The Redleaf Roamer: Caledonian Road
Rishi Banerjee, Property Team
In the Redleaf Property team, our passion for bricks and mortar isn’t confined to the working day – we love exploring different places in London and abroad, appreciating an area’s character, amenities and eccentricities. Kicking off an occasional series, our newest recruit, Rishi Banerjee, shares the reasons why he’s made Caledonian Road his home and gives his insider tips on the area.
How did you find out about Caledonian Road?
I was desperately looking for somewhere to live in London and an estate agent was located at the bottom of the road near King’s Cross. I had arranged an appointment with the agent, however, she forgot to mention that her office wasn’t near to the tube station. This was before the smartphone era, so I had to ask for directions and walk down the entire length of Caledonian Road – but it was an ideal introduction to the area.
The Cally Bridge
By Matt Brown from London, England (The Cally) [CC BY SA 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons
What made you fall in love with Caledonian Road?
Caledonian Road, also known as ‘The Cally’, is truly international - the streets are full of restaurants, cafes and independent shops from across the world.
If you take a turn off the main road, you will discover pretty garden squares, churches, and Regent’s canal, which makes for a great weekend walk.
By Myrabella / Wikimedia Commons [CC-BY-SA-3.0] via Wikimedia Commons
What annoys you about it?
If you are going into the West End, getting on the tube at rush hour is a nightmare - Caledonian Road is the stop before King’s Cross! If you do manage to squeeze on, it’s a far more comfortable journey after that. The alternative is to catch a bus to King’s Cross and take the tube from there but that does add a few minutes onto your journey.
Caledonian Road tube station
Would you live here?
I already do! It’s extremely well connected and you can get to King’s Cross St Pancras, Euston, London Bridge, Gatwick Airport and Heathrow easily.
Caledonian Road never sleeps: there are plenty of 24-hour grocery stores nearby and you never have worry about how to get home. The night bus, N91, is a crucial route which goes through the entire length of Caledonian Road all the way to Cockfosters. For anybody living on the Camden side, the N29 and is also a good option.
What are Caledonian Road’s hidden gems?
It has to be the Hemingford Arms. Hidden away just off the Cally, it is a creatively-decorated pub with a great atmosphere bringing an eclectic mix of people, ales and wonderful Thai food.
And if you are looking for something for the weekend, definitely check out Sunday, which is a brilliant café for brunch and lunch. The food is sublime and the queues are getting longer so go there quickly before this hidden gem starts shining too brightly!