Moving to Tottenham
Are you moving to Tottenham? Tottenham, in north London, is a huge area and has recently become more popular with families and young professionals who can no longer afford the Harringay Ladder and Hackney. The area boasts the most diverse postcode in the whole of the UK. With great transport links to the city and the famous Premier League Tottenham Hotspur football team, rents are more affordable and the neighborhood has overcome its bad reputation.
Our free, in-depth Moving to Tottenham report includes info on:
- The best areas to live
- The good schools
- The average monthly rental prices
- The excellent public transport system in the city
Putting Tottenham on the Map
Located in the Borough of Haringey, with Upper Edmonton to the north, Samford Hill to the south, Harringay to the west and the River Lea, bordering Walthamstow, to the east. South Tottenham straddles Ermine Street, or the A10, which is the old Roman road from York to Lincoln.
It is north of the City of London and just 8.2 miles northeast of Charing Cross, incorporating the N15 and N17 postcodes. The Seven Sisters area was named for seven elm trees surrounding an ancient walnut tree. The trees were replaced in 1996, by five families of seven sisters, by seven hornbeam trees.
Tottenham offers exceptional transport links. For those travelling to the West End, or other areas en route, Tottenham Hale and Seven Sisters are on the Victoria Underground line. These stations also have services to Liverpool Street, a trip of around 15 minutes. South Tottenham is on the Gospel Oak to Barking Overground line, then there is the Overground White Hart Lane Station and National Rail services at Northumberland Park Station.
There are up to 144 buses an hour, and a number of bus routes for commuters including the No 149 to London Bridge, the No 243 to Waterloo, the No 259 to King’s Cross and the No 476 to Euston. Two night buses, the N41 and N73, operate every night.
Haringey Council offers cycling and bicycle maintenance lessons. There is a network of cycle routes, with separated cycle lanes, cycle lanes on main routes and fully signposted quiet routes. Haringey belongs to the London Cycle Network.
The Lea Valley walk follows the Lee Navigation towpath from Waltham Abbey to Limehouse Basin on the Thames. This 15.6-mile walk is broken into 6 sections.
Victorian terraces line many of South Tottenham’s roads, with Philip Lane and West Green road in the Clyde Circus conservation area being extremely popular, as is the Bellway development, Lawrence Square in Lawrence Road. This modern complex comprises low-rise family homes and private apartments. Of the 264 new homes, 219 are reserved for private buyers, many of whom will be buying to rent out. Off-street parking, play areas and communal spaces all add to the charm.
Devonshire Hill Lane, off White Hart Lane, is a new gated development with modern houses which include allocated parking, 4 bedrooms – 2 with en-suite bathrooms, and a large garden.
Willoughby Lane, wedged between Park Lane and Northumberland Park is a popular, lower budget area. Close to Queens Hospital and Northumberland Park and White Hart Lane tube stations, the area is mainly purpose-built apartment blocks with a scattering of terraced, semis and detached houses.
Bruce Grove, a historic town centre, is named after the notorious Robert the Bruce, whose family were landowners here. This is the most expensive area in Tottenham, on the Tottenham High road, close to the Bruce Grove railway stations, with trains going to Liverpool Street, Enfield Town and Cheshunt. Many of the houses are late Victorian/Edwardian, with some nice Georgian architecture.
Devonshire Hill Lane is mainly made up of terraced houses, followed by semis and flats. A higher incidence of semi or unskilled manual workers occurs here, mainly having passed no GCSEs. 48% are white, the balance being mixed, Asian and Caribbean.
Tower Gardens in White Hart Lane is made up of 954 houses in 24 streets. Each street has its own architectural style and the houses are mostly two-up, two-down. These houses are less expensive than most in London and are small but with interesting architectural features.
Hale Village in Tottenham Hale is an urban village just a quick walk away from the train stations, and close to the waterways of the Lee Valley. With large green areas, good facilities and distinctive architecture, the 1200 private and rental homes are in demand. Flats here vary from 1 – 4 bedrooms, with roof gardens and spectacular city views.
Many of the houses in Summerhill Road were built as sample houses and comprise smaller terraced homes, detached and semi-detached houses. Bedford Road has more expensive, but larger Victorian houses. Both Summerhill and Bedford Roads are in the extremely popular Clyde Circus conservation area.
Constant regeneration of Tottenham makes it an up and coming area close to Seven Sisters station.
Who Lives and Works in Tottenham
Tottenham has a population of around 99,600. This is the most ethnically diverse area in London, with lots of young people who live in metropolitan terraced housing. They come from a mix of ethnic backgrounds, with around 300 languages being spoken. The non-UK born population is 21% Turkish, 14% Jamaican, 8% from Cyprus. The district’s level of residents with no qualifications is higher than the national average.
