Newington Green Welcomes New Students!

The students have returned to London and the city already feels fit to burst!

Now that the university terms are back in fully swing there are a whole host of events taking place across the city that are just the excuse to escape Newington Green for the evening and expand your mind.

International Populism: The Radical Right in the European Parliament

Continuing the success of lectures from last year, this season’s series will be kicked off by a handful of speakers from the UK and Europe who will be tackling the timely topic of Populism.

Duncan McDonnel, Professor of Politics at Griffith University, Australia will be starting the night and no doubt plugging his new tome looking at radial right populists in the European Parliament (due out in May 2019). Stijn van Kessel, lecturer in European Politics at Queen Mary UoL will be speaking next followed by Sarah Wolff, Director of the Centre for European Research and Lecturer in Public Policy at the Queen Mary’s.

When? 15th October Where? Europe House, 32 Smith Square How much? Free

Going undercover

The programming staff at the City University of London certainly know how to market to college students. Although it’s doubtful that many of the students in attendance will reach the kind of lofty heights that investigative documentarian speakers have done in their successful careers, this evening will no doubt serve as the inspiration for many upcoming ad-hoc exposes.

Founder and MD of Hardcash Productions, David Henshaw, has produced more than 50 films in an illustrious career that won him five Emmys and two Peabodys (to name but a few), he’ll be followed by producer/director Gesbeen Mohammad (a graduate of City herself), Commissioning Editor for Investigations for Channel 4, Job Rabkin and Josh Reynolds, a producer/director who has won a Bafta for his work on ‘Britain’s Immigration Secrets’.

When? 24th October Where? Oliver Thompon Lecture Theatre, Tait Building How much? Free

Back to the future; 19th century watchmaking by 21st century watchmakers

 

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Craig and Rebecca Struthers are a unique husband-and-wife-team, having founded an English watchmaking studio in the middle of a financial crisis. The duo met at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design whilst training as watchmakers and have since become qualified in jewellery, silversmithing, illustrating and gemmology. Rebecca’s move to further her studies led her to become the first watchmaker in Britain to earn a PhD in horology and makes the Struthers a truly learned couple; well-suited to leading their talk on brandishing 19th century skills in the modern age.

When? 28th October Where? Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tait Building How much? Free

Metaphonica IV: The House of Beyond Sound

Whilst not all of us would have had the necessary creative flair to have attended Central Saint Martins’ prestigious Art School, we all have the opportunity to taste a slice of the creative pie that is served up on a regular basis at this truly one of a kind night showcasing the dual talents of the current body of students and the ground-breaking artists signed to new ‘post-classical’ label Mecury KX. For those unfamiliar with Roman Numerals, this is the fourth incarnation of Metaphonica a night that blurs disciplines and explores new territories between art and music culture.

When? 1st November Where? The Street, Central Saint Martins How much? £20

Foodie Spotlight: More Trendy Eateries & Cafes

Still looking for a place to eat?

There’s plenty of choices in the Newington Green area – we’ve got a few hot tips for you to make your mind up.

Primeur

 

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Just a short walk around the corner of the Green you’ll find Primeur, a refined yet relaxed restaurant that offers a Englishman’s take on French cuisine. This is a lovely place to eat on a Summer’s evening with the last of the sun’s rays refracting through the original windowed-doors (the building was a motor repair garage in a past life). The menu is focused around communal dining with menus changed and updated on a daily basis. Expect excellently sourced ingredients in a simply prepared fashion.

Where? Barnes Motors, 116 Petherton Rd

Antepliler Baklava Salonu

 

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Newington Green has a vibrant Turkish community represented by a number of stellar eating establishments along Green Lanes (see Antepliler Doner for one of many excellent kebabs along that particular street) in addition to this cosy baklava Mecca. There are always a few trays of this gloriously sticky confection on offer for diligent shoppers with each and every one carefully walking that fine line between cloyingly sweet and just right.

Where? Grand Parade, 33 Green Lanes

01 Adana Restaurant

 

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Speaking of Turkish food, although you’ll find there are no end of quality takeaway kebabs worth their salt on Green Lanes, if you’re looking for a sit-down grill experience then 01 Adana Restaurant is worth popping into. Don’t be put off by the massive (usually quiet) space inside, this Turkish grill offers everything that its competitors in nearby Dalston can give: adana, halep, flatbreads, lahmacun. You can even try a few offal based Cypriot options if you’re feeling daring.

Where? 25-27 Green Lanes

Belle Epoque Patisserie

 

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Lunch is often a meal that is rather rushed in London but Belle Epoque Patisserie asks you to sit down, take a breather and stuff your face with some truly delectable treats. This very French bakery first opened back in 2002 and has since rocketed in popularity (you can pick up their delicious mini-tarts in Selfridges of all places), but don’t let this success put you off – it’s certainly well earned. Quiches and baguettes offer serious lunch-time satisfaction, whilst the aforementioned tarts taste as wonderful as they look.

Where? 37 Newington Green

Oivita Pizzeria

 

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You can pick up a slice of pizza at a number of different places around the Green, but we think Oivita Pizzeria is definitely worth the short walk down Mildmay Ward for its super-traditional take on Neapolitan-style pizzas. Even the service at this restaurant is modelled on the Italians with waiting staff offering a friendly smile and helpful pointers for those at a loss at which classic pizza to pick. Our tip is to split a Neopolitana with a friend and then go halves on one of their adventurous specials like the Pizza Frusta which comes rolled with Italian Sausage, Aubergines and Basil.

