My time in my beloved Kentish Town in North London is coming to an end, it’s not because I don’t love it, it’s simple, we’ve been priced out of the housing market. Four years ago we bought a lovely little one bed flat and it has been a wonderful home but we have out grown it now and it’s time to move onto something a little bigger (no I’m not pregnant). So it only seems fair that before I move on to Hackney, I give K-Town it’s own post about just how great it is. So here is my guide to Kentish Town.
Where to drink
The Rose and Crown is literally steps from my place so it’s our local. Formally known as ‘The Torriano’, three guys took it over and gave it a lick of paint, stuck a few craft beers on tap and made it into a proper nice local. Dan being the craft beer lover that he is is always in there trying their new beers and can confirm they are all top notch. This place is a great little bar and a real local hang out where you literally can walk in and they know your name. There is also a great new addition to the pub – an outdoor area! Hooray, just in time for summer. There are comedy nights, gigs and pub quiz evenings weekly and there is also a pop up burger joint – Smoking Buns, serving up some seriously good burgers and now recently weekend brunch. This pub has it all.
The Pineapple is one of those great bars that you walk into and see a group of hipsters, the really old men sitting on stools at the bar, couples and a few famous faces hanging out. It is a proper local boozer that serves amazing Thai food. I just love cosying up in one of the corner booths and ordering a curry and a cider. Such a great pub!
Five years ago the Camden Town Brewery opened and Kentish Town has never been the same since. On Friday’s they opened a small bar which very quickly became one of our favourite places to drink in K Town. The knowledgable staff, great outdoor area and different street foods makes this the coolest place to hang out. The bar at the brewery is open more days during the week and they will be opening a new bar with a bigger premises soon on Kentish Town High Street! Dan did their brewery tour a while ago and loved it!
When I first moved to Kentish Town this was a real knacker bar. It was sold, closed for a few months and re opened as the coolest bar in Kentish Town. It has won several awards and after one visit you’ll know why. The re-furb has kept it’s old pub look but with a bit of a twist, there is an upstairs bar along with a new terrace outside to enjoy in the summer months.
Where to eat:
This is the cutest little Italian tucked away in Kentish Town, you could almost miss it. This local run restaurant caters for about 20 people and serves up some of the best pizzas’s I’ve ever tasted! The owner is so welcoming and I just love going here.
This hip restaurant moved into Kentish Town a couple of years ago and we knew it was the start of something good. This place serves up some great food and if you can nab a table outside during the summer you are one of the lucky ones!
Hidden away behind Pizza East is a little shack that serves up some of the best burgers in town, this little shack is a burger lovers dream. I always go for the bacon cheese burger and am never disappointed. I recently tried their new banana chocopop milkshake too and it was up to standard although slightly pricey at £5. A bacon cheese burger will set you back £7 and crinkle cut fries £3.50.
The most recent addition to Kentish Town is Wahaca. It has taken over the entire top floor of Kentish Town tube station and also a basement Burrito bar which is open from 12-3pm.
I have raved about this place several times and I’m going to do it again, these risotto balls are AMAZING! Arancini is located down Kentish Town Road towards Camden and is an absolute gem. With some of the friendliest staff I have ever come across and they’re gorgeous little courtyard out the back it is a must do if you are in Kentish Town. Seriously these arancini are beyond delicious.
Where to grab a coffee or hot chocolate
This cafe located down towards Camden Town is an absolute gem. Great coffee, fantastic range of hot chocolate and lots of baked treats. There is also often artists work on display and they even run a monthly book club.
Map studio café
This great cafe has been in Kentish Town for many years, it has an upstairs venue and is host to many different nights. Sadly I have only just discovered this place after a work colleague recommend it but I’m glad I’ve found it all the same. They also have Camden Town on tap and a cute little seating area out the front for those sunny days.
The Fields Beneath
This great little cafe is situated right outside Kentish Town West Station and by all accounts (from my many coffee obsessed friends) serves up some great coffee along with some sweet treats or my favourite which is their freshly squeezed orange juice. On a nice day you can sit outside as well. Situated right by Kentish Town West station, you can’t miss it!
Somewhere over Knowhere
This new addition to Kentish Town is a real hit, their coffee and hot chocolate is really good and the surroundings are quaint. They do a good weekend brunch as well as dinner nights.
What to see:
This street is known for it’s beautifully colourful buildings and for Mario’s Cafe. It is directly off Kentish Town Rd and sweeps around to bring you out to the Grafton pub just near Kentish Town West station.
Leverton is my favourite street in all of Kentish Town, I don’t know if the residents have some kind of agreement or it is written into their lease but all of the houses are painted pastel colours. It is like a dream, I love walking down here and I can’t resist taking photos because the houses are just so gorgeous.
OK, OK so Hampstead Heath isn’t exactly in Kentish Town but it is only a 15 minute walk away so pretty close. This park is my most favourite in all of London. It is big, full of history and has a stately home which you can visit for FREE!
Since moving to Kentish Town four years ago the variety of watering holes and places to eat has pretty much doubled and it is without doubt an exciting place to be right now. There are some great new changes happening in Kentish Town and I am absolutely gutted to be leaving but with one bedroom flats costing around £400,000 and two beds considerably more it’s just not possible for us to upsize here. So instead we are renting out our little flat to friends and moving to Hackney. I am looking forward to discovering a new area but I know Kentish Town will always have my heart.
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