Kentish Town Area Guide

Kentish Town, Tufnell Park and Dartmouth Park

Kentish Town Area Guide

This Kentish Town area guide provides a complete overview of the thriving area; including; the best places to eat, drink, shop, and study; its rich history; council tax rates and public transport connections to the rest of London.

An overview of Kentish Town

Neighbouring Highgate and Hampstead, Kentish Town is becoming increasingly sought-after due to its fantastic transport links, abundant green space and its strong sense of community.   

There are a number of good schools in the area, including two French schools, which cater for the growing French community. Trendy eateries and stylish gastro-pubs, new and established independent shops make up the thriving Kentish Town high street, providing locals with lots of places to explore. 

History of Kentish Town

Kentish Town has an impressive history. With its strong sense of community still in-tact today, it’s no surprise that the area was once a rural part of the city, with the character of a country village. Derived from ‘Ken-ditch’, which means ‘the bed of a waterway’, Kentish Town was originally a settlement along the River Fleet. Years of redevelopment mean the river now runs underground. Read More

Kentish Town’s boom time was between 1840 and 1900, when the main transport links were built, including the opening of Kentish Town West and Gospel Oak stations. During this time Midland Railway also opened the main line to St. Pancras, with tracks running across Gospel Oak. As the area grew and became well connected, there was a surge in population and commerce. 

The area has long been known for its association with the manufacture of pianos and organs in the 1880s. Many of the warehouses that housed the businesses have now been converted into apartments and offices. 

In 1870, Queen’s Crescent street market was established and remains popular today.

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Kentish Town property

The inner-city liveliness and abundance of peaceful green spaces attract young professionals and families, many of which are first-time buyers looking for a place to settle with great transport links. 

The area offers a wealth of choice when it comes to property: modernist blocks, Victorian conversions, cottages, council estates and the colourful, highly-photographed, homes on Leverton Street.  

Whether you are seeking to buy or rent a home in Kentish Town, Tufnell Park or Dartmouth Park, contact one of Greene & Co.’s expert sales or letting agents. We have a fine supply of homes for sale and to let as well as the latest information on the local  property market.

Shopping, eating and drinking in Kentish Town 

When it comes to independent shops, it’s hard to beat Kentish Town Road. The high street boasts a wide variety of independent health food shops, delicatessens, butchers, bakeries and coffee shops. 

There are plenty of places to enjoy a breakfast or a relaxed brunch on the weekend. Joe's Southern Kitchen, Café Renoir, Tolli Coffee, Chicken Shop and Flapjacks are favourites among locals. Read More

Blustons, the iconic vintage clothing shop, sits within a Grade II listed building on Kentish Town Road. Further north, on Highgate Road, is the The O2 Forum which has become a local institution.  

Throughout the area there are plenty of traditional watering holes, including the Bull and Gate, which originally opened in 1721. Other well-respected pubs in the area include: The Southampton Arms, The Grafton, The Assembly House, The Junction Tavern, The Vine and The Pineapple.

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Kentish Town Underground and over land trains station
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Parks in Kentish Town

Kentish Town locals have access to plenty of green space. The tranquil Waterlow Park is perfect for a stroll and the lively Parliament Hill Fields has great sporting facilities including tennis courts, a cricket ground and swimming pool. Dartmouth Park Hill Reservoir is a hidden gem in the area, with unbeatable views of the City.  

Emergency services in Kentish Town 

Kentish Town Police Station is on Holmes Road with Kentish Town Fire Station located close by on Highgate Road. There are a number of GP practices in the area including: The Caversham Group Practice, the James Wigg Practice and Parliament Hill Medical Centre. 

Transport and travel in Kentish Town 

Kentish Town benefits from fantastic transport links, making it an attractive area for professionals working in the City and West End.

Kentish Town Underground station (Zone 2) is on the Northern Line and offers First Capital Connect train services to St. Albans, Brighton and Gatwick Airport. Kentish Town West Overground station provides easy access to other areas of London including West Hampstead, Shepherd’s Bush and Clapham Junction. 24-hour bus routes run throughout the area to Camden, Kings Cross, Tottenham Court Road and Victoria. Tufnell Park underground (Northern Line) and Gospel Oak (Overground) are also within easy reach. 

Nurseries, schools and colleges in Kentish Town

Many of the schools in the area have been open since the late 1800’s. Gospel Oak School was opened in 1862; Haverstock Hill, Hawley Crescent and Holmes Road Board schools were all opened in 1874.

Primary schools
Carlton Primary School
Eleanor Palmer Primary School
Kentish Town Church of England Primary School
Rhyl Primary School
St. Dominic RC Primary School
St. Patrick’s RC Primary School
Torriano Junior School

Secondary schools
Acland Burghley School
La Sainte Union Convent School
Parliament Hill School for girls
The Camden School for Girls
William Ellis School for Boys

Council tax rates in Kentish Town 

The council tax rate in Kentish Town is set by Camden Council. The rate of council tax varies and is dependent on the following valuation bands:

London Borough of Camden 2016/17


Band A
Band B
Band C
Band D
Band E
Band F
Band G
Band H

Council Tax


Kentish Town 

It’s easy to see why Kentish Town is such a popular place for those looking to buy and rent in London. Its transport links make it an ideal location for commuters. It strikes the perfect balance between calm and chaos, offering a buzzing transport hub and busy high street, combined with charming parks and recreational space. 

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