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.
This area spans a large area of the London Borough of Enfield, home to some of the countries most expensive property west of the borough on Ridgeway and Slades Hill.
Enfield can be split into 4 distinct areas:
Enfield Town, Chase, Slades and Hadley Wood - home to some of the capitals most expensive property west of the borough on Ridgeway, Slades Hill, Hadley Wood and Enfield Road; some that exceed the £10m mark. Shopping here can be relatively expensive in Palace Xchange but it's home to some well known stores such as: United Colours Of Benetton, Ralph Lauren, Armani Exchange, The Arsenal Store, H&M, Next, Rolex, Per Lui, TK Maxx, Pearsons Department Store, JD, M&S, Jane Norman and specialty coffee outlets such as: Cafe Néro, Starbucks and Costa. Enfield town is also home to the worlds first working & commercial ATM machine at the Barclays Bank on The Town EN2.
Southgate and Palmers Green - Wealthy suburban areas with beautiful victorian and edwardian era houses. It is a short bus ride from Enfield Town on the 121/329.
Oakwood, Cockfosters, Grange Park and Cat Hill - Are upper-class suburbs included in London's Metropolitan Green Belt, vast countryside views are not uncommon in both Chase and Oakwood. Cat Hill is also home to Trent Park and Middlesex University's Trent Park/Cat Hill campus.
Edmonton and Bush Hill Park - Two outer London middle-class suburbs; home to Edmonton Green shopping centre, Edmonton Green Bus Station and many shopping villages, the Edmonton constituency is the only Labour constituency in the borough.
This is a large, thriving metropolitan area in North West London and can be divided into several areas including Finchley Central, 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 situtated on East End Rd. 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/pubs some of which have late licensing laws(very handy). Travel in and out of central London is a breeze 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 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 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.
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.
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.
Battle of Britain Museum, Bentley Priory, Mansion House Dr, Stanmore, . 10AM-5PM. This new museum is housed in the former Officers' Mess in Bentley Priory, a former RAF station. It is dedicated to one of the Second World War's best known campaigns, the Battle of Britain. A must for war buffs.£9 (£5 for under 16s). edit
Harrow School. Harrow is famous for its school, Winston Churchill attended it as did 7 British Prime Ministers. The school is at the top of the hill, the buildings and surrounding area are a step back in time. Try to go in term time on a Sunday as the pupils in long coats and straw boaters, and the masters in mortar boards are a sight rarely seen anywhere outside of Hollywood films of Olde England!edit
Harrow on the Hill. Harrow on the Hill grew around the millennium-old St. Mary's church, and was the centre of power for an area encompassed by what is the current borough. The hill is a place where you can see a chunk of English history in the urban landscape.edit
Alexandra Palace. Wood Green's landmark, on a hill overlooking the City of London and the West End. The grand Victorian building was the first place from which the BBC broadcast regular television, but has been gutted by fire on two separate occasions. It now serves as an exhibition and event venue, and is popular for the surrounding Alexandra Park, its boating lake and ice-rink, and its panoramic views over London.edit
Wembley Stadium, Stadium Way, ☎ +44 20 8795 9000, . The large arch, the answer to the old stadium's twin towers, is an impressive structure and is often lit up to celebrate special occasions (such as London winning the 2012 Olympic Games bid).edit
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, 105-119 Brentfield Road, Neasden, NW16 8LD, ☎ +44 20 8965 2651, . 9AM-6PM. Opened in 1995, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is the biggest Hindu temple in Europe, and a prominent landmark. Open to people of all faiths, it is a must-see for those interested in Hindu culture.edit
Bruce Castle & Museum, Lordship Ln, ☎ +44 20 8808 8772, . W-Su 1PM-5PM. Bruce Castle is a manor house, one of the oldest brick houses in England, that is now a public park and museum. The museum mostly concerns the local history of Haringey, and there are regular talks and workshops.Free. edit
Bruce Castle Park. Large park with tree trail and children's playground. Site of the Tottenham Carnival every June.edit
Tottenham Marsh. Part of the Lea Valley Park, a natural habitat for many resident plants and animals.edit
White Hart Lane, Park Ln (Near to White Hart Lane station), . Tottenham is most famous for its Premiership football team, Tottenham Hotspur.edit
RAF Museum, Grahame Park Way (Longish tube ride from Central London, and a walk from Colindale station), . A must for any war buffs. It has extensive galleries detailing the history of the RAF and its aircraft. A sound and light show inside the museum focuses on the Blitz.edit
Chocolate Factory, Clarendon Road, London N22 6XJ, ☎ 020 8365 7500, . Converted sweets factory now used by local artists; there are regular shows and events here. The annual Open Studios is on the second weekend in November.edit
Cinemas, Wood Green High Road. There are two cinemas on this road.edit
White Hart Lane stadium tour, Bill Nicholson Way, 748 High Rd (Use White Hart Ln overground station, or underground to Seven Sisters, then bus 149 or 259 to White Hart Ln), ☎ +44 844 499 5000, . A tour of Tottenham Hotspur's home ground at White Hart Lane.Adults £13. edit
Bruce Castle Museum, Lordship Ln (Buses 123, 243 and 318 stop directly outside the museum. Overground trains stop at White Hart Ln and Bruce Grove), ☎ +44 020 8808 8772, . Wed-Sun 1pm-5pm. Haringey's local history museum in the Tudor mansion of Bruce Castle has regular, scheduled talks and workshops].free. edit
Cycle and boat hire on the Lea, Stonebridge Lock, Tottenham Marshes (Walk along the Lea from Tottenham Hale, or take bus 192 from the station), ☎ +44 7747 873831, . W-Su plus bank holidays 10AM-7PM. Hire a canoe, kayak or cycle by the hour.edit
High Road. Mile-long shopping street containing many High St chains and independent shops.edit
Shopping City. The biggest indoor shopping centre in Inner London, contain many High Street chains and independent shops, as well as a covered market with a large food section including butchers, fishmongers, fruit and vegetables and international food.edit
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.
Wembley is noted for its large ethnic minority commmunities, particularly people of Indian orgin. As such, there are many Indian takeaways. There are also, of course, many other takeaways, restaurants and pizza parlours.
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.
Other areas of Tottenham to take extra caution are the Broadwater Farm around Mount Pleasant Road and Northumberland Park which is just to the east of Tottenham Hotspur FC football stadium.
Edmonton Green has a reputation for knife crime. The main areas being the shopping centre, Bounces Road and Hertford Road leading up to Eastern Enfield which also experiences some knife crime but not on the same level as Edmonton Green
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