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4 spring things, from film clubs & vintage markets to an underrated pub crawl

Booze in NW1's most untouristy corner, plus a local documentary, spoken-word fest and more

FILM: Dartmouth Park Film Club

It started back in 2016, the brainchild of local film producer Lizzie Gillett, and now the friendly Dartmouth Park Film Club returns on Wednesday May 1st (7pm) with The White Flats, a documentary about 1970s brutalist development the Whittington Estate (pictured below). Directed by Anna Price, and made by residents, many of those involved with the film, including Price, will also take part in the post-screening discussion. This latest event will take place in a new venue because the former hall is closed for renovation, so head to Brookfield School, Croftdown Road entrance. No booking needed, just turn up, but donations are very welcome. And as always, there’ll be wine, cake and, of course, popcorn. Curious? Read the story of Dartmouth Park Film Club here.

Whittingdon Estate
Whittington Estate. Photo: DPFC

DRINK: A lesser-known NW1 pub crawl

With waterside pub The Constitution back in action, it’s surprising just how many watering holes still thrive in this fascinatingly un-touristy triangle in Camden. So why not string them all together for a weekend crawl, if you wish (don’t go crazy now)? Starting with a quick half at the Camden Road Arms, opposite Camden Road Overground, it’s then a short walk to the charismatic Werewolf Brewery, tucked away off Randolph Street in the railway arches (pictured below), and nearby Colonel Fawcett (a longterm favourite of this publication). From here the next stop is the aforementioned Constitution, before a minute’s stroll to the two final pubs, both on Royal College Street: the elegant Prince Albert, and rather majestic Golden Lion (main pic, above), a characterful traditional boozer which – and here’s your reward if you time it right – serves £3.99 pints in its daily happy hour (3-6pm Mon-Fri, and 12-5pm at weekends). From there it’s a straight line back to the station.

Werewolf Brewery Camden
Werewolf Brewery Camden. Photo: SE

MARKET: Classic Car Boot Sale

This year the popular two-day bash takes place again in King’s Cross and as usual includes  sustainable shopping, entertainment and more across three different locations: Granary Square, Lewis Cubitt Square and Coal Drops Yard. Expect a backdrop of two-wheeled classic motorbikes and scooters plus a spectacular array of pre-1990 vehicles for selfies, plus the Routemaster DJ bus in Granary Square and Eddie’s Love Bus flying the disco flag in Coal Drops. Live music in Lewis Cubitt Square on Saturday comes from female-fronted rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll act The Obscuritones, and on Sunday the Bootleg Jam. A Repair Shop helps you fix up vintage finds and give expert tips to keep your clothes looking tip-top. All day, 27th and 28th April @classiccarbootsale

Classic Car Boot Sale
Classic Car Boot Sale. Photo: PR

THEATRE: The Last Word Festival

Rob Auton, Jessica Fatoye, Aniefiok Ekpoudom and Isaiah Hull are part of this year’s star-studded line up throughout June at Chalk Farm’s most famous venue. Now in its 11th year, The Last Word Festival is the Roundhouse’s annual flagship spoken-word event and has become one of the UK’s key festivals for championing unique voices, presenting vital, topical work, and discovering emerging talent. The full line-up is to be announced soon. From June 1st all month, more info @roundhouseldn


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