Mohammed Salek

Drummond St and the Bangladeshi experience

To get to the heart of the story of Drummond Street’s Bangladeshi community you have to first take a seat in one of the oldest Bengali restaurants there and soak up its charming atmosphere. The Diwana Bhel-Poori House lies in the middle of the busy street midway between Euston Station and Hampstead Road. It’s been …

We don’t eat to live we live to eat.

When increasing numbers of Italian immigrants arrived in the Kings Cross area in the late 19th century they missed the culinary delights of home. Pastas, olive oil, olives and cheeses were in short supply until an astute hardworking local man by the name of Luigi Donatantonio decided to import local produce from his native Italy. …

London Canal Museum

  Martin Sach is the go to man if you want to know about the history of the icemen who lived and worked in Kings Cross. He’s been running the London Canal Museum on the New Wharf Road for the last 20 years. The museum is home to one of the only surviving ice wells …

Iceman of King’s Cross

Edward Margiotta’s grandfather was an iceman. Like many Italian migrants at that time, he worked for the hugely successful Carlo Gatti empire, loading great blocks of ice onto a horse and cart and distributing it around the Kings Cross area in the early 1900’s. Later, when Edward’s mother was born he moved to Hammersmith where …

The Poor School

Paul Caister The Poor School was founded in 1986 by actor and director Paul Caister, in order to provide high quality, practical and affordable training for aspiring actors from all backgrounds. Paul has continued his groundbreaking work in the school up until the present day, but after ‘32 splendid years’, the school will be closing down …

You’re just a tiny cog

  Chris Western was born in 1948, just after the war and raised in Fulham. His parents had both been involved in the Air force during the war, with his Father working as a Pilot and his Mother a WAFF (Women’s Auxiliary Air Force). Because of this Chris always felt he wanted to be a …

We didn’t want to be pioneers, we wanted to be parents

Outspoken Socialists Jennie Lazenby was born in 1954, and named after Jennie Lee, a  Labour Politician. Her mother was Gloria Lazenby, who served as as a Labour Councillor for Camden from 1986 until 2002, and as Mayor of Camden in 1996.  We talked to Jennie in the house she inherited from her mother, after she died …

Strippers and the Queen Mother’s birthday

  Central Station is an unassuming pub, down a side street in King’s Cross. After work it welcomes the office-crowd, with its friendly atmosphere and free pool. After dark the blackout blinds come down, and the burlesque cabaret dancers step out. The basement houses a fetish club that Duncan Irvine – co-owner and manager – …

I always felt like I could help people.

Roger ‘Dinger’ Bell began his time as a fireman at the Clerkenwell Fire Station back in 1974. His mother had worked as a nurse, which he says influenced his outlook on life.  ‘I just didn’t like seeing people suffering, I always felt like I could help people’ As one of Londons oldest fire stations, Clerkenwell …

Did I come for a drama course, or to deal with my sexuality?

Jim MacSweeney moved from Ireland to London in 1982 to do a drama course, and found a world that felt 20 years ahead of the place he had left behind. By his own admission, he wonders whether he came for a drama course, or to deal with his sexuality. The move proved to be both …