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A local’s guide to living in Wood Green

Moving to N22? Here's everything you need to know to before becoming a Wood Green native

By Phil de Semlyen

Essential information

Average property price: Flats £385k, houses £570k

Average rent: £800pcm per person

Nearest transport: Wood Green, Piccadilly Line 

Bus routes: Loads of local routes, plus the 29 to Trafalgar Square

Local MP: Catherine West (Labour)

Tell me about the local tribe

They’re a multicultural bunch – Turkish, West Indian and Polish communities live cheek-by-jowl with young professionals and families priced out of nearby Muswell Hill and Crouch End.

What’s new in the area?

It’s more gradual regeneration than burst of gentrification. Cheap rents in an industrial setting are offered by Clarendon Yards – and 2019 inductees include craft kings the Goodness Brew Co.

Are there any community spaces?

Hotel-meets-restaurant-meets-community-space Green Rooms is a social enterprise bringing a bit of Berlin to N22. It also has a kitchen residency – chicken karaage expert Oita is the current occupant.

Where can I grab a morning latte?

Board-game café Cakes & Ladders can be found on an old double-decker bus parked among the indie boutiques of quirky pop-up space Blue House Yard. If the idea of over-caffeinated Risk players scares you, try Bean + Brew by the station for a coffee and a killer almond croissant.

What’s the nearest green space?

Lordship Lane, the main artery, can feel clogged up with traffic, but like verdant lungs, Wood Green has parkland to the west (Alexandra Park) and east (Lordship Rec). Haringey Council has been working hard to beautify some of the grittier corners, too. If you stand still long enough, you will be landscaped.

What are the supermarket options?

The posher chains have yet to arrive but there’s a big Morrisons opposite the tube and a Sainsbury’s for the weekly shop.

Is the area family-friendly?

Noel Park and Scotch Estates offer family-friendly Victorian terraces. Plus the world-class Alexandra Park School is in range.

Is there a market at the weekend?

Myddleton Road Market is on the edge of the area and gathers local producers, vintage traders and street food on the first Sunday of the month – watch out for its seasonal takeovers at Blue House Yard.

Any takeaway hotspots?

Pho-natics head to Mien Tay, sister to the Kingsland Road staple. Turkish temple Kervan Sofrasi is great for pide or chicken shish, offering delivery if you’d rather not venture outdoors.

How about keeping fit?

The Gym on Lordship Lane gives 24/7 no-contract access to gym bunnies with insomnia. Or feel the burn outside: Ally Pally’s Parkland Walk is a truly lovely running route.

Where’s the nearest cinema?

For bargain-hungry cineastes there’s a 12-screen Cineworld and a Vue where you can catch the latest Marvel flicks for just £5.99.

Where’s best for a Sunday roast?

One of N22’s finest boozers, The Prince is great for a Sunday bite. For a vegan roast, head to Karamel, a tucked-away restaurant and arts space.

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