It’s Nice up North
Just a short tube ride from central London, yet full of parks, rivers and canals, bustling Tottenham in north London is fast becoming a favourite with first time buyers
Located in the north London borough of Haringey, Tottenham is a lively and culturally diverse part of the capital. The wide variety of nationalities and spread of ages makes for a vibrant area, full of great independent restaurants, cafes – old and new – and many bustling shopping districts.
Tottenham covers a vast area and consists of several smaller districts, including Seven Sisters, Bruce Grove and Tottenham Hale, all with a great deal to offer. And, with journey times of just 15 minutes into central London, it’s rapidly becoming a hotspot for homebuyers. As well as the rise in popularity, accompanied by a rise in house prices, Tottenham’s future looks very bright indeed – there are several regeneration schemes in place, designed to improve the look and feel of the area as a whole.
Homes and residents
Tottenham is said to be one of the most ethnically diverse places in Europe, with around 300 languages spoken by the residents. West Indian culture is a long-established part of Tottenham life, and it is the communities – including large Columbian, Turkish and Zimbabwean populations – at the heart of the area that help to make Tottenham such an exciting place to live.
It’s fair to say that Tottenham itself has suffered from a less than favourable reputation in the past, however, in recent years, the north London district has been on an upward curve of regeneration and investment, that has helped to boost its pulling power for new businesses and home buyers alike.
Property in the area is diverse. Wide Victorian streets give way to low-rise Local Authority buildings, larger estates and plush newbuild developments. Property prices also vary within the borough. For example, prices for a one bedroom Victorian conversion in south Tottenham start at around £335,000, while further north they fetch around £275,000.
Out and about
Soak up the friendly atmosphere and enjoy some quality food and drink at the Beehive, close to Bruce Grove. A favourite with locals, the pub is renowned for its great menu and extensive and ever-changing selectionof craft beers. Settle in for a game of ping-pong, or soak up the sun in the garden where, in the summer, a bouncy castle makes an appearance to keep the kids happy.
Tottenham’s diverse cultural mix ensures a superb range of culinary delights from all over the world. Try Caribbean Spice on West Green Road—an unassuming restaurant that really packs a punch with its delicious West Indian food. A mainstay of the area, the restaurant has a loyal customer base and is a must-visit destination for lovers of all things Caribbean. For a different type of spice, head to Turnpike Lane and visit Jashan for a sublime Indian meal.
A little further afield, Blend, an independent cafe in N8, is a great place to while away an hour or two with fresh coffee and good food. Take part in the various activities on offer – from creative writing to an art club – or simply enjoy a homemade cupcake.
Lovers of the outdoors can take advantage of the many parks and beautiful green spaces in the area. Lordship Recreation Grounds is a vast park just off the famous Lordship Lane and has a large lake and cafe. It also hosts the popular Community Festival every September, which brings live music, stalls and food to the park.
Bruce Castle Park, which surrounds Bruce Castle Museum, a Grade I listed 16th century manor house, is also great for exploring. Find the original Tudor tower that stands alone in the grounds, visit the museum, or book a tennis court and play a few sets. And enjoy the multi-cultural Bruce Castle Carnival, held in June.
There’s plenty of wildlife to enjoy along the River Lea, which stretches north and divides Tottenham and Walthamstow, and offers several miles to explore by foot or bike. Start at Tottenham Marshes and ride the Tottenham to Waltham Abbey route, an easy 14-mile cycle that takes in the reservoirs and canals. Stop off at the Old English Gentleman in Waltham Abbey for well-needed refreshments before heading back.
The several districts within Tottenham each offer a great deal by way of shopping. Tottenham High road, in the north of the area, is home to hundreds of shops – ranging from small independent stores to supermarkets. Alternatively, Bruce Grove is perfect for getting your hands on anything and everything, with independent butchers, green grocers, general stores and great cafes.
Head to Wood Green for the big name shops: The Mall is home to everything from Primark to H&M as well as a gym and cinema. If you’d rather barter and grab a bargain, there are also several markets to choose from in the area. Peruse the 50 or so stalls at lively Seven Sisters market, a vibrant undercover market place that’s open until 11pm. In keeping with the area’s continued self-improvement, Tottenham Square, White Hart Lane, recently became home to a farmers market, while last year, Haringey Council launched Tottenham Green market. Situated on the recently refurbished green, hungry locals can take their pick from a variety of street food and local produce stalls, set up by local businesses.
Most of the many over and underground stations in the area sit within travel Zone 3 and enable fast and easy travel into and around London and beyond. Oxford Circus can be reached in just 16 minutes from Tottenham Hale (Victoria line), while from Turnpike Lane (Piccadilly line), you’ll get to theatreland in Covent Garden in under 20 minutes. Alternatively, travel by train to Liverpool Street in under half an hour from White Hart Lane.
There are also numerous bus routes, running all over the capital, including south of the river, with several running throughout the night. If you’d rather power your own transport, there are many great cycle routes through the Tottenham area, including those running up and around the Tottenham Marshes.
Average property price (January 2015) – £493,220
Property breakdown:* (London borough of Haringey)
Detached – £1,486,002
Semi detached – £ 687,244
Terraced – £514,610
Flat – £423,977
*According to the Land Registey House Price Index, January 2015
Some Famous Residents
• Singer Adele
• Musician Richard Hudson
• Actor Leslie Philips
• Singer Lemar
• Actor Trevor Peacock