North London Food & Culture



Last minute gifts? 3 books with local connections

From cocktails to Saint Etienne, a trio of worthy options for North London culture vultures

Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle: officially a Great Pub of England

Author Stuart Husband on the Parkway institution that makes the list of 33 of England’s most loved boozers


The fascinating tale of Angler’s Lane – and the River Fleet

Author Travis Elborough’s new book explores forgotten corners of cities across the globe


Who was Tarzan of Kentish Town?

The fascinating tale of a Somali nomad who sought asylum in NW5 before returning to Mogadishu as its new mayor


Mark Waddell: the street sign poet on how Kentish Town inspires him

The NW5 poet and performer renowned for his street signs, free poem-takeaways and live poems has a new book out


The fascinating history of Camden Town’s record shops

An exclusive extract from Garth Cartwright and Quintina Valero’s new book of the capital’s vinyl emporiums


When American literature came to Grove Terrace NW5

Dr Katie McGettigan peers into Kentish Town’s Victorian literary past


7 North London bookshops we’re pleased to step inside again

From second-hand to brand spanking new, it’s heart-warming to see all these back up and running

Anoint My Head

Ricky Gervais managed my band in the 1990s

Andy Macleod on the tragic tale of a Kentish Town band who didn’t become rich or famous – but had a manager who did


Page-turners! 12 local novels for lockdown

From soapy classics and domestic dramas to crime romps and LGBTQ thrillers, these enjoyable reads all have an NW connection

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