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A local’s guide to living in Tottenham

Moving to N15 or N17? Here's everything you need to know to become a Tottenham native

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Essential information

Average property prices: Flats £350k, houses £450k

Average rent: £670pcm per person

Nearest tube: Tottenham Hale

Transport links: Overground and Stansted Express

Bus routes: Too many to list! 

Local MP: David Lammy (Labour)

Tell me about the local tribe

A megamix of ages and races with a lust for life. Tottenham has experienced its share of riots and unrest over the years, but its community is super-loyal.

Any neighbourhood heroes?

Skepta’s a good lad. Other surnamefree performers from Tottenham include Adele and Lemar.

Whatís new in the area?

The brand new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium glints like a sporty beacon at the top of the High Road, and is finally hosting matches. But there’s more to N17 than Spurs. The most recent addition is Roller Nation, a skating rink with a roll-in diner.

Are there any community spaces?

In an industrial estate just north of Tottenham Hale, Grow community garden teaches school groups about veggies. By night, they put their 5am licence and soundproof room to good use. Profits made from club nights fund more gardening.

Can I grab a morning latte?

Grow’s café Pluma has excellent coffee. But the earliest it opens is 11am. Good for freelancers, though.

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Photograph: Adam Davy

Is Tottenham family-friendly?

For babyccinos and pregnancy yoga you may be better off over the marshes in Walthamstow.

What’s the nearest green space?

There’s Tottenham Marshes, a bucolic tangle of walking paths, canals, brambles and allotments. Or explore the River Lea country park to the north and Walthamstow Wetlands to the south for fresh air and not so much as a double-decker bus.

What are the supermarket options?

There’s an excellent Aldi on the High Road, a Sainsbury’s behind the stadium and the biggest Tesco ever next to Ikea. Plus, the Polish supermarket sells all the sausage.

Is there a market at the weekend?

Holcombe Market is a traditional little row of shops that becomes a meeting spot on Saturdays. Grab fruit and veg bargains from Hall’s Greengrocers then stop by Wine & Rind for a fancy cheese toastie.

Any takeaway hotspots?

Loven is technically in south Tottenham, but its fantastic sourdough pizzas can be enjoyed further afield via Deliveroo.

Where can you keep fit?

Get your body lithe and your mind balanced at Stronghold, a massive climbing and bouldering centre in a warehouse just up from Grow.

Anywhere good for a Sunday roast?

The Bluecoats pub serves Lucky Chip burgers all week, but kindly adds roasts to the menu on Sunday. There’ll likely be sport on the big screen, or a live jazz trio later on.

The Bluecoats

And where do the locals drink?

At wobbly tables on industrial estates – that’s how they do it at the taprooms following in Beavertown’s footsteps (from Pressure Drop to Brewheadz). If it’s too cold for that, The High Cross pub is surprisingly beautiful considering it was once a public toilet.

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