About us & Contact

Welcome to Kentishtowner (yup, all one word), north London’s award-winning daily cultural guide and monthly newsprint magazine. It’s one of eight London titles published by London Belongs To Me.

Established in 2010 by broadsheet writer Stephen Emms, we are a good news title (not the “local paper”) and leave the hard stuff to other titles.

Instead, we cover food & drink, lifestyle, the arts, travel and people. Yet we have broken stories locally and globally, gone from online to print – and the wider press has followed our every move, with features everywhere from the Sunday Times to a slot on primetime BBC1.

Some backstory? Back in June 2012 we were awarded funding from innovations charity Nesta to develop the site further. We were one of only 10 online publications in the UK to receive a grant – and the only London-focused one. In February 2013 we launched our first monthly print edition, now stocked at over 100 outlets outlets in the borough.

Kentishtowner is published by London Belongs To Me daily online, and monthly in print.

  • 80,000 monthly readers
  • 30,000+ social media followers (including 23K on Twitter) and 120,000 across network
  • 30,000 monthly print edition readers
  • Read by over 100,000 Londoners monthly
  • 250,000 readers across our network
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Summer 2013: Kentishtowner online was commended for Best Digital Service at 2013 UK Newspaper Awards alongside guardian.co.uk, sundaytimes.co.uk and metro.co.uk

Like London generally? Our other publications are South London’s Below The River; an exciting print and online publication for King’s Cross and the surrounding areas, Gasholder; our new east London title Leytonstoner; north London title, Seventhsister,, and print quarterlies Eustontowner and the St James’s Correspondent. We also have a travel site called Weekendr.

We’re keen for contributions, so if you think you’ve got what it takes, drop us a line. We’re also quite sociable and will consider hook-ups of all kinds, be they editorial, sponsored or whatever, and we’ll read well-written press releases or any relevant information about any of the above.

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More about us

Since 2006 group editor and founder Stephen Emms has written regularly for the arts, travel and food sections of UK titles including The Guardian, Independent, Sunday Times Travel, The Times, Coast and Time Out. Associate editor Tom Kihl was deputy editor of DJ Magazine, before starting up his own social media agency.

Group editor & founder Stephen Emms
New Business director, commercial and associate editor Tom Kihl
Designer Tammy Kerr
Staff Writers Clare Hand, Laura Evans
Photography Dan Hall
Editorial: pitches to stephen@londonbelongstome.com
Commerical: advertise, sponsorships & partnerships (more info here) to tom@londonbelongstome.com

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All editorial pitches and ideas should be addressed to the editor: info@kentishtowner.co.uk. All commercial enquiries should be addressed to: advertise@londonbelongstome.com
Kentishtowner is published by London Belongs To Me Ltd.

Submissions may be edited and published unless they’re expressly marked private or of a sensitive nature. We can’t always get back to you to confirm inclusion so please keep an eye on what is published daily on the site.

We do not have the resources to retweet, and never tweet or Facebook links to sites or articles other than our own, so advise you not to ask us.

Please pitch us stories relevant to what we cover to avoid disappointment.

To read about our comments policy and community standards head here.

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Transparency disclaimer: anything in our food & drink section marked ‘Review’ is always paid for by ourselves and anonymous. Food-related content otherwise titled, such as ‘5 Things You Should Eat At’ or ‘Must Do’, ‘So You’ve Never Been To’ or ‘What’s [name of restaurant] like?’ is mostly hosted by related PR companies and/or the venues themselves. Our budgets and resources are extremely (and increasingly) limited: it therefore goes without saying that we are objective and constructively critical whatever route we take.

All original content is © London Belongs To Me 2019. No words or images may be reproduced without permission from the copyright holder.