Crouch End, North London’s premier nightspot

In the current panic over the future of the High Street, one theme often emerges – retail is on the way out (particularly the comparison shopping variety) and should they want to survive and prosper High Streets must become centres for leisure and services. We’ve blogged our surveys on this issue before, and we’re minded to conclude this diversification is precisely what is happening to Crouch End… more restaurants, more cinemas, more gyms, and more nail bars – food and beverage businesses alone now occupy 1 in 4 of units across the the town centre (9% growth last year). Well, we’re not complacent about this stuff, and if Crouch End can keep its head above water and avoid a fate of boarded up shops, who are we to complain.

But there are potential downsides, and a little consideration of the issues may well be warranted. The number of bars and restaurants (and cinemas, etc.) produce a healthy, but occasionally noisy (even antisocial?) night time economy – and the redevelopment of the Town Hall will bring further high profile attractions, with a venue, cinema, roof top bar and restaurants due to open before long.


A couple of maps were recently brought to our attention which rather underline the point.

Licensing hotspots, 2012 figs.

These heat maps, produced as part of the Council’s Licensing Policy Statement, show the numbers of licensed premises across the borough. This doesn’t capture everything about the evening economy as it doesn’t give extra weight to cinemas, venues, theatres or bowling alleys, but as most of those are licensed, as are restaurants – it presents strong evidence. The first map is 2012, the second 2006, so quite a few things have changed subsequently, not least in Crouch End – including the opening of the cinemas (2014 and 2015).

The conclusion and the direction of travel seem abundantly clear:  Crouch End is the most significant night time economy in Haringey and across a swathe of North London.

Licensing hotspots, 2006 figs.

 


Night time economies and the London Plan

Now, we think the importance of the evening economy deserves consideration in the drawing of planning policy and future development. So the Forum were somewhat surprised to see no recognition of Crouch End’s status in the draft version of the new London Plan, within which all significant night time economies across London are graded. For instance Wood Green is given an ‘NT2’ status, ranking it alongside the night life of Islington, whereas Muswell Hill, Finsbury Park and Green Lanes are all rated ‘NT3’ meaning “more than local significance” (see table A1.1).

Yet Crouch End wasn’t mentioned at all. Zero rated, zip.

How come? Well, apparently those responsible for the London Plan rely on data provided by the Boroughs, which means of course that Haringey, for reasons we can’t imagine, think that Crouch End has no night time economy whereas Wood Green is the new West End (they have form on this, and the very mention of ‘Crouch End’ within Council documents have given rise to outraged complaints from councillors before – we suspect Haringey may be actively pursuing a policy of pretending we don’t exist).

A correction has been sought.


The new London Plan has a whole policy section (HC6) devoted to supporting night time economies (click here). Worth a read – should the Forum be considering policies to support, enhance, control or limit our evening economy? How do we see the town centre in 10-15 years time? Let us know.


Crouch End’s current evening economy in figures –

A3/Restaurants (evening) / 27
A4/Bars / 8
A5/Hot food takeaways / 5
D2/Cinemas, concert halls / 3
SG/Theatres, clubs / 2
Total nightime assets / 45

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  1. Adrian Essex

    My examination of the list of licensed premises in N8 8 and N8 9 finds 102, of which some, like M&S are not night time.

