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Broadsheet writer Stephen Emms founded Kentishtowner in 2010 (read the story of how it happened here). He teamed up with former DJ Magazine deputy editor Tom Kihl a year later and the pair launched their boutique publishing house London Belongs To Me shortly after. Kentishtowner is now its flagship title, with 60,000 readers, a monthly free print edition, and a 2013 Newspaper Awards commendation for Best Digital UK Site. In March 2013 they launched south London site Below The River, and the same year their second print title Gasholder, which is focused on King’s Cross and all things central London. Leytonstoner was their fourth title, its focus from Hackney Wick to Wanstead, and in the last year they’ve launched Seventhsister (Tottenham and Green Lanes) and a travel site Weekendr.

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Sarah Fox was brought up in Gospel Oak and is a designer, lifeguard and writer. @saidsarah_

Tim Sowula is a born and bred Kentishtowner. He works in comms around the world, but his perfect day would be spent on the heath, with a night out in the old Kentish Town pool club. @TimSowula

Gav Duffy is a musician and freelances in Music PR and management. He lived in NW1 for years, and now divides his time between there and Dalston. He has a penchant for all things lupine. @Raisedby_Wolves

Model and beauty journalist Clare Zerny led the ultimate glamorous lifestyle, but she never escaped the allure of the kitchen. Or Kentish Town for that matter @clzerny

20 year old Conor Fisk, moved to Kentish Town this year. In his spare time time, ahem, he’s busy studying anthropology at UCL. @conorfisk

Louise Hogan is an NGO associate coordinator, commuting between Islington and East Africa. makes regular day trips to NW5. @lahogan4

Georgia Grimond can be found at The Economist or Intelligent Life, the Heath or The Abbey. She blogs at @flyingflute

Nikki Verdon is our very own Camden refugee in N16. Ex fashionista; now mum to 2 boys and wife to Mr V.


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Michael Hann is associate editor, music, at the Guardian. He has lived in Kentish Town since 1995. He doesn’t mind Pedro’s cafe, not at those prices. @MichaelHann

Co-Chair of the Guild of Food Writers, Richard Ehrlich has has written for every UK broadsheet newspaper and authored ten cookbooks @richardehrlich

Siân Pattenden is an author and illustrator who has lived in NW5 for a decade. @sian_superman

Kat Hopps once believed herself to be a South Londoner until stumbling upon the Kentish Town/Tufnell Park area five years ago. She loves nothing more than sitting on the Heath in the sunshine. @kathopps

Anna Béar is an English student and Kentish Town local who spends most of her time eating, thinking about food and staring aimlessly into space.

Fiona Sant is Kentish Town’s Queen of Art. She likes O’Reilly’s and dogs too. @insantity

Amelia Horgan, history student and Heath lover. Dartmouth/Kentish resident and enthusiast @ameliahorgan

Alice Lascelles is Bars & Spirits Editor of Imbibe, the drinks trade magazine she co-founded in 2007. She freelances for Financial Times, Sunday Times and more.

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Layout & Design

NW5-based artist Russell Loughlan created the iconic logo and sells his work at Sharon Elphick’s on Columbia Road. Lucky him.

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  1. Doppio Coffee Warehouse Kentish Town
    7th May 2015 at 7:30 pm —
  2. Bill Applegarth
    14th February 2015 at 1:50 am —

    My grandfather and grandmother were both born in Ashdown Street, where both sets of my great grandparents lived at some point around 1890. I believe my grandmother was born in a poor house, and was brought up by her eldest sister. My father (an only child) was also born in Kentish Town and was educated at St.Dominic’s Priory (1920s). The family lived for many years in Gillies Street, just off Queens Crescent. Anyone with any historic information, photos etc of the area 1890 onwards, or able to point me at resources documenting Kentish Town history would be most appreciated.

  3. Gillian Maxwell
    21st March 2014 at 12:42 am —

    Just found your newsletter. Cant believe Kentish Town is so famous.
    I was born in Ashdown Street, Queens Cres.many moons ago. I am reading
    this in my home in North Carolina.
    Seems like most of the contributers are younger than me
    but enjoying the connection anyway.
    Thanks, Gillian

    • Valerie Wilson
      19th January 2015 at 5:33 pm —

      Hello Gillian, I too was born in the house 38 Ashdown Street but now live in Ireland… I went to st. Dominic’s school , We moved to Basildon Essex in 1957 … Had a very happy childhood there and have photos of friends that we sadly lost touch with xxx

  4. Siobhain Egan
    10th March 2014 at 8:28 pm —

    "Legal expert Siobhain Egan gives readers advice on all aspects of the property market in the UK" – my new blog post here:  #propertylaw   #property   #uk   #conveyancing  

  5. The Fiddler's Elbow
    21st February 2014 at 3:27 pm —
  6. Jonathan Seyghal
    16th October 2013 at 3:49 pm —
  7. Decks
    8th March 2013 at 10:42 am —

    Here's a bit of nostalgia – Top 5 Lost London Nightclubs of the 90s –

  8. DJkit
    29th September 2012 at 3:51 pm —
  9. Stephanie
    26th July 2012 at 11:26 pm —

    I love this site every time I visit it which isn’t as often as it should be. I was just wondering whether you ever organise get-togethers ever…

  10. serafina day
    20th April 2012 at 4:39 pm —

    Check this out, funding for what The Kentishtowner does really well

  11. Anna Venturini
    14th April 2012 at 1:31 pm —

    Hi, I’m Anna from Italy.
    I’ve just read on web something about “Bench Marks”.
    I’d like to have a contact with Stephen Emms, ’cause I’m very interesting in that project and really impressed with some coincidence…

    Thanks for your help!
    Anna V.

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