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Elsie

Elsie

Cute and funky café with some fun artwork, a real gem.

Melange

Melange

French and Italian cuisines done well. This restaurant's rustic interior creates the perfect atmosphere for a date night or a catch up with friends. The set menu is great value for money too.

The Three Compasses

The Three Compasses

Modern trendy décor, but underneath it's a classic pub. Friendly atmosphere, super food, and darts and pool at the back.

The Queens

The Queens

This pub has been standing in Crouch End since 1899, so it's a real local institution. The kitchen serves great gastropub food and a delicious Sunday roast that's always guaranteed to leave you full!

Coffee Club

Coffee Club

This is a lovely little coffee shop run by two sisters, next to the new Smithfield Square development and Sainsbury's.

The Priory Fish Bar

The Priory Fish Bar

Looks basic but the chips are the best tasting 'classic fish and chip shop chips' in Hornsey. Yum yum.

Freemans

Freemans

I often visit this butchers if I'm having guests over for dinner. The quality of their meat is excellent and they're clearly very knowledgeable about what they do.

Dunn's

Dunn's

From cakes for special occasions to sandwiches at lunchtime, this local bakery has been serving Crouch End for years and they're certainly my first port of call for baked treats!

Gift

Gift

Amazing gift shop in the heart of Crouch End. So convenient, always able to quickly pick up a quirky card and a gift.

Balkan Bites

Balkan Bites

Balkan and Middle Eastern street foods combined, I love popping in for a quick and cheap lunch. They make traditional pastry bourekas that are so delicious and morish, I can't get enough!

Ginger & Mint

Ginger & Mint

This healthy café and juice bar is the place to go if you're looking for a guilt-free treat. The juices are delicious and a real pick-me-up if you're having a long day at work.

O's Thai Café

O's Thai Café

Authentic Thai food at great prices, this restaurant is perfect for a quick dinner or a take away lunch.

Banner's

Banner's

If you ever find yourself very hungry, head on down to Banner's because the portions are huge! It's definitely very good value for money and the menu is so extensive, there's something for everyone.

Railway Tavern

Railway Tavern

One of the best pubs in Crouch End located on Crouch End Hill, with friendly staff, good food and an amazing beer garden.

Kiss the Sky

Kiss the Sky

This bar is the perfect destination for after-work drinks. They have happy hour deals every single day and a quiz on a Monday that's always good fun.

Why not explore the nearby areas of Crouch End, Hornsey, Muswell Hill, Harringay, Wood Green, Archway, Finsbury Park, Highgate, Bounds Green and Tufnell Park

"The tradition of "Swearing on the Horns" originated in the pubs around Highgate and involved swearing under 'oath' the commitment to the merriment and debauchery that would ensue, followed by the kissing of a pair of animal horns or a pretty woman."

I love everything that Crouch End has to offer, from shops, to cafés, to cosy pubs...

Vikki Broad

In the centre of Crouch End is its Clock Tower, erected in memorial to local councillor Henry Reader Williams.

Angela Clarke

I love going to Alexandra Park on the weekend - the views over London are second-to-none!

Katy Brookes

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What locals say about N8

  1. A very diverse area with great transport links - Oxford Circus in only 15 minutes on the Victoria line. The professionals moving in from Crouch End and Finsbury Park, along with the investment, will prompt even more change over the coming years.

  2. Hornsey is ideally located between the shopping malls and cheap shops of Turnpike lane and the adorable boutiques and trendy restaurants of Crouch end. There is a quiet feeling over here, as if you were far, far away from the madness of the city. It feels like living in a village, there is a great sense of community and a will to cultivate everyone's differences but in a true honest way (not just to be cool and open). I love walking around and glimpsing at Ally Pally perched on the hill over there or crouch end's clock tower here. There are a thousands things to do and try (swinging, art house, live music, the oldest comedy night in London started here fyi, plays, drinks, restaurants...), all little shops have delicious and quality products. We are looking to buy our first home and unfortunately cannot afford to stay here but there is not doubt we will come back on a regular basis just for the unique atmosphere and see the friends we will be leaving here.

  3. Great shops, grocers, bakers, restaurants, cafes and bars with live music and a lively atmosphere.

  4. Great primary and secondary schools on a really interesting High Street with independent shops and fab cafes. And a beautiful park!

  5. What I love about Crouch End is the vibrancy of the local bars and restaurants; as well as the proximity to the gorgeous greenery of Alexandra Palace, the convenience of being so close to Wood Green's shops and cinemas, and the short bus ride to Finsbury Park which takes you to town on either the Victoria or Piccadilly Lines in minutes. I have lived in London only two years, but would not want to live anywhere else. Pick of the restaurants - Banners, their Jerk Chicken with rice and peas and fried plantain is the best I have ever tasted, and for the bars - kissthesky, tasty and unique cocktails and a weekly quiz on a Monday night! I'll see you there!

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About N8

N8 is the postcode district in North London incorporating the areas of Hornsey, Crouch End, Harringay (part) and is covered by the Haringey, Islington local authorities.

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Harringay area guide
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