North London wander

October 1st 2012

North London walk

We took a lovely long North London walk in the sun on Saturday. Here’s a little map of where we went, and Instagrammed-guide below.

North London walk

Kicked off with a hugenormous doorstop sourdough sandwich and tasty Nude flat white at the darling Maison D’Etre on Highbury Corner. From there we walked up Holloway Road, stopping at Ooh La La vintage shop on the way. Lots of furniture and curios to be found for reasonable prices.

North London walk

We dodged the football crowds streaming out of Arsenal and cut back towards York Way, admiring the pretty houses with gorgeous front gardens – it’s always remarkable to me how many beautiful leafy streets London has tucked away. We made a special trip over here because Josh wanted to stock up on beers at Kris Wines. They didn’t disappoint, with a huge range of bottles from American rarities to Danish Mikkeller and local heroes like The Kernel all well catered for.

North London walk
North London walk

Right next door is a fabulous vintage store I’d never even heard of before called Paul’s Emporium. Piled high with ephemera, statues, furniture, lighting and signage, it’s a real gem. I’ll be back soon for another rummage for sure.

North London walk
North London walk

We then meandered down the quite unlovely and industrial York Way back to Kings Cross, stopping for a cider and coffee-infused IPA at the new Caravan (the food here is fantastic too, by the way). It’s good to see this area regenerating – with the pretty Regents Canal basin and new St Martins campus, it’s getting quite lovely and improvement works are still going on.

North London walk
North London walk
North London walk

Final stop was a quick duck into the Relic Antiques Warehouse behind the station, which I’ve been meaning to go into forever. It’s pretty small with a rather quirky range of stuff – giant beaded peacock head anyone?

I hope there’s chances for a few more London walks before the cold sets in. Anyone else got a favourite neighbourhood for a weekend wander?

Comments (10)

  • Karine

    October 1st 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Just a few words to thank you for your blog. I was in London for a 4 days trip in august (I’m French but live in Madrid) and your blog was very inspiring. Actually, the funny thing is that I was staying at Highbury. Merci!

  • Rhianne

    October 1st 2012 at 4:01 pm

    What a great idea, we used to live in Finsbury Park and I often wish that we just went for a walk around the area as there was always lots to see.

  • Jo

    October 1st 2012 at 4:15 pm

    My boyfriend will love Kris Wines, I’ll have to take him there this weekend – thanks for letting us know. I really love the handy map too!

  • rachael

    October 1st 2012 at 4:38 pm

    oh my god, I’ve been after the Delespaul Havez mirror in that last lot of pictures for YEARS! Wonder if they still have it…

    1. Katie

      October 1st 2012 at 4:59 pm

      Probably do, it was only Saturday I was there..! I fancied the Fry’s one myself.

  • Kate

    October 2nd 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I’m dying to go to London! This post isn’t helping :) Love your photos!

  • Fionnuala

    October 3rd 2012 at 8:03 pm

    I’ve been spending a lot time pounding the pavements of Clapham Junction / Clapham / Balham recently, first while looking for a flat and then, once the flat was acquired, exploring and trying to find useful or fun things in my new locality. You have the Northcote Road and Clapham High Street, both full of cute cafes and cool bars (the former has a few interesting boutiques, too), alongside Clapham and Wandsworth Commons to roam over.

  • Angharad

    October 4th 2012 at 9:50 pm

    I’m glad you put this together! I plan to do some hardcore wandering in and around Finsbury Park in December when I’m back home and it’s helpful to have a clue where to go!

  • mehrunnisa.

    October 16th 2012 at 12:50 pm

    what a fantastic guide to my local neighbourhood. over the top of your head did any of those vintage stores have golden spoons. i have a vintage tea service and am having a really hard time finding gold spoons. sniff.

    1. Katie

      October 17th 2012 at 10:27 am

      Not that I noticed! You should try Spitalfields on a Thursday, I always seem to see plenty of cutlery there.

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