30th Mar 2012 4:19pm | By Jahn Vannisselroy
Kentish Town is Camden Town’s not-so-famous, quieter and suburban older brother – it attracts a lot of the same crowd, but none of the tourists. And it’s got just as much going on.
Words: CLARE VOOGHT
Why Kentish Town?
It’s right near the highly desirable Camden Town and Islington but it’s much cheaper to live in.
Vatche Cherchian, from Edmund Cude estate agents on Parkway, says: “You get more for your money by going one Tube stop further. Much of what’s in Camden attracts people to Kentish Town, because they’re within a 10-minute walk but they’re not having to pay Camden prices.”
Kentish Town has a lot going for it in its own right – plenty of pubs, restaurants, live music and boutique hangouts – and it’s a bit more chilled-out than Camden Town.
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You don’t like things a little rough around the edges. Some parts are really pretty, others have a grubby, rock ‘n’ roll charm, especially since Kentish Town is home to gig venue The HMV Forum.
Peter Malcomess, from Chesterton Humberts estate agents on Kentish Town Road, says there’s an ecclectic mix of people living in the area.
“Kentish Town has a lot of artists, journalists and City folk living here, plus you have a lot of council flats in the area as well. It’s a good cross section,” he adds.
Where to hang out
Kentish Town has plenty of pubs. The swanky Oxford gastropub’s quality meat, truffle oil and puy lentils, has led residents to rave about it.
For something a bit more rowdy, The Abbey Tavern has a decent beer garden and hosts open-mic nights every Wednesday.
Foodies will be pleased to know Kentish Town has plenty of restaurants – food critic Giles Coren lives there and recently gave Kentish Town Road kebab shop E. Mono an eight-out-of-10 review in The TImes.
In Kentish Town, even the hair salons are ridiculously cool – The Flaxon Ptootch on Kentish Town Road is both a salon
and an art gallery.
For a workout, head to Kentish Town Sports Centre – a renovated Grade II-listed Edwardian swimming baths, now modernised and with a gym.
Kentish Town Tube is on the Northern Line and trains go from Kentish Town Station to the City, and as far as Luton Airport to the north and Wimbledon and Sutton in the south via First Capital Connect.
When the time comes for the Olympic Games this summer, Kentish Town West Overground is on the same line as Stratford.
What can you rent?
Made up of mosty older houses places, there are some ex-council and modern housing too, says Malcomess.
“The younger crowd tend to live on Caversham Road and Lady Margaret Road, in period conversions. They’re near the underground and the high street.”