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Crouch End, London

What is it like? Will there be riots? I have a feeling Gwyneth doesn't live nearby.

by Anonymousreply 10202/21/2013

It's in North London, not a bad area certainly, upper middle class villagey type neighbourhood (clock tower in the centre) with art shops and sidewalk cafes, right next to the very wealthy Highgate.

Gwyneth lives in Belsize Park, same neighbourhood as Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter.

by Anonymousreply 102/19/2013

It's very arty and celebby. Not rough at all.

by Anonymousreply 202/19/2013

Belsize Park is right next to Hampstead, obviously one of the ritziest areas of London.

A lot of TV actors live in Crouch End but not a lot of A-listers like Helena and Gwynnie.

by Anonymousreply 302/19/2013

All London is inky and dangerous. You can get mugged anywhere. One needs a FWD and bodyguards. Chuckles and Cam just took delivery of an armoured BMW. Lovely bespoke Jags no longer cut it for tootling through the metropolis now that it is a heaving morass of angry underclass and the dregs of Eastern Europe.

by Anonymousreply 402/19/2013

Inga is a delusional Eastern European Housefrau with too much time on her hands.

by Anonymousreply 502/19/2013

That's what I was afraid of r4....and I think it is in Zone 2. I'll have to pay extra. I think I'll just stay in the hotel.

by Anonymousreply 602/19/2013

Crouch End is a lovely little part of North London - don't forget to see the Alexandra Palace while you're there. Take the tube to Highgate and walk down the hill, or get off at Finsbury Park and take the bus past the Drama School (and the Judi Dench Theater) to High Street Crouch End. Lots of working theater and telly actors live there - shop at the Tesco's on High Street.

by Anonymousreply 702/19/2013

Why do actors live there?

by Anonymousreply 802/19/2013

Not as expensive as other areas of London, near White City and the BBC Studios. A nice section of London, get over yourself OP.

by Anonymousreply 902/19/2013

how dare you address me r9? but will there be odors?

by Anonymousreply 1002/19/2013

The only odour will be the stench of the Petite bourgeoisie emanating from your nether regions, OP. But you are probably so used to it by now, you will hardly notice....

by Anonymousreply 1102/19/2013

At first I thought OP was talking about the short story by Stephen King

by Anonymousreply 1202/19/2013

Crouch End is cheaper because it doesn't have a Tube stop and you have to get there by bus. I thought the Stephen King story was hilarious because Crouch End is such a wholefoods cutesy middle-classy place.

by Anonymousreply 1302/19/2013

bus?

oh my.

by Anonymousreply 1402/19/2013

[quote]upper middle class villagey type neighbourhood

Upper middle class? No! Middle, middle class.

Back in the day it would have been referred to as artsy...artsy middle class.

by Anonymousreply 1502/19/2013

[quote]Crouch End is a lovely little part of North London

Lovely is an exaggeration and it's VERY FAR from everything. A long way out.

by Anonymousreply 1602/19/2013

I know it well, and its full of those huge baby buggy things, with earnest Boden-clad modern parents using a trip to the shops as a fabulous teaching opportunity for their adorable poppets Alfie and Millicent, who learn all about free trade organic extra virgin pomegranate molasses in the local Waitrose and Budgens, before they take a well earned break in any one of the numerous wood floor, artisan cup, hand made, stone ground, skimmed milk, cappa-frappa-chocca-crappy cafes (knit your own feta cheese roulade optional).

by Anonymousreply 1702/19/2013

R17 nailed it.

by Anonymousreply 1802/19/2013

R12, that's what I thought too. Damn, that was one of his scariest stories. I had no idea it was a real place.

by Anonymousreply 1902/19/2013

what are you guys even talking about?

by Anonymousreply 2002/19/2013

Fork the sign of the evil eye at anyone who's been to Crouch End Towen!

by Anonymousreply 2102/19/2013

I used to see the lovely David Tennant in the Crouch End Costa every morning, but then he moved a year or so ago.

by Anonymousreply 2202/19/2013

What is its NY equivalent? Brooklyn Heights? Park Slope? Bayside? Douglaston? Forest Hills? Jamaica Estates? Yorkville?

by Anonymousreply 2302/19/2013

Park Slope or Astoria, except without a subway stop, R23.

More like Montclair or Millburn - an artsy New Jersey type suburban town with a town center Main Street.

by Anonymousreply 2402/19/2013

you are called Nylon r24

by Anonymousreply 2502/19/2013

It's in quite a pretty area of London, but it's full of pretentious fools. Stroud Green which is halfway between Crouch End and Finsbury Park is nicer- not nearly as psychotically middle class.

by Anonymousreply 2602/19/2013

what about Muswell Hill?

by Anonymousreply 2702/19/2013

Ny-Lon was even a TV series.

by Anonymousreply 2802/19/2013

Muswell Hill is nice, too, r27.

by Anonymousreply 2902/19/2013

what do you think of Chiswick? Is it like Crouch End?

by Anonymousreply 3002/19/2013

Muswell Hill used to be nicknamed Museli Hill.

by Anonymousreply 3102/19/2013

Is there any neighbourhood in London that is nice but not pretentious?

by Anonymousreply 3202/19/2013

Are you a Muswell Hillbilly boy? Does your heart lie in old West Virginia?

by Anonymousreply 3302/19/2013

Chiswick is Bugaboo-central, teaming with upper middle class mummies taking their brats to yoga for newborns or Mandarin for fetuses or something.

