Shops and restaurants:
the busy town centre spreads mainly southwards from Kentish Town Tube and train station along Kentish Town Road, where there is a mix of mainly independent shops — it’s the kind of place where a health food supermarket, Earth Natural Foods, finds itself next door to a tanning shop, Tanning Temple. Owl bookshop is long-established, while Phoenicia, which calls itself a food hall, has a café, butcher, bakery and deli specialising in Mediterranean food. Doppio — it means a double espresso in Italian — is a new café and coffee specialist. Harry’s Fine Food is a butcher, fishmonger and deli. Pane Vino is the local Italian bistro and The Bengal Lancer is a well-rated Indian restaurant and takeaway. Blustons is a Kentish Town institution, a women’s clothing shop run by the Albert family for three generations.
Green space/culture: Kentish Town has long had an arty reputation and a number of galleries have settled in the area in recent years. The Zabludowicz Collection is based in a former Methodist chapel in Prince of Wales Road and also has hub locations in New York and Finland. Annroy in Grafton Road is the gallery of the photographer Rankin. The Beardsmore is a modern art gallery on Prince of Wales Road.
There is a fringe theatre at The Lion and Unicorn gastropub in Gaisford Street with the resident Giant Olive Community Theatre Company. The Forum in Highgate Road is a rock music venue, but sadly the nearby live indie music venue, The Bull and Gate, closed in May. There are Sunday night poetry readings at the Torriano Meeting House in Torriano Avenue.
Animal lovers head for Kentish Town City Farm in Cressfield Close off Grafton Road. Swimmers are well-catered for locally. The glorious Victorian baths in Prince of Wales Road reopened in 2010 after a £25 million restoration and there is year-round outdoor swimming at the Parliament Hill Lido and the Women’s and Men’s Ponds on Hampstead Heath.
Schools: The popularity of state primary school Eleanor Palmer, named after a 17th century benefactor in Lupton Street, is enough to affect house prices in the surrounding streets. The school is judged “outstanding” by the government’s education watchdog Ofsted; others similarly rated are: Torriano, both the Infant and Junior schools, in Torriano Avenue, and Yerbury in Foxham Road.
There are two private bilingual French schools: La Petite Ecole Bilingue (co-ed ages three to 11) in Vicars Road, opened in September 2012, and College Francais Bilingue de Londres (co-ed, ages five to 15) in Holmes Road, which opened in the former Kingsway College in September 2011.
Transport: Kentish Town and Tufnell Park Tube stations are on the Northern line with trains to the City and West End. Kentish Town train station is on Thames link with trains to Farringdon and Blackfriars. Kentish Town West is on the Overground with trains to Highbury & Islington (connecting to the Victoria line)
Local council: . Camden council is Labour-controlled and Band D council tax for the current year is £1,324.48.