I am a freelance writer, editor and teacher based in north London.
Published August 26th 2012
Some pubs are just for drinking. That's no criticism. Some of the best nights of my life have been in spit and sawdust, sticky floored, old man pubs around the capital. But other pubs are different.
The King's Head on Crouch End Broadway is more like a little club, complete with entertainment, food and merriment, seven days a week. The 'What's On' schedule is the best in the area, with a wide range of activities to accompany the drinking; salsa dancing, live comedy, jazz performances, as well as a whole range of Friday night entertainment.
The comedy here is of an incredibly high standard, at both the try out evening and the professional gigs. The try outs are for emerging comedians to get a feel for the game, so you could see the next superstar years before they were famous. The professional evenings attracts some of the biggest names in the game and always provide a fantastic night out.
On a Sunday, grab a paper, a board game and as many of your friends as you can drag out of bed and cosy in for a day. The roasts here are always succulent and the ambience stays chilled and fun, right through to closing.
If you fancy it, the live jazz downstairs runs from 2pm to 5pm and gives you the strange feeling of emerging after a mammoth bebop session, to find it is still light outside and everyone is thinking about dinner.
They serve a wide range of beers, including variable guest ales and fine wines in the spacious and open plan bar area. The massive windows at the front allow for some world class people watching and the punters generally seem friendly and affable.
This place serves as my surrogate living room most of the time, and I can honestly say I have never had a bad night here. Some pubs are just for drinking. The King's Head is so much more than that.