North London's Cultural Guide



Ich Bin Kentishtowner: Stephanie Smith, founder, ArchWay With Words

‘It’s funny how the laughter of a loved one is such a joyous thing, but the relentless guffaw of a pissed fool is so supremely irritating’


Public Speaking: Shiu-Kay Kan, lighting designer

Soho stalwart SKK Lighting has brought everything from neon dinosaurs to garbage chandeliers to Brecknock Road since moving late last year. We meet its visionary founder


Ich Bin Kentishtowner: Sam Collins, travel guru

‘My first proper memory? Seeing Jerry Lee Lewis at The Forum when I was 16, after getting plastered at the Bull & Gate with my new fake ID’

Eating & Drinking

Ich Bin Kentishtowner: Anna Schmidt, home cookery school founder

‘I think it is extremely important to discover what you are passionate about; it took me nearly 20 years’


Ich Bin Kentishtowner: Susie Clarke and Joel Czopor, 33, pub owners

Last week The Grafton won the Sky Sports Great British Pub of the Year 2014. Now, on the eve of its second birthday, meet the couple behind its success


Ich Bin Kentishtowner: Kai Artur Diers, language teacher

Here to teach German language lessons in Kentish Town, how does this Berlinner compare north London with home?


Ich Bin Kentishtowner: Sian Pattenden, artist

The creator of our lovely Cultural Maps on cider, gentrification – and wanting to smack a complete stranger in the mouth


Ich Bin Kentishtowner: Luke Haines, musician

‘My most unappealing habit? Reading the Daily Mail in a high voice to rabbits on the Heath.’

Health & Fitness

The inspiring tale of a local bike shop owner

Not ridden on two wheels since you were a kid? Let enthusiast and Giant Camden (formerly Chamberlaine’s) store owner Nick Freilich tell you how it changed his life. Plus 12 tips to get the most out of a cycle ride


Ich Bin Kentishtowner: Ben Garfield, 26, film-maker

A live-in guardian at the former Pizza Express building – and soon-to-be cinema – talks us through his life

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.