Television Centre may have closed for business, but the BBC’s only live music showcase of any prominence will live on in Maidstone, of all places. This eight-week long, 42nd (!) series starts with another simultaneously eclectic and conservative line-up.
Featured acts including a revived Suede (back with their first album in more than decade), hotly tipped soul Brummie Laura Mvula, Irish R&B whippersnappers the Strypes and the ever-wonderful Cat Power. As with recent runs, this truncated live version will be followed by a fuller-length recording on Fridays, for all those who can’t get enough boogie woogie piano in their lives.
O's Thai Cafe
This Crouch End Thai café takes its name from the owner and head chef's nickname - we suspect it's because 'O' is much easier to say than Somchai Kantavanich. It's been open for nearly 20 years, so it must be doing something right. The menu is replete with authentic Thai dishes - think green curries, pad Thai noodles, Thai-style fried rice and pad kratiem prik tai (king prawn, chicken, pork or beef stir fried with garlic and coriander paste, ground pepper and oyster sauce). Keep an eye out for specials on the blackboard, too. A short wine list focuses on well-known regions from the old world, but new world options also feature. Leffe Blonde, Budvar and Amstel are all on draught, and Singha is available by the bottle.
Venue says: “Early eaters get 10% off your bill when dining between 6pm and 7.30pm (until 8pm) every Monday to Thursday!”