'So are you 'the Accidental Londoner'?' Here was a greeting I'd never met before in real-life. I'd been addressed as such via email or a comments box before, but never by an honest-to-God, actual human being. It was rather surreal to admit that yes, I was, and that my online persona was the real invitee to the event I attended last week. But such is the peculiarity of blogging, and also the joy. My charming companion for the evening was fellow blogger, Cool on Demand, and, as our London blog alter-egos, we had been invited to witness the launch of a new event in Camden that seemed perfect for the warm July night.
To tempt the older, more mainstream Londoner back to the area however, Camden Lock has launched a new weekly event; the Camden Lock Night Market. Each Thursday, for the next six weeks at least, the bars and stalls that fill the Lock Market beside the canal will remain open late (well, until about 10pm) into the evening. You can shop, catch a little live music, drink and eat from an impressively multi-cultural array of food choices, from Scottish to Peruvian, and Spanish to Turkish. Munching on some seriously tasty Turkish fried beef wraps, Janet and I watched a great folky live set by Ryan O'Reilly (and his grandly named 'band' that looked rather like a mate with a guitar to me). Over on the other side of the lock reggae tunes were being spun for those who preferred more of a boogie. Making the most of the warm night - summer appears to finally be here! - drinkers lined the midnight blue canal that reflected back the lights of the bars and cafes normally firmly shut up by this 'late' hour.