Moving from Islington to Crouch End? It's a rite of passage
Crouch End is often described as a little urban village amidst the London bustle, and that pretty much nails it. The fact that it’s a bit of a bugger to get to (no tube or train…) ensures it retains a charm all its own, but the people – a mix of young professionals, second homers and bohemian sorts – give it character too. The isolation might nark some but for most of Crouch End’s lucky locals there’s a lot to love, with loads of independent shops, local boozers and plenty of pretty parkland to explore.
Crouch End is a wonderful place to bring up children, with many buyers coming from nearby Islington in search of family homes. The district’s creative reputation has traditionally attracted actors, writers and journalists. However you are more likely to see the pinstripe suit wearers heading off the The City on a morning.
Coffee shops, green spaces and great schools
Crouch Enders are never far from a cappuccino or a wifi connection in the district’s busy shopping centre, which radiates out from The Broadway and its landmark red-brick clock tower. There are branches of Waitrose, the Co-op and an M&S Simply Food but there’s also an independent fishmonger, a fruiterers, long-standing Dunn’s Bakery, and two butchers. There are coffee chains Starbucks and Costa Coffee, while independents include the new café in Hornsey Town Hall, Coffee Circus, and café-restaurants The Blue Legume, Sable d’Or, Ruby Rose, The Haberdashery and Fifty Five Café, which has a soft play area. Soho House has brought in its Chicken Shop and Dirty Burger brands, while independent Burgers@N8 is tucked away in Rose Place.
Crouch End’s most sought-after state primary school is Coleridge in Crouch End Hill, which is rated “outstanding” by the Ofsted education watchdog. Almost as popular and rated “good” are Weston Park in Denton Road, Rokesly Infants in Hermiston Avenue and Rokesly Juniors in Rokesly Avenue. The local comprehensive school, Highgate Woods (co-ed, ages 11 to 18) in Montenotte Road is judged “good”. St Aloysius RC College (boys, ages 11 to 18) in Hornsey Lane, Archway is the only “outstanding” local comprehensive school. There are lots of private options nearby like Highgate, Channing and the Hampstead lot.
- Closest village/town: Muswell Hill
- Post Office: 1
- Stores: Dunn's bakery is a must
- Supermarket: M&S, waitrose and Co-op. What more could you want
- Pubs: So many to choose
- Walks: Priory Park has a café, paddling pool and tennis courts