Pinboard: Roundhouse Slam, Tapping The Admiral’s 1st Birthday, Jazz at The Forge

1. Cam Slam Thank You Ma’am! This Sunday, the venerable Roundhouse is launching its Show Slam, offering emerging theatre, cabaret, …

1. Cam Slam Thank You Ma’am! This Sunday, the venerable Roundhouse is launching its Show Slam, offering emerging theatre, cabaret, spoken word and live art practitioners the chance to win a place in the programme at the Camden venue. Taking place in the studio theatre, free tickets are available for the evenings of both Sunday 11th and 18th at 7.30pm. You never know, you might be witnessing the next generation of NW artists. Just email

2. Another Free Bash at Ptootch Towers.
Our love for Princess Michael Of Ptootch has no boundaries – in fact, it blossomed several months ago at one of these very bashes – and tonight his brilliant monthly salon is back with another private view.


Featuring two up-and-coming artists, Sam Miller and Victoria Gugenheim, it kicks off at 7pm with the usual delectable punch. Free snacks are served at 8pm along with a 9pm performance by Jack Tyson-Charles, offering up some funk and soul while you peruse (don’t miss some captivating body art too).

But is it too cold now to congregate in the garden?

3. An Excellent Boozer Turns 1. On Saturday, one of the area’s most under-rated pubs Tapping the Admiral celebrates its first birthday. Remember, it set up shop before current faves Camden Brewery Bar, The Grafton, The Fields Beneath etc etc. So stop by to celebrate with musician Craig Brauns, who some of you may remember from the Alma Street fair this summer. Let’s hope manager Spike is dishing out the free beer to loyal Kentishtowner readers!

4. Is It Too Cold For Ice Cream? Naysayers would claim the November winds and rain may be less synonymous with the frozen stuff, but we quite like the idea of a festive glace (perhaps with lashings of mulled wine). Anyway, local ice cream makers Ruby Violet are hosting a festive tasting evening on Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th, offering sweet-toothed punters the chance to enjoy said mulled vino sorbet and christmas pudding bombe amongst others. £12, 7pm.

5. Saving Up for Xmas? Save Money at The Grafton. Start sorting through your rags this weekend as next Saturday, the 17th Nov, plays host to NW5’s finest new pub’s quirky clothing exchange. It runs upstairs, 12-5pm, and the £2 entry allows you to bring up to 10 items of clothing that can then be swapped for an equal number. Simples! All in dark-panelled comfort where the pints will be singing your name downstairs.

6. See Jazz on Lovely Delancey Street. One of Camden’s most interesting streets is home to an esoteric arts venue. And from tomorrow The Forge plays host to the London Jazz Festival (from Friday 9–Sunday 18 November), with artists Randolph Matthews, Swedish octogenarian pianist Bengt Hallberg, Loop Collective (with Fyfe Dangerfield & Rory Simmons) among others.

7. Finally, Get Those Kiddies (And Yourself) Active. Islington council and Tufnell Park Cycles to School have launched a scheme to encourage kids (and their parents) to ditch the school run by proposing a local network of safe routes linking six local schools and play spaces. Cyclists can ride the proposed route at 2pm this Saturday, 10th November starting at the Farmer’s Market, Tufnell Park Tavern, where there’s a stall from 11- 3 and surgery 12-2pm for bike check-ups and minor repairs. Nice.

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Words: Conor Fisk and Stephen Emms

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