The hood in East Haringey between Turnpike Lane and Seven Sisters tube stations, is a rising star. Young professionals priced out of Stoke Newington are slowly creeping their way North, where many of my friends and I have lived for three years.
Green Lanes has just received a development grant from the Mayor of London to renovate the shop fronts and bridge and create ‘mini squares’ at junctions. Exciting news for the area!
Existing great things about the area:
- Superb transport links – Seven Sisters is on both the Victoria line and overground to Liverpool Street, stopping at London Fields on the way. Green Lanes buses get you to pretty much anywhere.
- The Salisbury – a fantastic, friendly and unpretentious pub – with great food and beer, lots of cosy corners and booths and a back room which can host special events
- The best Turkish restaurants in London – try tasty lamacun (a steal at £1.50) , paticlan soslu (aubergine, tomato sauce and yogurt) or succulent lamb chops accompanied by fresh mountainous salad. Favourites are Antepliler(47 Green Lanes) and Gokyuzu (27 Grand Parade)
- Jai Krishna – home cooked, good value, delicious South Indian vegetarian food owed by an extremely lovely mann
- Chestnuts Park (good for running circuits and nice tennis courts), Dowanhills Park and Cafe and Lordship Rec (both featured in my post Tottenham treasures and Escaping the City) which are currently being regenerated
- Yasir Halim, Green Lanes- cheap fruit and veg, amazing bakery, vats of different olives
- Baldwins Butcher, 469 Green Lanes – deli products, free range meat, good sausages
- Fair Deal organic shop, by Seven Sisters tube
- Haringey Independent Cinema – a group of community orientated citizens all living in the London Borough of Haringey, screening monthly interesting films and documentaries at West Green Learning Centre on West Green Road
- Avenue Road Orchard and Art Project
- Harringay Green Lanes Food Festival
HOWEVER There aren’t any nice little cafes. Not really. Not that have a nice atmosphere, comfy chairs, tasty snacks and great coffee, newspapers and specials. Not that have quirky little objects or postings of cool stuff in the area. You have to go all the way to Stoke Newington, Dalston or Crouch End for that – where they are sprouting up every day.
My favourite cafe in London is in Stroud Green – the Front Room cafe. It just has the right combination of wood, big windows, tasty cakes, cubby holes, privacy and chattiness and some tables outside as well as lots of interesting little objects and artwork to keep your eyes happy.
My friend Richard and his local Haringey friends are organising the first planning meeting for a cafe/community hang out in our area on Monday. A group of people coming together to chat about how to make this happen. Very exciting! I will keep posting any news on this…
Blogs about the area I will keep adding to:
eatlikeagirl.com The author of this award-winning food blog lives in the hood and often writes about the great food in the area
Harringay online – an online community for local residents
Potential leads/links to funding/partnerships are:
- Meanwhile Space – working in empty shop fronts
- Unltd – a charity supporting social entrepreneurs
- HAVCO – linking volunteers to worthwhile local projects
- Tottenham Hotspur – staying in the borough since the Council agreed a regeneration budget for the area