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Italica

A tiny delicatessen – some really good olive oil – that also serves fine coffee and freshly made filled ciabatta or focaccia snacks. There are only a few seats – more outside if the weather is kind – so you get the full attention of owner Andrea, who offers  a real slice of Italy in London.

29 High Street N8
Tel: +44 (0)20 8341 5638

Olive

A ‘cafe grill meze bar’ that offers outstanding food at bargain prices. A wide choice, huge portions – with excellent options for vegetarians – and warm hospitality make this a perfect neighbourhood restaurant. Be warned that Olive deals in cash only – not much of a problem given the low bill you face.

10 High Street N8
Tel: +44 (0)20 8348 8335

Le Bistro

Authentic French style oozes from the tiled walls, old posters and dim lighting of this brasserie. The menu also features such familiars as steak frites or cassoulet and there is a good selection of French wine. No surprise that the staff are actually French. The garden, candle-lit in summer, is also a bit special.

36 High Street N8
Tel: +44 (0)20 8340 2116

Cast

Supplying ‘architectural mouldings and restoration’ to projects such as Buckingham Palace, Palace of Westminster and Chiswick House, this group of artists produce both reproduction and original work. They also a off a body and baby casting service on commission.

2 High Street N8
Tel: +44 (0)20 8340 0169
Website

Tomb of Harriet Long and Jacob Walker, St Mary’s

This headstone of 1841 marks the tomb of both a Virginian, Harriet Long, and her former slave (in America) and servant (in England), Jacob Walker. The inscription highlights the legal differences between the two countries, while giving equality in death.

Hornsey High Street N8

Pleasantly rural until the end of the 1880s, the building of seven railway stations nearby turned this area into a Victorian  suburb. It went downmarket during the post-war era but has been undergoing a marked revival in recent years. www.thecrouchendproject.co.uk


Tube: Turnpike Lane/Rail: Hornsey

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St Mary’s Church Tower

The oldest building in this area dates to 1500. The church to which it belonged dated back to at least 1291 but was demolished in 1831, the stone being used to heighten the tower. Two later churches on the site have also been demolished, the last in 1969. The graveyard is now a public garden.

Hornsey High Street N8
Friends of Hornsey Church Tower

Tomo

Pizza, pasta and hand-made desserts from a restaurant family-run in real rustic Italian style with fresh ingredients, a huge choice on the menu and fair prices. Its popularity with London’s fussy italian community says it all. The eclectic jazz music collection completes the experience.

88 High Street N8
Tel: +44 (0)20 8348 0099
www.tomopizzeria.com

The Three Compasses

This lovely old Victorian gem dates to 1896 and is all high ceilings and warm wood. A riverside pub until the New River was piped, Londoners would come for a day out to fish and watch cricket. The name of the pub comes from the Coat of Arms of the Guild of Carpenters.

62 High Street N8
Tel: +44 (0)20 8340 2729
www.threecompasses.com

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