Somers Town Area Guide

Somers Town is a quiet residential neighbourhood just a stone’s throw away from vibrant Camden Town. It's not a glitzy, well-known area and the residents like it that way. We call it a 'hidden gem'.

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It's a humble neighbourhood close to King's Cross, St Pancras, Euston and the busy Euston Road, which appeals to frequent commuters whose travel needs take them across London, across the UK and across Europe. Somers Town is mainly residential; its street market and annual arts festival (the biggest in the Camden borough) creates a warm, friendly atmosphere.

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Somers Town History

Somers Town was named after Charles Cocks, 1st Baron Somers. The area was originally granted by William III to John Somers, Lord Chancellor and Baron Somers of Evesham. Historically, the name Somers Town was used to describe the larger triangular area between the Pancras, Hampstead and Euston Roads but it is now taken to mean the rough rectangle bounded by Pancras Road, Euston Road, Eversholt Street, Crowndale Road and the railway approaches to St Pancras Station. Somers Town, to some extent, overlaps with the parish and district of St Pancras.

The first housing in Somers Town was built in the late eighteenth century, in a development called The Polygon. The area’s links with France long preceded the opening of the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras, however, as The Polygon was home to numerous people fleeing the French Revolution. A former Polygon resident includes novelist Charles Dickens.

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Bars and restaurants

The Cock Tavern and The Prince Arthur are two well established traditional pubs in Somers Town, the latter of which serves honest pub grub and offers a beer garden for the warmer months. For something a little bit quirky, try the Somers Town Coffee House - a historic pub with a restaurant and cocktail bar. The best dining options can be found in and around St Pancras station, which is a short walk from Somers Town, although the neighbourhood is home to a handful of cafés, including The Food Place, which is run by the Somers Town Community Association.

Commuting from Somers Town

Situated between two of London’s busiest transport hubs - King's Cross/St Pancras and Euston - Somers Town has excellent transport links to the rest of London, the UK and, indeed, Europe. The nearest London Underground stations are King’s Cross/St Pancras, served by the Northern, Victoria, Piccadilly, Hammersmith & City, Circle and Metropolitan lines; and Euston, served by the Northern and Victoria lines. There's also the London Overground service running from Euston to Watford Junction; and Mornington Crescent station on the Charing Cross branch of the Northern line is also accessible on foot.

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Somers Town Leisure

Rather than clubs and bars, this North West London neighbourhood is low key, gathering in libraries, coffee shops and local community venues. The Polygon Road Open Space has an outdoor gym and the Plot 10 Community Play Project is a children’s play area. The Somers Town Community Association has a community café, a daily lunch club and a full programme of adult/evening classes and youth activities.

The Chalton Street Market is a feature on Fridays with stalls and friendly banter. Also easily accessible from Somers Town is The Shaw Theatre - a renowned venue for concerts, plays and events. For a change of pace altogether, Somers Town is a short hop from Camley Street Natural Park, which offers two unique acres of wild green space right in the heart of London.

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Property for sale in Somers Town

House building in Somers Town has taken place throughout the centuries and the legacy is a mix of period, war time and post-war flats and houses. There is a large contingency of ex-local authority properties for sale in Somers Town which provide excellent entry-level points into the North West London market. At the other end of the spectrum are fine examples of beautiful Georgian three-storey terraced properties, with white render, wrought iron detailing and warm, golden brick façades.

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