London/North

The New Wembley Stadium (completed in 2007)

North London is the outer northern district of London.

Understand

Many outer areas of North London were once part of the county of Middlesex, which no longer exists for administrative purposes. However, Middlesex is sometimes used as part of the postal address for these areas.

Boroughs

North London consists of the following boroughs:

  • Barnet
  • Edgware
  • Finchley
  • Golders Green
  • Hendon
  • Wembley
  • Kilburn
  • Neasden
  • Willesden
  • Enfield, Edmonton and Bush Hill Park
  • Palmers Green
  • Southgate
  • Harringay
  • Crouch End
  • Muswell Hill
  • Tottenham
  • Wood Green
  • Harrow, Harrow town centre is a bustling shopping and business area, while Harrow on the Hill, with the famous Harrow school, has remained almost unchanged for a hundred years.
  • Pinner
  • Stanmore

London Borough of Enfield

Enfield can be split into four distinct areas:

Finchley

This is a large, thriving metropolitan area in central North London and can be divided into several areas including Finchley Central (known historically as Finchley Church End), East Finchley and West Finchley.

Finchley Central is one of the only areas within London to be fortunate enough to have a city farm. College Farm is an attraction for locals and tourists alike and one can expect to see horses, cows, yaks, pigs and other farmyard animals (a rare sight in London). Finchley Central is also home to the famous 'naked lady' statue at the Henly's Corner. There are a number of hotels situated in the district ranging from smaller bed and breakfasts to the Holiday Inn Finchley.

Finchley Central contains an odd mix of upper-middle class suburbia enfused with some working class aspects too, thus giving it a rather unique vibe. There is a strong Jewish community in Finchley, however, this does not contain many Orthodox Jews who generally choose to make the neighbouring areas of Hendon and Golders Green their home. The Jewish community is represented by a number of synagogues in the area, the most prominent being the New North London Synagogue which is situated on East End Road. This also acts as a local hub for Jewish culture.

There are a number of restaurants in Finchley Central which are reasonably priced and these include specialist restaurants such as Kosher and Halal establishments. Finchley also has a number of bohemian and lively bars, some of which have late licensing laws, though the number of traditional pubs has declined in recent years. Travel in and out of central London is simple via the Northern Line and a variety of bus routes. Although Finchley has a distinctly urban feel, one can venture close by to the neighbouring Mill Hill area in order to experience some of the great British countryside.

Kilburn

Interior of St Augustine's Church in Kilburn

Kilburn is a busy, diverse area situated along a stretch of the Roman Watling Street that makes up the local Edgware Road. Northern Kilburn encompasses the smaller area of Brondesbury. Known as 'Little Dublin', Kilburn spans the boroughs of Brent and Camden.

Being surrounded by generally wealthier areas, Kilburn is a mixture of influences. Historically, it was a focus point for Irish immigration (at some point it was even referred to as "County Kilburn"), and although there are few remaining in Kilburn, their influence is felt in the naming and styling of some of Kilburn's cafes and pubs. The community is currently very diverse, both ethnically and socially, with a mix of wealthy and poor streets.

Tottenham

Tottenham is mentioned in the Domesday book as the homestead of a man named Tota. The village of Tottenham grew up around the area of High Cross, on the junction with the High Road (the Roman road Ermine Street) and what is now Monument Way.

As a rural village this was a popular destination for the wealthy, and Henry VIII is believed to have visited the Tudor Bruce Castle, then in the hands of the Bruce family (descended from Robert the Bruce). The area stayed semi-rural until the late 19th Century when the railway (with its new, reduced, workmen's rates) brought new trade and the need for more housing to the area. The area rapidly became built up, and by the time of World War II was a major target for Luftwaffe bombing campaigns.

Since then, Tottenham has become most notorious for being one of the most deprived areas of North London and the scene of the Broadwater Farm riots in 1985. Since then, the area has done much to recover, and is now reputed to be the most ethnically diverse part of Western Europe. The 2011 England riots were sparked in Tottenham, which saw some of the worst looting.

Get in

By Tube

North London is well served by Tube connections from Central London:

By train

By road

The North Circular Road (A406) is the main west to east road through North London. It has junctions with:

From the North: M1/A1, A10.

From the East: M11.

From the West: M4, A40.

Crouch End

Tottenham

By tube

Tottenham is served by two tube stations on the Victoria line, Tottenham Hale and Seven Sisters.

By train

Seven Sisters, Bruce Grove and White Hart Lane stations are on the National Express line between Enfield Town and Liverpool Street.

