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Halloween 2020

Let’s face it, 2020 has not been the greatest year. At least it’s Halloween time.

The weather is pretty terrible out so that will put a dampener on trick or treating. We’ll be surprised if anybody is out knocking on doors tonight. Firstly, you shouldn’t really be doing that because of COVID. Secondly, with the weather pouring down outside and it getting dark very early, it’s better to stay indoors.

Camden Market, restaurants, and pubs are open until 10pm so you can pop out for a pint at one of Camden’s great pubs. Remember the social distancing rules while you enjoy your spooky drink and meal.

Halloween

Looking for a safe and comfy option? This might be the year to stay in, carve a pumpkins, and enjoy it at home. Until next year…

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Crowdfunding for Camden’s coolest shop!

Camden’s coolest shop – To Home From London – has started a Kickstarter campaign to take their creative ideas and offerings to the next level.

To Home From London is a mix of Creative Studio & Workshop based in Camden Town and they create authentic Gifts and Souvenirs inspired by British culture in a signature watercolour style. Since there are no tourists sweeping through Camden High Street for the first time ever, they launched a Crowdfunding Campaign.

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Founded in 2015 by entrepreneur couple Bianca & Nacho, To Home From London quickly grew into a recognisable Souvenir Brand by challenging the current souvenir offering and reputation.

They have big plans, and excitingly we, the public, can get behind them and support an independent business get through 2020 and raise funds to open a new space in Camden with a concept not yet seen in London (and probably Europe).

2020 was meant to be the year in which they would take To Home From London and their mission of Redefining Souvenirs to the next level. This included signing a lease for a new space to create an awesome Concept Store focused on personalisation & Art Café that will translate their signature artworks into delicious desserts. This means that you will be able to make your own special mug, coasters, or bags on the spot and have a coffee while you wait.

They do have big plans, with a new location, exciting stores and café area, and you can be a part of it. In fact, there’s even a rewards programme: donate and you’ll get something in return, ranging from exclusive gifts you can get now to future experiences in the Concept Store & Art Café!

Sounds like a must-do to us. The campaign ends October 31st 2020. To pledge, click on the KICKSTARTER PAGE HERE.

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Rudy’s Vegan DIY kit!

Not going out just yet but craving something perfectly plant-based that’s just a little bit naughty? Then today is your lucky day, as Camden’s only vegan diner, Rudy’s, based in the famous market,has launched a debut range of DIY delivery kits and is sending all that plant-based deliciousness nationwide. DIY just got dirty!

With four super generous kits to choose from, nobody goes hungry on Rudy’s watch. Each box is packed with the best quality homemade products, using the original recipes created by Chef Matthew Foster –with 30 years in the game he really knows his stuff!

The classic ‘you won’t believe it’s vegan’ Rudy’s Reuben now comes in DIY kit form –complete with a whole loaf of rye bread, ample vegan pastrami, sliced cheeze, pickles, sauerkraut, grilled and crispy onion and Russian and creamy ‘cheese’ dressings, Rudy’s have done the hard work for you. All you’ve gotta do is pile that sandwich high and get it on the gram!

If a larger than life dirty burger is more your thing –try the two-patty strong kits including the signature Dirty Burger DIY box.

Mix things up with the Grilled Chick’n Caesar Burger, which comes ready to roll with chick’n patties, Caesar mayo, baby gem, tomatoes, garlic herb oil, cheeze slices, buns, crispy onions and baycon.

Pasta lovers can get their fix with the Broccoli Mac ‘n’ Cheeze–it’s gooey, it’s green and comes complete with three layers of toppings. Yes, you read that right! Every kit comes with everything required for you to create your own eco-conscious cuisine. As well as all the ingredients, there’s a full recipe card plus a QR code which takes you straight to Rudy’s YouTube channel where you can cook along with Chef Matthew.

Not just for vegans but also for lovers of damn good food or those looking to reduce their meat intake, all the kits make two generous portions. The kits are reasonably priced at just £18, with £1 from each box sold donated to Friend Farm Animal Sanctuary, a long-time partner of Rudy’s who are on a mission to offer forever homes to unwanted, neglected and abused animals. Kits are delivered nationwide and are available now! Order your kit at here.

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Drone footage of the Camden Highline route!

Camden Highline is coming! It’ll transform Camden to a New York style highline.

Plans to turn 1.2km of disused railway viaduct into a new elevated park are officially underway.

The Highline will begin at Camden Gardens, home to the pocket park and a 5 minute walk from Camden Town station & the iconic Camden Market. From there, the route proceeds to Camden Road, the widest part of the Highline at 18 metres. This section will be the perfect site for new community activity built into the project.

After this, the route continues for around 500 metres and crosses 3 bridges before arriving at Camley Street. Another 500 metres down and you reach York Way, the final entrance/exit point and a pleasant 5 minute stroll from King’s Cross.

