Category Archives: Ken Towl

160 voices sing Verdi’s Requiem at Croydon’s People’s Palace: with Elton John in the toilets and ‘limited nibbles’ for £15

The Croydon Philharmonic Choir made its long-awaited return to the refurbished Fairfield Halls last night. And so, too, did KEN TOWL When a Croydon re-opening commands the presence of the Mayor of London himself, you know something big is happening. … Continue reading

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Fanfare for the Common man, and here’s a toast to two ‘saints’

WANDLE WANDERER: Our non-resident rambler KEN TOWL is off on his travels again, but he hasn’t had to venture very far afield to discover some overlooked treasures St Reatham is not, of course, a church named after a saint, but … Continue reading

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South Norwood has hip answers to the pub quiz question

Our occasional pub crawler KEN TOWL set off for SE25 to discover the delights of the craft beer bars and cafés close to Norwood Junction, with SIMON BENTLEY in the quiz team and taking the photographs It was a Thursday … Continue reading

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Colour Palace adds light to Picture Gallery’s Baroque and rolls

Need somewhere to take shelter from summer showers? KEN TOWL has been on his travels again, this time all the way by bus to Dulwich Village This summer, until September 22, a very modern pavilion is standing in front of … Continue reading

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Take a walk on the Weald side, but remember to bring a map

Having followed the waymarkers, just, all the way from East Croydon to Warlingham, KEN TOWL got back on the bus bright and early to pick up the Vanguard Way from where he left off, with some a-llama-ing findings along the … Continue reading

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Be in the Vanguard for a hike from Croydon to the south coast

In the middle of the hottest of heatwaves, KEN TOWL set off from East Croydon for the sea. He travelled not by train, but on foot along the Vanguard Way I am looking at a plaque on the side of … Continue reading

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Hipsterdom is alive and thriving at £8 per pint in Surrey Street

Go on a pub crawl, said the editor. Find the dark heart of hipster wankerdom in Croydon, where beer is overpriced and the sandwiches chewy and taste odd, he said. Play ping pong, or shuffleboard, came the brief. As you … Continue reading

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