Pinboard: Alma Street Festival 2013 – and books, music and gin

It’s the biggest weekend of the year, with the return of Alma Street. Plus the latest events at Owl, Colonel Fawcett, Poppies and another festival for Camden

7. Did you know there is a Colonel Fawcett Day?


No, neither did we. But fancy a little pre-Alma warm-up? Then head down to the Randolph Street boozer, which on Saturday – aided and abetted by a vat of gin – celebrates the “life and death” of the not-quite-iconic fella himself. (If you didn’t know, back in the 19th century Lieutenant-Colonel David Fawcett was mortally wounded in a duel with his brother-in-law in fields behind what is now the Unicorn on the corner of Brecknock Road/Camden Road. Carried to an upstairs room in the Camden Arms, he died two days later.)

The colonel was apparently a fan of mother’s ruin. “So we are offering free gin in the function room from 2pm – 5pm from a multitude of boutique gin companies; then it turns into a bit of a party till 2am,” says co-owner Ross.

By all means head down there, but don’t spoil yourself before the big day on Sunday.


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