London’s Camden Town is often overrun with tourists and market shoppers by day but at night the place comes alive with bars and clubs. The farther north you go from Camden Town station the more varied the bars become with some unexpected night spots. Towards Chalk Farm station, if you duck into Marathon Kebab shop after eight you’re more than likely to find a live concert in full swing in addition to Mediterranean food. From the front, Marathon looks like an ordinary [simpletag]kebab[/simpletag] shop with its Turkish cooks cutting meat off of the grill rotisserie. Through a small door a cramped hall opens up with live musicians playing to a usually packed house on Friday and Saturday nights.
The crowd is made of a scattering of regulars as well as more than a few surprised drinkers who are thrilled to be served beer after hours. Cans of beer are sold for a modest mark up with a variety of Turkish appetisers for sale.
The evening usually opens with a group of middle aged [simpletag]jazz[/simpletag] musicians playing a few standards followed by a corpse of a man playing [simpletag]Chuck Berry[/simpletag] covers. The guitarist seems to be a leftover from the rock revival days of the mid and late seventies and always seems to be on the edge of letting his songs fall apart. The crowd is usually enthusiastic even though he is unremarkable besides his commitment to his role as a forgotten rock God.
Marathon is a strange mix of dinginess and pure drunken good times. There is a simplicity to the place that offers a welcome relief from expensive clubs and long line-ups through out [simpletag]Camden Town[/simpletag]. Marathon is a great place to cap off a night in Camden Town with decent well-meaning people and cheap drinks.
Marathon Kebab: 87 Chalk Farm Rd, London, NW1 8AR
Bakom pseudonymen MTW döljer sig en flitigt resande frilansjournalist med rötterna i Vancouver, Canada, och med sin nuvarande arbetsplats i London. Han har tidigare bott i bland annat Norge, Japan, Singapore och Malaysia.