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Made In Camden

Made In Camden should be the best thing to happen to Chalk Farm for ages. Although part of the Roundhouse, this new bar and all-day brasserie has its own entrance and vibe: cosy booths, stylish pendant lighting and big windows, through which you can observe the always-entertaining antics of the Chalk Farm Road brigade. The …

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Spring Projects & Studios

We heart the long-established Spring Studios and this custom-built 3000ft commercial gallery, which provides a platform for contemporary art, design and fashion, opened in 2008. Typifying the ongoing cultural regeneration of West Kentish Town, it’s a fabulous white space and, if you’re really polite, they may let you have a peak around one of the …

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The Pineapple

Step behind new critics’ favourite the Kentish Canteen into Leverton Place and you’re transported into a faded world of Dolly Mixture-coloured cottages and cutesy terraces. Nice, if you can afford it. Yet on the corner of leafy Leverton Street lurks The Pineapple, a real Victorian pub with a mixed crowd and many a nook and …

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Cabin Cafe

I’ll be honest, I’ve never eaten there. Walked past it a million times of course. Looks fun though, if a little confused-of-identity: Chinese on the one hand – value noodles, chow mein – and greasy spoon on the other. But it occupies the corner of a pretty crossroads, with the verdant exterior of the George …

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Old Eagle

Old Eagle (251 Royal College St) feels like a secret, although some would argue it belongs in Camden not Kentish really. A proper boozer with a mind-boggling variety of musical instruments dangling from its ceiling, it’s cosy by night, attracts a nice eclectic crowd of locals and hipsters, and its main USP is the £3 …

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Kelly Street

Kelly Street is one of the jewels in the Kentish Crown (the others being Quadrant Grove and Little Green Street). It’s a perfect curve of mid-19th century Grade II-listed pastel terraces, all worth far too much money to be called ‘bohemian’ but swooningly lovely nonetheless. You might need a restorative gin or two at The …

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Abbey Tavern

The Abbey (124 Kentish Town Road) is actually really pleasant. I say ‘actually’ because nobody I know goes there regularly, although, on the rare occasions when we do, we will inevitably comment on its red-lit, wooden-floored, rather elegant long bar and interior. Its winning card is a very shady secret garden, with hidden treehouse and …

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