North London's Cultural Guide

Grafton Road


Grafton Road is coming up in the world. Why? Because this formerly maligned corner of West Kentish Town’s warehouses, factories and yards (mostly remnants of its former life as the centre of the piano industry in Edwardian times) have been rebirthed as fashion, film, production, media, TV studios and architectural practices. Wander the streets and cobbled alleys to get a feel for it yourself.

Star House, above, is one of our favourite 60s buildings (and home to the Anne Frank trust). Film fans alert, the Peter O Toole flick ‘Venus’ was filmed at the junction of Grafton and Vicars Road.


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