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North London

Introducing North London

The leafier parts of North London are civil, cultivated, polished and polite. They not only imbue a sense of comfort but also one of intellectual freedom and liberal leanings.

It was the heights of the hills to the north of the city that first attracted well-off Londoners, trying to escape the noise and dirt in town. And there are still plenty of green lungs here, from the giant Hampstead Heath, to the bijoux Primrose Hill, attracting runners, lovers, families and foragers. At Highgate Cemetery, crowd-pullers like Karl Marx, Douglas Adams and Malcolm Maclaren rest in peaceful surroundings, with pilgrims trekking here daily. Quaint pubs abound, from the hidden gem The Holly Bush in Hampstead to the Island Queen in Islington, while wine bars and local restaurants keep inhabitants fed and watered happily enough to stop them from straying into the centre of London.

It might be arguable whether King’s Cross is actually in North London, but it at least provides one of its borders. This is one of the biggest regeneration areas in London, with a new buzz all its own. Eurostar travellers sip Krug Clos de Mesnil at the Champagne Bar, globetrotting lovers of Gothic architecture quaff ale in pewter tankards at the St Pancras Hotel, and local foodies indulge in neon-drenched, canal-side gourmet burgers at Shrimpys and Caravan.

Add to this the independent theatres that line Upper Street - the Almeida and King’s Head - celeb-filled boutiques offering select shopping in Primrose Hill, and canal-side walks passing London Zoo and Camden Market, and you get some idea of what the locals are quite so smug about.

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  • Camden

    London’s countercultural capital, Camden bursts with cultural vitality. You’ll see young Londoners munching on street food and perusing the dip-dyed market stalls straddling the canal. ...

  • Hampstead

    A country village in the middle of the metropolis, the area has long been known as a retreat for the creative and the cerebral. The ...

  • Highbury

    A little quieter than busy Islington and Angel, Highbury is still just a short trot along Upper Street from both. Nearby is the Union Chapel, ...

  • Highgate

    Nestled between woods and parkland and perched atop a steep hill, Highgate has the feel of a village – not only in its winding lanes, ...

  • Islington

    Islington is where you’ll find north London’s liberal intelligentsia and its literary types. As you’d expect, the area has a thriving art scene. The Almeida ...

  • Maida Vale

    Maida Vale’s Victorian mansions might be handsome, but it's the waterways that provide the flavour of the neighbourhood. This is where the Grand Union Canal ...

  • Primrose Hill

    A favoured haunt for actors and literary greats, Primrose Hill seamlessly blends small-town charm with London cosmopolitanism. Head to the high street, Regent’s Park Road, ...

  • Queen's Park

    Nestled between Kilburn and Kensal Rise is Queen’s Park. It’s a district of grand Victorian villas inhabited by young families – you’ll see them out ...

  • St John's Wood

    St John’s Wood is the birthplace of the London villa and, as you’d expect, its homes are some of the capital’s finest. The Beatles did ...

  • West Hampstead

    West Hampstead is one of those hidden city gems the locals are very happy to keep secret. Venture here for a Sunday roast in a ...

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