Some consider Palmers Green to be a jewel in North London, its locality to both central London and the M25 makes it an ideal residential suburb for those wishing the escape the hum drum of Central London. Winchmore Hill and Palmers Green in north London are neighbouring suburbs which offer a strong sense of community, streets of well-maintained Edwardian family houses, fine parks and an easy train commute into the City.
Pretty Winchmore Hill sits in a conservation area on top of a hill. There are cafés, pubs and boutiques clustered around an ancient village green. The most expensive road is the Broad Walk, a long road leading off the green, where large Twenties mansions have been extended or knocked down and rebuilt in "footballers’ wives" style with security gates and off-street parking for a dozen cars.
Palmers Green is the more workaday neighbourhood a mile or so closer to London. It is home to the largest Cypriot community outside Cyprus. Palmers Green is full of community spirit: locals have planted a community orchard in Broomfield Park and there is a strong campaign - so far unsuccessful - to get the burnt-out shell of listed Broomfield House restored as a community centre. On Sunday, there is a well-supported community market - part farmers’ market, part craft fair, part car boot sale - in the station car park. www.palmersgreenmarket.com
Spoilt for choice with beautiful local parks Broomfield, Grovelands and even a local nature reserve Woodcroft Wildspace there is plenty for families young and old to explore.
Palmers Green is the home of the famous “Intimate Theatre” where Richard Attentborough, Vivien Leigh, David Bowie and Roger Moore have all trodden the boards. The BBC filmed its first ever live theatre production here in the 1940’s and it continues to put on great productions to this day. For the over 50’s Ruth Winston House continues to support the community with its exciting range of activities and events. There really is something for every generation.
Properties: Winchmore Hill and Palmers Green are good places to look for family homes. Most of the houses are Edwardian - development didn’t start in earnest until 1909 - or later Twenties and Thirties houses. In Winchmore Hill there are some earlier weatherboard and flat-fronted cottages, and in the Grange Park conservation area, almost on the edge of London, there are fine Arts & Crafts houses.
The area attracts: Palmers Green draws growing families who can’t afford a house in Crouch End or Muswell Hill. Winchmore Hill, meanwhile, tends to attract both celebrities and wealthy businessmen who like the status of Broad Walk.
Postcodes: Palmers Green is N13 & Winchmore Hill N21
· Hazelwood Schools
· St Monica’s Catholic School.
· Primary Tottenhall School.
· Palmers Green High School. Private
· Keble Private School for Boys, N21
· Winchmore School
· Palmers Green High School for girls (private).
· Enfield Grammar for Boys.
· Enfield County School for Girls.
· Broomfield School
Shops and restaurants: Winchmore Hill has a charming village feel. There is a butcher’s shop in Wades Hill alongside cute boutiques. Treacle’s is the local tea shop and there are three pubs. Palmers Green has a Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and the popular Yasar Helim Turkish supermarket.
Open spaces: the area is blessed with beautiful parks - Grovelands Park in Winchmore Hill and Broomfield Park in Palmers Green. There are also walks along the New River and the Pymme’s Brook, alongside the Hazelwood recreational ground. Woodcroft Wildspace is a natural nature reserved located in N21 and maintained by volunteers, well worth a visit.
Leisure and the arts: Southgate Leisure Centre in Winchmore Hill Road is the nearest council-owned swimming pool. The Intimate Theatre in Palmers Green attracted world-class stars in the Forties but now it is mainly home to amateur shows. Also in Palmers Green there is the Electric Mouse, a comedy club at the Fox pub, and the Waiting Room, a café bar which holds blues music nights. The Enfield Golf Club is an 18-hole course in Grange Park.
Recently refurbished Palmers Green Library is located on Broomfield Lane.
There are Post Offices on Green Lanes and Station Road
Southgate Leisure Centre
Broomfield Park Tennis/ Basket Ball and Net Ball Courts
Hazelwood Bowling Green
Grovelands Park Basket Ball Courts and Pitch and Putt
Mayfield Tennis Club
Conway Tennis Club
Travel: four overground train stations serve the area: Grange Park (31 minutes to Moorgate, Zone 5, annual travel card £1,880); Winchmore Hill and Palmers Green (29 minutes and 26 minutes respectively, both in Zone 4, annual travel card £1,576), and Bowes Park (24 minutes, Zone 3, annual travel card £1,288).
By tube: Palmers Green has good links to the rest of London with Piccadilly Line stations at Bounds Green, Arnos Grove and Southgate.
By bus: Palmers Green is well-served by buses to the rest of London, including night buses.
By car: The A406 connects Palmers Green to Heathrow and Stanstead as well as central, east and west London. The M25 is a short 15 minute drive.
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