Wood Green is an attractive place to live if you're looking for somewhere with a strong community spirit and excellent travel links. The eclectic North London neighbourhood is also currently benefiting from regeneration, with brand-new homes earmarked for a former Victorian engineering site.
If you're moving to Wood Green, now is a great time to find a home. And once you're settled in, you can explore the neighbourhood and visit its many charming shops, restaurants, cafes and open spaces.
In this London guide, we're focusing on Wood Green and seeing what it's like to live here So read on and discover everything you need to know about the N22 postcode.
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Wood Green is located in North London and falls under the London Borough of Haringey. Its primary postal district is N22, though some parts come under N8. It's located around 6.5 miles from Charing Cross.
History of Wood Green
The name Wood Green derives from "Woodlegh" or "Woodlea", a Saxon word that means "open ground near a wood". It relates to an opening in Tottenham Wood, a large area of woodland formerly covering most of the area. The name was first documented in 1256.
According to records, there was no settlement around Wood Green until after the Norman Conquest. And while there is some evidence of a Roman presence, there is no history of Saxon settlement in the area. It wasn't until the 14th century that a number of estates were developed here.
Wood Green had to wait until the 19th century until it was more populated. The opening of the Great Northern Railway Line in 1859 further enhanced the area's status as a residential neighbourhood.
Who lives there?
Wood Green has a population of around 28,000, and the median age is 35. There's a strong mix of Greek and Turkish Cypriots, who settled in the 1950s in Wood Green, and the area is an appealing neighbourhood to single professionals thanks to its travel links and affordable rents.
Moving to Wood Green
There is a good mix of homes in Wood Green, including period houses, converted apartments and new-builds. A 12-acre defunct gasworks site is currently under construction to become Clarendon Works, which will provide plenty of new homes for Wood Green residents.
Expect to pay around £1,200 per month for a one-bedroom home in Wood Green and £1,500 per month for a two-bedroom apartment. A three-bedroom property typically achieves in the region of £1,750 per month.
Wood Green transport
Wood Green tube station is on the Piccadilly Line and offers direct services to Heathrow, central London area like Piccadilly, Covent Garden and Knightsbridge, as well as West London such as Ealing, Ruislip and Uxbridge. Wood Green is in travel Zone 3.
Wood Green eateries
Kervan Sofrasi Restaurant
Head to Kervan Sofrasi Restaurant for some top-notch grub at this Turkish kebab house. The split-level, wood-panelled restaurant will keep you coming back for more with its succulent kebab, Turkish cuisine and stylish interiors.
Areca Restaurant & Lounge
Spend a few hours enjoying great food and relaxing in Areca Restaurant & Lounge's modern settings. The menu features a variety of dishes, from Hummus and vine leaves to Musakaah, Arayes and much more.
Located on Wood Green high street, Ezra's Kitchen is a prime dining spot and serves up plenty of Italian treats. Tuck into pizza and enjoy a range of pasta at this Wood Green favourite.
Things to do in Wood Green
Part of an ancient route that led from London’s Shoreditch through Enfield to Hertford, Green Lanes is the heartbeat of Wood Green and features a range of restaurants, grocers and bakeries.
The Mall Wood Green
Shop 'til you drop at The Mall Wood Green, where you can hit up a Primark, other chain favourites and the Market Hall, where there's a great selection of independent trader selling all sorts of gems.
Wood Green Common
Go for a stroll, walk your dog or have an informal kick-about at Wood Green Common, a green space just five minutes from the tube station. During the summer, it's a pleasant spot for a picnic.
Moving to Wood Green
Moving to Wood Green means embracing a neighbourhood with great places to eat, drink and play. The local community will embrace you straight away, and there are excellent travel links connecting you to other North London neighbourhoods and beyond.