Shops and restaurants
Kentish Town Road, the main shopping street, has a mix of independents shops, cafés and restaurants, along with chain stores and restaurants.
The highlights are Owl Bookshop which holds events including talks by authors; landmark former ladieswear shop Blustons, renowned for its listed Thirties shopfront and now being run as a vintage clothing store by Octavia Foundation; Phoenicia Mediterranean food hall, and Harrys Fine Foods, a butcher and fishmonger.
Kentish Towners seem very keen on the natural; there is Earth Natural Foods, which describes itself as north Londons leading independent natural food retailer; Naturally, which calls itself an artisan store and delicatessen, and Natural, a coffee lounge and natural food store. Doppio is a coffee shop with a difference as well as selling coffee it sells coffee-making equipment and trains baristas.
Supermarkets include Co-op, Lidl and Sainsburys Local and the chain restaurants/cafés include Wahaca, Franco Manca and Gails.
Highgate Road has a concentration of oriental carpet shops; there are also branches of two Soho House brands Chicken Shop and Pizza East.
The areas best gastropub, The Bull & Last, is closed for refurbishment at the time of writing and expects to be up and running with the addition of B&B rooms by autumn 2019. Also in Highgate Road, the Southampton Arms pub specialises in ale and cider from small independent breweries.
The Fields Beneath is a vegan café under Kentish Town West railway station named after author Gillian Tindalls history of Kentish Town, which is well worth a read.
The Camden Town Brewery was bought by Anheuser-Busch InBev, the worlds largest brewer, in 2015, but it retains the Brewery Bar in one of the railway arches in Wilkin Street Mews where its story began.
Patron Cave à Manger is a Parisian-style brasserie in Fortess Road. The Pineapple pub in Leverton Street serves Thai food, and Ladies & Gentlemen is a cocktail bar tucked away in a former public loo at the junction of Highgate Road and Fortess Road.
At the southern end of Kentish Town Road, Italian restaurant Anima e Cuore is often booked up weeks in advance.
Hampstead Heath is close by and there are two local parks: Cantelowes Gardens in Camden Road where there are two childrens playgrounds, an outdoor gym and a bowl for skateboarding, rollerblading and BMX riding; and Talacre Gardens in Prince of Wales Road/Talacre Road has a childrens playground and an all-weather sports pitch and is home to the Talacre Community Sports Centre which has a childrens soft play area.
Leisure and the arts
The O2 Forum Kentish Town in Highgate Road is a major music venue. There is a fringe theatre above The Lion and Unicorn pub in Gaisford Street.
The Torriano Poets meet for readings on Sunday evenings in the Torriano Meeting House community arts centre in Torriano Avenue.
Kentish Town Sports Centre in Grafton Road, the local council swimming facility, has three pools in beautifully restored Victorian baths plus fitness and karate classes and a gym.
Kentish Town has a good choice of state schools with good or better Ofsted ratings.
Parents are particularly keen on two primary schools Kentish Town CofE in Islip Street and Eleanor Palmer in Lupton Street and one comprehensive, The Camden School for Girls (ages 11 to 18, with boys in the sixth form) in Sandall Road, all of which are rated outstanding.
The other outstanding local state primary schools are: Torriano in Torriano Avenue; Holy Trinity & St Silas CofE in Clarence Way, and Gospel Oak in Mansfield Road.
There is a cluster of three comprehensive schools all judged to be good in Highgate Road: Parliament Hill (girls, ages 11 to 18); William Ellis (boys, ages 11 to 18) and La Sainte Union RC (girls, ages 11 to 18).
Acland Burghley School (co-ed, ages 11 to 18) in Burghley Road, also rated good, runs a consortium sixth form called LaSWAP.
Two private French bilingual schools attracting French families to Kentish Town are La Petite École Bilingue (co-ed, ages three to 11) in Vicars Road and Collège Français Bilingue de Londres (co-ed, ages five to 16) in Holmes Road.
There are two leading private schools in nearby Highgate: Highgate School (co-ed, ages three to 18) in North Road and Channing (girls ages four to 18) in The Bank off Highgate Hill.
Based on a sale price of £2,350,000 the total amount of stamp duty payable will be:
* This value is based on the standard rate and not applicable to first-time buyers or buy-to-let / second home buyers.
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