Medicine Man – birth, health, sex and death

The Medicine Man exhibition at the Wellcome Collection is fascinating and educational. It’s on now.

Sir Henry Wellcome was an enthusiastic traveller and collector – amassing well over a million books, paintings and objects from around the world. Most of his collecting was in the two areas that fascinated him the most – health and medicine. ‘Medicine Man’ is their free permanent display of a small part of that huge collection.

Here, you can find out how people have viewed the basics of life over the centuries – birth, health, sex and death.

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Explore a wide range of objects that includes a set of Japanese sex aids from the 1930s, a unique collection of votive offerings and some diagnostic dolls used by women in 18th century China to show male doctors where they were feeling pain. They also have a metal executioner’s mask from Portugal.

There are also some direct connections to major historical figures. The exhibition features Napoleon’s toothbrush, Nelson’s razor, Charles Darwin’s walking stick, Florence Nightingale’s moccasins and even some of King George III’s hair.

See more on the Wellcome Collection on Euston Road.

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10 Things To Do In Camden this February

February. The month of Love. Looking for things to do? We’ve got a few excellent ideas.
  1. Pop-up Boxing Ring

A great way to learn self-control and stay fit, Camden Market will host a Wellness Day centered around mindfulness. There’s also a chance to get in the ring and try boxing, even if you’ve never given it a try before.

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  1. Food, music, coffee

The incredible Music & Beans is one of the coolest new places in town. They’ve got healthy food (salads and Middle Eastern dishes are a must-try) and they host music lessons too. They also have rehearsal spaces for musicians and put on various music events.

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  1. Buy some books

Primrose Hill Books is a quaint family-run bookshop. They sell new and second hand books, and their staff are very knowledgeable. Easily a place you can visit and get lost in the ambiance.

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  1. Stay warm!

It’s getting warmer, the first couple of weeks in February were freezing! Still, if it gets cooler again our article on the best places to stay warm will be more than useful.

  1. See a gig at Dingwalls

Dingwalls in Camden is such a wonderful venue. So much history, so many great bands have played there. Visit Dingwalls for yourself, the bands on the bill are always impressive.

  1. Discover New Openings

Camden Town is vibrant, with many activities and shops. As new businesses open their doors we like to be the first to share the news. Check our New Openings section to see who’s new to town.

  1. Visit a museum

There are many excellent museums in the borough of Camden. They are educational, fun, mysterious. See out list of interesting museums in Camden by clicking on the link above.

London Jewish Museum

  1. Breakthrough artist at Jazz Café

Jerome Thomas is a hotly tipped artist, which delves into soul, jazz, folk and R&B music. Catch him at Jazz Café in Camden on February 27th.

  1. Experience vegetarian Indian food

Drummond Street is only a 2-minute walk from Euston station and is home to London’s best Indian restaurants. A favourite of our is Ravi Shankar, a vegetarian Indian restaurant. Tasty and incredible value for money.

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Ravi Shankar vegetarian restaurant on Drummond Street
  1. Lego Movie 2

Everything is awesome! We loved the first Lego Movie so much we couldn’t wait for the follow up. It’s now showing at the Odeon in Camden Town. Go watch and feel like a super hero.

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Pop-Up boxing ring in Camden Market

This February, Camden Market’s North Yard will host its first ever pop up boxing ring as it presents a FREE interactive Wellness Day centered around mindfulness and raising awareness of the beneficial effects that exercise can have on mental health.

The afternoon will feature a series of interactive workshops and talks, spoken word performances and culminate in a live boxing showcase as professional boxers Robbie Chapman (caretaker at Regents High School, Camden) who goes by the name of The Camden Caretaker and Yaser Al’Ghena go head to head in the ring. Both boxers are passionate pioneers of the positive effects that boxing can and has had on their own lives, and the match will be commentated by guest speaker, former professional prize fighter Spencer Fearon, who has extensive experience and knowledge for the cause and how boxing can present an alternative solution to alleviate mental health issues and is an established role model and inspirational figure on the British boxing scene.

Interactive workshops will range from female only boxing sessions led by female coaches to yoga classes centred around breathing and mindfulness, led by Triyoga and there’ll also be the chance to find out more about England Boxing’s new mental health initiative that was recently presented in parliament.

Abdul Hai, Director of Community Engagement at Camden Market comments “We’re delighted to be involved in raising awareness of the importance of mental health, physical activity and living an active lifestyle by hosting this first ever event at London’s iconic Camden Market. We are aware of the stigma attached to mental health and want to use the social vibrancy of the Market and community spirit within as a platform to break down social barriers and start conversation around this issue.”

The Market has partnered with Camden Council, Camden and Islington Public Health, BEAR Management LDN Ltd and voluntary organisations to run workshops, talks and information stalls on health and well-being to raise awareness and encourage people to access support and services.

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The afternoon will be fuelled by fresh juice from Camden Juice Company and coincide with the launch of The Camden Grocer’s new health and happiness brunch menu. For a protein rich fix that packs a punch, check out the Market’s recent meaty new openings including rotisserie restaurant Kuku Riku, restaurant quality steak to go from Camden Town Roadkill and Yorkshire Burrito who are taking the humble roast and wrapping it up to go, in a giant Yorkshire pudding wrap.

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100 Club stops listing show times

The legendary 100 Club, the music venue on Oxford Street, has announced that they will no longer be listing stage times.

The move from the The 100 Club is supported by fans and bands alike. The venue has always been a big supporter of up-and-coming bands, and believe that all bands on the bill should have equal exposure.

