Previously described as the "posh end of N8," this quaint area is fast becoming one of North London's trendiest. From leafy parkland walks and established pubs that turn into comedy clubs after dark through to novice cocktail bars and coffee shops that command customers from all over the city, our local guide to Crouch End is uncovering Haringey's finest.
Try London’s Best Sandos At Max’s Sandwich Shop
Think you know sarnies? You know nothing until you've tried Max Halley's. Perched on Crouch Hill, Max’s Sandwich Shop is the intimate spot that attracts queues each week. The handwritten menu has featured soy marinated wings, crispy crushed 'spuds' and staples like The Original Gangster which pairs braised mutton and sauerkraut with pickled onions, cassava chips and gravy mayo. Wash it all down with beer, wine or twists on classic cocktails like the Oatly White Russian.
Go Green On The Parkland Walk
Stretching from Finsbury Park and Stroud Green all the way up to Muswell Hill and Alexandra Palace, the Parkland Walk is a great way to see North London. The amble takes you along paths that were once home to railway tracks, with Crouch End slap bang in the middle. Expect leafy scenes in Highgate Woods, epic views from Ally Pally and a few beer gardens along the way (you can’t miss The Woodsman on Archway Road or Park Road’s Maynard Arms).
Have A Laugh Downstairs At The King’s Head
Not just the destination for pints, G&Ts and Sunday roasts, The King’s Head is also known for its hilarious comedy shows that take place downstairs. Among the best pubs in Crouch End, it's a top choice for fun nights out. The comedy club is one of the oldest in the country and promises up-and-coming acts, local talent and live music. Did someone say date night?
Soak Up Incredible Cocktails From Little Mercies
With a drinks list that includes nitrogen-chilled cold brew coffee, fig Americanos and a Snickers old fashioned, this bar alone is enough reason to venture north of the river. Make a beeline for Little Mercies, where drool-worthy small plates and brunch dishes are paired with world-class cocktails courtesy of bartender/owners Alan Sherwood and Max Venning.
Support Your Local With Brunch In Café Beam
Crouch End's coolest coffee shop is serving up breakfast, brunch, soup, salad and then some. Whether you're hot desking over a veggie breakfast in the morning, or swinging by for bellinis and burgers as the sun goes down, you can expect top quality and a warming welcome at the original outpost of Café Beam.
Make Your Own Gin At Allora Hall
Martello Hall and Canova Hall have got a brand new sister, and she's set up shop in N8. Like its predecessors, Allora Hall is the perfect place for group bookings; with authentic coal fired pizza, thirst-quenching cocktails, live DJs and an on-site distillery. Head here for brunch, co-working, date nights...the lot. You can really shake things up with a cocktail masterclass or gin blending workshop.
Catch A Flick At ArtHouse
If you're looking for the best things to do in Crouch End, you can't go wrong with a trip ArtHouse. The tiny independent cinema might only boast two screens, but it's high on our list for film, fine art, live music, theatre, dance and comedy. We're talking livestreamed performances of War Horse, Fleabag and the Royal Opera, as well as previews, blockbusters and local culture from Haringey Film Festival.
Experience Crouch End Festival
Taking place every summer, Crouch End Festival is one of the best events in the area. While last year's affair was put on hold, the organisation has been busy with mini festivals, markets, events and local engagement projects. Make sure you stop by this June for music, creative shows and a whole lot of community spirit.