    Moors, 57 Park Road, Hornsey, London, N8 8SY
    Londis, 306 Park Road, Hornsey, London, N8 8LA
    Riley, 32 The Broadway, Hornsey, London, N8 9SU
    Jerkmaica, 23 Park Road, Hornsey, London, N8 8TE
    Monkey Nuts, 2 Park Road, Hornsey, London, N8 8TD
    Oddbins, 31 The Broadway, Hornsey, London, N8 8DU
    Nickel, 143B Crouch Hill, Hornsey, London, N8 9QH
    Paesan, 48C The Broadway, Hornsey, London, N8 9TP
    Basilico Ltd, 51 Park Road, Hornsey, London, N8 8SY
    Fresco, 145 Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 9BT
    Priory News, 161 Priory Road, Hornsey, London, N8 8NB
    Waitrose, 35-39 The Broadway, Hornsey, London, N8 8DU
    Oddbins Ltd, 139 Crouch Hill, Hornsey, London, N8 9QH
    Kiss the Sky, 18-20 Park Road, Hornsey, London, N8 8TD
    The Hornsey Club, Tivoli Road, Hornsey, London, N8 8RG
    Chicken Shop, 46 The Broadway, Hornsey, London, N8 9SU
    Co-op Food, 21-23 The Broadway, Hornsey, London, N8 8DU
    Gen Dan Fushia, 300C Park Road, Hornsey, London, N8 8LA
    Haelan Centre, 41 The Broadway, Hornsey, London, N8 8DT
    Tesco Express, 25 The Broadway, Hornsey, London, N8 8DU
    Pizza Go Go, 85 Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 9BE
    The Harvest, 69 Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 9BE
    Bar Esteban, Shop, 29 Park Road, Hornsey, London, N8 8TE
    Firezza Ltd, 60 Crouch End Hill, Hornsey, London, N8 8AG
    Park Local, Shop, 68A Park Road, Hornsey, London, N8 8SX
    Mathew’s Kitchen, 14 Middle Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 8PL
    The Haberdashery, 22 Middle Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 8PL
    The Blue Legume, 130 Crouch Hill, Hornsey, London, N8 9DY
    Banners Restaurant’, 21 Park Road, Hornsey, London, N8 8TE
    Bottle Apostle, Shop, 49 Park Road, Hornsey, London, N8 8SY
    Domino’s Pizza, 151 Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 9BT
    Rajco Food Wine, 41 Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 9BD
    Kimura Enterprises, 167 Priory Road, Hornsey, London, N8 8NB
    Venus 3, 19 Veryan Court, Park Road, Hornsey, London, N8 8JR
    Silk Maker, Shop, 99 Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 9BG
    Edith’s House, Cafe, 59 The Broadway, Hornsey, London, N8 8DT
    Haelan Centre Limited, 304 Park Road, Hornsey, London, N8 8LA
    The Royal Palace Cafe, 298 Park Road, Hornsey, London, N8 8LA
    Wine Booze, Shop, 64 Crouch End Hill, Hornsey, London, N8 8AG
    Sumak Restaurant, 139 Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 9BJ
    Pizza Sacro Cuore, 10 Crouch End Hill, Hornsey, London, N8 8AA
    Curry Cosheli, Shop, 89 Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 9BE
    Middle Lane Food & Wine, 24 Middle Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 8PL
    WOW Simply Japanese, 18 Crouch End Hill, Hornsey, London, N8 8AA
    The Priory, Public House, 169 Priory Road, Hornsey, London, N8 8NB
    Bengal Indian Cuisine, 153 Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 9BT
    Co-op (Petrol Station), 156 Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 8SE
    Kings Head Public House, 2 Crouch End Hill, Hornsey, London, N8 8AA
    Crouch End Best Kebabs, 131 Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 9BJ
    S & D Supermarket, Shop, 65 Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 9BE
    Belash, 53 Topsfield Parade, Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 8PT
    Little Green Shopper, Shop, 149 Crouch Hill, Hornsey, London, N8 9QH
    Miranda, 28 Broadway Parade, Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 9DB
    Les Associes Restaurant, Shop, 172 Park Road, Hornsey, London, N8 8JT
    The Maynard Arms, Public House, 70 Park Road, Hornsey, London, N8 8SX
    Funky Brownz, Public House, 5 Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 9DT
    Hornsey Food & Wine, Shop, 95 Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 9BG
    The Crouch End Cellars, Shop, 55 The Broadway, Hornsey, London, N8 8DT
    Khoai Cafe, 6 Topsfield Parade, Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 8PR
    Pizza Hut, 34 Topsfield Parade, Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 8PT
    The Queens, 26 Broadway Parade, Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 9DE
    Bistro Aix, 54 Topsfield Parade, Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 8PT
    Porky’s BBQ, 4 Topsfield Parade, Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 8PR