Tottenham has its own retail industry, including high street shops and a number of markets.
However, Tottenham and the Haringey area are heavily involved in the London Plan and a regeneration programme, with highlights such as the road and rail links in and out of the city. Development will create over 1,200 new jobs and business activities, and self-employment, already a strength here, will be focussed on and developed. A thriving business economy will help to make Tottenham a popular place to work, live and invest in.
The Best Bits
Racial tensions and riots are a thing of the past, crime rates are normal in a large city and the reasonable rental costs entice more people away from the more expensive areas.
- Seven Sisters Market has around 40 stalls, many South American and Hispanic, resulting in its alternative name, El Pueblito Paisa. It is a mini-Columbia with South American supermarkets and restaurants serving fabulous food. Fresh veg and fruit, butchers, money transfer agents, hairdressers, clothing and textiles are amongst the fare sold here. It is closed on Sundays.
- Holcombe Market has been trading for around 100 years and is also closed on Sundays. Thompson’s Seafood, Brown Eagle – serving Caribbean food – Prestige Patisserie and Hall’s Greengrocer are well known for excellent produce.
- Tottenham Green Market is open from 11 am – 4 pm on Sundays on Tottenham Green. Street food, drinks, crafts and vintage goods are celebrated, both sourced locally and from elsewhere.
- Recently Tottenham has become a centre of local breweries, with Beavertown and Redemption breweries. Beavertown got its name because it started out in De Beauvoir Town, which cockneys nicknamed Beavertown.
- Wildes Cheese and Flourish Bakery sell artisanal food products.
- Adele was born in Tottenham.
- The 60’s band, the Dave Clarke Five were also from Tottenham.
- The building, 7 Bruce Grove, has a plaque commemorating Luke Howard who named the clouds in 1802. He is known as the Father of Meteorology.
- Home of the Premier League football club, Tottenham Hotspur, who played at White Hart Lance from 1899 until 2017. Their new grounds are currently being built so they are playing at Wembley in the meantime.
- Bruce Castle Museum houses the boroughs local history collections, art exhibitions and archives. Grade 1 listed, it was previously the local manor house, dating back to the 16th
- The town has proximity to all of the London theatres and museums, thanks to its excellent transport links.
- Green spaces include the Tottenham Marshes, Markfield Park, Ducketts Common, Riverlea Country Park, Bruce Park and Tottenham Green Leisure Centre, with its swimming pool.
- The oldest building in the borough is All Hallows Church, dating back to Norman times.
- The lengthy Tottenham Court Road is ideal for getting some retail therapy, a veritable shopper’s delight.
- On chilly nights in November, the ghostly shadow of Lady Constantia Lucy gazing out of the window in Bruce Castle may be seen. She leapt off the balcony with her child in the 17th Her husband kept her locked up in a tiny room, which may have given her cause to jump.
- Gary Lineker and Teddy Sheringham both played for Spurs.
Bringing the Kids
There are 71 state primary schools in the borough, but remember that they work on the catchment system. It is imperative that you live in the area assigned to your school of choice. All Tottenham schools have been rated either good or outstanding by Ofsted. Excellent primary schools are Belmont, Earlesmead, Ferry Lane, Lancasterian, Mulberry, Nightingale, North Haringey, South Harringay, St James CoE primary, St Mary’s CofE, St Pauls RC, St Paul’s and All Hallows CofE Junior School.
There are 15 state secondary schools which include Greig City Academy, Gladesmore Community, Hornsby School for Girls and Northumberland Park.
There are only two private schools in Tottenham, North London Grammar School and Assunnah Primary. While they offer a higher level of education than the state schools, they do charge quite hefty fees.
There are numerous International Schools in the London area. These are ideal for those on a short-stay assignment, or for pupils who have previously been educated in one of the schools. However, they are in high demand with long waiting lists. And they are extremely expensive.
There are also plenty of universities in London, offering all manner of courses.
Relocating to Tottenham
An area that links to London in a flash, Tottenham is on the up-and-up. Regeneration is constantly happening, transforming the area to suit both expat families and young professionals. The more reasonable property rental prices in a number of decent areas, from flats to large houses with gardens, attracts those who do not have the budget to live in more expensive areas. The state schools are all ‘good’ or above, the shopping is to die for and the green areas are fabulous. However, should you find the property and school search a bit worrying, then using the services of a relocation specialist will help ease your pain, and smooth your way.
Average Monthly Rent - Tottenham