North London colloquially refers to areas north of Central London and is made up by the London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington.
Broadly speaking, North London also means the part of Greater London that is north of the River Thames.
Sights and Activities
- Cherry Tree Wood Park is a popular park surrounded by treed woods and containing a playground for the kids and two tennis courts. It is a great spot for picnics and getting some fresh air amongst the beautiful birds and large numbers of playful and semi-tame squirrels. To get to Cherry Tree Wood Park, catch the Northern Line tube to East Finchley and cross the road when you come out of the station to follow the signs. It's a very short walk to the entrance.
- Alexandra Palace was opened in 1873, and has a fascinating history – built for the purpose of creating a recreation and entertainment place for the Victorians. It has been extensively renovated to hold exhibitions and events for and is set in 196 acres of gorgeous parkland overlooking London, and is located between Muswell Hill and Wood Green. Address: Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London N22 7AY (Piccadilly Line: Wood Green) Tel: 020 8365 2121
- The Phoenix Cinema is a delightful art deco independent cinema in East Finchley with a program of new releases, independent, foreign-language and specialist films, as well as showing old and new classics. If often also has a variety of special nights such as Q&A sessions with film directors etc, as well as offering a membership program and kids club. Address: 52 High Road, London N2 9PJ (Northern Line: East Finchley), Tel: 020 8442 0442.
- Royal Airforce Museum is one of the biggest Aviation Museums in the world AND ITS FREE! Address: Grahame Park Way, London, NW9 5LL. Catch the Edgware branch of the Northern Line (underground) to Colindale and it's a short 5-10 minute walk from there.
Events and Festivals
- East Finchley Festival is a community festival that takes place each year around June/July. The festival has two stages set up for a variety of local bands, performers and other entertainment... all for free! You can also sample the delights in the Food Marquee and try ales in the Beer Tent (all profits going back to the festival, keeping it free). There are over 60 stalls offering everything from herbal remedies and massages, gardening, local arts and crafts, as well as all the fun stuff for the kids... making it really a free fun day out for families. Where? Cherry Tree Wood (get off at East Finchley tube) and walk across The High Street, and you will see the signs to Cherry Tree Wood.
- London Drinker Beer and Cider Festival is an annual festival run around March each year, and in 2008 took place in Camden. It is exactly as it sounds, with real beer and ales tasting and food available for each session. This event is run by The Campaign for Real Ale.
- The Red Stripe Camden Crawl is a 2 day music festival in Camden, with buskers, acoustic and electric performances in venues and spots all around Camden, and poetry readings to boot! It's a blast!
You can catch the Northern Line of the Underground either on the Barnet Branch or the Edgware Branch, depending on where you are trying to get to. Your best bet would be to log on to TFL Journey Planner to plan your trip by entering your departure postcode/station and your destination point.
Driving to North London is quite easy as it is serviced by major roads such as the A1, A406 (North Circular) and the A41 but depending on where you are going, like everywhere in London, traffic and parking can be a problem. Parking officers frequent all of London and you need to be sure that you are leaving your car in a safe place in an appropriate zone or risk penalty fines or even wheel clamping/towing which can really ruin a good day out! Best bet unless further out is public transport!
There are a number of different bus routes travelling to North London areas, depending on where exactly you want to get to. Log on to TFL Journey Planner to plan your travel by bus.
Driving around North London can be easy, but can also be a nightmare, depending on where specifically you are trying to get to! Before you decide to drive - log on to RAC Route planner to help you make your decision. Keep in mind traffic and parking (and the environment!)if you are planning to drive.
By Public Transport
North London is generally fairly well covered in terms of public transport... for the Tube (Underground), you can catch either branch of the Northern Line, if you want to get to northeast London - try the Victoria or Piccadilly Line and for North West - check out Jubilee Line, Metropolitan Line or even the Bakerloo Line. There are also overland trains covering areas not covered by the Tube - but your best bet is to log on to TFL to plan your journey.
There are loads of buses heading in almost every direction in London and the North is no exception. Again - Before you leave for your destination - login at TFL to plan your route - you can even get the directions sent to your mobile!
- Le Mercury is a wonderful example of a restaurant with affordable prices and delicious French cuisine! The place is small, so you may have to wait for a table (even during the week) if you don't make any booking. Address: 140A Upper Street, Islington, N1 1QY. (Tube: Northern line: Angel) Tel: 020 7354
- The Boogaloo is a bar known for its good music and good atmosphere, with a large variety of live entertainment each week. Address: Archway Road, Highgate. Nearest tube : Highgate (Northern Line).
See also International Telephone Calls
The Royal Mail provides postal services in the United Kingdom. The Royal Mail's store fronts are called Post Office and offer services ranging from sending letters and packages to foreign currency exchange. Use the branch locator to find the nearest Post Office branch. An alternative includes TNT Post.
It's common for a post office to be incorporated into a grocery store, where there will be a small counter located at the back of the store for dealing with post related matters. All post offices are marked with signs that say 'post office' in red lettering. Post boxes can be found at any post office and standalone large red post boxes on the streets or red boxes in the sides of public buildings.