Located in North West London, Kentish Town can be found in the Camden Borough as a well developed area in the city. Kentish Town area is best known for its superb shopping and business facilities as well as its great entertainment spots. Kentish Town sits beside beautiful places such as Parliament Hill Fields, Highgate and Hampstead and is a busy residential area.
Kentish Town has several old buildings from before World War II still standing. However, most of these are drowned out by modern facades which line most streets. Large council estates and beautifully designed houses characterise the residential properties. Kentish Town also boasts some attractive Victorian houses and terraces, four storey town houses and cosy villas.
There are several high points of entertainment in Kentish Town. Its close proximity to Camden Town means there are several opportunities to enjoy an intense nightlife. There are many good pubs and bars such as Pub rock and Bull & Gate which has been known to feature entertainment by international artistes such as Coldplay. The Forum, which was a popular cinema up to the 1950’s, hosts many exciting musical events on a regular basis. For wild entertainment, adults can enjoy the famous public nudist baths known as Rio’s.
The historic pubs known as The Leighton and The Torriano can be found on Torriano Avenue which is one of the town’s most popular streets. Barrio North is a great Latin bar and at Dartmouth Bar there are some great nightly events. The Assembly House, Annies Bar and the George IV are other superb pubs in Kentish Town. Kentish Town’s restaurants include delightful places like Lalibela, the Oxford, Kiplings and Cafe Rouge. Other eateries like the Queen of Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant, the Italian Pain Vino and the Monsoon Indian Restaurant are great for dining. Delicious Mediterranean, modern European and British cuisines are also available in Kentish Town.
Kentish Town offers many wonderful options for shopping. A colourful street market can be accessed at Queen’s Crescent while Kentish Town Road has shops for all your basic needs and more. Popular shopping spots include the gift shop Fish which is owned by a notable actress, Fairfax Meadow Farms and Mayfair Gallery. There are several fashion stores and beauty salons. For an even wider variety, there are many wonderful shopping centres and stores in Camden.
The St Pancras public baths represent one of the largest indoor open spaces in Kentish Town. The baths will be reopened in 2010 with a more modern appeal. Many beautiful outdoor parks can be accessed from Kentish Town including places like Regents Park, Waterlow Park, Leighton Crescent Gardens and St. Pancras Gardens. Parliament Fields is the town’s most exciting park area with facilities such as outdoor bathing pools, tennis, bowls and a running track.
Kentish Town is well served by trains and the Kentish Town tube station. There are three London Underground and three overland railway stations in Kentish Town. The Gospel Oak, Kentish Town and Kentish Town West Trains are among the main transport links in the town. Both Camden Road Railway and Camden Town Tube stations also serve the town.
Kentish Town is managed by the Camden Council which is in charge of services in the town. Local council taxes vary according to property types and range from £857 to £2,571. You may also be eligible for a reduction in council tax these reductions are applicable if you are disabled, only person lives on the property or if you qualify for the second adult rebate.
There are several different ethnic groups in Kentish Town. There are also young professional couples, many artists and creative individuals and low income families in the area. Kentish Town provides a lovely opportunity for experiencing London.