North London's Cultural Guide


Imelda May

Kentish Town Waltz by Imelda May

Cynics would argue that it must have been a quiet morning at the Standard yesterday, what with the home counties besieged by snow, as our …


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 …


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, …


Queen’s Crescent Market

There’s nowhere else in the area like it. Some say it’s rundown and depressing, others that it’s unpretentious and one of the last pockets of …


SugaSmak! land on a roof in West Kentish Town

And now for music news. Today sees the Kentishtowner unashamedly plugging our sister label, Better Get Records. Why? Because its latest release, ‘We Are,’ by …


Made In Camden

Made In Camden should be the best thing to happen to Chalk Farm for ages. Although part of the Roundhouse, this new bar and all-day …


Spring Projects & Studios

We heart the long-established Spring Studios and this custom-built 3000ft commercial gallery, which provides a platform for contemporary art, design and fashion, opened in 2008. …

Health & Fitness

Kelly Street

Kelly Street is one of the jewels in the Kentish Crown (the others being Quadrant Grove and Little Green Street). It’s a perfect curve of …


Abbey Tavern

The Abbey (124 Kentish Town Road) is actually really pleasant. I say ‘actually’ because nobody I know goes there regularly, although, on the rare occasions …



Back in the day this was the Town & Country Club, and scene of my first ever London gig, since you ask (autumn 1989, Inspiral …

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