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Pinboard: a plan for the Pizza Express building?

Also this week: a new French-Vietnamese cafe on Fortess Road, the Amy Winehouse exhibition starts in Camden, support some channel swimmers, catch a bee-themed play ...and where can you ask for the libation cunningly known as a "Kentishtowner"?

7. Finally, er, order a Kentishtowner cocktail at Shebeen

Light and summery....the Kentishtowner cocktail.
Light and summery….the very well-named Kentishtowner cocktail.

We were intrigued when Dave from Shebeen tweeted us the other day to invite us down to sample a new libation created by his whizzkid mixologist Louis.

Aged just 21, French-born Louis has been devising a pioneering new menu with even more unusual flavours and herbs than previously. But he has – if we may be so bold to say – surpassed himself with this creation.

Expecting something Negroni-ish (we have a well-versed penchant for gin), we were surprised to find that our namesake is instead vodka-based. But that’s not all: it’s packed with amaro montenegro (a little like Campari), lemon juice, nettle cordial (“because Kentish Town is quite urban”, said Louis), bitters, strawberry and a dash of soda.

And you know what? On the terrace at the Canteen, watching the sun set, it proved a damn fine thirst quencher. To tempt readers to try it, Dave is offering them at a reduced price of £5 for one week only (usual price £7.50).


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A companion, then, for the rumoured return of some much needed sunshine this weekend (although don’t hold your breath).

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4 thoughts on “Pinboard: a plan for the Pizza Express building?”

    1. Kentishtowner

      Ha. No, probably less trendy and more inclusive for the whole community as it can be a gallery, educational space, studios, theatre, cinema etc by turn

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