Moving to Tottenham: Area Guide

Georgie Kenny
By Georgie Kenny

Tottenham has not always had the best reputation, but in recent years it has become one of London’s best-loved areas. Now described as a ‘hipster haven’, Tottenham is in the throes of gentrification, with renovation at the top of its priority list. The area is home to a diverse range of people, and despite the undergoing changes, many of the properties remain pretty classic – think Victorian townhouse style. If you’re looking for somewhere with a bustling centre and a cool vibe, Tottenham may be just the area for you. 

Where is Tottenham?

You can find Tottenham in Zone 3 within the borough of Haringey. Its neighbours include Edmonton, Wood Green, Walthamstow, Harringay and Stamford Hill. If you want to get to central London, it’ll take you around 25 minutes. The postcode for the area is N17. 

A brief history of Tottenham

Tottenham was first recorded as ‘Toteham’ in the Domesday book, alongside a weir that was found in the area now known as Tottenham Hale. Even in the 12th century, the accessibility of Tottenham was attractive, especially to wealthy merchants and a range of religious institutions. Henry VIII visited Tottenham in 1517 and made a large payment to the hermitage of the area. This was a catalyst in the development of mansions and private schools that were then built over the next 200 years. 

Of course, you can’t think about Tottenham without mentioning their football club, the Tottenham Hotspurs. In the early 20th century, the club began to win trophies and attracted people and industry to the area. With these developments, the last of the farmland in this area disappeared during the 1920s. 

An in-depth look at Tottenham

Who lives there?

Tottenham is an ethnically diverse area of London and attracts families, students and professionals thanks to the comparably reasonable rental prices. It is an area where everyone feels at home. 

Types of property in Tottenham

Flats in tottenham

Tottenham has a range of properties available for rent. Flats and studios are amongst the most common, with a few Victorian conversions also being available. Thanks to the regeneration of the area, Tottenham continues to see an increase in new builds becoming available. The area remains under the rental price average for London, but homes near stations are in high demand, and the price does reflect this. On average, you can expect to pay £1,046pcm for a one-bedroom apartment in N17. 

Transport links

Tottenham hale tube

Tottenham is an excellent option for those who commute into central London. It takes around 40 minutes on public transport to get to The City. Tottenham Hale tube station offers a quick service all around London, with the five overground stations in Zone 3 (Bruce Grove, Seven Sisters, South Tottenham, Northumberland Park and White Hart Lane). It is an area that is also well-connected via road and has a great bus network. 

Restaurants and shops

For the foodies out there, Tottenham has a fantastic array of restaurants to satisfy your tastebuds! 

Bruce Burgers

If you’re looking for a juicy burger, Bruce Burgers is the place to go. You can expect perfectly seasoned meat in a soft bun, served up with lashings of cheese, onions and any sauce you could possibly want. There’s something for every carnivore at this unassuming spot with sides of curly fries, sweet potato chips or french fries. 


If you’re in the mood for Japanese inspired food, Kata is a great option. Here, you’ll find extravagant sushi platters, ramens, fried noodles and a wealth of delicious vegetarian options. The restaurant itself is decorated with authentic Japanese designs, and the chefs use classic Asian ingredients. If you have a sweet tooth, Kata also serves a range of delicious desserts to finish off your meal. 

Craving Coffee

Craving Coffee is a cafe by day and a bar by night. This hotspot for students and young people prepares beautiful brunch-inspired food and excellent coffee. There are also veggie, vegan and gluten-free options available! 

Downhills Cafe

To experience the true feeling of the Tottenham community, head over to Downhills Cafe. Not only do they offer great food sourced from fresh, local ingredients, but they also describe themselves as a community-spirited establishment. So, if you’re looking for a place to hang out with friends or experience the true nature of Tottenham, give Downhills a try! 

If non of the above takes your fancy and you’d rather try or cook yourself a Latin feast, then the Seven Sisters Market will be your paradise. Described by locals as a great place to get good Colombian food and ingredients for Latin American cooking, the market is an excellent place to explore and support the local community. For all your highstreet needs, Tottenham Hale Retail Park is right on your doorstep. Shops include Argos, TK MAXX, Boots, Next and JD Sports. 

Socialising in Tottenham

tottenham marshes

For that post-pandemic night out, Five Miles is your go-to. Offering a bar, club and brewery all in one, this new spot in Tottenham is sure to continue growing in popularity. 

If you want a pub meal or a casual drink with friends, The Beehive is a great option. Hang out with friends and, in the summer, make use of their extensive beer garden! 

For something a little more outdoorsy to do with family or friends, make your way to Tottenham Marshes. Here you’ll find an extensive network of walks and footpaths in which you can get lost. Perfect for walking the dog and getting out into nature. 

Moving to Tottenham

If you like the sound of what you’ve read in this article, Tottenham could be the place for you! Get ready to enjoy the area’s diverse culture, the up and coming restaurants, bars and clubs, and the quick and easy commute to more central destinations. 

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