Kentish Town is situated in the northwest of London North of Camden Town, South of Tufnell Park and East of Chalk Farm and Belsize Park. Kentish Town has undergone a major regeneration since the turn of the 20th Century, which has resulted in a huge improvement in the area and has ridden the coattails of the London property boom. People who are looking to buy or rent property in London find that they do get more for their money in Kentish Town rather than neighbouring Camden and Dartmouth Park. There is an eclectic mix of properties to choose from – everything from converted Georgian and Victorian townhouses to new build developments and renovated ex-council owned houses.
For many residents of Kentish Town, they have the best of both worlds, with the contrasting the wide, open spaces of Parliament Hill Fields to one side and bustling Camden Market and Camden Lock on the other. Residents who live in Kentish Town and work in the City enjoy a fast commute with frequent Tube, rail and bus services to the city and West End.
What’s it like to live in Kentish Town? Why do many people choose to relocate to Kentish Town? This guide will explain some of the reasons why many love to call Kentish Town “home.”
Some interesting facts about Kentish Town
- No one is really sure where the name Kentish Town originated from. It is possible it’s an old name meaning “bed of a waterway” (Ken-ditch).
- Kentish Town has been used as a filming location for many films including About a Boy, Venus, and the 1993 comedy Bad Behaviour.
- Notable residents of Kentish Town have included Noel Fielding, Eddy Grant, Karl Marx, Lucy Porter, and Scott Mills.
- Kentish Town Road is said to be home to the first Goth pub in Camden and helped spark the alternative culture scene there.
Properties in Kentish Town
Kentish Town is well-known for Victorian terraced townhouses with brightly painted exteriors. Some of the most sought-after streets in Kentish Town are Lady Margaret Road, and those branching off it, Bartholomew Villas, Bartholomew Road, Patshull, and Lawford Roads. Many original period houses remain however a good proportion of them have been converted into flats and maisonettes.
Dartmouth Park lies just to the North of Kentish Town and has fine examples of Victorian and Edwardian homes in spacious streets that offer a range of beautiful properties close to shops and restaurants . A slightly more suburban setting that either Camden or Kentish Town.
There are also a few warehouse conversions that offer open-plan, modern living areas to professionals and creative people. There are also new developments in Kentish Town to keep up with the changing face of the area.
Affordable housing and great public transport links are 2 of the major factors why people are drawn to Kentish Town to buy or rent a home.
The commute via the underground takes about 10-15 minutes from Kentish Town Station to the centre of London. There are also London Overground rail services and many bus routes that pass through Kentish town.
Green Spaces in Kentish Town
The lovely Parliament Hill Fields and the Southerly stretch of Hampstead Heath are on the doorstep of residents in Kentish Town; the park covers 320 hectares and is one of the highest points in London.
What to do in Kentish Town?
Kentish Town may not be able to offer the nightlife of Camden Town, but it is not too far off! The Forum is one of the most famous live music venues in London, there is a wide choice of Gastropubs, coffee shops, an increasing number of restaurants and the fantastic Mediterranean food hall, Pheonicia, on Kentish Town Road. There are ducks, chickens, pigs and a cow (just a few of the things you can see) at Kentish Town City Farm, which has been there since the 1970s and is by Gospel Oak Overground station.
There is much to choose from when it comes to dining in Kentish Town. There are many Mediterranean restaurants due to the large population of Greek Cypriots in the area. Heading towards Camden Town you will find more Chinese, South American, Italian, and traditional English Gastropubs all serving excellent food.
Pubs and bars
Kentish Town has always been able to offer some outstanding pubs. Topping the list,, The Pineapple, Southampton Arms and the unusually named, Tapping The Admiral. At the bottom of Highgate Road, close to The Forum, is the underground cocktail bar ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’ fast gaining an excellent reputation, converted from a disused public convenience! Knowhere Special, a tiny basement bar on Kentish Town Road is also worth searching out.
The O2 Forum is a popular music venue in Highgate Road. However, you will find many smaller music venues dotted throughout the area.
Schools in Kentish Town
One of the reasons why families move to Kentish Town and stay is the availability of top-performing schools offering high-quality education. For example, all of the primary schools in Kentish Town have been rated at least “good” with many being judged as “outstanding.”
There are also a number of comprehensive schools offering secondary education up to the age of 18. All 3 state comprehensive schools have a “good” rating from Ofsted. There is also a French Lycee in Kentish Town which is somewhat responsible for the popularity and subsequent gentrification of the area.
Local amenities in Kentish Town
Kentish Town Road has everything from independent shops offering quirky goods to high street chains and a number of “pound” and charity shops.
Many also enjoy shopping in the Queen’s Crescent Market and the Farmer’s Market. There you can find local produce and many world foods.