Our guide to the best local pubs near Kentish Town, North London

Searching for the best local pubs in Camden? You are in the right place. Kentish Town is a great addition to already very busy borough of Camden and its pub scene, plus you are more likely to meet locals.

Camden’s drinking scene is one of the best in London, with cocktail bars taking mixed drinks to the next level while traditional pubs bring you back down to earth in the best possible way.

If you’re looking for a place to have a beer and watch a match then check out our take on local famous establishments.

The Oxford

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The Oxford is a classic gastropub serving great food in a Victorian townhouse and decorated  with leather chairs and vintage lamps. The great advantage we see here is that it is literally next door to us. Hence very close for an after-shift pint.

It has been recently relaunched featuring excellent seasonal food together with a great selection of wines and upstairs cocktail lounge. The Oxford offers very good selection of beers, ales, ciders, wines and spirits with seasonal specialities.

People coming to The Oxford remember the place for their excellent, delicious and consistent Sunday roast served in a warm cosy atmosphere with welcoming service and comfortable sitting.

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The Lion and Unicorn

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Great pub beloved by locals as it is not situated right on the corner of the high street and therefore offers very relaxed and friendly feel. It’s hidden beer garden is just perfect for Sunday lunch or a pint of ale. For those with adventurous characters there is a pub theater upstairs.

The Lion and Unicorn is a local for those who enjoy a pint of fine ale (as we proudly do), glass of wine, fresh seasonal food and of course the arts. Branded my many as Kentish Town’s hidden gem, featuring amazing service and fun quizzes.

We are certainly glad to have place like The Lion and Unicorn in the neighbourhood. Don’t forget to try some desserts featuring delicious apple crumble or toffee pudding (check their menu for more details). After a first visit you might want to decide to make dinner at this establishment a regular event.

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The Grafton

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If you happen to be in the neighbourhood you should definitely stop by The Grafton right next to the Kentish Town West overground station. This local is an independent Victorian pub offering great selection of local craft beers, broad selection of wines, loads of spirits and regularly rotating real ales.

Them guys in The Grafton take real pride in serving up their street/pub seasonal food including classics such as lamb shank or shepherd’s pie. Excellent cooking is the real focus at The Grafton with nice presentation and reasonable prices.

The interior is lovely, warm and welcoming and there is a great rooftop garden terrace.

Usually very busy Fridays with a great vibe and younger clientele but we also recommend to pop in on Sunday to read your paper and cure your hangover.

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The Abbey Tavern

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Kentish Town’s favourite partying establishment by all means. Great food, roof terrace and great beer garden in the back offering BBQs, real ales and DJs or live gigs on weekly basis. Great choice of drinks available is a must for a local public house situated on the highstreet and the food menu is of great British fare.

Locals love this pub for it’s cheerful bar staff, open mic nights and pub quiz on Sundays and of course the burgers. It’s a great place with decent prices. Best in the summer when you can sit outdoor.

The big games are usually shown on multiple screens which makes this pub a sport friendly venue with all mod cons.

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The Pineapple

One of the few true pubs left in North London. It’s a classic boozer based in Kentish Town’s rear streets featuring warm fireplaces, real ales, and wait for it, great Thai food. Heated beer garden included where you can spot a cheeky cat from time to time….you get the picture.

Highly recommend as decent locals’ pub hidden from the mayhem of Camden. It has a lovely unspoiled Victorian interior, a great sense of local community and very friendly staff. Variety of rotating beers on the tap is a great combination with their tasty food. You couldn’t really want more from a local pub.

Decent prices and always full of locals. It’s a great place to have a relaxed drink or take your mates for a special meal while being sat in their lovely conservatory.

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