Many London visitors know Camden, and with good reason (check the Camden Market article here), but few of them escape the crowds by venturing the few hundred yards up the road to Kentish Town. I say they’re missing a trick. This is a land of pastel-coloured houses in Leverton Street, leafy avenues hiding lesser-known pubs and some cracking eateries. If your first stop is for coffee, make it Saint Espresso & Kitchen.
If I were you, I’d make a beeline for the polenta cake, which is always moist and goes perfectly with one of the delicious coffees. There’s also a food menu, which is well worth a try too. Try to grab one of the window-facing seats and gawp at the passers-by. It’s also a handy location if you’re heading out to Gatwick or Luton on the Thameslink line, as the station is just a few caffeine-fuelled steps down the hill from here.