The London Borough of Haringey
15″…there are some rather spectacular pockets of beauty, such as in Crouch End and Muswell Hill where locals can take in a stunning view of the borough from a height.”
Moving to Haringey
The London Borough of Haringey attracts a diverse community, with almost 40% of residents born abroad. Although many areas are densely populated, there are some rather spectacular pockets of beauty, such as in Crouch End and Muswell Hill where locals can take in a stunning view of the borough from a height. The regular events held at the historic Alexandra Palace, commonly called ‘Ally Pally,’ also do a great job advertising this underrated area to families and working professionals who may have previously overlooked it.
House prices in Haringey
Properties in Haringey are increasing in price rapidly, with a growth of 12.5% between 2016 and 2017 alone. The average property price here is now around £650,000, higher than the London average and more than neighbouring boroughs such as Hackney and Barney. A range of properties can be found in Haringey, from Georgian terraces to modern apartments, whilst the areas of Highgate, Crouch End, Muswell Hill and Alexandra Park are particularly popular with families for their good schools, green spaces and low levels of crime. On the other hand, central and eastern areas including Noel Park, Tottenham Green and Tottenham Hale are less desirable due to the higher rates of crime, although property prices are lower on average in these areas.
“…if its a classic gastropub you’re looking for, Highgate has plenty to choose from – some of which, like The Flask, even come with a 400 year old ghost!”
Transport in Haringey
Haringey boasts excellent transport links, making it very popular with commuters into Central London. The Piccadilly Line, Victoria Line and Northern Line all operate from various stations within the borough, while the Overground can be found at locations including Seven Sisters, Bruce Grove and Harringay Green Lines.
A number of stations also offer National Rail connections on lines such as the Greater Anglia and Great Northern, for travel within London and beyond the city boundaries.
Lifestyle in Haringey
If you’re looking for outstanding Turkish cuisine, Haringey is one of the best spots in London – Hala Restaurant on Green Lanes, Gökyüzü on Grand Parade and Kervan Sofrasi on the High Road are only a few of the myriad of restaurants serving delicious mezze, kebabs and more. The borough is also home to a selection of good independent restaurants for all palates, including Spanish tapas from Pradera, Modern European fare from Blue Legume, and Autograf for traditional Polish cooking. Meanwhile, if its a classic gastropub you’re looking for, Highgate has plenty to choose from – some of which, like The Flask, even come with a 400 year old ghost!
The retail hub of the borough can be found in Wood Green, which boasts The Mall shopping centre (also known by its former name Shopping City) and the busy High Road packed with popular brands including H&M, JD Sports and ALDO Shoes. For something a little more unique, the affluent Highgate is home to a selection of independent boutiques, ranging from antiques shops such as Gonnerman to florist Village Flowers. Highgate is also home to a brand of Mary’s Living And Giving Shops, where you’ll almost certainly find vintage designer bargains donated by the well-heeled locals.
Food shopping in Haringey
Haringey is well-stocked for home cooks, with all major supermarket brands represented here including Asda, Sainsbury’s, and Waitrose. Meanwhile, for something a little more special Alexandra Palace hosts a weekly Farmer’s Market every Sunday, where you’ll find plenty of fresh produce and organic offerings, while in Green Lanes there are a selection of excellent Mediterranean and Turkish supermarkets as a result of the large Turkish Cypriot community.
Health and sport in Haringey
The London Borough of Haringey offers a range of sporting facilities for residents, including various leisure centres such as Park Road Pools and Fitness and New River Sports and Fitness, which are run jointly by Haringey Council and Fusion Lifestyle. Many popular gym chains can also be found in the borough, including Fitness First, The Gym and PureGym.
Haringey boasts a rather impressive selection of theatres for culturally-minded residents, with highlights including Jackson’s Lane arts centre, Mountview Conservatoire and the Haringey Shed, an outreach group from the renowned Chicken Shed Theatre. For those interested in the history of the borough, Bruce Castle Museum, a Grade I listed manor house, can be found in Tottenham and the stunning Alexandra Palace is a must-visit for its array of events including music concerts, fairs and festivals.
Speaking of music, Finsbury Park is a hotspot for concerts as the host of the annual Wireless Festival every July and previously saw the likes of the Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and New Order perform to a large crowd over the years. Haringey is also home to three large multiplex cinemas, located in Wood Green and Muswell Hill, for anyone seeking to catch the latest blockbusters.
“Haringey boasts a rather impressive selection of theatres for culturally-minded residents, with highlights including Jackson’s Lane arts centre, Mountview Conservatoire and the Haringey Shed”
Schools and education in Haringey
Educational achievements in Haringey still fall slightly below the UK and London averages as of 2012, but schools are gradually improving in the area and some excellent options can be found. The best state secondary schools in Haringey include Fortismere School and Alexandra Park School, while among independent schools Highgate School and Channing School are both highly recommended. For primary-aged children, St James CofE Primary School, Weston Park Primary School, and Tetherdown Primary School are among the best primary schools in Haringey, all with over 97% of pupils achieving the government standard levels of English and Maths.
Safety in Haringey
Haringey is a safe area to live in. Recorded crime in Haringey has fallen over the last few decades, with an overall reduction of 40% since 2002. Around 85% of residents report feeling safe in the borough and the safest areas are usually found to the west of Haringey, such as Highgate and Muswell Hill. Areas with high levels of recorded crimes include Noel Park and Tottenham Hale.
Green space in Haringey
More than 25% of Haringey is made up of green space, making Haringey one of the greenest boroughs in the capital and contributing to the family-friendly nature. Some of the finest green spots in the area include the luscious grounds of Alexandra Park, where you’ll find woodlands, panoramic views over London and a series of popular annual festivals set among 196 acres, while Finsbury Park offers various sporting facilities, a lake, and formal gardens.
History of Haringey
While the historic pubs of Highgate and Victorian charms of Alexandra Palace may be well known to the borough’s 270,000 residents, life in Haringey begun much, much longer ago. In fact, traces of prehistoric humans have been found along the River Lee, and the area has been settled since the Romans occupied Britain.
Situated north of Islington and Hackney, the London Borough of Haringey as we know it was established in 1965, when Wood Green, Tottenham, and Hornsey were combined. These days, the borough is largely celebrated for being the home of major UK football club Tottenham Hotspur, although in acknowledgement of its history, many streets in Haringey still retain the names of former aristocratic residents, including the Barons Coleraine, the Waltheof, and the Comptons.
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