“Oh the after-tram-ride quiet, when we heard a mile beyond,
Silver music from the bandstand, barking dogs by Highgate Pond;
Up the hill where stucco houses in Virginia creeper drown-
And my childish wave of pity, seeing children carrying down
Sheaves of drooping dandelions to the courts of Kentish Town.” – John Betjeman
Prolific poet John Betjeman grew up in Kentish Town, as have many other notable characters over the years.
Tucked between Tufnell Park, Gospel Oak and world-famous Camden, Kentish Town is a place packed with charm, character, and ghostly whispers of days gone by. And it’s one of North London’s true gems.
The area now covered by Kentish Town and Gospel Oak was part of the medieval parish of St. Pancras until 1965. The name ‘Kentish Town’, in its earliest form, ‘Kentisston’, was first documented in 1208. In 1456, a chapel “of ease” was built, so that residents didn’t have to travel to the parish church of St. Pancras.
In the 19th Century, Kentish Town, or K-Town as it’s affectionately referred to by locals, became a thriving industrial hub and increased transport links were built to connect the area with the rest of London, as well as other parts of the UK.
Over the years K-Town morphed into the place it is today; a place that you must visit. Before we give you our ‘Kentish Town frolic’ itinerary, we first suggest that you head to Camden Market, then walk on over to K-Town…
Kentish Town City Farm’s sheep enclosure
What, a sheep enclosure in K-Town? Yes, you’d better believe it, or better go and see it for yourself.
Head down Cressfield Close and check out the incredible urban animal haven that’s nestled beneath the area’s iconic railway arches. It’s peaceful, pretty, full of sheep, and a sight not to be missed.
Lurking in the shadows (not really, it’s actually pretty vibrant) of Kentish Town’s famous railway arches, Camden Town Brewery is responsible for some of the area’s best-known brews – and this is its HQ. Yes, enjoy a pitcher of beer direct from the source.
The brewery bar has a cool Williamsburg feel to it, the atmosphere is amazing, and if you’re peckish, there’s always a street food stand on standby waiting to satisfy your hunger.
After a few Camden brews, walk up Kentish Town Road, soaking in all the sights and sounds until you reach the Forum. Right next to it you’ll find a subterranean poultry mecca simply known as the Chicken Shop.
The menu is simple but the chicken and potatoes are the best in town, and there’s an endless amount of wines and craft beers to wash everything down. Quirky, tasty, and hospitable, the Chicken Shop is a food joint oozing heart and soul.
After you’re full of chicken and booze, you may well be in the mood for a relaxed pub crawl. Well, there’s so much choice we could prattle on all day – and the best way to experience K-Town’s nightlife is to suss it out for yourself. Perhaps start across the road at The Vine or check out a band at The Bull and Gate, then take it from there – K-Town is your oyster.
Kentish Town is a rewarding place to visit, live and work. If you’re setting up shop in the area and you need a self storage solution, we can help – our Camden store is only a stone’s throw away.