Crouch End is a hive of leisurely activity. Stylish mums and dads wearing Breton stripes and dark denim, round up their children for a trip to Riley’s Ice Cream. Young Hugo and Harriet’s eyes light up in delight as the shopkeeper hands them each a towering cone of gelato. Writers, designers and PR types throw their laptops open at Harris + Hoole Coffee House, accompanied by a flat white and a warm brownie whilst they answer a throng of emails. An array of ugly-cute (cugly?) dogs are walked proudly down Middle Lane on their way to Priory Park, where they will partake in a spot of squirrel chasing.
So far, so very chic. Add a dash of live comedy, a sprinkling of art galleries, several casual pubs and eateries, and you have a really special mix. The area is beautiful, with grand houses and tree-lined streets. The centrepiece of the neighbourhood, the famous clock tower, adds extra ‘pretty points’. The crowd here is friendly, chilled out and into literature, wellbeing, arts and design. Expect to leave the area wanting to return – that’s what we like to call the ‘Crouch End effect’.
Transport: Overground from Crouch Hill runs between Gospel Oak and Barking. Overground from Hornsey to Kings Cross or Moorgate. Buses to Charing Cross, Tottenham Court Road and Leicester Square.
The vibe: Family friendly, stylish and full of pretty shops and streets to wander around.
Booze: The Kings Head, The Harringay Arms, Small Beer Public House, Little Mercies.
Have a hangover: Banners, The Haberdashery, Beam, Miranda Cafe.
Stuff your face: Tootoomoo, Chicken Shop & Dirty Burger, Bufala Di Londra.
Get your caffeine fix: Coffee Circus, Velasquez and Van Wezel, Harris + Hoole.
Get romantic: Melange, Bistro Aix, Nickle, Bar Esteban.
Be cultural: Jealous Gallery, Arthouse Cinema, City Screen, Kings Head Comedy.
Observe local wildlife: Alexandra Park, Priory Park.
Shop: Of Special Interest, The Urban Flower Company, Bottle Apostle, Flashback Records, Little Paris.
020 7272 0986
85 Stroud Green Road
London, N4 3EG
Mon – Thurs: 0900 – 1815
Fri: 0900 – 1800
Sat: 1000 – 1600
Sun: Appointments by request