Exploring Crouch End
With attractive architecture, beautiful parkland and plenty of amenities, Crouch End is one of London’s most underrated towns.
Located in the London Borough of Haringay in North London, Crouch End is known for its tree-lined streets, eclectic mix of shops, and attractive period architecture, including the famous red-brick clock tower which was erected at the centre of Crouch End Broadway in the late nineteenth century.
The town is a favourite with young professionals, bohemian characters and celebrities such as James McAvoy and Caitlin Moran, and it has a unique charm and relaxed village feel that make it a great place to live. In fact, Crouch End estate agents
are reporting that this leafy hidden gem is fast becoming one of the capital’s most sought after destinations.
Things to do
Crouch End has plenty to keep its residents entertained with cafés a-plenty and numerous restaurants which span a wide range of different cuisines, including Japanese, French, Caribbean, and Spanish tapas. For night owls, Crouch End also offers some great bars and pubs, as well as one of the oldest comedy clubs in Britain.
Culture vultures are also spoilt for choice with a boutique arthouse cinema, art galleries, a music library, and an annual festival which features more than 180 creative events throughout the town. Crouch End is also home to the famous Alexandra Palace
which hosts a whole range of cultural events.
The area also has lots to offer those who prefer being in the great outdoors. Despite being just a short journey from the hustle and bustle of Central London, Crouch End has plenty of attractive green spaces for visitors and residents to enjoy. It is surrounded by parkland, including Queens Wood, Highgate Wood, Priory Park, Stationers Park, and the fantastic Alexandra Park with its boating lake, pitch and putt course, ice rink, and 196 acres of woodland. You can also enjoy a 4.5 mile nature walk between Alexandra Park and Finsbury Park, which is teeming with plants and wildlife.
Crouch End may not have its own tube or train station but that doesn’t mean that it’s short on transport links. Trains from nearby Hornsey and Crouch Hill stations can get you to Moorgate in 20 minutes during the week, and the area is also well-served by several buses which run to Central London and other areas of North London. Meanwhile, keen cyclists will be pleased to hear that London Bridge is just a 45 minute cycle away - perfect if you prefer to get to work under your own steam.
When it comes to property, Crouch End is well known for its handsome red-brick period properties, particularly in the desirable area of Cecile Park. The area has also seen some more modern developments in recent times, such as Hornsey’s Smithfield Square which comprises luxury suites and high-spec apartments. The area continues to be popular with house buyers and investors alike, and its great schools and plethora of amenities make it a favourite with families.
From independent shops to lively bars, beautiful countryside and cultural events, Crouch End has something for everybody and, as its popularity continue to grows, you can be sure that this ‘gem’ of a town will not remain hidden for much longer.