YOU CAN EDIT THIS PAGE! Just click any blue "Edit" link and start writing!


From Wikitravel
London : North
Revision as of 22:52, 4 December 2009 by ClausHansen (talk | contribs) (updated links)

Earth : Europe : Britain and Ireland : United Kingdom : England : London : London/North
Jump to: navigation, search

Default Banner.jpg

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 Stadium under construction (Summer 2006)

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.

Tottenham is one of the largest areas in North London, covering postcodes N15 and N17.

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:

  • The Tricycle theatre. Especially popular for independent and political productions, it is also attached to a small cinema.
  • The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance

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.[6]


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.

Get in

Crouch End

  • Tricky as there is no tube to Crouch End
  • You can take a bus number 91 from Trafalgar Sq. But it takes almost an hour (off peak).
  • Alternatively you can go by tube to Archway and take a connection with bus number 41 to Crouch End. Or a Victoria Line/Picadilly Line train to Finsbury Park, and then the W7 bus will also take you there.
  • There is also a W5 local bus which runs from Sainsbury's on Green Lanes and terminates at the YMCA just down from Crouch End Broadway.

Wood Green

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.


London Underground

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


  • Underground - Tottenham is served by two tube stations on the Victoria line, Tottenham Hale and Seven Sisters.
  • Rail - 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. Tottenham Hale station is on the Stansted Express[7] between Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport.
  • Bus - Buses 123 (Wood Green to Ilford; 149 (Liverpool Street to Edmonton); 243 (Wood Green to Waterloo and many more services come through Tottenham.
  • Air - Tottenham Hale station is on the Stansted Express[8] between Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport.

Golders Green

Golders Green Underground Station is on the Edgware branch of the Northern Line. A large number of buses stop in Golders Green.

Get around


Wood 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.


  • Wembley Stadium, Stadium Way, tel: 020 8795 9000, [9]. 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).


  • Tottenham Marshes - part of the Lea Valley Park, a natural habitat for many resident plants and animals.
  • Bruce Castle - local history museum for Haringey, housed in a Tudor mansion house with tower.
  • Bruce Castle Park - large park with tree trail and children's playground. Site of the Tottenham Carnival every June.
  • White Hart Lane - Tottenham is most famous for its Premiership football team, Tottenham Hotspur. The stadium is located on Park Lane near to White Hart Lane station.
  • Bruce Castle & Museum, Lordship Lane, 020 8808 8772, [1]. 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.

Golders Green

  • Golders Hill Park A formal park, adjoins the West Heath part of Hampstead Heath.


Crouch End

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.

Wood Green

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.


Football match times and tickets are available online. Event times for the Wembley Arena are also available, as are some tickets.


  • White Hart Lane stadium tour, Bill Nicholson Way, 748 High Road, London N170AP (Use White Hart Lane overground station, or underground to Seven Sisters, then bus 149 or 259 to White Hart Lane), 0844 499 5000, [2]. A tour of Tottenham Hotspur's home ground at White Hart Lane. Adults £13.
  • Bruce Castle Museum, Lordship Lane, London N17 8NU (Buses 123, 243 and 318 stop directly outside the museum. Overground trains stop at White Hart Lane and Bruce Grove), 020 8808 8772, [3]. Wed-Sun 1pm-5pm. Haringey's local history museum in the Tudor mansion of Bruce Castle. There is also regular, scheduled talks and workshops. free.
  • 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.), 07747 873831, [4]. Wed-Sun plus bank holidays, 10am-7pm. Hire a canoe, kayak or cycle by the hour.


Wood Green

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.


  • West Green Road shops, West Green Road, Seven Sisters (turn left directly from Seven Sisters station, or bus 141). all day. Specialist Caribbean and African food, open til late.
  • Tesco, High Road (Seven Sisters station). 24 hr.

Golders Green

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.


Crouch End

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 Bota, 31 Broadway Parade, London N8 9DB, 020 8340 3082. Spanish Tapas Restaurant, very popular

Wood Green

La Kera - South Indian/fusion cooking.[10]


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.


  • Marmalade, 40 Lordship Lane, London N17 8NS (Bus 318, or a short walk from the High Road), 020 8808 9111, [5]. An excellent homemade food cafe, with superb cakes.

Golders Green

  • Cafe Japan, 626 Finchley Road, London, NW11 7RR. Very good food. Zagat rated. Book in advance, as they get very busy.
  • Kimchee, 887 Finchley Road, London, NW11 8RR. Korean. Good food, friendly staff.
  • Local Friends, 28 North End Road, London, NW11 7PT. Chinese.
  • Water Margin, 96 Golders Green Road, London, NW11 8HB. Chinese. Has a set lunch menu for £5.50.



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

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

  • Martel Guest House,Comfortable rooms, reasonably priced.

Stay safe


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.



The FA homepage

Wembley Arena homepage

Wembley Arena event schedule and ticketing

Create category