London is more than just historic landmarks like Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge. There are more things to explore as you stray away from Central London towards areas with NE and NW postcodes known as North London. It is difficult to define which parts of London are considered North. However, as a rule of thumb, it’s generally the area north of the Thames. You can expect to see both class and culture when you let the Tube take you out of Zone 1. Here, you’ll see that London is more than just a capital city. From its busy markets to stunning billionaire mansions, trendy cafes to gorgeous outdoors reminiscent of the countryside. There is always something to see. Here is a round-up list of the best Instagrammable places to visit in North London.
The NW5 area may be considered a little shady, but don’t be discouraged by Camden Town’s reputation. It has been the centre of counter-culture for many years. Camden is synonymous to the early days of punk and rock. Music venues such as The Roundhouse have been the location for Pink Floyd and The Doors gigs throughout the years.
Camden Market is also another must-visit spot. It’s a bustling market where you can purchase everything from punk clothing, accessories, and memorabilia. But Camden is for you even if you’re not into rock or punk. Vintage shops and unique house exteriors can be found all over Camden. The town is littered with many photogenic spots for your Instagram.
God’s Own Junkyard
Here’s where all the cool kids go to hang, and all the Instagrammers go to take photos. God’s Own Junkyard is a space with multiple uses. It is an art space, café, and museum, with an explosion of modern art all over the walls. The place is illuminated by neon lights, and the signs displayed are also available for hire. It is always busy, though, so it can be difficult to get a seat and take a photo without any unwanted photobombs.
The fact that both Kenwood House and Camden Town are situated in North London just shows the area’s range. While Camden teems with life and popular culture, Kenwood House screams high society.
Built in the 17th century, Kenwood House had many aristocrat owners before becoming the place of residence of the Earl of Mansfield. It is now open to the public to explore, and entry is free of charge. The estate’s 50 hectares is also free for people to enjoy picnics on the green with a view of the mansion.
North London also offers long walks with a unique view. In addition to greeneries, the walk from Highgate to Finsbury Park trails the trajectory of the old railway. Along the way, you will pass abandoned station platforms worthy of a spot in your camera roll. It takes 40 to 45 minutes to reach Finsbury Park, which is another North London hub centered around a park of the same name. the area is filled with eateries, pubs, and local shops. For those looking for two of the best stadiums in the world then North London is home to both Tottenham Hotspur’s Stadium and Arsenal’s Emirates stadium. For those that want to see a game live, it is worth noting that Arsenal tickets are often more expensive than spur games.
Instead of walking, you can also run along the trail. Locals suggest running just before the sun goes down at Finsbury Park to enjoy a gorgeous wintry sunset at the end of your run.
One of North London’s commercial centres Muswell Hill is a quaint area lined with quirky independent shops. It’s perfect for doing a bit of shopping that also supports local businesses. If you aren’t traveling to shop, Muswell Hill is also a good area to go for a walk.
There are plenty of cafes and restaurants to choose from if you’re looking to meet up with friends or simply sit with a good book. The nearby area of Crouch End offers the same kind of vibe.