Crouch End area guide

Discover the best things to do in north London village Crouch End, plus ace brunch spots, restaurants, bars and pubs

Crouch End as seen from Ally Pally
Flickr/Derek Winterburn

Crouch End is often described as a little urban village and for good reason. The leafy neighbourhood just north of Finsbury Park has a community feel about it, with loads of independent shops and cafés, local boozers, fairs, arts spaces and pretty parkland to explore. The fact that it's a bit of a bugger to get to (no tube or train, though Hornsey and Crouch Hill stations are close by...) ensures it retains a charm all its own, but the people - a mix of young professionals and bohemian sorts - give it character too. Bus-haters might not see the appeal, but for most of Crouch End's lucky locals there's a lot to love.

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Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre
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Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre

A huge arts space in a beautiful old building home to One Yoga London, dance classes, gallery spaces and a cafe. 

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Alexandra Palace
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Alexandra Palace

Impressive Ally Pally, the birthplace of television, boasts an indoor ice-skating rink, an expo hall and a vast gig space. 

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Downstairs at the King’s Head
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Downstairs at the King’s Head

Lol at this easy-going basement venue where photographs of previous acts line the walls like a comedy hall of fame. 

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5 out of 5 stars
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Bars and pubs in Crouch End

Nickel
Bars and pubs

Nickel

One of N8’s worst-kept secrets. 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Small Beer
Bars and pubs

Small Beer

A buzzy and petite Crouch End boozer.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Queens Pub & Dining Room
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Queens Pub & Dining Room

Venue says: “A trusted local gem: great food and drinks served in an iconic nineteenth century building with a grand interior.”

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
The Earl Haig Hall
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The Earl Haig Hall

A drinking den in an old community centre.

Users say
5 out of 5 stars

Restaurants in Crouch End

Heirloom
Restaurants

Heirloom

Heirloom hoists the flag for modern British cooking by plating up heritage vegetables, succulent rare-breed meats and Cornish fish.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Kerb X Hornsey Town Hall
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Kerb X Hornsey Town Hall

A mini Kerb street food market, popping up outside Hornsey Town Hall in the heart of Crouch End every Saturday.

Banner’s
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Banner’s

The perennially and justifiably popular spot draws inspiration from Sri Lanka to the Caribbean, via good old Blighty.  

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Bar Esteban
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Bar Esteban

Bar Esteban has a cosy, laid-back, enjoy-yourself buzz, and food from ‘the best of Barcelona and Brooklyn to Crouch End’.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
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Cafés and brunch spots in Crouch End

Edith’s House
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Edith’s House

A vintage-inspired tea house.

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Beam
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Beam

Brunch classics with a Mediterranean influence. 

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
The Haberdashery
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The Haberdashery

A ‘make-do-and-mend’-style café.

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Coffee Circus
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Coffee Circus

A coffeeshop in Crouch End.

Users say
5 out of 5 stars

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Browse: Flashback Records
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Browse: Flashback Records

This little record shop is a local fave.

Sip: Nickel
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Sip: Nickel

The stuff of whispered Crouch End legend. 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Feast: Max’s Sandwich Shop
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Feast: Max’s Sandwich Shop

Massive, messy, mega sandwiches. 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Explore: Parkland Walk
Attractions

Explore: Parkland Walk

A walk along an abandoned railway line.

Hotels near Crouch End

Islington Inn

Islington Inn

This budget option occupies a former pub on a corner of busy Essex Road, and offers 41 en suite modern rooms (plus a self-catering apartment for three) decked out with deep red and purple tones. Asian notes, such as the sari-style curtains, are a nod to the owner’s heritage, while modern conveniences include free wifi and TVs. The complimentary continental breakfast is served in a light, colourful breakfast room. Fans of Arsenal FC should note that it’s within walking distance (just) of Emirates Stadium.

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Premier Inn London Archway

Premier Inn London Archway

Premier Inn London Archway is situated in London, 1.6 miles from Emirates Stadium. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant and free WiFi in all areas.Every en-suite bedroom is equipped with a 40-inch flat-screen TV with Freeview channels. You will find a work desk, Hypnos beds, a choice of firm and soft pillows, and tea/coffee making facilities in each room. The bathrooms have showers and many rooms also have baths.There is a 24-hour front desk at the property and the Thyme restaurant serves modern international cuisine.Waterlow Park is 0.4 miles away, Hampstead Heath is 0.8 miles away, Highgate Cemetery is a 9-minute walk away, and the bars of Islington are a 13-minute Tube ride away.

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St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London

King’s Cross is London’s gateway to Europe, Hogwarts and the north. And the hotel that dominates its south-east facade is built on an appropriately epic scale. The colossal arched doors are plenty tall enough for Hagrid to enter, like in the movies. Inside, the only way is up. Pillars of Connemara marble rise up to pointed ceilings; the double staircase twists majestically; even the arched bedroom windows are so tall that the curtains are a minor miracle of engineering. It looks like it was built by a giant sometime during the industrial revolution – then redecorated, recently and ever so slightly naffly, by his comfort-loving new spouse.  This building, known as the Midland Grand Hotel way back when, is a monument to epic Victorian confidence and wild decorative detail. Amazingly, it was almost bulldozed in the ’60s and was a wreck ten years ago. Its immaculate architectural restoration and re-opening in 2011 was greeted with acclaim. Its actual architect George Gilbert Scott was prolific – the Agatha Christie of the Gothic revival. And like the churches Scott specialised in, it’s constructed more for awe and wonder than draught exclusion. But the Marriott group have done a sturdy job of insulating you from the outside world. Double glazing reduces the polluted east-west Euston Road to a mere thrum. Standard-issue luxury bathrooms have been deposited, in pods, in the oh-so-tall rooms. There’s also nice art, well-chosen books, authentic fleur-de-lys wallpaper, beds as wide a

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
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Best Western London Highbury

Best Western London Highbury

Conveniently situated, Best Western London Higbury overlooks picturesque Finsbury Park and is a 5-minute walk from Finsbury Park Underground Station, providing excellent access to central London.All rooms are newly refurbished and well furnished, with en suite facilities and satellite TV.There is a relaxing hotel bar and a continental breakfast buffet is on offer in the dining room in the morning.The hotel is just 1 mile from the Emirates Stadium, home of Arsenal FC, and has excellent access to Kings Cross Station via Finsbury Park tube station.

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