Local venues and other cultural links 2012.

This is from 2012 and remains here for histrionic reasons! perhaps we should file it under local history?

We are incredibly fortunate that we live in an area that has so much going on.

These are a few we know about already – more suggestions welcome.

This is quite a Big Posting with lots of details – so please do open if you might be interestd:

for a good place to keep up with things: Kentishtowner our local blogger:



The Grafton Arms.    One of two pubs in our own area….  The George with its spectacular garden all over the walls….  (or three, depending on how you count… O’Reilly’s is one – on the corner of Holmes and the High St..)

The Grafton Arms. Corner of Grafton Rd and Prince of Wales Road… has been taken over by a young couple and renovated…   (the previous condition of the cellar and pipework is too terrible to disclose…)  and is due to open this Friday.

Joel and Susie – and Susie’s brother Aidan,  and to their right – the interior designers – Naomi and Dani of Relic Interiors.

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 http://thegraftonnw5.co.uk/   which says…..

“The Grafton on Kentish Town’s Prince of Wales Road is a brand new pub for Kentish Town and Camden, due to open Septemeber 2012. The Grafton will be a place where you can enjoy great food and drink in a relaxed, friendly and homely environment. Meet up with friends, bring your family or simply enjoy a solo pint with the paper; everyone will be made to feel at home.

A traditional refurbishment will make the most of the historic building’s beautiful Victorian features, combining a traditional pub feel with contemporary touches.

We will offer informal dining throughout the pub with a range of simple yet perfectly executed seasonal British dishes.

The first floor function room will host a wealth of community events throughout the year, from comedy and music shows, to records, books and vintage fairs. We’re keen to host community activities so we’d love to hear from any local people with ideas, just drop us a line. The room will also be available to book for private parties, meetings and events.

We look forward to welcoming you.”


and to be non parochial…

about 10 metres outside our area…..Camden Town Brewery – who provide the beer to the Alma Street Summer Fair and are very helpful…. are based underneath Kentish Town West Station.   And have a (pop up?) pub which seems to operate ….

http://www.camdentownbrewery.com/  which says…. “open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday as usual. There’s a brewery tour running on Thursday from 6.00pm if you want to look around, see how we make beer and have a tasting through everything that’s on tap. You can book onto the tour here – they take up to two hours and you’ll get a few pints of beer.”

and to be even more adventurous and non- parochial 

…..Tapping the Admiral – tucked away somewhat and just outside our area – go down Castlehaven Road, ie opposite the Baths – and then right into Castle Road and along to the end…

http://www.tappingtheadmiral.co.uk/  which says:

“Handpumps pulling perfect pints of beautifully conditioned cask ale from some of the best brewers in the country.

No wonder we are CAMRA’s North London pub of the season! “

It has a garden which is not exactly rural but probably a nice place on a hot day…. (a what?)

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Right within the Inkerman Area is Map Cafe –    http://www.mapstudiocafe.com/

this is on Grafton Rd and is a fascinating cafe come gallery come venue come shop….  it’s hard to define.  So this is what they say:

“You can now relax with a coffee and a snack in the beautifully designed café situated in the tranquil backstreets of Kentish Town listening to the funky music that plays all day.

Map Studio Café has outdoor seating catching the sun most of the day and well into the evening. Vinyl and CDs are for sale at the café and we also have free Internet access and wi-fi connectivity.

The café has rotating art exhibitions as well as a great function room for public use. The café is open 7 days a week serving teas, coffees, sandwiches, cakes, snacks and fresh juices. Whether you are coming especially to use the state-of-the-art studios or just for your morning coffee, Map Studio Café is the place to be.

Opening Hours:  8am – 6pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
8am – 11pm Thursday (Admission Fee after 7pm)   9am – 6pm Sunday

2.   THE LION AND UNICORN Just the other side of the High Street in Gaisford St is this pub which has a good menu and a theatre – the Giant Olive Theatre Company.  Very small and very ambitious. Contemporary works and classic – Macbeth soon.

