Talacre Gardens. Where?


OK, so it might not be Primrose Hill or Regent’s Park, but Talacre Gardens, which adjoins Kentish Town West Overground …



OK, so it might not be Primrose Hill or Regent’s Park, but Talacre Gardens, which adjoins Kentish Town West Overground station, has a charm of its own, with its walkways and fields, quiet area and towering trees.

Furthermore, the park’s history is quite interesting. Never a preserved green space, its inception was the result of the clearing of slum terraces in the 1970s. This was when West Kentish Town was still heavily bomb-damaged, almost a ‘no-go’ area.

Yet it wasn’t until 2003 that the ‘open space’ (so maligned under Tory rule) was reborn as Talacre Gardens, complete with swanky Sports Centre, floodlight area and perimeter fencing.


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The battle wasn’t over, however, until March this year when the Gardens finally won a bid to become a Town Green, thereby safe forever from development.

And whilst you ponder the ongoing fight against impermanence, there’s a little deli opposite the southern entrance to grab a coffee or sandwich. And, before you leave, don’t miss a glimpse of both the Gaudi-esque Talacre Bench , and the impressive four-storey architect-designed ‘Solar House’ at the park’s northern end, either.


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