Do you live in Kentish Town or its surrounding areas? Or do you just fancy a trip to NW London? Here’s our guide on how to spend your Bank Holiday weekend in one of our favourite parts of the city. Due to Kentish Town’s eclectic range of residents, we’ve suggested something for almost everyone.
Coffee and books:
Doppio Coffee Warehouse – 177 Kentish Town Road, NW1 8PD
This Italian coffee shop is a dream come true for London’s coffee enthusiasts. Its décor is quaint and rustic, with coffee table books on Art, food and travel placed neatly on each table. You are surrounded by coffee – not just coffee beans, but coffee machines and other pieces of equipment which you can buy or rent. Top tip: If you have a sweet tooth and take sugar with your coffee, check out the quotes on the sugar packets. You might need to use Google Translate if, like us, you’re not an Italian speaker.
Owl Bookshop – 207-209
Kentish Town Rd, NW5 2JU
Not only does Own bookshop offer a fantastic range of literature and regularly host author events, it also sells cards, stationary and gift-wrap if you’re buying a book as a present for somebody. With its colourful and quirky exterior, it’s hard to walk past this bookshop without popping in. Its homely and cosy atmosphere inside is the perfect setting to flick through a book you’ve been meaning to read since college.
Kentish Town City Farm
– 1 Cressfield Close, NW5 4BN
If you’re looking for a wholesome afternoon out with your children then Kentish Town City Farm might just be your place. Hidden away off Grafton Road, the farm has plenty to see and do and often puts on special events for Half Term. It’s worth checking its website for details: http://ktcityfarm.org.uk/ . The farm is open 9-5 seven days a week.
Cocktail & dance:
Shebeen – 300 Kentish Town Rd
This cocktail bar is hidden away in the downstairs part of popular eatery Kentish Canteen. Its sophisticated and opulent décor gives it a vintage feel, and its small size and dark lights create a sense of exclusivity. There are plenty of cocktails to choose from and the music is perfectly chosen. A very relaxing way to spend your evening, but don’t get there too late or you might find yourself in a queue for a seat.
The Abbey Tavern – 124
Kentish Town Rd, NW1 9QB
Fancy a boogie to some premium tunes? The Abbey Tavern is known for its cool DJs and packed dance floor. Always filled with trendy Londoners, it’s the perfect place to throw on your funkiest dress or jazziest shirt, complemented by some seriously comfortable shoes, and party in style.
If you’re after a more relaxed weekend, you can’t go wrong with a stroll on Hampstead Heath. If you find yourself there between 10am-2pm on Saturday morning, we recommend stopping by the Parliament Hill Farmers’ Market which offers fresh dairy produce, fresh fish, free range poultry, artisan bread and much, much more!
Earth Natural Foods
Do you want to use this Bank Holiday weekend to rejuvenate your body and give yourself a boost? Make a long shopping list of healthy produce and head to this organic shop that is loved by locals.