A locals' guide to N8
"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
Where do N8 locals go?
The Priory Fish Bar
Looks basic but the chips are the best tasting 'classic fish and chip shop chips' in Hornsey. Yum yum.
Submitted by Chris
A delightful café that's very child friendly. They have a children's play area and gluten-free treats too!
Submitted by Claire
Park Road Pools and Fitness
The outdoor Lido is fun! If you are not feeling brave, there are indoor pools too and fitness classes. This is a great leisure centre to take all of the family, with a children's soft play area, children's yoga and martial arts classes.
Submitted by Chris
Amazing gift shop in the heart of Crouch End. So convenient, always able to quickly pick up a quirky card and a gift.
Submitted by Beth
The Great Northern Railway Tavern
Weekly quiz nights, super beer garden and a stunning building.
Submitted by Chris
An independent hairdressers with the loveliest staff. I always feel welcome and they do a fantastic job!
Submitted by Vikki
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.
Submitted by Venice
My Kind of Coffee
As well as serving freshly brewed coffee, this shop roasts and sells lots of different beans from around the world.
Submitted by Alex
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.
Submitted by Kate
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!
Submitted by Ben
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.
Submitted by Vikki
This ice cream café sells amazing ice cream! There's always a queue right down the road - I can't get enough!
Submitted by Tallulah
Crouch End Broadway
With so much to do and see in Crouch End, there's no wonder why it's such a popular place to live....
Submitted by Imogen
Why do you find N8 a great place to live?
"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."
"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 lo... more
"Great shops, grocers, bakers, restaurants, cafes and bars with live music and a lively atmosphere."
"Great primary and secondary schools on a really interesting High Street with independent shops and fab cafes. And a beautiful park!"
"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 o... more
What do you like about N8?
Did you know?
"Alexandra Palace, or 'Ally Pally' as it is affectionately known, was built as an exhibition hall in 1873. However, it burnt down only a few days after its inauguration and was rebuilt in the following 2 years."
Child-friendly activities near N8
NCT Stay and Play at My Creche N8My Creche
This free event for Under 2's is held in the wonderful My Crèche in central Crouch End. There is a large variety of toys for babies and toddlers and a fabulous garden to explore. There is also a separate activity room for arts & crafts too. Website
Perform Plus - Drama Workshops - Crouch EndHornsey Vale Community Centre
Child development is at the heart of everything we do, so our weekly classes for 4-7 year olds will boost your child's confidence, improve their concentration and give them a creative outlet to make friends and have fun. Website
La Pajara PintaPickled Pepper Books
45 minute sessions that enable children to learn Spanish through playing. The emphasis is on traditional games, songs, rhymes, poems and stories, from all the Spanish speaking countries. Website
Amazing Fine Art 4 Kids! ClassesUnion Church and Community Centre
Your child will go on a journey of exploration with line, tone, shape, space, colour, perspective and form, introducing them to techniques. They will gain a good understanding of the Great Masters of art and apply the artist's influences in their own work using a variety of materials. Taster lesson: £9 5 weeks: £50 Website
Total Football AcademyHurst Avenue
All academies offer accessible and affordable football training through programmes expertly designed by our network of FA qualified coaches. Website
Mum and Baby Yoga at Yoga JunctionThe Old Flower Shop
Special classes to help you re-gain your strength and muscle tone after having a baby. - For £13.00 classes you can buy a 10 class card for £115.00 - For £11.00 classes you can buy a 10 class card for £100.00 Website
Mini Mozart- Concert and Class for BabiesThe Harringay Club
Classical music class for babies led by Harry on the saxophone clarinet and flute with Vlad on the piano Website
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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