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Overview

Nestled within the Haringey Borough, Crouch End is a hub of secluded vibrant activity. Centred around the Late Victorian era red brick clock tower that signals the heart of the Broadway. Locals of Crouch End have much to enjoy about living in their area, whether its taking a stroll through the beautiful Alexandra Park, or enjoying a coffee in one of the many cafes whilst watching Crouch End stream past, the vibrant but not overbearing vibe is one not easily replicated in London, and when you live there you really notice it. The abundance of culinary options will have you seriously questioning why you would even travel into central London for the food choice. The absence of an Underground station within Crouch End may at first seem like a disadvantage, but when you live there, you realise the benefit of living in an almost village like town which is free from the congestion and chaos that the Tube brings. Creativity is within Crouch End’s DNA, with some surveys estimating that 40 percent of resident’s work within the creative industries. Great shopping streets, large leafy parks and attractive architecture Crouch End is where Haringey’s luxury living starts.

Fact file

The one and only Bob Dylan, used to be regularly spotted in Crouch End, where he used to record at The Church Studios on Crouch Hill. There is a plaque in the Banner’s restaurant, commemorating his visit.

The dominating red brick clock tower in the centre of Crouch End Broadway, was built in memory of Henry Reader Williams (1822-97) a local politician who is credited with successfully repelling the attempts of development in both Crouch End and Highgate Wood.

Several celebrities call Crouch End their home, including actors Tamzin Outhwaite and James McAvoy and the columnist Caitlin Moran.

Architecture and property

19th century Crouch End was a much different place, populated by a select few large villas. This included the impressive Crouch Hall, the arrival of the railway changed the area drastically. The large houses built by wealthy merchants were replaced with smaller comfortable housing for the middle class family, public parks and spaces were created to accommodate for them as seven railway stations enabled people to travel to and fro from Crouch End like never before. Despite all this, Crouch End never lost its rural type appeal, taking the best of the new world in doses and maintaining what made it a popular destination to begin with. John Farrer, is credited with much of how the east end of Crouch End looks. Stylish, high red bricked Edwardian houses were hot property in the 19th century when they were built and still are today, Cecile Park being one of the most sought after addresses. Although Crouch End was badly damaged during World War 2, Crouch End’s majority of period properties where miraculously spared. Now they take on a new lease of life, marketed as either apartments or still traditionally as homes. Young families and professional couples are the main driving force of the market.

Going out

Caribbean to Japanese, there is no end to the amount of restaurant choices in Crouch’s End. Choice of Cuisine, culture and crowd are on offer plentiful, with restaurants suitable for lovers, friends meeting up or family occasions with little ones can all be found. Bistro Aix, serving fine French food is an ideal choice for a romantic date, whilst Bar Esteban’s relaxed atmosphere offers weekend brunch and weekend tapas. Whilst Café Beam is great for breakfast before work or a bite at lunch. Once you visit Tootoomoo, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better beef rendang anywhere else, but Heirloom are more than willing to give them a run for their money, with rare breed meats being their speciality. For a not so fine French meal, Haberdashery do a wicked French toast. Those who want something simple need no further than on Crouch End where Cannon’s have a traditional fish and chip shop.

Drinking

The King’s Head pub is a place of booze and belly aching laughter, its widely popular comedy club is one of the oldest established in the country, with some top talents to have graced its stage, including the likes of Rowan Atkinson and Al Murray. Earl Haig Hall offers quality ale and a comfort food menu during their regular live music nights, and also hosts ‘babyjazz’ sessions during the day. Broadway parade is where you’ll find The Queen’s Pub, a Victorian pub with a modern menu.

ArtHouse Crouch End is a charming boutique cinema now house it what used to be a Salvation Army Hall. They have a kids’ movie club, premieres for indie films and hosts Q&A sessions. Held in June is the annual Crouch End Festival, a community event put on to showcase the artistic talent of the area. Art Exhibitions, poetry, plays, choir performances and many more go on over the course of the multi day event. Alexandra Palace hosts events, music and otherwise all year round.


Local amenities

Served by all the mainstream supermarkets, Waitrose, Mark’s & Spencer, Co-op and Tesco Crouch Enders do no go short of choice , all within the shadow of the clock tower, you can do your multi-shop shopping without too much hassle. Aside from the big chains, Crouch End also benefits from

Crouch Enders have their pick of supermarkets, with Waitrose, Tesco, Marks & Spencer, and Co-op all centrally located within the shadow of the clock tower. Walter Purkis & Sons is the best choice for fresh seafood, with smoking happening in store. Dunn’s bakery, a family run business who churn out delicious cakes and buns.

Chain coffee shops, such as Starbucks and Costa Coffee, are well represented on the Broadway, but those in the know grab an expertly made espresso from the popular independent coffee shop in the area BEAM or Coffee Circus on Crouch Hill.

Hornsey Library is home to two art galleries, The Original Gallery and The Promenade Gallery, as well as the Community and Youth Music Library, with its extensive collection of musical scores.

Crouch End Picturehouse is a fantastic cinema in the heart of Crouch End, with four big screens, a beautiful 22-seat screening room, a cafe and first-floor restaurant-bar.

Fitness junkies are at home in Crouch End, with its several gyms including a Virgin Active and Park Road Pools and Fitness. If you're looking to try something different, head to The Pilates Place or Yogacentric, a hot yoga studio.

Waterstones is a stone's throw away from the iconic clock tower.


Green spaces

Crouch End locals are spoilt for choice when it comes to outdoor space, as the area is surrounded on every side with acres of parkland. A short bus ride away, among Alexandra Park’s 196 acres of woodland you’ll find a boating lake, Sunday farmers’ market, pitch and putt course, skate park and ice rink. The park also has breathtaking views across London – on a clear day it’s possible to see as far as Crystal Palace. If this isn’t enough, the park is also home to Alexandra Palace – ‘Ally Pally’ to locals – with its busy schedule of exhibitions and events. The annual fireworks are a sight to behold! Residents can also enjoy the amenities offered by several other local parks, such as an adventure playground at Queen’s Wood, the walks in Highgate Wood, the paddling pools and sports facilities of Priory Park, and the tennis courts at Stationers Park. Keen ramblers delight in the 4.5 mile Parkland Walk between Finsbury Park and Alexandra Palace. Tracing the course of the old railway line, the path is a nature reserve and a haven for plants and wildlife.

Changing times

Smithfield Square is an exciting new development of luxury suites and 1 & 2 bedroom apartments in Hornsey. The development combines a desirable location, high specification apartments and on-site leisure & retail facilities.

Transport

Rail: Although Crouch End doesn’t have its own Underground station, it is well served by trains from Hornsey and Crouch Hill. Trains from Hornsey take 20 minutes to Moorgate but only run on weekdays.


Overground: Harringay Green Lanes Overground station takes you west towards Hampstead Heath and east towards 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) and 91 (to Trafalgar Square). The W5 and W7 serve Archway, Muswell Hill, and Finsbury Park, which is on the Piccadilly and Victoria lines. Crouch End has two night buses: N41 and N91.


Cycle: Crouch End is approximately a 45 minute cycle from London Bridge.


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