The Earl Haig Hall revival in Crouch End: music and more

How timely for Crouch End is the reopening of the Earl Haig Hall, the former British Legion meeting place, now in new hands and revitalised as a social club. The north London area has been sorely in need of a fun, all-embracing community venue. A peek at the club’s message board points to a diverse…

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Cafe society in the Northern Quarter: tea with DJ Mr Scruff and an Icelandic style venue

Early Manchester memories include being persuaded by my friend’s older sister to hang around outside George Best’s shop, hoping he would appear. Best of all was Crowthers dimly-lit little boutique stuffed with gorgeous Biba-style clothes. Teacup on Thomas St has Mr Scruff the Manchester DJ as an owner and the queues of people (last time I went,…

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Down in Kentish Town: great music and Thai curry

Oh for a good old-fashioned English high street, a scruffy one, with no Starbucks, Accessorize and Oliver Bonas popping up everywhere. Well that’s pretty much Kentish Town for you, where you’ll find newsagents, printer shops, friendly market stalls and even a library – granted a Costa lurks, but it doesn’t seem to have ushered in…

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