Why It Matters: Rio’s – Kentish Town’s great leveller?

My real name might be David but, using the nom de plume Jenbel (don’t ask), I got myself into a spot of bother with Mrs Kentishtowner after challenging a review of The Lion & Unicorn – whilst accidentally coining the phrase Monoclesque Stylism. Enough about that already but, in a

20 Feb 2012

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Why It Matters: The Parlour Gallery, Kentish Town

Other local galleries may be better known, sexier, or more on-trend but Queen’s Crescent’s Parlour Gallery is one that makes consistent effort to engage with the community and curate exhibitions with genuine local interest. And this is definitely the case with 10 Artists/10 Pubs, an original show by a new

13 Feb 2012

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Why It Matters: Kentish Town City Farm

2012 is not just about the Olympics; it’s the year that Kentish Town City Farm – the UK’s first ever City Farm – celebrates its 40th anniversary. Founded on a disused timber yard in 1972, it’s a four and a half acre site based in the heart of Gospel Oak,

06 Feb 2012

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Why It Matters: Bikram Yoga in Queen’s Crescent

Upside down, sweat streaming into both eyes, is not a usual position for inspiration to strike. But it was at precisely that degree of akimbo when I realised that this week’s ‘Why It Matters’ had to be about Bikram North. The fact is that the UK’s first ever studio for

30 Jan 2012

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Why Flapjacks Cafe matters

‘I’m heartened that it exists, that there are patient, caring, supportive people who want to work there and help their colleagues’

23 Jan 2012

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