artists Landon Cider, Sharon Needles, Alaska Thunderfuck, Baga Chipz and Florida Man, with hosting by Victoria Secret and Mary Mac....More
 
 
 
Emily Atack: Has Left The Group
London > Events > Comedy  Dates: Sunday 1st November 2020 - 7pm
Lalibela, 9-17 Highgate Road, NW51JY | 6 minutes from Lalibela
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The Forum
London > Entertainment > Live Music
9-17 Highgate Road, NW51JY | 6 minutes from Lalibela
Once a gorgeous art deco cinema, The Forum is now an essential mid-sized rock venue. It's got everything you want from the North London rock scene, ... More
 
 
 
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Theatre Collection, Above The Lord Stanley Pub
London > Entertainment > Theatres
51 Camden Park Road, NW1 | 14 minutes from Lalibela
The Theatre Collection above the Lord Stanley pub in Camden was founded by Victor Sobchak and Shaban Arifi who between them have produced over 100 productions ... More
 
 
 
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Pleasance Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Carpenter's Mews, North Road, N7 | 18 minutes from Lalibela
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London International Gallery of Children's Art
London > Attractions > Attractions for Kids
Waterlow Park Centre, Dartmouth Park Hill, N19 | 16 minutes from Lalibela
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176 Gallery
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176 Prince of Wales Road, NW5 | 18 minutes from Lalibela
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Highgate Cemetery
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Swains Lane, N6 | 18 minutes from Lalibela
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Dots
London > Shopping > Musician Supplies
132 St Pancras Way, Camden Town, NW1 | 16 minutes from Lalibela
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Warren Evans Furniture
London > Shopping > House and Garden
158a Camden Street, Camden Town, London NW1 | 19 minutes from Lalibela
Handmade wooden beds, matresses and furniture that are a class above your average flat packed homeware. All the timber is ethically sourced and fairly traded, with ... More
 
 
 
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Escapade
London > Shopping > Hire Shops
45-46 Chalk Farm Road, NW1 | 19 minutes from Lalibela
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Ecole de Mime Corporel Dramatique
London > Education > Evening Classes
Unit 207, Belgravia Workshop, 157-163 Marlborough Road, N19 | 20 minutes from Lalibela
Only the French could come up with an art form so bizarrely fascinating. Mime is as relaxing as Tai Chi, as healthy as yoga, and as ... More
 
 
 
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Jenius Social
London > Education > Cookery Courses
Unit 8 The Islington Studios, 6 Hornsey Road, N7 | 23 minutes from Lalibela
Islington cafe-cum-deli Jenius Social isn't just a place to enjoy fine food and carefully sourced balsamic vinegar, artisan chocolates and cured meats. It's also a ... More
 
 
 
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Out of the Bloom
London > Education > Evening Classes
89/91 Bayham Street, Camden Town, London NW1 | 24 minutes from Lalibela
Unique and innovative workshops teaching flower arranging and floristry with monthly, weekly or daily workshops. This is a really enjoyable art form that allows its students ... More
 
 
 
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Parliament Hill
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Highgate Road, NW5 | 3 minutes from Lalibela
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Caroline Pick Yoga
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131 Brecknock Road, N19 | 5 minutes from Lalibela
Yoga from within from one of the UK's foremost practitioners. Caroline Pick uses yoga to exercise the body as an extension of the mind, and her ... More
 
 
 
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Parliament Hill Lido
London > Leisure > Activities
Parliament Hill Fields, Gordon House Road, NW5 | 13 minutes from Lalibela
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The Junction Tavern
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101 Fortess Road, NW5 | 2 minutes from Lalibela
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51 Leverton Street, NW5 | 3 minutes from Lalibela
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33 Dartmouth Park Hill, NW5 | 5 minutes from Lalibela
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St Pancras by Searcys Champagne Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
St Pancras International, Euston Road, NW1 | 15 minutes from Lalibela
At 90 metres, The Champagne Bar at St Pancras International is Europe's longest and presents a very glamourous way to start your journey to Paris before ... More
 
 
 
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The Lock Tavern
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
35 Chalk Farm Road, NW1 | 19 minutes from Lalibela
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Near & Far Camden
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48 Chalk Farm Road, NW1 | 19 minutes from Lalibela
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Roundhouse
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Chalk Farm Road, NW1 | 20 minutes from Lalibela
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Kings Place
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90 York Way, King's Cross, London N1 | 33 minutes from Lalibela
Just 150 metres from King's Cross and St Pancras stations, the Dixon-Jones designed Kings Place offers conference organisers two auditoriums, two art galleries and a wide ... More
 
 
 
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Union Chapel
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The Vestry, Union Chapel, Compton Avenue, N1 | 35 minutes from Lalibela
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