Kentish Town is not necessarily a place you might expect to tick off the bulk of your Xmas shopping. But with a bit of thought you can keep it local by using our guide below. If we’ve missed a favourite, simply add it at the bottom – it ain’t personal, we simply just can’t cover everywhere.
Our seasonal shopping coverage continues on Friday with a look at the more upscale outlets in St Pancras – and next week we’ll be hitting Camden for a fully rounded picture of local retail hotspots.
What have we left out? Add your choices and tips below…
Words: Stephen Emms, Tom Kihl, Conor Fisk
Main Pic: Stephen Emms
Went to buy a certainly not enormous tree from the guys by Bean About Town last night and was given a price of £40 or £50! I would prefer to buy one locally, but not for those prices
For all crafty designer types..stitchers, jewellery people, embroiderers, fashion folk, handbag makers, quilters, knitters, toymakers or anyone who wants to have a go at any of these things or just likes buttons..the London Bead Shop aka Delicate Stitches, opposite the tube, is basically heaven..loads of Christmassy kits for people that just want to have a try-out at something and fantastic, knowledgable advice from the lovely owners.
What about a gift voucher from the completely fabulous Ruby Violet ice cream parlour in Fortess Road, Tufnell Park?
What about Harrington & Squires on Fortess Road? They are a gorgeous letterpress studio and stationery place. I walked past it for ages and was too scared to ring the bell, but I highly recommend you do! Lovely people who make and sell lovely stuff, including Christmas cards and other oddments that I keep buying for other people and somehow end up keeping...
My turkey from Harry's last year was undoubtedly the best I've ever had, and bloody enormous. Got a few sideways looks carting the bird in its massive box on the 393 bus to my mate's place in Holloway!