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Camden Highline searches for design team

The Camden Highline, a charity with an aspiring vision for the conversion of disused railway into a creative green space, today launches an exciting competition for the project’s lead design studio. The winners will work closely with local community groups and stakeholders to welcome a sensational new green space that links Camden Town to Kings Cross.

The Camden Highline continues to gather momentum with a promising new search for a diverse and radical team that can both design and deliver their exciting proposal for a 15-minute green walking route, inspired by the iconic New York Highline. Occupying 1.1km of disused railway viaduct, the Highline will be a remarkable landscaped space, offering a unique perspective on the city and linking Camden Market, Camden Road, Camley Street and Kings Cross to each other and to their local communities.

The team will build on a body of work already undertaken by schools via the Highline Education programme, by Studio Mutt, who re-imaged the Camden Gardens pocket park to foreshadow the Highline vision, and by hundreds of local volunteers who have been involved throughout. Through innovative design that keeps nature and community at its forefront, the Camden Highline is set to become a standout visitor destination and a local community asset.

The exceptional team will be tasked with vivifying a piece of vacant infrastructure, a timely opportunity when access to green space is at the forefront of conversations as we look to our city’s post-Covid future. As a grassroots project, the Camden Highline has gathered exciting momentum among locals who are a vital part of making it a reality. Concurrently, the project promises to be a design and architectural feat, setting the precedent for upward thinking in our quest to increase green space, improve our citizens’ wellbeing and inject our urban sprawl with invaluable biodiversity. The Highline will act as a beacon for what positive and sustainable development for Camden, and indeed the whole of London and the UK, can look like – a park that inspires a new approach to inclusive urban design.

An analysis of the projects’ value to the local and London-wide community suggests that the Highline will…

  • Bring new close-by green space to 20,000 people
  • Provide £5 million worth of health and social advantages
  • Attract 1.3 million new visitors annually (pre-Covid estimate)
  • Contribute £16 million worth of spending to the respective areas annually (pre-Covid estimate)

Since its inception, the Camden Highline has…

  • Unlocked £25,500 funding for the creative landscaping of Camden Gardens
  • Engaged with 3 local schools in the Highline Education Programme, attributing to 2000 hours of teaching time
  • Hosted 1500 people on introductory walking tours of the route
  • Benefitted from £63,000 in small donations, with almost 70% from North London postcodes.
  • Worked with over 300 volunteers

The competition jury panel consists of…

  • Richard Terry (Engineer, Chairman of the Camden Highline and Chair of the Jury Panel).
  • Alison Brooks (Alison Brooks Architects and Trustee of Open City).
  • Wayne Hemingway (Hemingway Design and Trustee of the Design Council).
  • Ed Jarvis (Urban Design Manager, London Borough of Camden).
  • Indy Johar (Architect and Good Growth by Design Advocate to the Major of London).
  • Kathryn Moore (President of the International Federation of Landscape Architects and Professor of Landscape Architecture at Birmingham City University).

To enter click here.

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Happy Birthday Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse was born on September 14th 1983. Today we remember the Queen of Camden.

Amy was born in Southgate, north London, to Janis and Mitch Winehouse. Her time on earth was one of creativity and excitement.

Amy got her first guitar when she was 14 after having played on her brother’s guitar. She first appeared on the scene in 2003 with her debut album, Frank.

Back to Black hit the shelves in 2006 and shot her to instant fame. Bigger concerts, a lot of radio play, and interest in her personal life followed.

Amy was regularly seen in Camden, where she lives. Restaurants, pubs such as The Hawley Arms and Dublin Castle were her regular spots to hang out.

On this day we say Happy birthday Amy – the Queen of Camden.

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Movie time at the Market

Open air cinema? Yes please!

Camden Market and Curzon bring an open air cinema to the market. Some of the best classic and recent films are being shown.

Get there 15 minutes before the start of the show, get your tickets (most are £15) and get ready to enjoy the film. Food and drinks can be bought from the stalls at Camden Market for you to enjoy while watching the movie.

Deckchairs, black carpet: it’s movie time.

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Cereal Killer Café will not reopen

In a statement released by the owners of Cereal Killer Café, they will not be reopening.

They have stated that their Camden and Brick Lane stores will not reopen. This is because of the financial pressure caused by COVID-19.

Cereal Killer Café will still be operating online, so those of you who need your hit of Cheerios can still purchase online.

Cereal Killer Cafe Milkshake

It will be a loss to Camden’s Stables Market where their shop was located. A popular spot for tourists and a great photo opportunity outside their shop is no more.

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New Amy Winehouse street art!

Amy Winehouse, the Queen of Camden, has a new street art creation of her.

The artist JXC Designs has taken to the alley just behind The Hawley Arms to make a magnificent Amy mural.

The old brick wall has been turned into a street art masterpiece. Amy Winehouse might have left the building, but she’s still very much a part of Camden Town.

Be sure to open up your Instagram and take a photo in front of this new art, and tag @camdentownlondon

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