The 100 Club has been around for over 75 years and has seen some of the biggest local and international bands play there. Such names include BB King, The Kings, The Clash, Metallica, Santigold, St Etienne, and many more.

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Savages at their album launch at 100 Club.

The venue is located at 100 Oxford Street and plays a huge part in the UK’s musical history.

There has been talk of Camden venues following their example – bands work hard, travel far, and perform with all their energy, so it’s only fair that all bands get equal exposure.

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Valentine’s Cinema in Camden Market

February 14th is Valentine’s Day (don’t forget it). It’s going to be cold outside so FEST Camden has come up with a great way to celebrate the day.

FEST Camden presents Valentine’s Cinema, showing some classic romantic films:

Sunday 10th | When Harry Met Sally
Monday 11th | Romeo & Juliet
Tuesday 12th | Dirty Dancing
Wednesday 13th | True Romance
Thursday 14th | La La Land
Sunday 17th | The Notebook

Entry is only £8 and there are warm drinks available too. Or if you’d like to celebrate in style, there are cocktails available.

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They will also be serving pizza with other drinks available too. Just select your film, the offer you’d like to go for, and snuggle up on the day of romance.

See more at FEST Camden

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Neneh Cherry comes to Camden

Swedish vocalist and counter-culture pop icon Neneh Cherry marks her return to music with her fifth solo album Broken Politics and her biggest show to date in 2019.

Neneh Cherry will be hitting the stage at The Roundhouse on February 14th. She will perform new and old tracks in her familiar style of pop, dance, hip-hop, trip hop and R&B.

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Her new album has been produced by Four Tet, the ‘folktronica’ genius.

Get tickets here.

She and her band will be playing at Camden Roundhouse, a legendary venue in the heard of Camden Town. If you haven’t been to this venue before, you should. The history, the design, the atmosphere: a wonderful music venue.

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A Hidden Gem: Primrose Hill Books

Primrose Hill Books been established for over 30 years and continues to provide readers with the classics and latest reads.

The family owned independent book shop has certainly become a must-visit to people coming to Camden Town and Primrose Hill. It’s charming, has friendly staff, and they have an impressive selection of second-hand books too.

Primrose Hill Books also has events such as book signings by local and international authors – a rare change to purchase a book and get it signed by the author.

With the big online retailers having taken over the book market over the past few years, Primrose Hill Books are doing an excellent job of giving a reason for the customer to go to the shop – a good variety and great knowledge.

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They’re at 134 Regent’s Park Road, NW1 8XL, so make sure to visit them as you visit the Camden and Primrose Hill areas.


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‘The Beatles’ perform at St Pancras International 

A performance on 30th January marked 50 years since The Beatles played their final concert, live from the roof of multimedia corporation, Apple Corps, in central London. St Pancras International – well known for surprise performances by some of the world’s biggest music stars – paid tribute to that historic day by recreating this famous rooftop performance, at the station where art comes to life.

The station, which is just a stone’s throw away from where the original band were photographed as part of the ‘Mad Day Out’ shoot in 1968, has a deep-rooted connection with the music industry and the band itself. It has also been revealed today, that The Beatles have topped the list of bands played by visitors on St Pancras International’s free-to-play jukebox, with hits from the notorious band played over 1,400 times!

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The tribute was made up of a collective of talented British musicians who have all been inspired by the famous four during their musical careers. Ben Parker, Jimmy Sims, Che Albrighton and Thom Kirkpatrick entertained delighted on-lookers who stopped to listen to the performance from 21 metres below. They played a homage to the set played by The Beatles in 1969, including Let It Be, Don’t Let Me Down and Get Back.

The performance comes as part of the station’s ongoing exciting calendar of arts and music events which has seen A-list musicians such as John Legend, Elton John, Jamie Cullum and Jeff Goldblum all perform on the famous public pianos in the iconic station.

Ben Parker, lead singer for The Beatles Tribute performance comments: “We were honoured to be given this chance to pay tribute to one of the greatest bands of all time. The Beatles marked a step-change in musical history and the rooftop gig was the culmination of their partnership.  Each of us have huge admiration for The Beatles and it was amazing to have the opportunity to recreate one of our favourite performances of all time, on top of one of London’s most-loved stations- St Pancras International.

The set was a tribute to the gig rather than a faithful recreation, which is not to say we don’t acknowledge the often-overlooked part played by the incredible Billy Preston on keyboards”.

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Gig Review – Politik at The Monarch

Politik are a band fronted by vocalist and keyboardist Nicola Mayer, and they brought their live show to The Monarch in Camden Town.

Mayer was joined on stage by Politik band members Michael Fourie on guitars and Kyle Kokott on drums. Their set had power, and created fascination amongst the crowd with delayed guitars, emotional vocals and grooving drums.

Friday nights at The Monarch are usually good with a selection of live music, and Politik certainly provided the perfect start to the weekend.

politik band

Check Politik out here.

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Tempted to get married in 2019?

Camden Council will be holding their first ever Wedding Fair. ‘Tis the season to get married!

On Saturday 9th February there will be wedding dress sample sales with up to 70% off, suppliers showcasing their products, and a showcase of Camden venues.

The borough of Camden has some incredible locations to host your special day, and you can meet representatives of these venues at this event.

wedding fair

Thinking of tying the knot in 2019? Camden registrars will be at the fair too to answer any questions you might have.

5 St Pancras Square N1C 4AG, 2nd, 10th and 11th floor is where it all happens.

It’s free to attend but you must register your interest.

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