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The Best Things
  • The butchers on tottenham lane (oppersite blockbuster) is why I moved to crouch end. Seriously and the fact he is a gooner made me come back
  • The W7 it takes you to the slightly more pleaseant Muswell Hill. At least the library is still standing & hasn't been turned into shallow Barrot flats. Simon Pegg, John Simms are some of the only crouch end celebrities I have profound respect for, ie they have talent! Moving to another part of North London that is Tosser free! At least the Fish Mongers are still standing on the broadway.
  • Fantastic Apple Mac repairs by MacEmergency, based in Crouch End but they cover all of London. http://www.macemergency.co.uk for more info!
  • I love the couple who are always carrying thier child in a colorful sling--even now that child is looking almost two! They don't get in the way, the child interacts with everyone and everything, and oh-they don't get in the way. It must be good for the parents health too!
  • No McDonalds, No Burger King, clean streets.
  • Its the oddest little place Ive been to. So many different genres of people in such a small area!
  • It's not Liverpool.
  • All my friends still live in Crouch End. Many of them are women in their fifties, sixties, seventies and over, who still misbehave, according to the tight arsed Children of Thatcher. Having worked hard all their lives, and now child free, long may they continue to behave exactly as they please, especially if it irritates the young. After all, they irritates us for long enough. Best thing about Crouch End ? Mad Old Women.
  • walking home from work up roads with trees, birds tweeting, priory park looking fab, proper shop keepers are friendly...
  • The Haelan centre, budgens, Dunns!, Woolies, the library, the old hogshead building which used to be a funeral parlor and now lies empty, pick more daisies yumyumyum, the greek grocers both of them are fabulous, clintons cards hahahahaha I am joking.
  • The ambience of the place: restful, never dull, multi-cultural, laid-back, leafy and unpretentious. Just a lovely place to live.
  • Nothing any more
  • The fishmongers, the butchers on Tottenham Lane, Dunns and Sable d'Or bakeries. The fact that you can spend the whole weekend here. Prospero's Books (even though they NEVER DISCOUNT ANYTHING). Priory Park, Parkland Walk, spitting distance to Highgate, Hampstead Heath, Muswell Hill, Ally Pally. The fact that IT'S NOT ISLINGTON.
  • no tube, lots of kids and their parents with fabulous 3 wheelers - some with fantastically huge wheels, great parks.
  • The pet shop on park road - it is a haven away from the zoo of screeming Middle Class kids in off-road push chairs outside.
  • Pavement book-sellers add life and colour (well, something) to the bit of pavement next to Budgens...we could do without the rolls of wallpaper and cheap plastic tat put out by Fads to deliberately clutter up the space and get in their way.
  • Landrock Road! And cherry blossoms at the start of spring leaving a carpet of pink on the footpath and roadway. Magic!
  • Just generally easy to live in.
  • Dunn's Eccles cakes
  • All the normal people who live in crouch end!! yes its got all the usual north london middle class stereotypes but they dont make up all the population.
  • The whole "village" thing is sold out but it still has a sort of aurora you can't get anywhere else in North London - sort of a nice friendly atmosphere without the clinical snobbishness of Highgate and Hampstead.
  • Lots of trees in the residential roads. First thing in the morning when its still quiet and you can only hear birdsong, its like living in the country. I'm lucky enough to live on the top floor of a small block of flats off Crouch End Hill and I have the most sensational view across Alley Pally. So many of the shopkeepers are friendly, and it is like shopping in a village. The organic butcher is great, and the fishmonger and the Clockhouse greengrocers.
  • The Daily Twit - I like the way Hornsy Police leave the Daily Twit posters up with such headliners as "Policeman found safe in cupboard" and Tall policemen employed by the yard". The guy who does it had an exhibition at the library and one of his installations was a bottle of Jonny Walkers on an optic with a glass on a stand and the caption "Help yourself". I tried it and it was the real thing. Free whisky in the library - more of this please!
  • The new Oddbins on Crouch Hill that you can park outside. The new 'Pass Right' system on the busses around here, allowing you to get on without showing a pass. Very speedy.
  • Best thing about Crouch End are lots of entertainments on offer for children - YMCA Haringay Club - with dance, singing, gym groups for children; North London Performing Arts; plenty of playgroups; Haringey Mothers group actively organising lots of things; Parks (Priory Park with tennis courts, skateboard/hockey area, basketball nets, enclosed children's playground, paddling pool in summer, lots of green space, Bernie's tea house, 'Philospoper's Garden' - dog free zone, Friends of Priory Park group), Stationers park (wooden 'fortress' area for older children, smaller enclosed playground for younger ones.) I could go on!
  • The best thing about Crouch End is the cherry blossom in Cecile Park in May... Unforgettable.
  • Boho centre of the universe - a little mecca of its own buried away somewhere in North London, completely inaccessible to outsiders and the uninitiated. And it's leafy.
  • The Clock tower. The local, and much-loved landmark. Especially at Xmas when Haringey splashes out and sticks a few coloured lights on it.
  • The Crouch Ender. A local publication, obsessed by the Crouch End ley lines but spot on for its takes on local life.
  • It's not Muswell Hill.
  • Hell, I live in Crouch End and it is definitely the place to be. Delights include wandering along the Parkland Walk which starts in Finsbury Park and weaves its way through Crouch End up to Highgate. Antique shops are springing up everywhere in Crouch End as are hand made Pine shops.
  • The Crouch End Arts School - a wonderfully eclectic mix of local people who get to gether to paint things. With a wonderfully laid back gang who run it - give them a beer and they are all very happy bunnies indeed.
  • The best independent video shop in North London: Family Stores in Park Road
  • Shops, restaurants, nearby parks like Priory. Good schools too.
  • The outdoor pool on Park Road.
  • No train/tube stations spewing out crowds of people to get in everyone's and each other's way.
  • The Parkland Walk.
  • The pubs, the park and the food. Just the atmosphere of the place, especially on a summer's Friday evening, around 7.
  • Peacefulness..

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Last updated: 2009-04-19

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