Easter’s Coming! Bunny hunting for grown ups and entertaining the kids down the pub

16 Apr

Our naughty Easter bunny has run away again. Last year lucky locals found him hiding in a different Kentish Town or Camden location each day in  the week leading up to Easter Sunday and brought him home to claim a reward. If you find him this Easter, tweet, Facebook or Instagram us a picture @thegraftonnw5 #graftoneasterbunny, then bring him home and you could be rewarded with a prize such as a meal, bottle of wine or beer stick (depending on how much we’ve missed him). Happy Easter Kentish Town!

Easter Bunny

Fancy a long relaxing afternoon in the pub over Easter weekend but need to keep the kids entertained? No problem! We’re offering egg painting for kids here at The Grafton from 12pm til 4pm on the Saturday and Sunday of Easter weekend. It’s free to participate and all materials are provided. We’ll be set up downstairs at the pub so just pop along and join in!

minion eggs

NW5 FOR LIFE – why ‘the little boy from Perth’ will never forget The Grafton

11 Apr

Here at The Grafton we treasure our regulars; they are the life blood of the place and they are what makes it feel like home. We’ve always hoped we mean a lot to you guys too.

Ashok Krishan was one regular face at The Grafton until just recently when he left the UK to go off on some travelling adventures and ultimately return to his native Australia.

Yesterday he sent us this tweet: “Free beer for life?”

Ashok's Grafton Tattoo

I SHOULD BLOODY SAY SO! Our mouths collectively hit the floor when we saw the pic and Mrs Grafton even shed a little tear. We couldn’t be more honoured.

Here Ashok tells us of his love for all things NW5 and what led him to his Grafton lion tattoo.

‘Leaving K-Town was tough as it’s like a home from home for me. It has such a great atmosphere, it’s close to town and has parks just up the road for a kick about. Of course it also has some gem pubs.

‘The Grafton was special for me, I was there before it was done up so I saw it before and after. The Sunday singalongs were brilliant, it was just a family.

‘When I left I thought, what is one of my favourite things about London and how will I never forget it? So I thought, lets get the Grafton lion tatt.

‘To me it symbolises my time in London and and the great memories I had’ 

Just. Awesome. From all of us at The Grafton we’d like to wish Ashok a fond farewell, he is a Grafton legend and we hope he has an amazing time on his travels. He’s promised to send us some pics of the Grafton lion on tour so we’ll update you guys too. To follow him yourself over on Twitter he’s at @Ashok_5386

Oh and to Ashok’s new local: we’re hard act to follow y’hear?


10 Apr

A few weeks ago our good buddy Gavin at The Fields Beneath came up with the genius notion of using road signs to point folks to the really important stuff- you know, like their coffee and our beer. He had a wicked coffee diversion sign made up and pointed us in the right direction to get our beer one made. Imagine our excitement when it arrived looking AWESOME! We proudly put it out on Prince Of Wales Road on Tuesday but alas, a mere four days later, someone nicked it. We are so sad :( We realise it was a highly nickable thing and it probably was a bit silly of us not to chain it down, but we sort of hoped that everyone is just, you know, nice. Needless to say, we’re taking to the social web to put the word out in an attempt to track it down. Please help us out by getting involved and posting a pic on your media of choice #graftonheist. FREE BEER AND MASSIVE HUGS FOR THE HERO THAT TRACKS IT DOWN!
Love from The Grafton team x

beer road sign






The Allergies – Sat 22nd March

22 Mar

The Allergies is the throwback funk and boom bap production/DJ outfit from heavyweight disc jocks Rackabeat (Chai Wallahs) and DJ Moneyshot (Solid Steel) and they’ll bring their inimitable party-rocking vibe live on two turntables to The Grafton Saturday 22nd March

Drawing on the sound of vintage samples, hip-hop and classic breaks, the pair have been getting heavy props since their debut Heartbreaker EP topped download charts at the start of 2013. BBC radio legends like Rob Da Bank and Craig Charles are fans, and DJs like Yoda, Kenny Dope and Format joined the ranks of the great and good who’ve already caught the bug for The Allergies infectious beats.

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St Patricks Day Weekender 14-17 March

12 Mar

Check it out- we have ourselves a HUGE St Patricks Day Weekend of festivities!

With a 2am extended license on both Friday and Saturday night, 14th & 15th March, we’re planning to party hard in honour of Paddy’s Day this year. No celebration of all things Irish would be complete without a bit o’ fiddle-dee-dee, so get yourselves down on Sunday night, 16th March, from 8pm to tap your feet and maybe even have a twirl to a traditional folk session with legendary fiddle player Sean Casey. We’re open late Sunday too so you can fill yer boots til midnight.

St Patricks Day

Reggae Roast – Sunday Feb 16th

11 Feb

Reggae Roast

Bob Marley’s One Love, Millie Small’s My Boy Lollipop, UB40′s Red Red Wine, and The Specials’ Too Much Too Young are just a few of the iconic songs from the style of music loved across all ages and cultures – Reggae Music. Reggae Choir is an exciting new amateur contemporary choir open to everyone. There is no audition and no experience necessary.

Singing is a joyful activity enjoyed by most (whether we admit to it in public or not). It’s the reason we sing in the shower, around the house, karaoke nights, chanting in the football stands. It makes us feel good and anyone can do it!

So why not join OurCamden Upstairs at The Grafton to experience the Reggae Choir in full swing and also learn how to sing a reggae classic with others. While you are here you can maybe treat yourself to a delicious Sunday roast and a well deserved pint. An event NOT to be missed!

Date: February 16, 2014
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Find out more here



6 Nations on the big screen

21 Jan

Upstairs at The Grafton will be your host for the RBS 6 Nations. With a new 7ft Screen, full HD Projector and a new speaker system, it’s the perfect place to watch the games!

You can reserve a spot or just turn up and sit at the fully stocked upstairs bar and enjoy every minute of each game. Food will be supplied by the Fat Butcher and they have some game specials up there sleeve too.

All the fixtures are here on the 6 Nations site. Please note that the early fixtures on Saturday 8th Feb and Saturday 8th Mar will not be shown upstairs due to our regular Clothing Exchange, but the 5pm fixtures on those dates will.

We will be showing all the games downstairs on our small screen, but the audio won’t be very loud for these.

Book your spot for Upstairs now.


Burns Night Ceilidh

15 Jan

Mrs Grafton is a half-Scot so it’s important to us to celebrate Robert Burns’ birthday in style with our now-annual Ceilidh! The Fat Butcher will be doing something sexy with Haggis to ensure your Burns Supper is complete and whiskies will of course flow unreservedly. The Spring Heeled Jacks’ rousing traditional tunes and dance caller will take care of your feet, so get your dancing shoes on and be ready to twirl.


NYE 2013: Back To The 90s

3 Dec

How many boxes can you tick below ? If the answer is more than 5, it’s possible you already know where you’re gonna be this New Year’s Eve.

Need another reason to be here? Entry is FREE….ALL DAY & ALL NIGHT.

Open till 2am. We’ll be playing the best of 90′s RnB, Hiphop, Britpop, Pop and Dance, full 90s dress will get you free stuff and there’s even a Crystal Maze Challenge.

Let’s get ready to rumble.




Mo’s Of K-Town Unite! SAT 30TH NOV

27 Nov

Did you participate in Movember? Some of our boys did as part of ‘The Mo’s Of K-Town’ team. Check out their awesome mugs below, sponsor Joel, Aidan, Hughie or Dominic for the last leg and get down to the wrap party on Saturday in association with Beard B*tch!

Grafton Mos



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