Hairdressers. Despite their proliferation across the main streets and back alleys of NW5, they’re not something we give much thought to. Maybe it’s to do with yours truly having as much need for a barber as a fish has for a bicycle; and as for Mrs Kentishtowner, well she won’t entertain the idea of a chop beyond the fringes of W1.
But we couldn’t help noticing the appearance of the tres stylish Oskar Pink (who has another salon in Chalk Farm), which opened recently on the grotty bit of the high street opposite the wonderful Wine Cellar, and now, well, to be frank, we keep on hearing about Flaxon Ptootch.
Despite gushing endorsements from none less than Tom Kentishtowner, we confess we’ve never set foot in the salon. (Mrs Kentishtowner has snorted at the name, it has to be said, but then she would.)
Anyway, all this is a preamble to the fact they we were intrigued by an invite from Michael Ptootch himself to check out the monthly “Art Show Thursday” tonight. Local graffiti artists! (Nick Terry and Robert Penney) Live Music! (Adeo and friends at 9pm) Short films! (from Billy Boyd). And if all that’s not cultural enough, you can drink yourself into oblivion with “perfect punch”, or even throw some shapes courtesy of DJs Alice Moxie, Mark Ratcliff ‘n’ Dave Vega.
So hair salon my arse. This is something quite different. Oh, and on a food note, anyone with strong views about NW5’s curryhouses should get in touch, if they haven’t already, for next week’s special. Top 5’s more than welcome. You’ll need a nice creamy korma after all that punch, anyway.