Welcome to Crouch End, where our lovely garden flat awaits you.
Crouch End is a charming village in North London, with a bustling day and nightlife and a vast array of shops, restaurants, cinemas and nightclubs, as well as green spaces. And, of course, with easy transport links to Central London.
Our flat is located a stone's throw away from all of the above, on a quiet street, so you have the best of both worlds.
The flat is unique mainly because of its location, Crouch End being a microcosm of charm in the overwhelming vastness that is London. There is an Arthouse cinema a 30 second walk away, which was voted coolest cinema of the year 2014. There are restaurants and cafes aplenty as well as trendy shops, literally around the corner. Highgate is in walking distance. It is a lovely starting point for any tourist schedule, and certainly a great one to return to, exhausted after a day's exploring London multitude of attractions. The flat has a lovely garden, which is ideal for a moment of respite with a cup of tea or something stronger. In terms of entertainment, we have a fold-up pool table, and a table tennis table which you are welcome to use.
If you look at the pictures you will notice that the flat has a quirky, yet open layout, which is comfortable and practical.
This is our home, and we hope you will feel homely here too.
You will be able to access all spaces except one area off the basement room.
The living room
The basement room (with a sofa bed), with adjacent laundry facility
The spare toilet
Interaction with Guests
I am a graphic/web designer and artist and I live here with my teenage son. When we rent the flat out we will most probably be able to greet you if our arrival and departure days coincide. If not, there will be someone trusted here to give you the key, and available for any queries or issues for the duration of your stay. Of course there will also be a manual for everything you may need it for.
Crouch End is an absolutely buzzing, beautiful and artistic part of London. It showcases all the best aspects of London on a manageable scale:
1- Green spaces
Crouch End has the leafiness and hilliness that is typical of North London- there are lots of parks and woods around the corner, which you can retreat to for a walk. The wonderful Hampstead Heath for instance is a great destination for a proper walk, via Highgate Village. Closer by, we have Priory Park a 4 minute walk away, a great place to let your young ones let off some energy; Highgate Wood and Queens Wood are quickly accessed, and are lovely peaceful places to spend time in. Alexandra Park - with the famous Alexandra Palace and its magnificient view of the London skyline -is a 15 minute walk away; Finsbury Park, can be accessed via the Parkland Walk,a disused railway line; but there are more green spaces than there is space here to mention!
2- Cafés and Restaurants
Crouch End is a great ambassador for London's cultural diversity, and this is reflected in the dozens of restaurants and cafés that are established here and are on our doorstep; Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, French, Turkish, English, Fusion and many more cuisines and a multitude of cafés which serve great coffee and cake!
There are plenty of independent shops around here - from fashion to interior design to vintage furniture to art. Whilst more chains have established themselves here over the last few years, Crouch End has still managed to retain its own identity and resisted the character-less High street look other areas have acquired.
There are night clubs, as well as pubs with live music. There is a large cinema at the end of our road and an award-winning Arthouse cinema a 30 second walk from the flat. It's an area where many artists live, and events like the Crouch End Open Studios and the Crouch End Festival are only two of many dates on its cultural calendar. The former Hornsey Town Hall is another landmark which was converted into a creative hub, as well as a music and dance venue.
This is another great thing about where the flat is located. One of the greatest bus routes from North London into Central London begins at one minute's walk away. The 91 bus takes you all the way from Crouch End to Trafalgar Square. Other buses will take you to the nearest Underground station Finsbury Park -approximately a 15 minute journey- from where you can catch the Victoria and Piccadilly Lines into central London. Getting to Oxford Circus, for example takes around 35 minutes. Another bus goes to Archway station from where the Northern line will take you to the centre, passing Camden Town and its famous market.
We also have two train stations. One is at a 10 minute's walk, with trains to Kings Cross and the City in one direction, and to Hertfordshire and the North in the other.
I am happy to give you exact directions to and from here prior to your arrival and departure.
If you are landing at Stansted Airport, it will take you just over an hour to get here.
From Heathrow airport, you will take about 1 1/2 hours.
Both journeys are uncomplicated. I have given directions further down the page.
Parking on our street is generally easy during the day, but can get a little bit tricky towards the evening. But you will always find a space in the vicinity.
On weekdays parking around here is free except between 10am and 12pm. For these two hours I can give you a visitor permit.
On weekends parking is free.
Needless to say, this place is extremely well connected.
Other Things to Note
The house is charming, and as many Victorian or Edwardian terraced houses was converted into flats in the 1980s. But it's old, so you will notice a bit of creaking from floorboards, and generally it is lively when all occupants are in - which is relatively rare.
It would be lovely if you could feed our cats, Effi and Pluto. But if this is not suitable I will make other arrangements.
They are shy little things, keep themselves to themselves mostly.
If you leave them alone, they will eventually come to you, and say hello.