Thanks to a lack of transport links, the leafy neighbourhood of Crouch End is somewhat of an undiscovered gem. While few transport options might seem like a hindrance, it turns out to be one of the North London postcode’s biggest strengths.

Unlike nearby Hampstead and Highgate, it manages to avoid the tourist crowds. And those living in Crouch End get an area that retains its charm. It provides a touch of bohemian vibes and is a magnet for young professionals and families looking for a community-driven neighbourhood.

Crouch End has a café culture, independent boutiques and local restaurants for residents to enjoy. Here some of the best things to do and see in the N8 postcode.

The Haberdashery

Crouch End is well-known for its cafe culture, and The Haberdashery might just be the best of the bunch. The cafe freshly sources all of its seasonal ingredients to create wholesome recipes that go down a treat with locals.

However, it’s not only those living in Crouch End that lavish praise on The Haberdashery. The cafe has won numerous awards, including “Best Coffee Shop in London” from Grazia Magazine, “Best Place for Breakfast” from Timeout and “One of the Best Cheap Eats in the Capital” from the Independent. ,

Find at 22 Middle Lane, Crouch End, London N8 8PL

Phone no: 020 8342 8098

Email: [email protected]

Follow @HaberdasheryLdn

Alexandra Palace

Located a little over a mile from Crouch End, Alexandra Palace is a Grade II listed sports and entertainment venue. Originally opened in 1873, it covers 190 acres of ground and is often referred to as “Ally Pally”.

It’s steeped in history and was the first place to broadcast regular public television in the UK. Today, it has evolved into a venue with an ice-skating rink, gig space, a boating lake and deer enclosure. You can also enjoy sweeping views of London.

Find at Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY

Phone no: 020 8365 2121

Follow @yourallypally

Downstairs at the King’s Head

Living in Crouch End is ideal for those who enjoy a good laugh, thanks to Downstairs at the King’s Head. It’s one of the oldest comedy clubs in Britain, having opened in 1981. Open seven nights of the week; you can expect to see a collection of stand-ups delivering great jokes and laughs all round.

There are also “try-out” nights, just in case you fancy yourself as the next Dave Chapelle or Frankie Boyle. A fully stocked bar, regular quizzes and singalongs mean Downstairs at the King’s Head always provides a night full of entertainment.

Find at 2 Crouch End Hill, Crouch End, London N8 8AA

Phone no: 020 8340 1028

Follow @downstairskhead

ArtHouse Crouch End

Expect all-round entertainment at ArtHouse Crouch End. The venue has two cinema screens, a live art space, a theatre and musical and comedy acts. It’s also regularly voted London’s best cinema by TimeOut readers.

There’s a strong emphasis on independent and foreign movies, though you can still catch the latest flicks. Other benefits include a foyer area with a friendly bar and cafe that serves a good selection of food and drink.

Find at 159A Tottenham Ln, Crouch End, London N8 9BT

Phone no: 020 8245 3099

Email: [email protected]

Follow @arthousen8

Sacro Cuore

You’ll find a little slice of Italy at Sacro Cuore. This neighbourhood-style pizzeria makes sure its pizzas offer 100% authenticity. The dough comes directly from specialist Caputo flour from Italy and is allowed to rise for 24 hours before it enters the wood oven.

Sacro Cuore is always busy, thanks to its status as one of the capital’s best pizza restaurants. As a result, there are no reservations.  If you’re living in Crouch End, however, you’re lucky enough to have it right on your doorstep.

Find at 10 Crouch End Hill, London, N8 8AA

Phone no: 020 8348 8487

Email: [email protected] 

Follow @SacroCuorePizza


Little Paris Store

Evoking the soul of Montmartre, Little Paris Store has a vintage collection of French-inspired furniture. You can get a few items to compliment your home, as well as choose from a selection of accessories.

Kit your Crouch End apartment out with art deco gems, rustic tables and old school maps. Or purchase smaller items like Indian quilts, Parisian jewellery and funky socks. If you’re living in Crouch End, a trip to the Little Paris Store should be high on your agenda.

Find at 39 Park Road, London, N8 8TE

Phone no: 020 8340 9008

Email: [email protected]

Follow @littleparisstore

Living in Crouch End

There’s a lot to love about Crouch End, from local landmarks like the clock tower to the Broadway, the area’s primary shopping area. It’s of the hippest North London neighbourhoods around, and those living in Crouch End can enjoy an area full of character and charm.

Let us know your favourite Crouch End spots by tweeting us at @essliving.

Mark Flint


Mark is a regular contributor to the Essential Living blog and shares all the latest news and sourcing the very best content for our customers.