London NW5. Camden. London Property Area Guide.
It’s a little bit like Marmite.
Personally I’m a fan of Kentish Town and sing it’s praises at any given opportunity. On first sight ‘KT’ could seem a little grubby, down at heel and in need of some TLC. In fact it’s a solid area and has a lot to offer local homeowners and renters.
The folk of Kentish Town are quite an eclectic bunch, working class Londoners, young professionals, journalists, actors, artists and numerous ethnic groups all live here in harmony.
Kentish Town Road is the principle focal point, where you will find a range of independent shops, delightful cafes, supermarkets, hairdressers, banks, pubs and fast food outlets. One of London’s oldest markets is at Queens Crescent, to the west side of the area (Sainsbury’s had their second, third and fourth shops on the Crescent, and the original Mr J Sainsbury was once even a market stall holder!).
Good ethnic food and traditional pub grub have been staples of Kentish Town. Recently, the area has taken on a new wave of fashionable eateries, to rival Shoreditch or Hoxton. Pizza East, Honest Burger and the trendy Chicken Shop (no it’s not another KFC rip-off) have popped up out of the blue. Sign of the area gentrifying?… We think so… and developers are starting to make that bet as they snap up old warehouse buildings, schools and tired townhouses for a makeover into smart accommodation. Indeed in some streets 2-bed warehouse flats are selling for as much as a whole 3 or 4 bed terraced house in the neighbouring road.
Proximity for Success
One of the best things about Kentish Town is its proximity to everything that’s great in North and Central London. It’s just a short hop on the bus or tube to the bustle of the West End, greenery of Hampstead Heath, sports facilities of Parliament Hill, or shopping facilities and nightlife of Camden. It is well served for buses and its main tube station is on the Northern Line.
Good Grades, Cool Tunes
Local schools are also good, benefiting from being within the borough of Camden (rather than Islington), which scores higher for grades. A key attraction for the French community, who have started to awaken to the Kentish Town charm, is the new French School, (College Francais), providing a North London alternative to South Kensington’s Lycee.
There are a range of leisure facilities within the area; Prince of Wales swimming pool, various gyms and the tennis courts at Parliament Hill.
Top class music venues are on your doorstep, most notably, The Forum (formerly The Town and Country Club) which plays host to famous acts, new and old. There is a good mix of pubs to be found from old fashioned ‘boozers’ to trendy gastropubs. It’s not the place to come for swanky cocktails but that hardly matters when you are 5 minutes from Camden!
Many of the roads are very attractive and the mainly Victorian architecture varies from large 4 storey townhouses to cute and pretty coloured 2 storey terraces. The sweetest roads can be found immediately off the main road; Kelly Street, Burghley Road, Lady Margaret Road, Leverton Street, Bartholomew Road and Bartholomew Villas in particular are all very nice.
The vicinity immediately around Queens Crescent and Malden Road has a reputation for being slightly rough and the residential streets aren’t quite as desirable so therefore property is less expensive to buy and more homes are let out to renters. There are also more conversions and blocks of flats in this quarter. In recent months the Queen’s Crescent Community Association has been set up to help residents improve the area.
+ Pretty residential roads
+ Proximity to Central London
+ Lots of green spaces nearby, particularly Parliament Hill Fields
+ A variety of useful independent shops – the High Street has yet to turn completely into a branded replica of many in the UK
+ Camden is just a stone’s throw away
+ Community feel
+ Eclectic mix of residents
+ Leisure facilities
+ Good schools
+ Music venues
+ Good local library on the high road (yes, they have more than just books!)
– Is a little run down in places
– Hoodies can make it feel a little unsafe late at night
Delicious Sunday Roast: It’s a toss up between the Junction Tavern, 101 Fortess Road, NW5 1AG and The Vine, 86 Highgate Road, NW5 1PB.
Enjoy a delightful lunch at: Café Renior, 244 Kentish Town Road, NW5
Get your locks tended to at: Hair Today, 387 Kentish Town Road, NW5
Foody treats from around the world: Phoenicia Food Hall, 186 Kentish Town Road, NW5
Loose an hour immersing yourself in books: The Owl Bookshop, Kentish Town Road, NW5
Enjoy a nudist treat: Rio’s Naturist Spa, Kentish Town Road, NW5
North: Highgate Road/Gordon House Road junction
East: Torriano Avenue
West: Queens Crescent/Malden Road
South: Camden Road
Kentish Town Location
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Tube and Trains
Kentish Town Tube – Northern Line (High Barnet Branch)
Kentish Town Rail – Services connecting St Albans and Luton Airport with Brighton and Gatwick Airport.
Kentish Town West Rail- Connecting Stratford with Richmond
46: Farringdon Street – Lancaster Gate (via Kings Cross/Hampstead/Maida Vale & St John’s Wood)
134: North Finchley – Tottenham Court Road
214: Highgate Village – Liverpool Street
393: Chalk Farm – Clapton
C2: Parliament Hill Fields – Victoria (Via Oxford Circus)
24: Hampstead Heath – Pimlico
Carlton Primary School, Grafton Road, NW5 4AX
Eleanor Palmer Primary School, Lupton Street, NW5 2JA
Kentish Town Church of England Primary School, Islip Street, NW5 2TU
Rhyl Primary School, Rhyl Street, NW5 3HB
St Dominic RC Primary School, Southampton Road, NW5 4JS
St Patrick’s RC Primary School, Holmes Road, NW5 3AH
Torriano Junior School, Torriano Avenue, NW5 2SJ
Acland Burghley School, Burghley Road, NW5 1UJ
La Sainte Union Convent School, Highgate Road, NW5 1RP
Parliament Hill School for girls, Highgate Road, NW5 1RL
The Camden School for Girls, Sandall Road, NW5 2DB
William Ellis School (for boys), Highgate Road, NW5 1RN
Jon Snow: TV journalist
Roger Lloyd Pack, Actor
Tom Conti, Actor
Patricia Hewitt, former Secretary of State for Health
Bill Nighy: Actor
The 2002 Film, ‘About a boy’ was filmed in Lady Margaret Road