Explore 8 of north London's prettiest streets

Camden Passage in Angel, Islington, off Upper Street

Camden Passage in Islington - Credit: André Langlois

"Pretty is in the eye of the beholder," as they say, but it's certainly true that as well as its "monstrous carbuncles" (TM, Prince Charles), London has areas of beauty.

I'm sure our readers will agree that the north of the city is home to more than its fair share of these.

As well as the natural beauty of Hampstead Heath, the woods around Highgate and the iconic Primrose Hill, much of our urban landscape has a certain elegance.

Here are just a few of those gems.

Chalcot Crescent, Primrose Hill

Chalcot Crescent in Primrose Hill

Chalcot Crescent in Primrose Hill - Credit: AndreaAstes/iStock/Getty Images Plus

Paddington Bear did well for himself, landing up in one of these candy-coloured fantasy homes (in Windsor Gardens in the film). 

WeBuyAnyHome recently estimated that the house was worth £3.1m when the first film was released in 2014 and is now worth £4m.

Most Read

Shamefully, I've not seen the films, so can't vouch for Paddington's nous in the property market or general contentment levels.

Camden Passage, Islington

Camden Passage in Angel, Islington, off Upper Street

Camden Passage in Islington - Credit: André Langlois

Camden passage is not in Camden, and neither is one of the Camden Head pubs. One is in Camden High Street, but the other is in Camden Passage, which is in Islington. Clear?

I regret starting that paragraph but, anyway, Camden Passage is a retail gem off Upper Street (the best destination for dining outside central London?).

With some lovely outdoor food and coffee opportunities, it is the perfect place to people-watch, and is often alive with antiques traders and stalls.

Church Row, Hampstead

Church Row, Hampstead

Church Row, Hampstead - Credit: André Langlois

This beautiful street in the centre of Hampstead has had recent bollard issues, with the council working to reduce heavy vehicle traffic.

But it also boasts the beautiful St John-at-Hampstead church and 28 Church Row, voted as north London's best restaurant by Ham&High readers.

Makepeace Avenue, Highgate

Makepeace Avenue, Highgate

Makepeace Avenue, Highgate - Credit: André Langlois

The huge "Tudor" faces of the properties in the Holly Lodge Estate are an imposing presence.

These private roads, between Hampstead Heath and Highgate Cemetery, scream "exclusive".

Flask Walk, Hampstead

Shoppers at Flask Walk in Hampstead

Shoppers at Flask Walk in Hampstead - Credit: Polly Hancock

Hampstead is packed with beautiful residential streets, but Flask Walk is one of its commercial treasures.

Enjoy the independent traders eateries, and the gorgeous, medieval Flask pub. 

Kelly Street, Kentish Town

Kelly Street in Kentish Town

Kelly Street in Kentish Town - Credit: André Langlois

Challenging Chalcot Crescent for candy-box colours, Kelly Street is one of Kentish Town's many secrets.

It's well known to customers of Mario's Café and Eddy's Barber Shop. 

Colebrooke Row, Islington

Colebrooke Row, in Islington

Colebrooke Row, in Islington - Credit: André Langlois

Tucked away behind Angel is the unassuming Colebrooke Row, lined on one side with public gardens.

It's quiet, a low traffic neighbourhood and some properties back onto the canal. 

And it's pretty enough to provide homes to certain future prime ministers, and other television personalities. 

Bishops Avenue

Toprak Mansion in Bishops Avenue, known as "Billionaires' Row"

Toprak Mansion in Bishops Avenue, known as "Billionaires' Row" - Credit: PA/Max Nash

Remember how I said "pretty is in the eye of the beholder", well Bishops Avenue isn't to everyone's tastes but it does offer a glimpse of how the other half live.

Running from near Kenwood to East Finchley, "Billionaires' Row" is a mile of mansions.

Fancy it? 

At the top end, beyond the A1 and near East Finchley station, a family home in Daniel Daggers Real Estate is on sale for a nice, round £10 million. 

For that, you get seven bedrooms and a basement incorporating the "entertainment suite, swimming pool, jacuzzi and gymnasium". There are also separate quarters for staff and a large south-facing rear garden.

The Bishop's Avenue mansion going for £10 million on Daniel Daggers Real Estates 

The Bishop's Avenue mansion going for £10 million on Daniel Daggers Real Estates - Credit: André Langlois

Meanwhile, Knight Frank is marketing a detached eight-bedroom ambassadorial residence for £17 million.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter