Harringay was built in the late 1800s with the aim of providing good quality housing for middle-class folk. Most are classic Victorian terraces, with high ceilings, gardens and a variety of decorative inflections. Until recent years the area was a relative unknown to many a Londoner. These days its reputation for lovely housing stock and its budding foodie scene, alongside its relative affordability, has resulted in a migration of families and twenty-somethings flocking to its pretty ladder of streets.
The brightly coloured wares of The Grand Parade, the area’s main thoroughfare which is part of the ridiculously long Green Lanes, and the bustling nature of the area are all part of the charm. Seriously impressive eateries, often at bargain price points, punctuate the high street. The area has been nicknamed ‘Little Turkey’ due to its abundance of quality Turkish restaurants, many of which have won Timeout Awards and praise by food critics alike. Oh, and there’s a 24 hour McDonald’s to boot… no judgement here.
Transport: Overground from Harringay Green Lanes runs between Gospel Oak and Barking. Manor House Station to the south is served by the Piccadilly line and Turnpike Lane to the north is on the Victoria line. Buses to Dalston, Aldgate, London Bridge, Trafalgar Square and Waterloo.
The vibe: colourful, vibrant, fast paced.
Booze: The Salisbury, Jam in a Jar.
Have a hangover: Bun and Bar, Snug Art Cafe.
Stuff your face: Autograf Grill, Ha Noi Pho.
Get your caffeine fix: Bean and Barley, Blend Cafe, Music and Beans.
Get romantic: Antepillier, Diyarbakir Kitchen, Brouhaha Bar.
Be cultural: Green Lens Studio, Arena Ariel Circus Club.
Observe local wildlife: Finsbury Park, Ducketts Common.
Shop: Harringay Local Store, Red Cross Charity Bookshop.
020 7272 0986
85 Stroud Green Road
London, N4 3EG
Mon – Thurs: 0845 – 1815
Fri: 0845 – 1800
Sat: 1000 – 1600
Sun: Appointments by request