A little bit of history
Crouch End was originally a little hamlet made up of woodland, farms and villas on the route north out of London. It remained a rural area until the 1880s, when an influx of largely clerical workers saw it develop as a prosperous suburb, and the large old houses went in favour of comfortable middle-class homes. Its main period of expansion came in the late 1800s, which can still be seen in its predominantly Victorian streets. In the 1930s the area had a popular shopping centre including an opera house, but by the end of WWII many of the houses lay empty, and were then rented out to students of the Mountview College and Hornsey Art College.
Need to know
Crouch End is great for shopping. Highlights include Soup Dragon for unique children's clothes and toys, and for a last minute gift, you can't beat Oliver Bonas. Food-wise, Dunn's Bakers on The Broadway does a delicious fresh loaf, while Clock Tower Stores, Broadway Fruiters and Crouch End Food & Wine are all excellent grocers. Freemans and Morley Butchers are both great for fresh meat, as is Walter Purkins for fresh fish. There's also a farmers' market in nearby Alexandra Palace every Sunday between 10am and 3pm.
THE RESIDENTS OF CROUCH END ARE SPOILT FOR CHOICE WHEN IT COMES TO EATING AND DRINKING.
Finsbury Park (zone 2) is on the Victoria and Piccadilly Lines ' the latter offering a direct connection to Heathrow Airport in under one hour. Highgate (zone 3) is on the Northern Line, which then takes 15 minutes to get to Kings Cross.
Hornsey Overground offers services north towards Welwyn Garden City, and south towards Kings Cross. Crouch Hill has services running west towards Gospel Oak, and east towards Barking.
The area has several useful bus routes, including the 91 which goes all the way as far as Trafalgar Square, and the N41 and N91 which travel back from Trafalgar Square throughout the night.