As publishers of London’s award-winning independent titles, including Kentishtowner and Gasholder, it’s been a pleasure and an honour to explore and highlight one of central London’s most underrated neighbourhoods.
Over the last three years, in our dozen quarterly issues to date, we’ve interviewed the charities and community groups that are at the heart of the area, and in particular those pioneering its green credentials.the changing face of Chalton Street, arguably Euston’s foodie heart, with its international mix of Szechuan, Japanese, Italian and Indian restaurants. And did you know it also boasts the only gallery in London celebrating Palestinian artists, and another specialising in Mexican art? Impressive, right?
And that’s not all. As well as reviewing the big exhibitions at the area’s fascinating mix of big destination galleries – the Wellcome Collection, British Library – we’ve reported on lesser-known spaces like the Elizabeth Garrett, 30 Euston Square and the Quakers building. All are worthy of your time.Elsewhere we’ve exposed the human side of shiny modern development Regent’s Place, with its clutch of cafes, vibrant annual arts programme (much of which is free) and theatres such as the New Diorama. Speaking of which, we’ve saluted 25 years of Euston’s most cutting-edge creative space, Camden People’s Theatre, which is, as you’ll read on pages 10-11, is getting a much-needed overhaul this year.
And as well as the dozens of features on business owners and interesting locals, we’ve lost count of the many brilliant pop-ups, green routes and walks organised by Euston Town and their friends.And on to business. The annual Camden Inspire Awards give locals a chance to celebrate some of the people and businesses doing great things in Euston and Camden Town. The most recent crop of gongs achieved just that, honouring a broad range of outstanding work across some very different fields, from the cultural programming at Chalk Farm’s iconic Roundhouse to the hand-flinging of charcoal dough pizzas by Eversholt Street’s popular Lost Boys.
In amongst this esteemed company was Troy Baptiste, in recognition of his successful reintroduction of a regular weekly fruit and vegetable stall on Chalton Street Market. But Troy, a.k.a The Fruit Don, is busy doing a lot more besides.
In our latest issue, we speak to him about the difficulties – yet also the huge opportunities for social change – that London’s street markets hold in 2020 and beyond, and what he’s doing to harness all this positively for the community.
High street trading today is certainly a challenge, whether you are a stallholder or a famous department store, but with Camden home to some of our most historic and ancient street markets, could Troy show the way forwards for a new generation to thrive?
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