KOKO music venue goes up in Flames

Camden’s iconic music and performance venue, KOKO, went up in flames on Monday night with severe damaged caused.

The venue, located on Camden High Street, caught fire around 9pm on Monday, with three fire engines and over 50 firefighters tackling the blaze.

A large part of the roof was damaged, and the fire services confirmed that the fire was under control at approximately 3am.

The damage to KOKO has yet to be assessed, and locals are thankful to the firefighters.

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10 Things To Do In Camden this January

Happy 2020! The beginning of a new decade. Here are a few ways to get the year off to a great start.
1. Visit Camden Market

Camden Market is one of Europe’s top tourist attractions. There are many things to do and see, eat and drink, and soak up the culture that Camden has to offer. Support the best local businesses and experience something truly unique at the Stables Market.

Camden Market World Cup

2. Counter Acts at Lethaby Gallery

Counter Acts highlights the long running relationship University of the Arts London shares with the Turner Prize, exploring work by generations of artists who studied or taught at UAL and their connection to the Prize.

counter acts exhibition

3. See a show!

Camden Town’s Etcetera Theatre has been home to some of London’s most legendary stage performances. Get your 2020 to a start with a show, with some incredible performances lined up throughout January.

Etcetera theatre

4. Eat at KUKU RIKU

The new restaurant in Camden Stables Market, KUKU RIKU, is causing quite a stir. The large, beautifully laid-out restaurant has a chicken filled menu, but good choices for vegetarians too. Quite possibly the best chicken burger we’ve ever had. Delicious!

kuku-riku5. Get wild!

London Zoo is located at the top end of Regent’s Park, and invests heavily in education into the care of animals. They also have numerous events throughout the month.

London Zoo lions
Photos by ZSL London Zoo

6. It’s circus time

Following sell out performances across Europe and the UK, NoFit State Circus’ LEXICON comes to London for a strictly limited run promising audiences a spirited and mischievous start to the New Year.

circus roundhouse

7. DJ Shadow performed by Ben Marc

Classic Album Sundays and Jazz Cafe’s partnership Kind Of New kicks off a new season in January 2020 with DJ Shadow’s pioneering 1996 record Endtroducing performed by Ben Marc, bassist and producer with China Moses, Mulatu Astatke and Matthew Herbert.

8. Eat and drink at Lock Tavern

A refurb, a new menu, a bigger bar. 2020 just got a whole lot better at Lock Tavern.

lock tavern dog

9. Good Pub Grub

The Golden Lion serves the best of British pub food. Located in the heart of Camden, it’s well worth booking a table here for a Sunday roast.

Golden Lion owners menu

  1. Iconic Places

Camden Town is many hidden gems, and places with interesting histories. Keep on checking back for more hot-spots being added to the list.

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Arsenal mascot Gunnersaurus joins Camden schools in celebrating Daily Mile success

Arsenal Football Club’s mascot Gunnersaurus joined children doing the Daily Mile in Camden primary schools. Around 3,000 children in Camden enjoy taking part in the Daily Mile every week, benefiting their well-being, health and learning.

The Daily Mile is a nationwide school initiative. Every child spends 15 minutes a day running, jogging or walking outdoors on top of regular PE lessons. This supports the national recommendations for children of all ages to be active for an hour a day. Founder Elaine Wyllie established The Daily Mile in 2012 when she was headteacher of a primary school in Scotland. She has since been dedicated to inspiring schools around the world to get involved in the Daily Mile.

So far 13 Camden schools are doing the Daily Mile. The Daily Mile is free and simple and children do not have to change into PE kit to take part. Camden primary schools interested in taking part can get support and advice to get started by emailing Mike Mortlock, Health Improvement Specialist, at mike.mortlock@camden.gov.uk or via the Daily Mile website.

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Camden and Islington sustainability awards

Camden and Islington’s first ever sustainability awards took place last week to celebrate the achievements of local businesses, community groups and schools who are leading the way to tackle environmental issues locally.

The Camden Climate Change Alliance (CCCA) and Islington Sustainable Energy Partnership (ISEP) led the awards at London Symphony Orchestra’s Jerwood Hall on 21 November. Hosted by Natasha Friend, Director of Camden Giving, the evening brought together 150 guests, leading sustainable development businesses from each borough and key note climate specialists.

