Inside quiet 'village' loved by celebs including Harry Potter star and Channel 4 legend – and it's not where you'd think | The Sun

Inside quiet 'village' loved by celebs including Harry Potter star and Channel 4 legend – and it's not where you'd think | The Sun

February 1, 2023

A QUIET village loved by celebs including a former Harry Potter star and a Channel 4 legend is not found where you might think.

Tufnell Park straddles the well-known London Boroughs of Islington and Camden and has been described by those who live and work there as a "wonderful place".

But although it is located in the capital it is one of the more quiet spots of London with a tight-knit community.

For hundreds of years the town was used for dairy farming, and acted as an important base for distributing dairy around Central London.

Despite it being a small neighbourhood with everyone seeming to know each other, you may spot some famous faces if you ever decide to visit.

The quiet village is home to the likes of actor Damian Lewis, TV presenter, Jon Snow, and Madness singer, Suggs are said to live there.

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Snow is best known as the longest-running presenter of Channel 4 news and is one of the most recognised faces on TV.

Actor Damian, who was once nominated for a Golden Globe, also currently resides there.

It was also formerly a home to Damian's late wife and Harry Potter star Helen McCrory who sadly passed away in 2021.

The award-winning actress was best known for her portrayal of Narcissa Malfoy in the famous franchise, as well as appearing in Doctor Who and Peaky Blinders.

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Hackney-born Lee Thomas has lived in Tufnell Park for 11 years, moving to the area after living in Ireland for 20 years to be closer to his sister.

He is a picture framer to the celebs, owning and running 90 Degrees Picture Framing on the main high street. The 52-year-old said the community is 'really tight'.

Lee told MyLondon: "Everyone knows each other, it's more like a village than being in the middle of London, which is very unique because we're two minutes from the West End.

"We're very blessed, we've got the Heath, Lido, and a really good neighbourhood. We've got everything, we don't need anything really.

"And you can get on a bus, 10 minutes and you're in the West End. It's a wonderful place, full of good people, it really is. And they look after each other."

Lee has been a picture framer for 34 years, but his Tufnell Park shop is his first. "I deal with all the celebrities," he said.

"I've had Charles Dance, Matt Smith, Lily James, Suggs, Michael Kiwanuka, David Morrissey, Heida Reed, Ore Oduba."

The 52-year-old has pictures on the wall in his shop with all of them.

I deal with all the celebs. I've had Charles Dance, Matt Smith, Suggs and David Morrissey in my shop."

British Labour Party politicians are also said to reside in the area including Ed Miliband.

Fellow resident and business owner Davinder Singh owns East West pizzeria, which serves a fusion of Indian toppings on Italian pizzas.

East West is local to the former Labour Leader, Ed Miliband, who has visited the restaurant and lives in Tufnell Park.

Davinder said: "Tufnell Park is a fantastic community, mostly made up of young professionals. But it's been changing over the years. The sense of community is amazing. We have some of the best customers, and regulars who keep coming back."

While bar manager Tim Farrell, who owns Ace and Eights, says that celebrity sightings are frequent in the area.

Tim, who haws been the manager for a decade, said: "Damian Lewis planned to do a gig downstairs a few years ago.

"Noel Fielding has been in quite a few times. Idris Elba a few years ago too."

The majority of properties on the market in Tufnell Park are Victorian-style terraced buildings and double-fronted houses that can command fees in excess of £3million.

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In the 1700s, the area became the property of William Tufnell, who petitioned the Parliament for permission to develop his estate.

Real urban building in Tufnell Park began in 1845, with a scheme designed by renowned architect John Shaw Jr.

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