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North London is that part of London which is north of Central London and hence north of the River Thames. It comprises several quite distinct areas:
Crouch End is in London/North.
Wood Green is in London/North.
Wembley is an area in London. It is notable for Wembley Stadium, the England national football team's home, and, next to it, Wembley Arena, a large multi-purpose arena used for music concerts and conferences etc.
Golders Green is in London/North.
Kilburn is in London/North and 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. 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.
Kilburn is home to some renowned cultural institutions:
Buses also serve Neasden.
Tottenham is mentioned in the Domesday book as the homestead of a man named Tota, and the settlement has been in this area for almost 1000 years. 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.
The rural village 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.
Finchley is a thriving metropolitan area in North West London. The district can be divided into several areas including 'Finchley Central/Chruch End', East Finchley and West Finchley, although interestingly no 'South Finchley'.
Finchley Central is one of the only areas within London to be fortunate enough to have a 'city farm'. The 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 'Henlie's Corner'. There are a number of hotels situtated 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 synagouges in the area, the most prominent being the New North London Synagouge which is situtated on East End Road. This also acts as a local hub for Jewish culture.
There are a number of great restaurants in Finchley Central which are reasonably priced, 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 Underground station 'Finchley Central' 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.
London Underground: Piccadilly Line to Wood Green or Turnpike Lane Tube stations.
National Rail: to Alexandra Palace station. From Central London get the train from London Kings Cross or Moorgate stations.
Bus: Numbers 29, 67, 141 and 243 from Central London, N91 and N29 and the 243 operate at night.
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 line (it is also a mainline station – see below). 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.
Local National Rail Services
Two mainline stations are within a short walk of the venues. Wembley Central is served by Silverlink trains on the Watford DC Line, 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 Marylebon(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. N.B. A quicker option for travel to Birmingham are the Virgin Trains services to Birmingham New Street - see below.
Neasden is served by the Jubilee Line on the Tube network (coloured silver). Metropolitan Line trains sometimes stop here but don't depend on it. Generally there is no access to the Metropolitan platforms. The station has 3 gates, a ticket office, automatic ticket machines and passenger information. There is also male and female toilets but you should not use these only unless you REALLY need to. The toilets can be dirty and sometimes infested with rats and drug dealers.
Long Distance National Rail Services
The best public transport options for travel further afield are the Virgin Trains long-distance services. These run into London Euston from:
Holyhead and Crewe (Route VT4) Wolverhampton and Birmingham (Route VT5) Glasgow and North West England (Route VT6) Manchester (Route VT7) Liverpool (Route VT8) From Euston, travellers should take a Silverlink service northbound (in the direction of Watford Junction) which takes about 20 minutes to get to Wembley Central station.
Travellers coming by road can follow these routes:
From the North: M1/A1 > A406 > A404
From the East: M11 > M25 (J23) > A1 > A41 > A406 > A404
From the South: M25 (J8) > A217 > A240 > A24 > A3 > A306 >A205 > A406 > A404
From the West: M4 > A312 > A40 > A406 > A404
Golders Green Underground Station is on the Edgware branch of the Northern Line. A large number of buses stop in Golders Green.
Alexandra Palace is 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.
The Kings Head pub has a good comedy night downstairs most nights. The Railway Pub has just been taken over by new management and the whole pub has been renevated.
Alexandra Palace is home to an ice-rink, and there are two cinemas on Wood Green High Road. Also found in Wood Green is the Chocolate Factory, a converted sweets factory now used by local artists; there are regular shows and events here.
Shopping City is the biggest indoor shopping centre in Inner London, and this along with the mile-long High Road contain many High Street chains and independent shops. Shopping City also contains a covered market with a large food section including butchers, fishmongers, fruit and vegetables and international food.
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.
Large number of charity/thrift shops in the area. The haul is pretty good if you're 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.
There are plenty of good quality restaurants in Crouch End to choose from.
O's Thai Cafe - good quality reasonably priced Thai food. Buzzy atmosphere.
Florians - A Crouch End favourite. French bistro style.
The Kings Head - Recently redeveloped pub. Trendy crowd, with comedy on a Monday night.
Banners - Global food, good vegetarian options but hard to get into on a weekend.
La Kera - South Indian/fusion cooking.
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. For high-class tastes, many posh restaurants are available in London.
The are numerous bars in the area, although it should be noted that alcohol is not permitted in the arena or stadium.
There are several inns and hotels in the area, and London also, ranging for the cheap and cheerful to 5 star.
Golders Green has a fair number of small hotels and Bed and Breakfasts within walking distance of the Underground Station.
The area has a justified reputation for being blighted with crime. Gangs of male youths, usually of Afro-Caribbean origin, 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 Road, and avoid flashing jewellery or mobile phones. Tottenham Police Station is located at 398 High Road N17: five minutes' walk north from Seven Sisters underground station.