Earlier this year, Camden Council hosted the UK’s first Citizens’ Assembly on the climate crisis. The Citizens’ Assembly allowed residents to consider evidence and develop proposals for the practical action needed to stop climate change. These included making all new buildings zero carbon, installing solar panels on as many homes as possible, designing a new public information campaign on the climate crisis, piloting community energy schemes and installing more ‘segregated’ cycle lanes. Although at different stages of development, the Council has already put many proposals into action including offering low cost solar panels for homes in the borough last month, proposing segregated cycle lanes on Gray’s Inn Road to improve conditions for pedestrians and cyclists and hosting the first community led ‘Car Free Day’ in Kentish Town.

Meanwhile, Islington Sustainable Energy Partnership (ISEP) is a local network of organisations working towards a zero-carbon Islington. They work with its members to improve their energy efficiency and reduce their environmental impact through direct advice, networking and resource sharing, as well as helping members get involved in local community projects. ISEP is supported by Islington Council.

Award winners were announced across eight categories, including ‘excellence in energy efficiency and carbon reduction’ which was won by iRecycle for their canal logistics project which cuts road transport and Great Ormond Street Hospital bagging the prize for ‘improving air quality’ in the borough.

Transition Kentish Town took the prize for ‘best community environmental project’ and Torriano School in Kentish Town won ‘best sustainable school initiative’.

Natasha Friend, Director, Camden Giving said: “The climate crisis is having a greater impact on people who have the least, this is true globally and right here in Camden, where poorer communities have less access to green space and clean air and people without homes will feel the affects of climate change more than most this winter.

“People who work in Camden and Islington are inpatient for climate action, this is shown by the high quality of work being done across schools, charities and businesses in both boroughs. The awards have encouraged me and my colleagues at Camden Giving on to take a more collaborative approach in our sustainability works, just as the boroughs of Camden and Islington are doing.”

Stephen McKinnell, Chair of the Camden Climate Change Alliance Advisory Board said: “It was great to see so many turn out for the Camden and Islington Sustainability awards last Thursday. It was a fantastic evening as for the first time Camden Climate Change Alliance held this jointly with Islington Sustainable Energy Partnership. Improving sustainability is high on the agenda and it is acknowledged that working collaboratively is the way to change things much more quickly.

“The night had inspirational speakers, great networking opportunities and of course some very exciting projects being showcased. Congratulations to all the winners and check out the CCCA website to see how you can get involved.”

Philip Gray, the co-chair of ISEP added: “We were delighted to strengthen our relationship with Camden at the inaugural Camden and Islington Sustainability Awards. A hugely impressive evening in the inspiring LSO St Luke’s with the aim of cultivating cross-borough collaboration at a time where positive climate action is firmly on the agenda and meaningful zero carbon pathways are in development.

“The event was a huge success, with a wide range of award winners showcasing demonstrable action in furthering the sustainability agenda in their respective organisations. On top of all of that, the three key-note speakers offered fantastic insight into their areas of expertise and left the room wanting more. I hope this event can build the momentum it needs, and we can continue to celebrate the fantastic progress of our members”

The CCCA, founded by Camden Council in 2008 is a network that works with businesses, charities and schools to encourage them to make a positive impact on the environment and support members to contribute towards a low-emission and low-waste Camden.

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Eiffel Tower Christmas Tree – watch it being created

St Pancras Station has a Christmas Tree with a difference.

The magnificent 36-foot installation embodies the elegance and cheerful spirit of the world’s largest French beauty brand, brightening up the station with Lancôme’s signature pink pantone. The breath-taking creation will be located in the station’s main concourse from 12th November 2019 to 4th January 2020 and is adorned with over 1,500 bottles of the brand’s signature fragrance, ‘La Vie Est Belle’; a scent that captures free-spirited and fulfilled femininity, perfectly embodied by the brands Global Ambassador and face of the fragrance, Julia Roberts.

For those not lucky enough to be visiting the city of love this Christmas season, Lancôme have brought the magic of Paris to St Pancras International, home of the Eurostar, with a magical light show – replicating the original tower’s iconic display. The show, with over 1,300 flashing LED lights, will be visible almost 600 times during the festive season.

But it’s not just station visitors who will be able to enjoy the display, as all 1,500 fragrance bottles used for the installation will also be donated to the international cancer support charity, Look Good Feel Better, which helps boost the physical and emotional well-being of women, men and young adults undergoing cancer treatment.

