A little bit of history
Originally a farming hamlet on the River Fleet, Kentish Town is thought to get its name from 'Ken ditch', which means 'bed of a waterway'. The first record of the hamlet was in 1207, under the reign of King John, when it appears as 'Kentisston'. In the 19th Century, as a major route between London and the North, the area was prime for redevelopment. Modernisation meant it lost much of its rural charm, many of its older buildings and even the river Fleet which went underground. But some pockets of 18th Century architecture remain today, with Little Green Street being a great example. After the destruction of World War II the area was rebuilt once more, resulting in a modern feel to the neighbourhood. However, again, some the residential parts of Kentish Town dating back to the mid-19th Century have survived and are much admired today.
Need to know
Karl Marx was a famous resident of Kentish Town, having lived in Grafton Terrace from 1856. His tomb can be seen at the nearby Highgate Cemetery. Kentish Town is a popular filming location. You might recognise Lady Margaret Road from Nick Hornby's hit film About A Boy.
There are several large supermarket chains in the area. Organic food enthusiasts are well-catered for at Bumblebee Natural Foods. The Pure Meat Co is an excellent butcher and fishmongers. And the staff at Oddbins are very helpful when it comes to choosing a wine, be it to compliment your meal or celebrate something special. Kentish Town is home to several independent stores and some of our favourites include the Owl Bookshop, Notsobig children's clothing shop and furniture designer WCD. Kuttzone Salon is a great hairdressers, Top to Toe a popular beauty salon and Episode offer the latest womenswear. You can pick up the Sunday papers from G & B Newsagents, and all your hardware needs are taken care of by Franchi Locks and Tools.
KENTISH TOWN OFFERS A VARIETY OF DISHES FROM AROUND THE WORLD.