Food and Drink
Living on ‘The Cally’ brings you up close to some of London’s richest history
Caledonian Road. The Cally. Just to say its name is to conjure up the fascinating past of one of the capital’s most historic districts.
From the stately splendour of the British Museum to the hushed precincts of the British Library, iconic reminders of London’s history are all around you. Just a short walk can take you to George Gilbert Scott’s magnificent Victorian St Pancras Hotel, Thomas Coram’s 18th century Foundling Hospital, or the Regent’s Canal and Camden Lock.
At Market Gardens, the past is never far away - and you’re sure to see and learn something new every day.
From quirky shops and cosy cafés, right through to stylish bars and a whole world of restaurants, there’s lots to discover in your neighbourhood.
On ‘The Cally’ itself, you’ll find Housmans, which has specialised in radical books and magazines since 1945. Then there’s Piebury Corner, a casual bar and restaurant offering handmade pies, scotch eggs, craft beers and cocktails. For a buzzing café-bar serving authentic Ethopian and Eritrean cuisine, look no further than Merkato – or sample one of its fabulous takeaways in the comfort of your new home.
If you venture a little further afield, you can quickly reach Camden and explore its famous vintage clothing shops or find a bargain among the numerous shops and stalls at Camden Lock Market. Clerkenwell is also nearby, where you can enjoy world-class coffee at Briki, stock up on gourmet groceries at the Quality Chop House Shop or pick up unusual flowers and plants at Botanique Workshop.
If pubs are your thing, you’ll be particularly spoilt for choice. Of particular note are The Hemingford Arms in Barnsbury, which is packed with personality and has a top-notch Thai menu, and The Depot in Carpenters Mews – a gem of bar, where you can relax over a board game or enjoy live music and DJs at the weekends.