North London Food & Culture

Welcome to Kentishtowner (yup, all one word), north London’s award-winning and longest-running cultural guide . It’s one of four 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 ran monthly in print until summer 2019. We are now online only

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Like London generally? Our other publications are an online publication for King’s Cross and central London, Gasholder; our very popular east London title Leytonstoner; and 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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Since 2005 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.

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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 ‘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.

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About Kentishtowner

The award-winning print and online title Kentishtowner was founded in 2010 and is part of London Belongs To Me, a citywide network of travel guides for locals. For more info on what we write about and why, see our About section.