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A bustling high street between Alexandra Park and Crouch End

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Cake Box

Cake Box

Same day made fresh cakes especially for last minute orders.

Charlie's Bakery

Charlie's Bakery

Great coffee and loads of vegan cakes at Charlie's cafe!

Ducketts Common

Ducketts Common

Green space next to Turnpike Lane Station that has amazing basketball courts (the best in North London!), a free outdoor gym and a children's play area.

Beans and Barley

Beans and Barley

A recently opened coffee shop on Green Lanes. They do an amazing granola fruit yoghurt in a jar!

Salim's

Salim's

North London's best curry house and probably north London's best kept secret. It's a small restaurant and takeaway on Turnpike Lane that prepares freshly made curries!

Green Rooms

Green Rooms

Nice bar, pop up restaurants

Elsie

Elsie

Cute and funky café with some fun artwork, a real gem.

The Three Compasses

The Three Compasses

Modern trendy décor, but underneath it's a classic pub. Friendly atmosphere, super food, and darts and pool at the back.

Coffee Club

Coffee Club

This is a lovely little coffee shop run by two sisters, next to the new Smithfield Square development and Sainsbury's.

The Mall Wood Green

The Mall Wood Green

High street stores, supermarkets and a cinema all under one roof.

Harringay Local Store

Harringay Local Store

A farmers' market in a shop that even sells vinyl!

The Three Compasses

The Three Compasses

Modern trendy décor, but underneath it's a classic pub. Friendly atmosphere, super food, and darts and pool at the back.

The Queens

The Queens

This pub has been standing in Crouch End since 1899, so it's a real local institution. The kitchen serves great gastropub food and a delicious Sunday roast that's always guaranteed to leave you full!

Melange

Melange

French and Italian cuisines done well. This restaurant's rustic interior creates the perfect atmosphere for a date night or a catch up with friends. The set menu is great value for money too.

Blue House Yard

Blue House Yard

Cool little sheds with micro businesses. Pop up drinks and markets.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Wood Green, Harringay, Crouch End, Bounds Green, Muswell Hill, Finsbury Park, Tottenham, Archway, Palmers Green and Arnos Grove

"In March 1918, self-proclaimed World's Greatest Magician Chung Ling Soo (or Bill Robinson as his parents knew him!) performed his world famous "catch a bullet with his teeth" trick at the Wood Green Empire. Sadly, it didn't work and it him square in the chest."

I love going to Alexandra Park on the weekend - the views over London are second-to-none!

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In the centre of Crouch End is its Clock Tower, erected in memorial to local councillor Henry Reader Williams.

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It's really easy to get into central London on the Piccadilly line from Wood Green Station.

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  1. Hornsey is ideally located between the shopping malls and cheap shops of Turnpike lane and the adorable boutiques and trendy restaurants of Crouch end. There is a quiet feeling over here, as if you were far, far away from the madness of the city. It feels like living in a village, there is a great sense of community and a will to cultivate everyone's differences but in a true honest way (not just to be cool and open). I love walking around and glimpsing at Ally Pally perched on the hill over there or crouch end's clock tower here. There are a thousands things to do and try (swinging, art house, live music, the oldest comedy night in London started here fyi, plays, drinks, restaurants...), all little shops have delicious and quality products. We are looking to buy our first home and unfortunately cannot afford to stay here but there is not doubt we will come back on a regular basis just for the unique atmosphere and see the friends we will be leaving here.

  2. Great primary and secondary schools on a really interesting High Street with independent shops and fab cafes. And a beautiful park!

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Child-friendly activities near Hornsey

Perform Plus - Drama Workshops - Crouch End

Hornsey Vale Community Centre
Child development is at the heart of everything we do, so our weekly classes for 4-7 year olds will boost your child's confidence, improve their concentration and give them a creative outlet to make friends and have fun. Website

Baby Massage Class

The Old Flower Shop
Massage is a wonderful way of communicating with a baby, strengthening the bond between parent and child. Learning baby massage can give parents increased confidence in handling their babies and better understanding of non-verbal communication. Massage enhances a baby's feeling of being loved and respected, as well as improving body-mind awareness, co-ordination and brain development. 4 week courses - each week will deal with a different part of the massage sequence, building up to a full body massage Website

Amazing Fine Art 4 Kids! Classes

Union Church and Community Centre
Your child will go on a journey of exploration with line, tone, shape, space, colour, perspective and form, introducing them to techniques. They will gain a good understanding of the Great Masters of art and apply the artist's influences in their own work using a variety of materials. Taster lesson: £9 5 weeks: £50 Website

Junior Cinema

Cineworld, Wood Green Shopping City,
Want to introduce your children to the exciting world of cinema? Then get involved with Movies For Juniors, discounted weekly screenings of kids films at Cineworld Cinemas. Mon-Thurs, 10.10am: Shaun the Sheep the Movie, Mon-Thurs, 10.20am: Annie, Mon-Thurs 10am: Big Hero 6 Website

Mini Mozart- Concert and Class for Babies

The Harringay Club
Classical music class for babies led by Harry on the saxophone clarinet and flute with Vlad on the piano Website

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Pickled Pepper Books
Come and join other local parents at Pickled Pepper Books weekly on Thursday mornings for a cuppa and a chat with other local families. Pickled Pepper Books is a fabulous children's bookstore in Crouch End offering storytelling author/illustrator events film screenings and more. Website

Amelie Boo Stories

Pickled Pepper Books
Amelia Boo Stories is a 30-minute pre-school interactive story sessions for 0 to 5 year olds. Our classes bring stories to life with songs bubbles puppets and fun. The idea for the group is to encourage a love of books and literature from a young age introducing new stories and presenting the them in a way accessible to all. 'It's a theatrical experience for children' offering the opportunity to fully engage in the story no matter what their age. These sessions are very popular so please email me on ameliaboostories@gmail.com to reserve your place!) Website

About Hornsey

Hornsey is a district in London Borough of Haringey in north London in England. Whilst Hornsey was formerly the name of a parish and later a municipal borough of Middlesex, today, the name refers only to the London district. It is an inner-suburban area located 6.2 miles (10 km) north of Charing Cross. The boundaries of Hornsey neighbourhood today are not clearly defined since the Municipal Borough of Hornsey was abolished in 1965. To the north of Hornsey High Street, and immediately to its south, the area is largely public sector housing, save for the more upmarket development by the New River. Between the eastern end of the High Street and the bottom of Muswell Hill, the character of the area changes dramatically. Much of this part is the Warner Estate built up with large well-appointed late Victorian houses. To the south east of the High Street is Priory Park, a pleasant urban green space. The High Street retains much of its character and is full of handy shops and eateries. The eastern section retains strong echoes of its rural past and hosts the 13th Century tower which is all that remains of St Mary's Church.

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