Many London visitors know Camden, and with good reason, 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.