Kentish Town: NW London’s hip place to be

In the first of a new series, London Residential, gets under the skin of Kentish Town residents, finding out what they really enjoy about this part of the capital. Several residents are in fact our staff - qualifying them as genuine local experts.

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Our staff may work for London Residential by day - matching buyers with properties for sale in NW5, and conducting valuations and viewings but after we close, you’re just as likely to bump into the team at a local restaurant, in a yoga class or at the school gates.

We’re kicking off our new series in Kentish Town, in conversation with Lettings Director and NW resident, Anthony Coulouras:-

Hello Anthony. Where in Kentish Town do you live?
Anthony: I’m in Willes Road, NW5 - a really friendly part of town.

If you had to recommend three restaurants in Kentish Town, what would they be?
Anthony: That’s a tough question as there are so many brilliant places to dine but my current top three are Beef & Brew for steak, Pizza East for handmade pizza (and the amazing decor), and the Carob Tree for Greek mezze.

And your top three places to have a drink in NW5?
Anthony: The Oxford at 256 Kentish Town Road for great cocktails; The Vine gastropub at 86 Highgate Road, especially for its beer garden, and The Lord Palmerston on 33 Dartmouth Park Hill, for atmosphere and open fireplaces.

Has Kentish Town got any ‘hidden gems’ that not many people know about?
Anthony:The Pineapple Pub is a real secret - it doesn’t look like much from the outside but it has a 5* Time Out review and is a proper ‘local’ pub. Tucked away in the Leighton enclave of NW5 is Montpelier Gardens - a real inner city green oasis. And although overshadowed in notoriety by the ponds at Hampstead Heath, the Parliament Hill Lido is my hands-down winner when it comes to outdoor swimming.

If you were a Kentish Town tour guide, where would you take people for interesting architecture, shops and properties?
Anthony: We’d start on Grafton Road for the Victorian splendour of the Prince Of Wales Swimming Baths, as it was once known. It’s a beautiful red brick building now refurbished and operating as Kentish Town Sports Centre.

Swain’s Lane would be a brilliant detour for its cute little shops, restaurants and The Grey House - a one-off property that has featured in the TV show Silent Witness. We’d drop in to Earth Natural Foods on Kentish Town Road for organic produce, admire the properties along Ryland Road, Kelly Street and The Gates (chatting about houses for sale in NW5 as we go), before retiring to London Residential’s Camden office at 103 Parkway for coffee.

What Kentish Town events should people attend if they’re new to the area?
Anthony: The Eleanor Palmer Primary School fêtes and fairs are a brilliant way to integrate into the NW5 community and help a local school raise funds. The O2 Forum always has a brilliant selection of live music performances and the whole Kentish Town community look forward to ice skating at Parliament Hill Fields at Christmas.

If you’d like more insider knowledge about Kentish Town and other locations in NW London, drop in to our 103 Parkway office and quiz Anthony and the rest of the London Residential team. Let us know when you’re coming and we’ll even pop the kettle on.

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