    Royal News, 42 Topsfield Parade, Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 8PT
    Harringay Arms, Harringay Arms, 153 Crouch Hill, Hornsey, London, N8 9QH
    Jade Palace, 20 Broadway Parade, Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 9DE
    Martini Bar, 10 Broadway Parade, Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 9DE
    Heirloom Restaurant, Restaurant, 33-35 Park Road, Hornsey, London, N8 8TE
    Middey’s Brasserie & Lounge Bar, 26 The Broadway, Hornsey, London, N8 9ST
    Dixy Chicken, 44 Topsfield Parade, Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 8PT
    La Bota Tapas, 31 Broadway Parade, Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 9DB
    Jamie Supermarket (Cornacopia), 83 Crouch End Hill, Hornsey, London, N8 8DD
    O’s Thai Cafe, 10 Topsfield Parade, Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 8PR
    Railway Tavern, Railway Tavern, 23 Crouch End Hill, Hornsey, London, N8 8DH
    Irvin Bar Grill, 43 Topsfield Parade, Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 8PT
    Rusty Bike Cafe, 50 Topsfield Parade, Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 8PT
    Saki Sushi & Hot, 33 Broadway Parade, Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 9DB
    Bufala Di Londra, 18 Topsfield Parade, Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 8PT
    Dragon Chinese Restaurant, Restaurant, 8-10 Park Road, Hornsey, London, N8 8TD
    Pandan Leaf Thai Kitchen, Shop, 66-68 Crouch End Hill, Hornsey, London, N8 8AG
    Meghna Restaurant, 55 Topsfield Parade, Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 8PT
    Too Too Moo Crouch End, Restaurant, 12 Crouch End Hill, Hornsey, London, N8 8AA
    Earl Haig Social, Earl Haig Memorial Hall, Elder Avenue, Hornsey, London, N8 9TH
    Hornsey Library, Hornsey Central Library, Haringey Park, Hornsey, London, N8 9JA
    Melange Restaurants Ltd, 45 Topsfield Parade, Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 8PT
    Crouch End Picture House, Rosebery House, 165 Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 9BY
    Crouch End Cricket Club, Crouch End Playing Fields, Park Road, Hornsey, London, N8 8JP
    Hanley Lawn Tennis Club, Crouch End Playing Fields, Park Road, Hornsey, London, N8 8JP
    Small Beer, Public House, 22 Topsfield Parade, Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 8PT
    Crouch End Food Centre, 34-35 Broadway Parade, Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 9DB
    Princess Alexandra Crouch End, Villiers Terrace, 120 Park Road, Hornsey, London, N8 8JP
    Muddy Boots Real Foods Ltd, 29 Broadway Parade, Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 9DB
    North London Cricket Club, Crouch End Playing Fields, Park Road, Hornsey, London, N8 8JP
    Georgians Lawn Tennis Club, Crouch End Playing Fields, Park Road, Hornsey, London, N8 8JP
    Marks & Spencer Simply Foods, Exchange House, 71 Crouch End Hill, Hornsey, London, N8 8DF
    BEAM CAFE (Crouch End Cafe), 40-41 Topsfield Parade, Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 8PT
    Canlar Off License & Supermarket, 14 Broadway Parade, Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 9DE
    Shell Hornsey Park Road, Petrol Filling Station, Garage, 93-113 Park Road, Hornsey, London, N8 8JN
    Hornsey Vale Community Centre, Hornsey Vale Community Centre, 60 Mayfield Road, Hornsey, London, N8 9LP
    Coolhurst Tennis & Squash Club, Coolhurst Lawn Tennis and Squash Racquets Club, Courtside, Hornsey, London, N8 8EY
    The Pavilion, North Middlesex Cricket Lawn Tennis and Bowls Club, Crouch End Playing Fields, Park Road, Hornsey, London, N8 8JP
    Highgate Cricket And Lawn TennisClub, Highgate Cricket and Lawn Tennis Club, Crouch End Playing Fields, Park Road, Hornsey, London, N8 8JP

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    1. Mark Afford Author

      Lots of premises – though in my rough total I didn’t include off licenses, supermarkets, petrol stations, daytime cafes, cricket clubs, or anything outside the town centre…

      The comparison is the thing though, and all other localities are likely to have just as many supermarkets and the like. When I counted Muswell Hill’s night time assets, it totalled 31, compared to Crouch End’s 45.

      Muswell Hill –
      A3/Restaurants (evening) / 22
      A4/Bars / 2
      A5/Hot food takeaways / 4
      D2/Cinemas, concert halls / 1
      SG/Theatres, clubs / 2
      Total / 31

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