Duck, NW5 – here comes the Crawl.

Or should that be tortoise? So this year they’ve thrown Kentish Town into the mix. Yes, for the first time, …

Or should that be tortoise?

So this year they’ve thrown Kentish Town into the mix. Yes, for the first time, the industrious, annual Camden Crawl staggers north up Kentish Town Road until it collapses, light-headed, and perhaps a bit icky, at The Forum. (En route it swings by such stellar venues as the Abbey Tavern, Heroes, the Bull & Gate and, um, Annies.) Rumour has it a few day tickets to see the 250+ bands at 50 venues still remain – so be quick if you haven’t already nabbed one.


And to celebrate the inaugural Kentish leg of the Crawl, Kentishtowner fave Kentish Canteen is offering a delicious (dare we say chic) home-made Camden Crawl Burger, with fries and coleslaw, for just £8* (usual price £9.75). Even better, they’ll throw in a glass of house wine, bottle of local Camden Town lager, or a Luscombe’s juice – and call it a tenner.

They’d also like to remind Kentishtowner readers that the summer terrace is now open and in full fling, allowing punters to sit and watch the weekend’s bustling streetlife (and the Crawl is all about people-watching, trust us), whilst sharing, perhaps, an all-new Summer Pitcher (1 litre jugs, serve 4,£16.50).

Personally, we recommend the zesty Spring Break (Vodka, Triple Sec, fresh orange, passion fruit, ginger ale), but maybe you see yourself as more of an English Julep kinda person (SipSmith London gin, Earl Grey, elderflower, mint, lemon)?

And if you don’t “crawl” – and we don’t, it has to be said, blame you, especially as the kids are still so young, and a decent babysitter is so hard to come by, isn’t it? – you could escape, instead, into the pleasant backwater of Gaisford Street, to sink a pint at the newly revamped Lion & Unicorn (full review next week).

Or – and this is the only time we’ll mention the, ahem, royal nuptials – for some real community spirit, head over to Queens Crescent tomorrow for a street party whose flyer bears the immortal tag line: “Friday 29th April will be an exciting day for Will & Kate, but it will be an even more exciting day for the Queens Crescent Community!”

God love ’em. Happy Holidays, all.

*Offer runs Apr30-May1 only.
Editor’s Note in the name of transparency: The Kentishtowner’s sister company is now working with Kentish Canteen. Lucky them, eh.


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