Home to popular live music venue The Forum, Kentish Town also has a host of bars and restaurants for visitors to enjoy a bit of pre- or post-gig refreshment – don’t miss out on the great real ale available in the area. Think of Kentish Town as a slightly more sophisticated Camden Town and you won't go too far wrong. Oh, and there's also a farm, with ducks.
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Karl Marx and Tom Hiddleston liked it so much they chose to call it home; Mary Shelley described it as an ‘odious swamp’. Yes, Kentish Town splits opinion. But its high street – relatively unchanged despite an influx of young professionals, as well as hordes of French families who’ve come for the local francophone schools – is well worth a visit. Posh and down-to-earth versions of shops cohabit nicely: the Mediterranean food hall is still thriving, despite a health food supermarket moving in a couple of doors down, and though a couple of familiar chain cafés and restaurants have arrived, Londoners from far and wide still love the local BYOB spots. Stretching down from Kentish Town to Camden Road tube, the street crosses a whole range of classic London streetscapes: pretty mews, a canal, some grimy railway tracks and a pocket park. It’s lined with Victorian redbrick gems and the odd ghost sign to reward those looking upwards. It even has a disused tube station – South Kentish Town, immortalised in a John Betjeman story about a man trapped inside – and a late Victorian church that’s now a Grade II-listed Greek Orthodox cathedral. The charity shops here are full of high-end treasures, too. It may look like a typical, run-down London high street, but that’s not the half of it. Eat this A post shared by Anastasia Ivanova 🇬🇧🇷🇺 (@anastasiaova) on Feb 9, 2016 at 3:29pm PST A nightly changing three-course meal at intimate BYOB Anima e Cuore. It doesn’t look like m
Ten reasons to go to Fortess Road in Kentish Town, NW5
Where can you find a cocktail bar in a disused public loo at one end of the road and Jeremy Corbyn’s old stamping ground at the other? The answer is Fortess Road, which connects Kentish Town and Tufnell Park, and offers plenty of opportunities for scoffing and boozing along its length. And yes, before Corbs relocated his bike and beard to the luvvie-topia that is Islington, he was a resident of Tufnell Park, as were Bill Nighy and Zane Lowe. Which is ironic, really, because in the 1890s social reformer Charles Booth wrote a book about London life that boldly declared ‘the rich would soon be gone’ from an area that at the time was full of merchants and music hall artistes. Whatever the changes – or lack thereof – in this area, one thing’s for certain: the folk of Victorian-era Fortess Road didn’t have half as much choice of drinking spots as its modern-day residents have. There are bars and gastropubs galore, a music venue, cafés that will appeal to the Bugaboo-pushing mum contingent as much as to the sockless hipster brigade and, should you find yourself visiting at an hour before alcoholic drinking is socially acceptable, a couple of independent boutiques to peruse. What would Booth make of the street now? Well, he’s probably past caring, so why not go see for yourself? Drink this A photo posted by Nick Currey (@babel_london) on Jun 3, 2016 at 6:06pm PDT Whether you’re after a leafy beer garden to sit in while praying it doesn’t rain or a rustic int
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Kentish Town highlights
Built in 1934 and nestled in Kentish Town, The Forum is a beautiful art deco building that has played host to some of the music industry’s biggest names since becoming a live music venue in the 1980s. With a capacity of 2,300, The Forum has seen performances by the likes of Rihanna, Kiss, Justin Timberlake, The Killers, Jack White, Noel Gallagher, Bobby Womack, Amy Winehouse, Rancid and tonnes more.
The Dandy Lion Market
The Dandy Lion Market is a monthly fixture showcasing independent vintage items and affordable arts and crafts from the comfort of a friendly boozer. The Oxford plays host of the pop-up market on the first Saturday of every month featuring a different theme each time. Check out their Facebook page (The Dandy Lion Market) for each month’s edition.
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Caps & Taps
Phill Elliott and Stephanie Palgrave-Brown used to work in accountancy (him) and film and events (her). In the autumn of 2014 they went on a four-week ‘beer holiday’ in the US, visiting small breweries in Oregon and California. The offspring of their trip is Caps & Taps, Kentish Town’s first craft beer specialist. This is a tiny place but it sells around 300 beers from London, the rest of the UK, the US and the rest of the world. Look out for relative rarities: Burning Sky Cuvée from Sussex, Stone Old Guardian from Southern California, and Barrel-Aged India Hells Lager from nearby Camden Brewery. Fans of esoteric US beers are particularly well served.
Lion and Unicorn Theatre
The Giant Olive Theatre Company looks after the bill at this intimate pub theatre with artistic director George Sallis at the helm. The emphasis is on new work and in-house productions – in fact, The Giant Olive is so keen to cultivate talent, it runs theatre workshops (the cutely named Little Olives) for children as young as six. There are also classes for adults and community projects for its Kentish Town locals.