But it has nice restaurants.

by Anonymousreply 3402/19/2013

what is "bugaboo" - do you mean bullshit? bourgeois bullshit?

Is there a neighbourhood in London that is nice but not full of bugaboo, yoga etc. Sort of anonymous for adult serious people that live in cities?

what about Clerkenwell?

by Anonymousreply 3502/19/2013

[quote]Is there any neighbourhood in London that is nice but not pretentious?

Yes, of course. London is VAST. It's the size of a small country.

by Anonymousreply 3602/19/2013

Clerkenwell is quite nice actually - some nice squares.

But has a very busy main road going through it...

by Anonymousreply 3702/19/2013

Bugaboo is a brand name, a company that makes fancy baby strollers beloved by middle class fraus.

A lot of my friends live in Hackney, or Camden. They're a bit hipster but not obnoxiously middle class.

I live in Shepherds Bush which is fairly ordinary.

by Anonymousreply 3802/19/2013

[quote] I live in Shepherds Bush which is fairly ordinary.

It's Holland Park!

by Anonymousreply 3902/19/2013

[quote]I live in Shepherds Bush which is fairly ordinary.

We're neighbours! I live in Hammersmith.

I always say if London is the world, Hammersmith is Belgium (aren't I hilarious?)

by Anonymousreply 4002/19/2013

Is Shepherds Bush ok re crime, or have you had to deal with break-ins or people hassling you on the street?

by Anonymousreply 4102/19/2013

Crotch End is much more fun than Crouch End.

by Anonymousreply 4202/19/2013

The busy bit of Shepherds Bush is a bit dodgy, but I live on one of the quiet side streets. It's okay.

We also have a club that's in an underground, converted toilet. It's actually very nice, but I find that amusing.

West/South West London changes so quickly, though. If you go from Chiswick to Hammersmith, Barnes, and then to Roehampton or Putney or Richmond, it goes from super posh and expensive, to middle class, to really rough within like two miles.

by Anonymousreply 4302/19/2013

What is the West Village of London?

by Anonymousreply 4402/19/2013

Never seen New Orleans

Oklahoma or Tennessee

Still I dream of those Black Hills

That I ain't never seen

by Anonymousreply 4502/20/2013

Soho, r44.

by Anonymousreply 4602/20/2013

[quote]What is the West Village of London?

Chelsea

by Anonymousreply 4702/20/2013

yep

by Anonymousreply 5002/20/2013

Yeah, but if you care about the cultural/intellectual life, wouldn't you stay in London?

by Anonymousreply 5102/20/2013

[quote]Britain is so terrified of offending these rag heads, it's destroying the culture and the country

They're saying it could eventually happen. Not that it's actually happening yet.

by Anonymousreply 5302/20/2013

I was in London two years ago, and it did not seem that way, R55

by Anonymousreply 5602/21/2013

In fact, R57, has never even been to London.

[quote]the neighborhoods above Kensington Park.

IDIOT!

by Anonymousreply 5902/21/2013

[quote]Bugaboo is a brand name, a company that makes fancy baby strollers beloved by middle class fraus.

The pride of Holland!

by Anonymousreply 6202/21/2013

Oh goody, the psychotic racist anti-Brit troll has arrived.

by Anonymousreply 6302/21/2013

8.5% of London's population are Muslim. For the whole of Britain, Muslims make up about 3% of the population. Check the facts yourself.

by Anonymousreply 6402/21/2013

"Why is there a double standard about this? Is it fear?"

No.

Because it is all in your HEAD.

by Anonymousreply 6602/21/2013

I'll crouch your end.

by Anonymousreply 6802/21/2013

R55 what about the white people who are not Britons (Americans, Europeans, Australians, etc.). What percentage are they in London?

by Anonymousreply 6902/21/2013

Marylebone is a great London neighbourhood.

by Anonymousreply 7002/21/2013

R69 Around one and a half million London residents are non-British born whites. Most are European nationals.

by Anonymousreply 7102/21/2013

This train is for Cockfosters!

by Anonymousreply 7202/21/2013

The French community in London is around 50,000, large enough for French politicians to court these expats' votes.

by Anonymousreply 7302/21/2013

I use that line whenever I fuck some cheap Vauxhall slut, R72.

by Anonymousreply 7402/21/2013

If you look at the 2011 census numbers, 60% of Londoners are classified as "white" regardless of nationality, also not counting mixed race people.

by Anonymousreply 7502/21/2013

Question: Are these neighborhoods like the outer boroughs of NYC or like suburbs?

