Water into Beer – The Brewery in the Crypt

London has a long history of beer making, so it should come as no surprise that Steve Reynolds and Roddy Monroe were inspired to transform the crypt at St Mary’s church on Elsworthy Rd into a micro-brewery. It all came around after a spring clean down in the crypt. After eight skips had been filled with rubbish, Roddy and Steve looked around them, and there, … Continue reading Water into Beer – The Brewery in the Crypt

Primrose Hill People: Chiara Rossi

Turn at 100 k.p.h with a G-force of 5… Primrose Hill’s speed junky gets her highs on the water. The Mole decides he would rather not be battered in Chiara Rossi’s powerboat, but would graciously drink a glass of rather special Chianti selected by her. For many of us in Primrose Hill twenty-nine-year-old Chiara Rossi is the charming assistant manager of Negozio Classica, the wine … Continue reading Primrose Hill People: Chiara Rossi

Tina Nardo – The Lollypop Lady

Why did the mole cross the road? So that he could talk to the lollypop lady, of course. Lollypop ladies are human zebra crossings. The first ones started working outside primary schools in 1967. The safe crossing with the yellow globe had been introduced by Leslie Hors-Belisha in 1934; and the black and white striped zebra crossings, so named by Jim Callaghan, appeared in 1949. … Continue reading Tina Nardo – The Lollypop Lady

Minnie Weisz

If it’s Good Enough for Canaletto and Venice it’s Good Enough for Minnie Weisz and Margate. We’ve all been past 123 Pancras Road hundreds of times and probably never given it a second glance, probably didn’t even know the name of the road we were on. It’s the studio of Minnie Weisz in the red-brick arches opposite St Pancras Station. Go a bit further on … Continue reading Minnie Weisz

Ex-Gang Member to Gang Mediator

Primrose People:  Jason Allen Think of a typical Victorian Anglican church. St Mary’s ticks all the boxes. It has about 30 pre-school kids with their SUV buggies parked around the entrance; a priest, Marjorie Brown (I swear one parishioner said ‘Marge will see you in a minute’); a woman in the sacristy on her knees polishing the brass bits of what might be banner poles; … Continue reading Ex-Gang Member to Gang Mediator

Primrose Hill People: JC from L'Absinthe

Primrose Hill’s Celebrity Restaurateur interviewed by Jim Mulligan Seven years ago the rather dismal corner of Fitzroy Road and Chalcot Road was lit up when L’Absinthe opened. JC had arrived in Primrose Hill. It seems unlikely but it was the only place I could afford. It was the cheapest on the market because of the location. It is a hard one. The businesses before us … Continue reading Primrose Hill People: JC from L'Absinthe