Where? 37 Newington Green

Foodie Spotlight: Hip Cafes & Restaurants

Newington Green has become a true hub for adventurous foodies.

Book a table or simply drop into one of these excellent eateries when you’re in the neighbourhood.

Perilla

 

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This relaxed neighbourhood restaurant opened its doors back in the Autumn of 2016 promising an effervescent seasonal menu that would warm cockles in the winter and tempt diners through to the balmy summer; a promise that has been well kept to. Not only is the food wide-ranging and boundary breaking (Octopus Bolognese anyone?), but it’s reasonably priced too; a near-fine dining experience of this calibre, with drinks to accommodate, will put you back around £70 per head.

Where? 1-3 Green Lanes

Lizzy’s On The Green

 

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The pleasant decking area that is afforded Lizzy’s On The Green offers just enough space to enjoy a lovely breakfast/brunch/lunch, made even more special by the excellent coffee that is available there all the year round. Their trademark black-cherried Alchemy beans are usually enough to pique the interest of the most casual of coffee lovers whilst most foodies will no doubt be tempted by the likes of their smokes creamed corn and jalapeno toast or delicious cakes.

Where? On Newington Green

Feest at the Greenhouse N16

 

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Near the bottom of Green Lane you’ll find the rather cavernous and tremendously hip Greenhouse N16. This bustling co-working space is home to a baffling variety of folks and start ups, with graphic designers and writers jostling with budding entrepreneurs figuring out how to set up a cleaning business. The cafe downstairs caters to this young crowd well; excellent coffee is paired with wholesome lunch options ranging from curries and immune-boosting salads to stunning sandwiches and salads.

Where? 49 Green Lanes

Acoustic Brasserie

 

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Adil Kolcak is the man behind Acoustic Brasserie, a Mediterranean eaterie that offers a glimpse into his three decades of experience in the food industry. Whether you’re eating brunch or dinner, you’ll spot little touches of Turkish, Italian, French and even Lebanese cookery throughout the menu here. Dinner is far from a complicated experience here and the friendly waiting staff offer the kind of relaxed service that you’d expect in sunny Tuscan ristorante – in short, it’s a real treat.

Where? 60 Newington Green

Trangallan

 

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Tapas has had its fair share of ups and downs over the years, from foodie darling to hair-trigger eye-ball rolling cynicism, but thanks to decent places like Trangallan (Galician for a kind of fashionable rapscallion) this style of eaterie is seeing something of a resurgence. Although you will find some classic tapas dishes here that you’ll no doubt be familiar with (see their traditional tortilla and green salad), they do try to push the boat out, try out their Iberian pork abanico with spinach and beets & hazelnut praline to get a taste of this adventurous spirit.

Where? 61 Newington Green

September: Events & Activities

Is your diary for September full yet?

Whether you’re looking to brush up on your cooking skills, dance your socks off, or get a hug from an Arizonan man-bunny – we’re sure have something to keep you entertained.

Ottonlenghi: Simple

Israeli-British chef, Yotam Ottolenghi is something of a legend in London foodie circles. His establishments across the city, including restaurants and delicatessens, are shrines to his particular brand of vibrant world cookery which will be on display at the nearby Islington Assembly Hall. His new book, SIMPLE, offers a no-frill approach to his classic cooking style which any amateur chef should be able to execute and he’ll be joined by co-author Tara Wigley who’ll be helping him to demonstrate just that.

When? Islington Assembly Hall Where? 11th September How much? £22

Audible Presents: Spoken World – The Butterfly Effect

Jewish Welsh multihyphenate Jon Ronson is known for keeping his finger in many pies. Scarcely 51 years old, he’s played keyboards on tour with cult act Frank Sidebottom, written best-selling novels and has spent the last year researching the effect that free on-demand pornography has had on the United Kingdom as well as the sex scene in Soho. The writer and broadcaster will be joined by experts and professionals from the industry as he brings his popular podcast to life on stage.

When? 12th September Where? The BOX How much? £15

Nobunny (with Support)

Although ‘Rock’ was proclaimed dead a long time ago, Nobunny would beg to differ. Justin Champlin hails from Tucson, Arizona and has been cavorting on-stage in coats made of trash and a furry rabbit mask for 10 years now under the guise of Nobunny. He’s built up quite the following since 2008, playing his deftly infectious brand of lo-fi garage rock and power pop with a band of similarly dressed bunnies. Support for the night comes from local boys Johnny Throttle and scuzz-peddlers Suicide Generation.

When? 16th September Where? The Finsbury How much? £16.75

Benedict Allen: Ultimate Explorer

At 58 years old, writer, travellers and adventurer Benedict Allen shows no sign of slowing down. Considered by many to be one of the last great adventurers, Allen has cemented his legacy in history with many expeditions including scientific trips out to Costa Rica and Brunei. The work with which he’s recognised today is largely concerned with making contact with threatened tribes in as far-flung regions as Papua New Guinea and the Amazon. He’s now touring the much safer climes of the UK sharing his experiences, as well as never-before-seen video material.

When? 22nd September Where? Union Chapel How much? £30

Dark Was The Night

Northern Soul music lives again thanks to the efforts made by friends William J. Foot and Lewis J. Henderson, the founders of the Deptford Northern Soul Club. Back in 2016 these lifelong friends wanted to bring a genuine Northern Soul night to their borough of London. After a successful debut night they were able to ramp up their efforts and now hold regular parties featuring specialist DJs from all around the UK. They’ll bring their electric night out to Dalston for the first time this month.

When? 22nd September Where? The Bunker Club How much? £5.50