There’s a new bar in town with a emphasis on all things local and ‘pre loved’. Cock tails are served in milk bottles or jam jars and the venue will host music nights with named DJs and acoustic sets and cocktail master-classes. The Shop is situated in Kensal Rise’s urban Chamberlayne Road and celebrates the amazing local atmosphere, music and art and of course drinks. The Shop is the brainchild of Luke Allen, musician and ex-bar manager of The Cow, The Westbourne and Harry’s and screen printer and photographer, Ben Magid. The pair wanted to create a space that locals could feel part of, get involved in and one that constantly evolves with them.
The bar is different to others in the area as local talent are invited to showcase their wares, sell their creations or host talks. Artwork from local artists is hung from the walls, furniture that you sit on in the bar is made from local carpenters and most things are available to purchase. Cocktails have been created by Rikki Broderick (Trailer Happiness) and are reasonably priced. They include Shop Assistant (tequila, lime, honey and fresh raspberries topped with beer), Size Zero (peach puree and prosecco), Cash Back (white rum, lime juice and passionfruit syrup) and all come served in vintage jam jars or milk bottles complete with tin cap seals. The bar snacks of pork pies and scotch eggs have been sourced from local butchers and suppliers.
The actual bar space has been designed by Dan Ainsworth (he designed Marc Jacobs’ stores) who has travelled the markets in and around London for the furnishings. Look out for old runway lights circa 1950 from Manchester Airport and reclaimed Czech factory lights. The bar itself has been crafted from original WWII wooden crates, each of which has been painted a different colour. Even the loos haven’t escaped the kitsch touch with naughty lady wallpaper in the gents and street-style graphic artwork by Tizer in the ladies.
The Shop NW10, 75 Chamberlayne Road, NW10, 020 8969 9399
For more details check out http://www.theshopnw10.com