South Tottenham station is on the London Overground route between Gospel Oak and Barking.

By bus

Buses: 123 Wood Green to Ilford, 149 Liverpool Street to Edmonton, 243 Wood Green to Waterloo, and many more services come through Tottenham.

Wembley

By tube

Two London Underground stations are within a short walk of the venues. Wembley Park is on the Metropolitan and Jubilee lines, and Wembley Central on the Bakerloo and London Overground lines. Access to the venues are via Olympic Way and the White Horse Bridge respectively. London Underground services typically run every 5 minutes in each direction until midnight, seven days a week.

By train

Two mainline stations are within a short walk of the venues. Wembley Central is served London Overground, providing services to Watford Junction northbound and London Euston southbound. Services typically run every 20 minutes in each direction Mon-Sat, and every half hour on Sundays. Southern trains also run Mon-Fri peak hour services on the West London Line, also to Watford Junction northbound but to Clapham Junction and Gatwick Airport railway station southbound. Whether matchday services will run at the weekends on this route remains unclear.

Wembley Stadium station is next to the stadium. Services are provided by Chiltern Railways on the Chiltern Main Line to London Marylebone (one stop away) southbound. Services are every half-hour seven days a week. Northbound, trains only run up as far as High Wycombe and are every half-hour seven days a week. However, if travellers go first to Marylebone, there are northbound services that go all the way up to Birmingham Snow Hill. These run every half-hour, seven days a week.

Get around

It is relatively easy to get around, as there are lots of buses connected to the London grid, as well as tube stations and overground ones.

See

Enfield

Harrow

Kilburn

Wood Green

Wembley

Tottenham

Bruce Castle, Tottenham

Hendon

Do

London Borough of Haringey

Wood Green

Tottenham

Wembley

Buy

Harrow

Wood Green

Wembley

There are several specialised shops in the area, as well as large shopping centres. Of course, there are hundreds of other shops and shopping centres nearby in London.

Tottenham

Golders Green

Large number of charity/thrift shops in the area. The haul is pretty good if you are looking for ladies' vintage and the Norwood shops often have shipments of castoffs from high street mainstays (Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, and Charles Tyrwhitt), but for actual designer stuff, go to St. John's Wood instead.

Eat

Crouch End

There are plenty of good quality restaurants in Crouch End to choose from.

Edgware

Harringay

Harrow

Wood Green

Wembley

Wembley is noted for its large ethnic minority commmunities, particularly people of Indian origin. As such, there are many Indian takeaways. There are also, of course, many other takeaways, restaurants and pizza parlours.

Tottenham

Golders Green

Drink

Wembley

There are numerous bars in the area, although it should be noted that alcohol is not permitted in the arena or stadium.

Crouch End

Harringay

Kilburn

Sleep

Hostels

Wembley

There are several inns and hotels in the area, ranging for the cheap and cheerful to 5 star.

Golders Green

Golders Green has a fair number of small hotels and Bed and Breakfasts within walking distance of the Underground Station.

Hotels

Stay safe

Tottenham

The area has a justified reputation for being blighted with crime. Gangs of male youths are responsible for the majority of crime and disorder, in particular robbery and burglary. Hartington Park is to be avoided from the evening onwards. Keep to the well-lit streets and the High Rd, and avoid flashing jewellery or mobile phones. Tottenham Police Station is located at 398 High Road N17: 5 min walk north from Seven Sisters underground station. It is recommended for people to stay in groups when in Tottenham, and avoid anyone who looks dodgy.

Go next

Routes through North

END  W  E  Hammersmith and Fulham Bloomsbury
END  W  E  Hampstead Westminster
Watford / Chesham / Amersham (Other branches) ← END (Uxbridge branch) West London  W  E  Hampstead Bloomsbury-Camden
END Edgware branch  N  S  Edgware branch → Hampstead Bloomsbury
END Mill Hill East and High Barnet branches  N  S  Mill Hill East and High Barnet branches → Islington Bloomsbury
Bloomsbury Islington ← Cockfosters branch  S  N  Cockfosters branch END
END West London ← Uxbridge branch  W  E  Uxbridge branch → West London Westminster-Mayfair-Marylebone
Bloomsbury Islington  S  N  East London END
Richmond-Kew West London ← North London Line  W  E  North London Line → Hampstead Camden
Hampstead Islington ← Gospel Oak to Barking Line  W  E  Gospel Oak to Barking Line → East London END


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