Highways, Archways and Tramways: Daytime Crawl of Highgate, Archway and Kentish Town


Saturday 19 June 2010.

All welcome to join the crawl, whether a CAMRA member or not.

A text version of the crawl notes is here: Evening Crawl of Highgate, Archway and Kentish Town

1. Flask

Arrive: 12.00 Noon

Address: The Flask, 77 Highgate West Hill, Highgate, N6 6BU.

Real ales: Fullers Discovery, ESB and London Pride plus seasonal and guest beers are usually available here.

Read about the Flask

Directions to next pub: Turn right out of the pub, walk up to Highgate High Street, cross over Highgate High Street and walk up North Road, noting on the way the Red Lion & Sun (in CAMRA’s 2010 Good Beer Guide) and next door, the former Bell, now a petrol station, to

2. Wrestlers

Arrive: 12.45 PM.

Address: TheWrestlers, 98 North Road, Highgate, N6.

Real ales: Fullers London Pride; Greene King IPA; Thwaites Nutty Black; and Youngs Kew Gold are normally served here.

Read about the Wrestlers

Directions to next pub: On leaving the pub, note opposite Highpoint One and Two, two famous modernist blocks of flats by Berthold Lubetkin and Tecton built in 1933-35 and 1938 respectively. Turn right and right again into Park Walk, walk along Park Walk to Southwood Lane, cross over Southwood Lane and walk down Southwood Lawn Road to the junction with Southwood Avenue. Turn left into Southwood Avenue then walk down Southwood Avenue to the junction with Archway Road.. Turn right into Archway Road and walk down Archway Road to the pedestrian crossing. Cross over Archway Road to

3. Winchester Hotel

Arrive: 2.15 PM.

Address: The Winchester Hotel, 206 Archway Road, Highgate, N6.

Real ales: Caledonian Deuchars IPA; Fullers London Pride; and Greene King Old Speckled Hen are usually served here.

Read about the Winchester Hotel

Directions to next pub: Turn left out of the pub and walk to the bus stop called Northwood Road. Catch a 43, 134 or 263 bus to stop Q (called Waterlow Road) near the junction of Archway Road and Waterlow Road. Alight from the bus, cross over Archway Road via the subway and walk down Waterlow Road to the junction with Highgate Hill. Cross over Highgate Hill to

4. Whittington & Cat

Arrive: 3.15 PM.

Address: The Whittington & Cat, 89 Highgate Hill, Archway, N19.

Real ales: No real ale is served here.

Read about the Whittington & Cat

Directions to next pub: On leaving the pub, turn right and continue down Highgate Hill towards Archway Station. On the pavement near the modern pub of the same name is the Whittington Stone, apparently marking the spot where Dick Whittington turned again to become Lord Mayor of London. According to Steve Roud’s London Lore, this is at least the third monument on the site, now topped with the figure of a cat dating from 1964. In May 1884 a cable tramway opened up Highgate Hill connecting Archway Tavern with Southwood Lane, the first to enter regular service in Europe. Built to 3' 6" gauge, it was converted to electric operation in 1909. (Once you reach Archway Station you may wish to fit in a quick visit to the aforementioned Archway Tavern in nearby Archway Close). Turn right into Junction Road and catch a 134 bus from stop W to Kentish Town Station (near the junction of Kentish Town Road and Leighton Road). Alight from the bus, cross over Kentish Town Road and walk up it a little way to

5. Bull & Gate

Arrive: 4.15 PM.

Address: The Bull & Gate, 389 Kentish Town Road, Kentish Town, NW5.

Real ales: Marston’s Bass is served here.

Read about the Bull & Gate

Directions to next pub: On leaving the pub, retrace your steps to the other side of Kentish Town Road and continue down Kentish Town Road to

6. Assembly House

Arrive: 5.00 PM.

Address: The Assembly House, 292-4 Kentish Town Road, Kentish Town, NW5.

Real ales: Greene King Abbot and IPA are usually available here.

Read about the Assembly House

Directions to next pub:Leave the pub by the Leighton Road exit, turn left and walk up Leighton Road to the junction with Leverton Street. Turn left and walk up Leverton Street to

7. Pineapple

Arrive: 5.45 PM.

Address: The Pineapple, 51 Leverton Street, Kentish Town, NW5.

Real ales: Adnams Regatta; and Marstons Bass plus three guest beers are usually served here.

Read about the Pineapple

Thanks to Robert Preston for his additional notes on Highpoint One and Two; the Whittington Stone; and the cable tramway.

The Regional and National Inventory descriptions in these notes are extracts from a book published in July 2008 by CAMRA called London Heritage Pubs: An Inside Story. Historic Pub Interiors in the Capital by Geoff Brandwood and Jane Jephcote. The book has descriptions and photographs of all 156 pubs currently on the London Regional Inventory.