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Ready-made Sunday: Michael Rosen’s favourite Muswell Hill spots

The author and former children’s laureate walks us through a lazy day in N10

Isabelle Aron
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Isabelle Aron

Need some weekend inspiration? We chat to author and poet Michael Rosen about his favourite places to hang out in Muswell Hill – from shops to cafés to parks: that’s your weekend sorted.


Run by a Greek guy called Tony, Broadway Café does a range of Greek and English breakfasts. My favourite is bubble and squeak with poached eggs. It’s a great place for chatting over great big cups of tea.

  • Shopping
  • Specialist food and drink
  • Muswell Hill

I'm a fruitcake addict and W Martyn have an incredible array of them: I don’t think I've ever seen so many. They also roast their own beans and pump it out into the street so you get a wonderful whiff of fresh coffee.



Roni’s does the kind of Jewish food I had as a kid: bagels, flatbread, chicken soup, houmous. Their chicken soup with lokshen [noodles] is perfect – if I have that with a poppy-
seed bagel, my cup runneth over.


I get my hair cut at  AJ Memphis. The owner is a wonderful mixture of philosopher, TV scriptwriter and barber. We talk about the world, the universe, atoms, the meaning of life and Arsenal Football Club.

  • Restaurants
  • British
  • Muswell Hill

Toff’s is one of the greatest fish-and-chip shops in London. It’s also the only place I know where you can have the batter made like my mother used to make it, using matzo meal. It’s a trip down memory lane.

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