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MUST DO: Blondie pop-up in Camden Market

The seminal band have a pop-up store all weekend. Plus hot new opening Zala Levantine grill, and Proud's revamped roof terrace

MUSIC: Blondie pop-up shop

Debbie Harry and Clem Burke in about 1978. Photo: PR

It’s all happening this weekend down the market. Kicking things off is this five-day celebration of the iconic band’s new album Pollinator (out 5th May), just before their sell-out show at the Roundhouse next week. The store will sell exclusive Blondie merch, tees and bags and limited edition vinyl including a  7″ track called Tonight co-written by Charli XCX. There’s also an exclusive photography exhibition by Blondie guitarist and co-founder Chris Stein. It’s sure to be rammed. Friday 29th April – Wednesday 3rd May. Provender Building, Camden Market, Chalk Farm Road NW1

ART: Unite & Take Over

Normski and a policeman. Photo: Youth Club

While you’re at the Provender it’s worth also catching this exhibition up on the top floor. Shot over the last three decades, it celebrates London’s subcultures and countercultures, from the ravers of the 1980s to grime MCs in east London. The warehouse interior has been styled like a youth club for grown-ups, selling old-school snacks and merch whilst encouraging visitors to hang out on bean bags surrounded by vintage arcade games, or play table tennis. Until 10th May. 2nd Floor, Provender Building, Camden Market NW1

FOOD: Zala

Another destination eatery opens on the cobbles of NW1. Photo: PR

Now, something classy to eat. Zala is a spanking new Middle Eastern restaurant, specialising in authentic meze, Levantine pizzas, pitas and grilled meats. One of Israel’s most renowned and innovative cooks, chef-patron Tomer Niv’s CV includes The Fat Duck and The Ledbury. Zala occupies a converted unit next to Kerb Camden, with stylish indoor seating and an alfresco takeaway counter. More info. The West Yard, Camden Market NW1

DRINK: Proud roof garden

Nothing short of bucolic. Photo: PR

The latest idea for the mega-club’s outdoor space is a “lush oasis of calm, high above the hustle and bustle of Camden Market”. Makes sense, right? With that in mind, the sprawling roof has had a makeover with full decking, a landscaped rockery, a load of tropical plants and the odd water feature or two. There are worse ways to while away an afternoon with a beer. More info. Proud Bar, Camden Market, Chalk Farm Road NW1


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