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Where is it?
Crouch End is an area in the London Borough of Haringey, north London. Crouch End is in a valley between Harringay and Finsbury Park. Surrounding areas include Hornsey & Muswell Hill (east), Wood Green (north), Finsbury Park & Archway (south) and Highgate (west).
- Bob Dylan used to be spotted in Crouch End, where he used to record at The Church Studios on Crouch Hill
- The eye-catching red brick clock tower in the centre of Crouch End Broadway was built in memory of local politician Henry Reader Williams (1822-97)
- Crouch End is home to celebrities including actors Tamzin Outhwaite, and James McAvoy, and columnist David Tennant
Eating out: You’re truly spoilt for choice when looking for a place to eat out. With everything from French to Indian, Mediterranean to Caribbean, there really is something for everyone. Banner’s is a local favourite of families, whilst the award-winning Haberdashery is best for brunch, serving all things from French toast to a yoghurt and muesli jar, it’s no wonder it is as popular as it is. if you’re looking for something more formals, Bistro Aix serves fine French food and Tootoomoo does an unbeatable beef rendang. And if you’re on the look for some good ol’ fashioned British grub, Cannons is a traditional fish and chip shop located in both Crouch End and Southgate.
Drinking: The King’s Head pub ticks all the boxes, offering their many customers both great food & beer as well as hugely popular comedy and quiz nights. The comedy club in Crouch Hill is one of the oldest in Britain and has seen some of Comdeys biggest faces such as Al Murray and Rowan Atkinson.
Culture: ArtHouse Crouch End is an independent boutique cinema that runs ‘babes in arms’ showings, a kids’ club and regular special events and Q&A sessions. The annual Crouch End Festival in June gives local artists the opportunity yo showcase their artistic talents with art exhibitions, whether that be poetry, spoken word, historical talks, plays or choir performances. Alexandra Palace hosts events, music performances and other cultural events year-round.
- Waitrose, Tesco, Marks & Spencer, and Co-op are all located around the clock tower, spoiling you for choice
- Locals take advantage of the many small specialist shops, using Walter Purkis & Sons for fresh seafood – they even smoke their own fish on the premises! The family-run Dunn’s bakery is a local favourite for cakes, buns and everything baked
- There are big chains -such as Starbucks and Costa Coffee- as well as other, smaller independent coffee shops such as BEAM or Coffee Circus on Crouch Hill where you can grab yourself an expertly made espresso
- Hornsey Library is home to two art galleries -The Original Gallery and The Promenade Gallery,- in addition to the Community and Youth Music Library
- Crouch End Picturehouse is a great cinema with four big screens, a 22-seat screening room, a cafe and first-floor restaurant and bar
- Fitness junkies will feel right at home in Crouch End, with loads of options in the area such as Virgin Active, Park Road Pools and Fitness, The Pilates Place and Yogacentric (a super cool hot yoga studio)
Locals are spoilt for choice when it comes to green outdoor space, with there being options on all sides. Alexandra Park’s and it’s 196 acres of woodland is just a short bus ride away. Once there, there is a while array of activities and facilities for you to enjoy including a boating lake, Sunday farmers’ market, pitch and putt course, skate park and ice rink. The park also has an astounding view across the London skyline – from the top, you can see all the way to Crystal Palace. There are many more options nearby, such as an adventure playground at Queen’s Wood, and serene walks through Highgate Wood. There’s even something for all the sports fanatics, with the pools and sports facilities of Priory Park and the tennis courts at Stationers Park much loved local amenities.
Rail: Hornsey Station runs from Stevenage to Central London, taking only 20 minutes to Moorgate
Overground: Crouch Hill Overground station (Gospel Oak – Barking). Kings Cross St Pancras is 35 minutes away
Bus: Several buses connect Crouch End to Central London, as well as to other areas of North London. Buses include numbers 41 (to Archway – night service) and 91 (to Trafalgar Square – night service). The W5 and W7 serve Archway, Muswell Hill, and Finsbury Park, which is on the Piccadilly and Victoria lines.
Cycle: Crouch End is approximately a 45 minute cycle from London Bridge
The schools in Crouch End are a key reason for the high proportion of families living in the area. Primary schools include Coleridge Primary School, Weston Park Primary School and Rokesly Junior School. Crouch End also boasts several local secondary schools, including Hornsey School for Girls, Highgate Wood, the Greig City Academy and Mount Carmel Catholic College for Girls. Kestrel House School on Crouch Hill is a small independent school for children with autism.