Behind the heavy wooden gates of the Shaolin Temple UK on Junction Road, preparations are under way for the biggest event in its history.
Why? At the weekend (Oct 11 and 12), fifty Chinese monks, along with the abbot of the Shaolin monastery, are coming to London for the Shaolin Cultural Festival at the Greenwich 02 (see below).
They’ll also be visiting the temple in Tufnell Park to perform a unique blessing ceremony – including some spectacular kung fu. (In case you didn’t know, the monastery is actually best known for its kung fu monks.)
So yes, it’s a local landmark on a busy stretch, but how many north Londoners really know what goes on in there?
The Shaolin Cultural Festival, co-organised by Shaolin Temple UK, is at the O2 Soccerdome Greenwich on Sat 11 and Sun 12 October. Tickets £25 from here. The Abbot will visit Tufnell Park on 13th October for a special blessing ceremony; members of the public welcome, call 02076878333.
Hannah Liptrot is a student at the Shaolin Temple.