North London Food & Culture

In Pictures: Kentish Town’s Kerouac Shack

You know the petrol station opposite the infamous Southampton Arms? For one night only last weekend, it became a joyous 1950s-style diner

Were you one of the lucky ones crammed inside that old garage on Highgate Road last Saturday night?

Transformed into a retro American diner for a secret bash, it was packed with sartorially-blessed night owls whooping it up over whisky, beat poetry and blues.

The event was a one-off organised by foodie trio The Gastronome, which comprise cameraman Ian Mann, chef Joseph Curtis and smiley manager Ash Millard from the much-loved Southampton Arms.

On hand after a five course feast – think delights like truffled mushrooms, grilled bavette and mac ‘n’ cheese – were local crooners Kitty, Daisy and Lewis. Oh, and plenty of old-fashioned dancing ensued to work off the calories. Talk about keeping it Kentish.


The next event happens in November at another top secret K-Town location which the boys have promised they’ll reveal on these pages first. More on The Gastronome here

All photos: Kerouac Shack 2014/ photography by Lucy Williams

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