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A new look Lock Tavern

One of Camden’s most established and coolest pubs, The Lock Tavern, has had a refresh and makes it even more desirable to visit.

A more spacious bar area, a brand new menu, and a carefully selected range of beers and drinks, along with regular activities and events, there’s a reason to pop in to Lock Tavern in Camden every day!

Starting with the new menu, if you’re looking for fish and chips, burgers, pastas, and their highly-recommended curried cauliflower, there is something for everyone. Take a look at the menu here to make you feel hungry instantly.



Their new Tuesday night quiz night, which starts at 7pm, is set to be one of Camden Town’s main quiz nights. A quiz with good food and drinks, what’s better than that?

lock tavern quiz night

Don’t forget about their upstairs section which regularly hosts music events, and the impressively large and welcoming beer garden at the back is an absolute must on a sunny day.

The owners and staff clearly care about the pub, the refresh makes it even more friendly that before, and it’s a good all-round pub for a quiet drink followed by a vibrant night out.

Get on down to Lock Tavern at 25 Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AJ.

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You’ve been warned – this will make you hungry!

Most people in Camden pop out for an evening meal after work at least once per week, because of the wide variety of restaurants in the area. We’ve been visiting a place that many locals have discovered recently and keep returning to.

The new menu from Music & Beans on Camden High Street, not too far from Koko, offers food that has so much flavour it makes us hungry even looking at the pictures. For example, the braised lemon chicken is served with Jerusalem pita and humus and salad, the vegan meze plate has all sorts of goodness put together, and the Mediterranean Buddha Bowl with roasted chic peas, sweet potato, carrot, aubergine and peppers on quinoa if one of those dishes where you think to yourself, “can food really taste this good?”

music and beans pork

The slow cooked lamb shwarma is second-to-none, and the salmon and sea bass are prepared in a way that it’s delivered with plenty of flavour.

music and beans plate

Veg, meat, fish, or just a few starters in the mix too, you’ll have such a nice choice, and a reason to go back to try the next item on the menu.

They have a good drinks and dessert menu too, the hot caramel brownie with ice cream tops a perfect meal off quite nicely. See the full menu here.

While you’re there, try one of their coffees, quite possibly the best coffee in Camden.

Music & Beans is on 82 Camden High St, London NW1 0LT.

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New Retail Scheme for Hawley Wharf

A new retail scheme is planned for Hawley Wharf which is situated right next to the famous Camden Stables Market.

The investment firm, LabTech, has unveiled plans to invest and update the area known as Hawley Wharf which will see the development of an area that makes up 580,000sq ft.

The 30 railway arches will be restored as well as the existing warehouse buildings.


Already planned to open in summer 2019, the newly developed area will have 150 retail spaces and the largest farmer’s market in North London. In addition there will be more than 60 food and drinks locations, 195 new apartments, 60,000 ft of co-working space and entertainment space.

Coliers International will oversee the leasing the retail spaces for food and drink.

Hawley Wharf Camden
A CGI impression of the new Hawley Wharf layout

With the new development and shopping and eating locations the annual visitor numbers to Camden is expected to reach 50 million per year by 2020.

LabTech say that they are looking to take Camden “back to what it had before and creating what it is so famous for”.

Get ready for a new look and more vibrant Hawley Wharf.

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A New Brew from Camden Town

Camden Town Brewery has teamed up with Homeslice to make a beer just for them.

Beer and pizza, what a fabulous combination. Camden Town Brewery has created a crisp, easy-drinking lager for Homeslice. The Pilsner-based lager doesn’t have the ingredients on the tin because the recipe will change seasonally.

Camden brewery home brew

The beer is made to go with pizza.

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New Amy Winehouse Back to Black Documentary Announced

A new documentary, Amy Winehouse – Back to Black, has been announced.

The new documentary will follow the story of the making of her last album, Back to Black, which shows unseen footage of Amy and interviews with producers and musicians such as Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi.

The bonus on the DVD/Blu-Ray/digital documentary is “An Intimate Evening in London,” with footage of Amy Winehouse’s performance at Riverside Studios on February 10th 2008. That was she night she won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year (Rehab) and accepted it over satellite linkup.

The Amy Winehouse statue in Camden Town market

This is the follow-up documentary to “Amy”, which was released in 2016 and went on to win the Oscar Award for Best Documentary.

We’re looking forward to watching the new Amy Winehouse documentary, due for release November 2nd 2018.

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