1. Own A Pony (for a day). Our own dinky pocket of country living (that’s Kentish Town City Farm to you) offers a chance this Saturday for kids to adopt a four legged friend, allowing all the fun of looking after, feeding, mucking out and, of course, riding. 10 am Saturday 18th, £30 call 020 7916 5421 to book. 1 Cressfield Close, off Grafton Road.
2. See A Free Daytime Show Next Thursday Aug 23 head over to King’s Cross’ brand new Granary Square for a street festival incorporating theatre, dance and comedy. It’s on from 12pm to 6pm and is part of the London 2012 festival – bringing arts and culture to spaces across the capital. The square, with its fountains and new Caravan is definitely worth a look-see, plus it’s completely free.
3. Shakespeare at Lauderdale House Shooting Stars Theatre Company are staging a production of ‘Much Ado about Nothing’ on the leafy tea lawn of 16th century Lauderdale House in Waterlow Park. This is another modernised version, hinging on the return of soldiers from Afghanistan. Picnics permitted on the grass and chairs for hire round its perimeter. Tickets £12 (£10 concessions). 7-9pm This Wednesday 22nd August.
4. LolliBop festival For those of you with ankle-biters desperate for summer holiday distraction, check out this Regent’s Park festival for the under tens. There’ll plenty to keep the little ones happy – live music, circus fun, hula hooping workshops. Fancy dress is encouraged. 17th, 18th and 19th August. A tad pricey at £22 per person?
5. A Night Out In Kilburn The Tricycle theatre is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Trinidad and Tobago’s independence with a five week-long festival. Catch ‘London Liming’ this Saturday 17 7.30-10pm, a celebratory take on the Trinidadian festival of performance, socialising and drinking. There’ll be spoken word poetry and Calypso dance performances. Free but you need to book.
6. Torriano Comedy It’s a bar we have a lot of time for, but don’t visit enough. So head up to NW5’s eastern fringes for its gratis midweek comedy and improv night featuring a whole host of people whose names we don’t recognise but are assured they’re good. Soak up the genuinely bohemian atmosphere whilst schlurping down not-half-bad cocktails (before 7 it’s happy hour prices).
7. And finally, is that another stylish new opening on the lower reaches of KTR (just near Doppio Cafe)?
Los Pollos is beating the more hyped poultry diner up the road by opening a week earlier and promises piri piri chicken and, um, milkshakes. Sounds intriguing. Anyone know what the interior looks like? Or have you been yet?
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