Overview of Kentish TownKentish Town is located in Camden and currently has a score of 4.17 out of 5 from 18 reviews. Locals praised Kentish Town, with comments such as, “A wonderful community, accessible and welcoming to all! ”. The highest rated postcode in Kentish Town is NW5 2RB, with a rating of 4.31 from 45 reviews. Locals rated NW5 1AG the worst postcode with a score of 4.12 out of 34 reviews.
“A wonderful community, accessible and welcoming to all!”
“I feel as though gentrification introduce a different vibe to the area”
Vibrant, diverse area with great local amenities including wonderful green spaces!
I love NW5 for many reasons. Highlights include being within walking distance to Hampstead Heath, Waterlow Park and Highgate village as well as being very accessible to Regents Park, Regents Canal, Kings Cross and central London. The local atmosphere is friendly as far as London neighbourhoods go, naturally you feel it more if you shop locally, eat or buy coffee at one of the locals - Bean About Town, Kentish Town Stores and Saint Espresso are all great coffee shops with very friendly staff. The area isn’t too trendy in a hipster way, but is cool in its own vibrant, diverse demographic. It’s also somewhere between a ‘gentrified’ area and not, which gives it a more relaxed energy without pretentiousness or student nightlife. The area is suitable for most, including families with children and pets as there are nice green spaces, nurseries and lots of big Victorian style houses to accommodate.
Wherever you are in NW5, chances are you won’t be far from one of the nearby overground or tube stations (or if buses are your thing there are some great routes into central and east London). Kentish Town tube station offers the northern line which is convenient either as direct route or to change at a different station. There is also the overground station connected to this, along with my favourite mode of transport - Thameslink! As well as other overground trains to Luton, South London and other places further afield. Then you also have within short walking distance depending on where you’re located, Kentish Town West and Gospel Oak overground stations which you can hop on to East or West London in much less time than you’d imagine. Rush hour is of course a thing, although the overground and thameslink aren’t as busy as tube stations. If you can leave after 9am it’s much nicer, and same again later on in the day. There are also great cycle lanes and quiet routes into the city, as more places become cycle friendly it’s becoming increasingly the best way to travel.
The area is fairly mixed in terms of who lives here, which I think is what makes it so great! There are families, young professionals, older home owners and generally everything in between. Not a visible student community although I’m sure there are some. The street is relatively calm, despite being so close to the high street and with passing vehicles there’s generally very little traffic noise. Depending which part you live on there is generally street parking available, although many have parking at the back or in a side space. Bin collections are weekly and reliable, and social behaviour is completely fine. The occasional disorderly person as with most places, but nothing significant.
Kentish Town has a wonderful range of local shops, restaurants and bars along the main high street to suit all tastes and needs. The main high street is the most popular area, however you are also within walking distance to Tufnell Park and Brecknock Road which have more independent shops, grocery stores and local businesses. I often find myself spoilt for choice, which isn’t a bad thing! The variation makes it a wonderful place to live, and local bars such as Ladies and Gents, Nowhere Special and The Pineapple pub add to this excitement and offer great local hangouts.
A wonderful community, accessible and welcoming to all!
A few local community shops and cafes have been taken down due to rent prices increasing and replaced by chain restaurants and stores which gravely upset many members of the community.
The methods of transport are very abundant in the area with multiple bus stops on every Street the overground and underground just a few minutes walk from the centre of the area. They come frequently during the day although there is a lack of transport methods during the night which makes it hard to come or go from 11 onwards.
there are many parking spaces available to those who live on the street. The bin collection is frequent enough and always on time. Although located near a main road there isn’t much traffic noise. The inhabitants of the street are mainly families, a few of which have lived here through more than one generation. There are a couple of students which share houses but they don’t ever conduct anti- social behaviour. The street has a group chat to ensure constant communication is kept up to keep spirits high during these difficult times and help if anyone is in need.
This area consists of many small local family owned shops which truly bring a authentic atmosphere to the area. The tangible sense of community makes one feel at home regardless of where you come from. The bars all have their own individuality with kind, joyful workers who know and love the community they reside in. The small parks spotted around the area is filled with picnicking families and dogs going on their daily run. This area is truly the nicest I have ever lived in.
I feel as though gentrification introduce a different vibe to the area
It is not an incredibly safe area. There is a significant amount of gang activity
The area is very well connected. Many transport hubs are in close proximity.
There is a lot of anti social behaviour so much so patrolling officers is a norm
There’s an increasing move towards more gentrified shops and cafés which I welcome. Kentish Town has recently received bad press as a result of a lot of crime in the area last year. I feel as though gentrification introduce a different vibe to the area. A vibe that I think is needed at this point.
The most that I love about my area is the restaurant and that good links
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Moved 6 months ago and really like it!
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NW5 is a very diverse area
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Always a good atmosphere, with a community spirit
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