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Best Pubs in Kentish Town

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by Maria K (subscribe)
Postgraduate student based in London.
Published October 5th 2016
Improvised pub crawl in Kentish Town

There comes the time when the Camden pub crawl starts getting boring and routine. When your usual pub crawl itinerary is accompanied by the permanent feeling of deja-vu, it is the sign that you need a change. Now, the change is just a little one, all you need to do is move one tube stop North. New destination: Kentish Town. Here is a list of pubs to start with before you found your way around the area.

abbey tavern pub kentish town
Abbey Tavern

The best place to begin your pub journey is Abbey Tavern (124 Kentish Town Rd, NW1 9QB). This one can get noisy and busy on a Friday night, which can be advantageous depending on your purpose. The pub offers great food and a nice range of beers at the average price. You can also spend your time at the lovely 2-storied terrace lit up with festive lights in the evenings.

abbey tavern pub kentish town
Bar in the Abbey Tavern

When you've had enough of Abbey Tavern, your next destination is Bull and Gate (389 Kentish Town Rd, NW5 2TJ). It will take you approximately 7 minutes to walk from point A to point B and (good news) this is the longest you will have to walk today. The pub's history dates back to the mid-19th century, so this is one of the historical places in the area. Bull and Gate has been recently refurbished and now has a beautiful dining area and creative seasonal menus.

bull and gate pub kentish town
Bull and Gate

Next one, The Pineapple, is only 3 minutes away (51 Leverton St, NW5 2NX). This pub is famous for its unusual food selection, offering a range of Thai cuisine instead of the familiar burgers and pies. The atmosphere is cozy here, thanks to the well thought through design and lively crowd of customers in the evenings. The Pineapple has a beer garden separated into outdoors and indoors areas, making it useable all year.

the pineapple pub kentish town
Indoor beer garden at The Pineapple

Moving on, you need to walk another 6 minutes and end up in Junction Tavern (101 Fortess Rd, NW5 1AG), quite a gloomy-looking pace established in the 19th century. This pub will pleasantly surprise you with its solid selection of beers and ales. You can spend some time in a lovely beer garden if the weather allows you to do so. Also, as you are now getting closer to Tufnell Park station, you will notice the drop in prices.

junction tavern kentish town
Junction Tavern

The final destination is 4 minutes away from Junction Tavern. Aces and Eights (156-158 Fortess Rd, NW5 2HP) is the place to find yourself at after a few pints on a weekend night. This one is famous for its music events that take place almost every weekend, so better check in advance if you wish to attend something in particular. Aces and Eighths offers a great selection of cocktails for 7-8 pounds (tip: happy hour is 6-8pm Sun-Fri). When you are done, you can still catch the train from Tufnell Park tube station just across the road.

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Aces and Eights

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Why? A good alternative to Camden pub crawling
When: Anytime you feel like going to a pub
Where: Kentish Town, Tufnell Park
Cost: 3-5 for a pint
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