May 15, 2019

Why I love living in Kentish Town

Kentish Town, LondonI’m feeling nostalgic, mainly because it’s time to move out of my current apartment and look for somewhere new, but man I love Kentish Town.

I’ve lived all over the place in London from Farringdon to Aldgate, Whitechapel and even Tooting at one point. But there is nowhere that seems to compare to Kentish Town.

It’s the one place in London that’s actually felt homely. And there are so many things to see and do in the area.

It’s got one of the best music venues

My first concert at the Forum was Jack White. I love how it looks, with the old seating arrangement upstairs. And the music quality there is always good.

When there’s not a concert on, it also hosts great nights including my favourite – Ultimate Power – an 80s power ballad night that never ever disappoints.

Aside from Kentish Town Forum, there are also great venues just a short walk away. The Roundhouse is only a twenty minute walk away!

It looks pretty during cherry blossom season

It really does!

It has brilliant restaurants

Aside from chains, Kentish Town also has some great local restaurants. Sadly, they’ve been outnumbered in recent years, but there are still some good places to eat from Babuji to Kami.

There’s also some great local supermarkets inclusing Phoenica, a middle eastern supermarket and Salvinos, which has great Italian food.

Oh and if desert is your thing then definitely try Mamasons.

and don’t forget the bars!

My personal favourite has to be Knowwhere Special, an underground cocktail bar that feels like you’re sitting in someone else’s living room.

After that there’s Ladies and Gents, another cocktail bar that actually used to be public toilets! If pubs are more your thing, than the Rose and Crown in Torriano Avenue is a lovely place to spend an afternoon. They also have food residencies that are worth a try.

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Hampstead Heath is just down the road

 

It really is. There’s nothing better than a picnic on the heath, looking out at the view and being surrounded by dogs. It’s also a good place to workout – there’s a running track and also a lido which is lovely in summer.

Lots of celebrities seem to like it there too

According to Metro, a number of celebrities live in the area, from Groucho Marx to Bill Nighy. I haven’t seen anyone but my housemate did see Damian Lewis so that’s pretty cool.

It’s close to central London

If I fancy it, I can walk to Leicester Square in around an hour. I can get there in 20 minutes if i’m taking the tube. I love being so close to everything and having the opportunity to pop into town to do something or go shopping.

And the transport routes in the area are amazing. Tubes, night tubes, overground, buses and national rail! I can get to Gatwick Airport straight from K Town!

Basically it’s the best.

If you’re looking for somewhere to live in London or if you fancy coming to London and staying in an AirBnB – look no further than Kentish Town. You won’t regret it!

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