MUST DO: eat afloat – and buy witty badges

This week we strongly advise you to dine on a barge, listen to local poets – and support Gospel Oak!

FOOD: Try London Shell Co

All aboard: London Shell Co has four suppers in November.
All aboard: London Shell Co serves punters on the water. Photo: LSC
A four course tasting menu with paired wines will be served aboard the My Fair Lady as she cruises from Camden Lock to Little Venice and back at this intriguingly-named floating supper club. Despite being on the Regent’s Canal, the focus is on the Basque country courtesy of new chef Oscar Humphreys, who’s spent the last six years at top Soho restaurants like Barrafina, Bocca di Lupo and Pollen Street Social. November dates are 12th, 13th, 19th & 20th. Tickets priced at £60 here. Doors at 7pm for a 7.30pm departure. Email:

ARTS: Poetry at the Torriano

A tranquil spot to listen to people cleverer than you: Torriano Meeting House. Photo: SE
A tranquil spot to listen to people cleverer than you: Torriano Meeting House. Photo: SE
Upcoming Sunday sessions at this lovely Kentish Town arts venue include those by Graham Burchell, Selina Rodrigues, Chris Dodd and Cheryl Moskowitz. Readings take place on Sundays at 7.30pm, with poets from the floor welcome. And creative types should sharpen their pencils for the Torriano Poetry Competition 2015, now open for entries here. Closing date 31st Jan 2016. Admission £5/£4 according to pocket. 99 Torriano Avenue NW5 2RX

SHOPPING: Made in Gospel Oak

Maybe not for the kids: Sian Pattenden's badges.
Er, maybe not for the kids: Sian Pattenden’s badges. Photo: SP
The Gospel Oak School folk are organising a craft and art fair which they promise will be “quite hip and not naff”; so no knitted toilet seat covers or cute felt nonsense. Laura Lees will be showcasing her textiles, Kentishtowner map artist Sian Pattenden selling art and mugs and there’s a Caribbean Cafe dishing up rum punch and craft beer. Plus an “aftershow” drink-up at Malden Road’s elegant new boozer the Gipsy Queen. Saturday 14th November 130-430pm. Free entry. Mansfield Road NW3


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