Forget Brazil, it’s all about what’s going on in Kennington for the next few days.
The Pungent Subway opens tonight in a subway underneath the North roundabout in North Kennington, organised by the team behind Save Our Subways. As part of the London Festival of Architecture, the subway passage will be filled with fragrances from herbs and flowers. It’s free, no booking required – just turn up between 6.30pm and 8.30pm today, tomorrow or Saturday.
The Summer Open Studios also takes place this weekend at Make Space. It’s open from 11am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday with a private view tonight from 6-9pm. Saturday afternoon from 3pm their “performing artists will display their skills with DJing, live musical performances and dance events”. Newnham Terrace, London SE1 7DR.
And last but not least, the ninth annual Kennington Village Fete takes place this Sunday from noon till 4pm in Cleaver Square. We’ll be there, playing the Amazing Human Fruit Machine and stocking up on local honey (you haven’t tasted honey until you’ve tasted this – it really is special).
4. Aobaba pros: top quality Vietnamese food and loads of choice – who needs Kingsland Road?
cons: it’s a brightly lit cafeteria on the side of an Oriental supermarket so don’t come here for the ambiance hygiene rating: 4
3. The Ragged Canteen at Beaconsfield pros: super tasty vegetarian food and organic Monmouth coffee
cons: it’s not open that often (they serve hot food Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays from noon, last orders 2.25pm; at other times it’s drinks and cakes) hygiene rating: 4
2. Brunswick House pros: totally unique setting amidst LASSCO’s antiques, plus top quality seasonal food
cons: the staff can be rude, and if you want to buy the chair you’re sitting on, be prepared to remortgage your house first hygiene rating: 3
B) double Ginger Pig-bred cheeseburger in a brioche bun
D) lemongrass sesame pork rice vermicelli
E) quinoa and camargue red rice salad
F) spicy hot beef and okra stew on injera
G) McDonald’s happy meal
What is your jam?
A) Heaven Is A Place On Earth by Belinda Carlisle
B) Slave To The Rhythm by Grace Jones
C) Windowlicker by Aphex Twin
D) Pass Out by Tinie Tempah
E) Vindaloo by Fat Les
F) You Got The Love by Florence & The Machine
G) Timber by Pitbull feat. Ke$ha
Which is your favourite Kevin Spacey?
A) House of Cards Kevin Spacey
B) LA Confidential Kevin Spacey
C) The Usual Suspects Kevin Spacey
D) Seven Kevin Spacey
E) Late night dog walking Kevin Spacey
F) American Beauty Kevin Spacey
G) K-PAX Kevin Spacey
What’s on the top of your Kennington bucket list?
A) watching Florence from Florence & The Machine do an impromptu drunken covers set at a tiki bar
B) dancing till the sun comes up then comes down again
C) going to Radiohead’s Boiler Room takeover at Corsica Studios
D) exploring urban forests and soaking up ruin porn before it’s too late
E) attending a private view at Damien Hirst’s new gallery
F) going to a test match
G) watching Millwall play at home
How did you score?
Mostly A’s – you should live in Central Kennington Mostly B’s – you should live in West Kennington (formerly known as Vauxhall)
Mostly C’s – you should live in North Kennington (formerly known as Elephant & Castle) Mostly D’s – you should live in East Kennington (formerly known as Walworth) Mostly E’s – you should live in North West Kennington (formerly known as Lambeth)
Mostly F’s – you should live in South Kennington (formerly known as Oval) Mostly G’s – you should not live in Kennington; would suggest Fallujah, or Clapham
Ava Catherside is an East Kennington-based, ready-to-wear, androgynous fashion label created by Anna Gloria Flores and Veronica Todisco. From an austerely chic Victorian studio in Pullens Yards, the duo produce minimal designs that are stocked in boutiques around the world- including London stockist LN-CC (alongside heavyweights Balenciaga, Comme Des Garcons and Yohji Yamamoto). Their clothes, produced using environmentally ethical fabrics such as Alcantara, have been featured in style bibles Vogue Italia, Tank and iD, and have been spotted in the real world catwalk that is the Cleaver Square summer fete.
For one day only (tomorrow) Ava Catherside will be selling their wares in Kennington, at their first ever private sale event:
If you’re heading to the Pullens Yard Open Studios this weekend, you will most likely drop in on East Kennington’s kookiest cafe and gallery, the Electric Elephant, which is on the Walworth Road end of Pullens Yard. The homemade ice cream is particularly eccentric.
In the early 20th century, East Kennington’s magnificent Pullens Estate, AKA the Pullens Buildings, comprised almost 700 properties and stretched all the way to Manor Place. In the seventies the surviving buildings were threatened with demolition. Residents and squatters fought back (Kennington owes a lot to the preservation efforts of squatters) and thank goodness they did – these are some of London’s last surviving Victorian tenement buildings, and their workshops host a thriving community of creative people, as well as providing film sets for the likes of The King’s Speech (in the scene where the king goes to visit the speech therapist for the first time).
Twice a year they host an open day and their Christmas event is coming up next weekend. It’s the ideal opportunity to look around these unique spaces and pick up unusual Christmas presents. How about some Alex Monroe jewellery for a fraction of the Liberty’s price, or some pottery moulded from vegetables, or a handmade loot, or some architect-designed furniture, or a print of all the regions of the shipping forecast? It’s all here, in the most amazing and rather Christmas-y setting.
Elefest is the festival for North and East Kennington and runs from October 4th to 6th. In previous years we’ve enjoyed the The StockMKT, a night market on Friday and Saturday from 5pm-10pm with great food, craft beer, arts and crafts, live music and DJs.