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An Independent Guide to North London

Home to many of our favourite independent boutiques, North London is a haven for unique finds. But that's just the beginning – let us take you on a tour of some of North London's most exciting attractions and hidden gems.

Where to Shop in North London

From vintage clothing stores to quaint bookshops, North London is a shopper's paradise. These are the Trouva boutiques to visit.

Thought & Style is a boutique clothing store located in Crouch End, offering a curated selection of sustainable clothing and lifestyle accessories from brands such as Aaron Probyn, House Doctor and Meraki.
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Murray store is a shopping destination in Crouch End that specialises in heritage and modern men's clothing brands with strong ethical values, from Barbour to Kardo and Portuguese Flannel.
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A design and lifestyle store located in Muswell Hill, Londonworks offers a carefully curated selection of unique and stylish home decor items, gifts, and accessories.
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Where to Stay in North London

Looking for a place to stay overnight? These are the hotels to know in North London…

There’s a reason this hotspot boutique hotel is a regular host to fashion week parties, celebrity events and awards shows - from its stunning views of King’s Cross station to eclectically designed spaces and first class entertainment.

This trendy hotel in Wood Green is housed in a beautifully restored Art Deco building and features stylish and affordable rooms, as well as an on-site cafe and bar. The hotel also hosts regular events and workshops for artists and creatives staying here.

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The York & Albany is Gordon Ramsay’s boutique hotel located in Camden, housed in a historic 18th-century building. Featuring quirky rooms and suites, a restaurant serving modern British cuisine and a charming garden terrace, this is a great spot to explore from.

Where to Eat in North London

With a diverse culinary scene, North London has lots to offer when it comes to everything from trendy cafes to traditional pubs.

This Michelin-starred restaurant in Newington Green offers a contemporary take on British cuisine, with dishes like grilled mackerel with gooseberry and fennel, and beef with mushrooms and miso for you to try.

Believe the hype, Jolene is as good as everyone says. Aside from their signature baked goods, the Newington Green restaurant offers a daily-changing menu of seasonal dishes, such as wood-fired sourdough pizza with nduja and mozzarella, and whole grilled plaice with brown butter and capers.

This cosy gastropub in Islington offers a range of meat-focused dishes, including slow-cooked lamb shoulder with salsa verde, and dry-aged beef ribeye with garlic butter and chips, as well as a selection of craft beers and wines.

Where to Drink in North London

Whether you're in the mood for a pint of beer or a craft cocktail, North London has plenty of bars and pubs that are perfect for a night out with friends.

This Louisiana-inspired bar in Islington serves a range of cocktails, craft beers, and spirits, as well as Cajun and Creole-style dishes like gumbo and jambalaya. Complete with a cosy atmosphere, wooden interiors and a canal-side terrace, this is a great place to start your night out.

Stella's is a highly-rated North London butchers by day, but on Thursday and Friday nights it transforms into a unique vinyl 'listening bar', offering visitors a space to sample natural wines, beers, and snacks, while enjoying the eclectic beats of local DJs on a vintage Tannoy system from 1976.

This quirky bar in Kentish Town is housed in a converted Victorian-era public toilet and offers a range of creative cocktails and spirits, as well as a fun and offbeat atmosphere.

What to See in North London

Enjoy these cultural hotspots to complete your fun-filled trip to North London…

Located in Muswell Hill, this historic entertainment venue offers stunning views of London and a variety of activities and events from ice skating to drive-in cinemas. With its rich history and picturesque setting, Alexandra Palace is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to explore the best of North London.

Formerly known as the House of Illustration, this museum in King's Cross is dedicated to the art of illustration, with exhibitions, workshops, and events showcasing the work of illustrators from around the world.

The Almeida Theatre, nestled in the heart of Islington, has seen the likes of Ralph Fiennes, Gillian Anderson, and Paul Mescal grace the stage in critically acclaimed performances. With an exciting and eclectic lineup of shows, this cultural institution is a must-visit for theatre enthusiasts. Trusted Site