Harringay and the surrounding areas is a hidden gem in north London. With a real urban vibe, loads of green space, great transport connections and good schools, this area is now a real hit with families, professionals and creative workers. Just 30 minutes from the centre of town, the area is desired for its excellent transport links, Victorian, Georgian and Edwardian period housing stock, and its vibrant and friendly community.
A little bit of history
Harringay's name comes from Saxon chieftain Haering who had his main settlement in the area. Tottenham's roots reach back to the Domesday book and beyond. So, it's safe to say our area has plenty of history to it.
Beyond Tottenham village, the area remained rural until the 18th Century when it became popular as a country retreat for wealthy merchants, attracted by the beautiful countryside and easy access to the City. The farmland became dotted with large mansions, including the stately Harringay House.
Real development came in the late nineteenth century as the area was built up for London families. The area remains largely Victorian and Edwardian today, (but the waterways, wildlife sanctuaries and large parks across the area mean that its rural roots are still tangible).
Other strands of history make themselves felt today too. Some of the small industrial estates that developed at the start of the last century have survived and been transformed into lively warehouse communities of creatives. The events and festivals regularly staged in the South Tottenham and Harringay warehouse communities add a fantastically special creative urban vibe to the area.
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The great mix of green spaces to get away from it all with an avant-garde creative urban buzz mean that Harringay and Tottenham have become an increasingly popular property hotspot.
Walk down one of the shopping streets and you'll find a burgeoning selection of independent cafés, coffee shops and restaurants. Then stroll down the road and disappear into a waterside nature reserve, amble along the New River and River Lee or wander through one of the area's many park.
On weekends, drop into the farmers' market on Tottenham Green, or stroll over from Harringay to the Stroud Green Market. There's also local entertainment aplenty with great bands or opera at Ally Pally, concerts all summer in Finsbury Park and three local theatres including the hugely popular Park Theatre in Finsbury Park. Summer Art shows and festivals include Euro Art's yearly show in the Tottenham Warehouse Community and the hugely popular Crouch End Festival.
Reflecting the area's growing population of creative professional and small businesses, the area is home to a range of new work hubs including the Coalface in Finsbury Park and The Stack in N15.
All this energy is bringing rapid improvement to the area with new facilities, a new stadium at Tottenham and possibly even Crossrail stations in Turnpike Lane and Seven Sisters.
Harringay's high street, Green Lanes and the roads that converge at Seven Sisters offer an increasingly vibrant and exciting collection of mainly independent outlets.
Alongside a collection of some great individualistic cafes and restaurants, there are some great bars and pubs. On Green Lanes in Harringay, there's the ever-popular Blend Café (and its regular pop-up restaurants). Just down the road is the epitome of late Victorian pubs, the great Salisbury. Further east in Seven Sisters, Moloko Café is brewing up a storm and the True Craft Tap House brews its own beer. In fact, if you prefer to open a few bottles at home, the Tottenham area is a hotspot for microbreweries. So, you can neck local at home too!
Neighbouring areas have plenty to get excited about too. Many locals also enjoy a walk or drive to explore the shops and cafés of nearby Crouch End or Stoke Newington. And just up the road, you'll find the large department stores of Wood Green Shopping Centre.