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Easter listicle frivolity plus the usual high quality local inspiration for the week ahead

🚽 We know how much you love a list

Running a local newsletter/ magazine/ website/ platform as we do here at Camdenist, we’re acutely aware of which kind of articles attract clicks like wasps to a picnic, and which stories - worthy as they most undoubtably are - sink into the murky depths of forgotten online content like a weighty digital stone.

In today’s media game the stats are unforgiving, and much as we may all like to think we’d digest some cerebral writing about worthy local interest stories, what really motivates people to follow a hot link is a ‘best of’ list.

A case in point was recent crowd-pleaser Camden’s Best Pizzerias as voted for by our readers, which was an inevitable smash hit - but you probably know that, having irresistibly read it yourself, right? 😉

So to deliver exactly what we know you like, without too much editorial compromise, how about this week’s guide to the best places to have a wee in the King’s Cross area?

Whether you’re desperate to go, or not, it’s a lovely way to indulge in a view of the fabulous neuvo-bog aesthetic that the KX estate and its surrounds now offer.

FOOD & DRINK

Win pizza for your whole street

🍕 As mentioned in our big recent pizza special, Yard Sale Pizza are soon to arrive in Dartmouth Park, and they are offering locals a chance to win free pizza for their whole street. Here's how to nominate you and your neighbours in the competition…

🐟 One year on from opening their mad-popular local fishmonger and restaurant in Swain’s Lane, London Shell Co are also now taking the first bookings for cruises on the Regent’s Canal aboard their floating restaurants for the spring and summer.

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THINGS TO DO

Boats, art and the fun of the fair

Mourning of Kin at Adorn The Common

🚤 The London Canal Museum have restarted their popular programme of boat trips up the Regent's Canal for the summer months, and you can book a cruise here.

🖼️ Chalk Farm art gallery and homewares hub Adorn The Common are hosting a Private View of their latest show Mourning of Kin on Thursday (4th April) , featuring 18 works by one of London’s most exciting establishing artists, Stanley Onah. Oh, and ATC are also doing up to 50% off at a big easter art sale this weekend

🎪 It's the return of the traditional fairground up on Hampstead Heath for Easter if that's your thing (running until 7th April), or you can get involved in the nearby Freemason’s Arms eater egg hunt.

🛄 Coffee, cake and workspace Kentish Town Stores have released their brand new tote bag design, and it's a must-have for any proud NW5 locals - as you'll see exactly why here

🌏 Earthfest is coming to KX next month - read all about it and grab your FREE tickets, all in this special Camdenist feature.

TO WATCH

📺 This week’s Camden video

If you’re intrigued by the prospect of an elevated public park between Camden Town and King’s Cross (and who isn’t, right?) then this new video is a deep dive into the proposed route, access points and local topography running alongside the Overground tracks…

MUSIC

Live highlights to hear in the neighbourhood this Easter weekend, and beyond…

KOKO Electronic hosts Reggaeton Oasis, this Sunday

🎙️Back for it’s 36th year, it’s the London International Ska Festival all Easter weekend, kicking off with a boat trip on the Thames this afternoon followed by Dave Barker and Potato 5 at Dingwalls tonight, and then Horace Andy headlining Electric Ballroom tomorrow (Sat 30th).

🎸 Ever really fancied hearing the classics of The Bee Gees reinterpreted as heavy metal moshpit monster numbers? Tonight at Underworld, Tragedy: All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees & Beyond will make those dreams come true.

🍺 Head to classic local all-day boozer The Dartmouth Arms this Sunday (31st) from 4pm for the Horizontally Yours Easter Sunday Special, where DJs Gethin Segel and Matt Young (Itchysoul) and pub resi Neil Thornton play a selection of laidback grooves from the back of the box, with no work on Monday.

💃 For a higher energy Sunday night, Reggaeton Oasis take over KOKO through until 5am with a selection of the scene’s biggest artists and 1,400 wild dancers in the main theatre space.

🎶 Folk & Roots bring Northern English folk artist Johnny Campbell to Parkway’s Green Note on Monday, straight off the back of his latest LP.

CAMDEN DIARY

The night, and meanwhile

The weekly column: reflections on living, working and playing in the borough…

MONDAY: I wouldn’t normally have much reason to dress up and enter the 24-hour gambling ‘scene’ that rolls forever onwards inside Leicester Square's legendary Hippodrome. But nevertheless, this historic spot with its crazy-rare license made for an ideal setting to host the Night Time Industries Association Ambassadors awards bash. The big do aims to honour the people and places making a difference in today’s beleaguered (but vital) late night cultural economy. And as opposed to the doom ’n gloom narrative that you might expect, it presented instead a glorious celebration of exactly why our nightlife remains such an important cultural instigator, no matter the prevailing grim headwinds. Hearing about the inspirational work of Deafrave, or the unapologetically feminist storytelling of Manchester’s DJ Paulette, via a stream of other good news speeches on security, the law and more too, it proved to be a night of positivity which only further cemented the reasons as to why our nightlife contains such a vital cultural assets. The NTIA is pushing for a seat at the highest table, and it will be really interesting to see what the months ahead bring (particularly with an election looming) with such dedicated enthusiasts driving things forward.

WEDNESDAY: Knowledge Quarter were running a seminar on meanwhile use of buildings in the Borough down at Euston’s Old Diorama Arts Centre, and it was lovely to hear long-time friends of Camdenist including Somers Town Museum and Our Little Market updating on their truly fabulous local work. Ducking in to the back row a bit late, we couldn’t help but struggle to read the weighty PowerPoint presentations each speaker in turn flashed up on the screens. C’mon guys, this is an innovation district…there’s AI that can sort your prose into punchy slides these days in a flash. It’s all about a handful of words an a good image, right? Meanwhile, we also had the chance to pop out head inside the KQ’s new workspace with Impact Hub, that’s preparing to open next week just over the way, and which looks really impressive (more on this to follow).

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