urely the best annual happening in NW5 is the legendary Alma Street Fair – and once again the awesome (and, lest we forget, free) one-day festival is back in June, taking over what is cutely called the Inkerman Conservation Area.
There’ll be the usual stalls, performances, kids’ activities, licensed bars and arts and crafts shenanigans, with a full programme of live music and two stages (including the Dig-it Sound System).
Hang out at the chilled Map Cafe at the festival’s western end, or peruse Alma and its offshoots for dozens of stalls, random happenings, top-notch streetfood and lashings of community spirit.
Speaking of which, we also encourage all readers, wherever you live, to buy from the quality bread stall (a western satellite of Bread By Bike) on nearby Queen’s Crescent market every Saturday morning. Friendly blokes Tom and James also now sell baked goods, posh apple juice, marmalade and cheese (with plenty of chat served up too).
Alma Street Fair takes place Sunday 17th June, find out more (or get involved as a volunteer) on @almastreetfair
ART: See Blustons in 3DRemember the 3D, mixed-media collage of Kentish Town’s iconic ladieswear shop we put on our cover a couple of years ago?
It was created by local artists We Wonder (Dominic Mallin and Laura McEwen), who reinvent historic buildings “with distinctive, bold typographic elements”.
Well, the pair now have a solo exhibition up in Crouch End, featuring this and other north London landmarks, including Hornsey Baths and a Muswell Hill hairdresser. Worth a trip to N8, we reckon.
Free, until 25th June (9-5.30pm) Haberdashery Cafe, 22 Middle Lane N8
Main image: Alma Street Fair by Douglas Cape