“Over the last couple of years, Kentish Town’s Lion and Unicorn Theatre has developed a vibrant, varied fringe rep” Time Out


3. THE ABBEY in the High St has music some nights: Free.  Garden with large screen TV for football.  Food.


4.  FLAXTONPTOOCH also in the High Street and also hard to define. Hairdressers, gallery, venue, fruit salad……It has a website so funky that it makes us dizzy ….


5. CLEAN BREAK: you can also click on: major local organisation based just the other side of the High St – Clean Break.


Clean Break is a theatre company with an independent education programme. Both strands of our work are rooted in the belief that theatre changes lives.

Clean Break was set up in 1979 by two women prisoners who believed that theatre could bring the hidden stories of imprisoned women to a wider audience. Still the only women’s theatre company of its kind today, Clean Break has remained true to these roots, continuing to inspire playwrights around the complex theme of women and crime – enlightening and entertaining audiences. Integral to this, is the company’s long-established theatre-based education and training programme enabling women offenders and those at risk of offending to develop personal, social, professional and creative skills leading to education and employment.

They commission new works and put them on – very successfully – in venues like The Arcola or the Soho Theatre.  They also have venue hire.

6. And in Googling Theatres in Kentish Town is discovered just round the corner – in that anonymous building in Anglers Lane – Complicite: and having looked at the website we are still a bit confused… http://www.complicite.org/flash/

7. And for comedy:  http://www.camdenguide.co.uk/entertainment/comedy.htm including Monkey Club which is sometimes at The Oxford in the High St http://www.monkeybusinesscomedyclub.co.uk/

8. and jazz:  http://www.camdenguide.co.uk/entertainment/comedy.htm

9.  and for other music and theatre like the Roundhouse, Koko’s, Barfly:


10.  The Forge in Delancy St http://www.forgevenue.org/

11. The Underworld www.theunderworldcamden.co.uk


12. Local art gallery:  Zabludowicz Collection in Prince of Wales Rd http://www.zabludowiczcollection.com/

13. BEARDSMORE GALLERY also in Prince of Wales Rd


14. PARLOUR GALLERY in Queens Crescent www.parlourprojectspace.blogspot.com/
“The Parlour is dedicated to promoting and showcasing work by artists at various points in their career, as well as providing an interface for interaction between the arts and the community.”

15.  Many Cultures, One Community? is a locally devised but nationally recognised performing arts and research-based educational network, supported by community orientated folk, performers, publicans, educators, historians, writers and archivists. By tracing the stories of the past we aim to bring history to life, and carnival to the streets of Kentish Town, in 2013.

The Heritage Lottery Fund’s Young Roots scheme, has awarded The Thanet Youth and Community Centre £25,000 to provide young people (15-25 years old) with opportunities to engage with the heritage of Kentish Town, an inner city London village with a rich and vibrant past. You can Sign Up to attend the the history walks, oral history or performing arts workshops by clicking on the link at the top of the page.

For those over 25 years-old there are opportunities to join the research team and contribute to the exhibition or get involved in coordinating or performing at the events. We are seeking costume makers, performers, people with experience in arts and community events, sound technicians, historians, illustrators, website/publicity designers, local businesses and residents. Anyone who wants to get involved, can. To help you find a way to contribute why not call Sara or email her.


For more information please call Sara 07792 143 296.

16.  for something calmer and more classical we have our very own, very local music shop – Dot’s in St Pancras Way – 5 mins from the High Street  . Dot and Noel live in Kentish Town and run this friendly and helpful shop:   http://dotsonline.co.uk/

Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 9am – 5.30pm
132 St. Pancras Way   Camden Town  London  NW1 9NB
Telephone: 020 7482 5424   dot@dotsonline.co.uk

AND………………….  if culture includes sport… (why not until we have a separate section on that?)

The Sports Centre, Prince of Wales Rd, – entrance in Grafton Rd

(£25 million pounds of our money…and…a great result…)