Go See: Laurel Nakadate at the Zabludowicz

Just a quick post to encourage you all to pop down to Zabludowicz’s latest show. Everytime we visit this gallery we can’t believe how lucky we are to have it on our doorstep. Till Dec 11 is the first solo show from Laurel Nakadate, an American artist who works with

10 Oct 2011

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I say Delicious and you say Hideaway

No, we’re not arguing the toss about handbag house classics from the 1990s (ask yer mum). Instead, today’s mass debate revolves around two of the area’s diminutive pizza parlours. Which serves up the tastiest wood-fired wonders? Is it a) miniscule, low-ceilinged heart-of-Kentish local Delicious by Franco, run by a Venetian

07 Oct 2011

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The World According to Sallis

George Sallis as Pierre in Nabokov’s ‘Invitation to a Beheading’, 2009 We don’t make a habit of upsetting folk here at The Kentishtowner, but one local whose nose was put out of joint the other week was George Sallis, artistic director of Giant Olive Theatre Company. Yes, you may remember

01 Jul 2011

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Gallery Watch: Leighton Space, Liminal & Guts For Garters

Another week, another gallery or three. But it’s nice to see this one opening outside the West Kentish Town ghetto and in the previously artistically-untapped “Leightons” area just east of the Assembly House pub. Leighton Space , says the blurb, provides the “opportunity for professional artists to show work at

01 Apr 2011

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Owl’s About it?

She might not be an obvious beauty, but she sure as hell hides some secrets in her frilly drawers. No, we’re not talking about Mrs Kentishtowner; we are, however, eulogizing the pleasures of Kentish Town Road, a high street so modest its traffic lights are probably glowing red as we

10 Dec 2010

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What’s wrong with the Dartmouth Arms?

Mrs Kentishtowner always feels it could be candle-lit and so much more cosy. Surely they’ve seen the roaring fires at the Southampton down the road?

23 Nov 2010

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Spring Projects & Studios

We heart the long-established Spring Studios and this custom-built 3000ft commercial gallery, which provides a platform for contemporary art, design and fashion, opened in 2008. Typifying the ongoing cultural regeneration of West Kentish Town, it’s a fabulous white space and, if you’re really polite, they may let you have a

22 Nov 2010

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The Pineapple

Step behind new critics’ favourite the Kentish Canteen into Leverton Place and you’re transported into a faded world of Dolly Mixture-coloured cottages and cutesy terraces. Nice, if you can afford it. Yet on the corner of leafy Leverton Street lurks The Pineapple, a real Victorian pub with a mixed crowd

17 Nov 2010

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Old Eagle

Old Eagle (251 Royal College St) feels like a secret, although some would argue it belongs in Camden not Kentish really. A proper boozer with a mind-boggling variety of musical instruments dangling from its ceiling, it’s cosy by night, attracts a nice eclectic crowd of locals and hipsters, and its

16 Nov 2010

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Cafe Bintang

Bintang is a Kentish Town institution, yet is still not as consistent as it should be. Oozing vibes and atmosphere, with its Malaysian shack-like interior, candle-lit tables in close proximity, and BYO wine policy (hooray!) our advice remains to stick with vegetarian and fish dishes and avoid anything meaty (chicken

15 Nov 2010

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