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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The best bits of Kentish Town
15 reasons to go to Kentish Town Road, NW1 & NW5
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