North London's Cultural Guide

Kentishtowner

Mario’s Cafe

Years ago, when Pulp’s masterpiece ‘This Is Hardcore’ was dropping like a stone out of the charts, Mrs Kentishtowner (then a rather svelte Miss Gant’s Hill) would like nothing more than to commiserate Jarvis’ misfortune over a lunchtime bowl of minestrone soup at Mario’s Cafe. It’s not hard to fathom why it was, and continues …

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Talacre Gardens. Where?

OK, so it might not be Primrose Hill or Regent’s Park, but Talacre Gardens, which adjoins Kentish Town West Overground station, has a charm of its own, with its walkways and fields, quiet area and towering trees. Furthermore, the park’s history is quite interesting. Never a preserved green space, its inception was the result of …

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The Oxford

‘If I were The Oxford,’ announced Mrs Kentishtowner, her elbows on the table for a moment’s respite from a medium-rare steak that was anything but, ‘I’d pay a visit to the Canteen. And pronto.’ By which the good lady didn’t mean her work’s caff, but the new nearby all-day diner which is woo-ing the NW5 …

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