by Anonymousreply 7602/21/2013

Not really R76. They are all old villages which have gradually mreged into London. They have very distinct historical characters. Imagine a group of medium sized European towns strung together, each with their own shops, schools, housing and local government.

by Anonymousreply 7702/21/2013

I meant that to read as "are they more like boroughs or more like suburbs?" What you describe is how New York grew as well. Brooklyn and Queens were separate counties with many separate towns (The old city of Brooklyn was only part of what is today called Brooklyn). But there are only a handful of neighborhoods outside of Manhattan where wealthy people and celebrities would possibly live. On the other hand some of the suburbs outside the city are very wealthy.

by Anonymousreply 7802/21/2013

In London because they have grown up from villages the vast majority of boroughs have the same class, wealth etc. variation as any UK town. In London it isn't unusual to have a street where the very rich live backing on to a middle class street or a social housing estate.

If you're very rich, unless you are a non-Brit, you'll live in Oxfordshire or Bucks or almost anywhere else and have a flat in London if you need one.

by Anonymousreply 7902/21/2013

R69, Polish is the main foreign language in the UK by number of speakers. Over a million came over in the space of a couple of years.

by Anonymousreply 8002/21/2013

Are there neighborhoods where Americans mostly live or French or Polish people?

by Anonymousreply 8102/21/2013

The Polish are mainly in West London, namely Ealing, Hammersmith, Fulham, Kensington.

There isn't really a specific French or American area, they're generally scattered throughout, although mainly in West London also I'd say.

by Anonymousreply 8202/21/2013

R65, I've lived in London my entire life, in a dozen different neighbourhoods all over London, went to university and postgrad school here, nearly my entire family live in London (going back about 4 generations), and most of my friends have lived in London for decades (again all over London). This is the first I've ever, ever heard about Muslim groups patrolling or areas being no-go for gays. Considering how insanely anti-Islamic the Daily Mail is, and how much they froth at the mouth at the slightest hint the UK is pandering to Islam, don't you think they'd maybe occasionally mention it if Muslim vigilante gangs were roaming the streets attacking white women?

All the Muslims I know are liberal, not very religious, and don't have any problem with gay people. They're basically like any other Londoner.

by Anonymousreply 8402/21/2013

LOL R84

by Anonymousreply 8502/21/2013

R84, I believe this is what people have been referring to...

by Anonymousreply 8602/21/2013

This is happening more and more around parts of the UK especially London. Wake up Brits!!!

by Anonymousreply 8702/21/2013

A pretty black girl had battery acid thrown on her face by a muslim in a burka, or the veil. So so sad! this was in London on a bus

by Anonymousreply 8802/21/2013

This is from a gay website

by Anonymousreply 8902/21/2013

R88, she imagined it, it never happened!

by Anonymousreply 9002/21/2013

It's the Boerum Hill of London

by Anonymousreply 9102/21/2013

Wow, so a handful of morons in one tiny part of town think they are big guys and a whole moral panic breaks out.

Btw, the "Muslim patrol" is only happening outside a mosque.

by Anonymousreply 9202/21/2013

Does that extend to when the gay bookshop in Bloomsbury had a window display of books on homosexuality in Islamic culture and had the shop window bricked, R92. How about the warning stickers aimed at gays, telling us to leave an Islamic area that were plastered around the Shoreditch area. Tell us about gay rights in Islamic countries. My 'moral panic' is the same as the one I have for Christian fundamentalists.

by Anonymousreply 9302/21/2013

r90, Here you go!

by Anonymousreply 9402/21/2013

There is no R90 (yet)

by Anonymousreply 9502/21/2013

That's cool, r93. Do you always bring up Christian fundamentalists as well when you talk about London? How London's impossible to live in because it's being entirely taken over by the Christians?

by Anonymousreply 9602/21/2013

Christian fundamentalists aren't moving to London.

by Anonymousreply 9702/21/2013

I'm sure there are more Christian fundamentalists in London then Muslim fundamentalists. And, believe it or not, many Muslims were born and raised in London. Besides, the whole of London does not have fundamentalists of any kind crawling all over it. It's a big, heaving, open vibrant city with great parts and shitty parts. The morons who try and claim that it's being overrun with Muslims or whatever are just as bigoted and hate-filled as the Muslim fundamentalists they complain about. (Actually, they don't complain about Muslim fundamentalists they complain about all Muslims because for them Muslim = scum.)

by Anonymousreply 9802/21/2013

r6 just ignore fucking troll in r4.

it is a nice area. you will not get mugged unless you are standing in the middle of the pavement drunk, with a wallet open full of cash and unable to speak your own name - even then you will still have to work hard to get robbed.

London is a safe city and just like anywhere else if you make yourself a victim you will become one, however nice the area is.

by Anonymousreply 10002/21/2013

London is a safe city? LOL yeah the 2011 riots proved that.

by Anonymousreply 10102/21/2013

People can't recognize that R4 is a parody? It's even signed "Inga," for God's sake.

by Anonymousreply 10202/21/2013
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