1.Delicious Font Alert. Yes, the soon-to-open artisan cafe on Prince Of Wales Road (Wilkin Street Mews) is displaying some Times New Roman (traced in paint, apparently) that could be a work lifted straight out of the nearby Zabludowicz. The other panel reads ‘this side is intentionally blank.’ Yikes. Expect plenty of beard-stroking with your double macchiato when it opens around Oct 15.
2. A New Show At Kentish Town’s Major Gallery. And for the real thing don’t miss the new show down the road by acclaimed British artist Matthew Darbyshire. T Rooms will extend the artist’s ‘inquiry into sculpture, social critique, urban architecture and design with a trompe l’oeil environment’. Yikes again. Thinking caps at the ready. The launch is next Wed Oct 3. We’re deffo there.
3. Susie Grafton to Sing at Launch Proper. Phew. It’s literally all happening now along Prince Of Wales Road. At tomorrow’s official launch, co-owner Susie says: ‘Our guests can expect free rounds of scotch egg canapes and a little bubbly plus live acoustic tunes courtesy of Rich Thomas from Brother and Bones. And against my better judgement, I have been convinced to play a few tunes myself…’
4. Go Portuguese in the Wine Cellar’s Basement. Tomorrow (fri) evening, for something more sedate, taste a fine selection of vinhos courtesy of owner Nuno from their vast underground cellar, including Vinho Verde, Alentejo, Douro and Beiras. Feel free to just show up as tickets can be purchased on the day (£10 including nibbles).
5. Pop Up At Annie’s Bar. Never set foot through its doors? Well Oct 5 might be just the occasion as ‘We Will Pop You’, a new ‘twisted and time-warped’ version of Top Of The Pops, is set to rock its Regency surrounds.
Rumour has it that the pub, now a pleasant Farrow & Ball grey, is about to have a refit and name-change too.
6. Love A Bit Of Bottom? We were never fans, but for those that were, this Sunday head to The Oxford to celebrate the 21st birthday of the cult sitcom in the elegant upstairs room. The night will include screenings of favourite episodes as voted by fans, a themed pub quiz followed by a very special prize raffle. All proceeds to charity. Tickets £5 in advance. Doors 5pm.
7. Set Fire To The Rain. Well, escape from it in Shebeen’s candle-lit basement bar. We think autumn is when this place will come into its own; we’ve been spending a bit of time recently in its former Victorian police cells, now strewn with 1940s hardback classics, vials and flickering candles. Look out soon for a new cocktail menu featuring the Irish spirit Poitin (65-90% ABV). For the love of God!
Oh, and finally, our spies tell us that at Kentish Town Post Office there is an official sign on the door saying ‘Closed Until Further Notice’…surely not?
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