Golders Green is a North London hotspot that has kept a firm grip on its traditional values, while also moving with the times.
Home to a cosmopolitan community, featuring Jewish, Korean and Japanese families and professionals, Golders Green is well connected, too, with great links back to the city.
Living in Golders Green
The renowned Hampstead Garden Suburb is actually not in Hampstead – it’s in Golders Green.
The arty-style flats of the suburb, framed by leafy roads, are popular with buyers, although strict planning laws in the area mean alterations to property can be tricky.
Lovers of green space are well catered-for for those living in Golders Green, too, with the open glory of Hampstead Heath and Golders Hill Park nearby.
Golders Green houses for sale
Property for sale in Golders Green is largely 1930s-style housing, while the suburb has a mix of small flats and apartments right up to sprawling seven-bedroom family properties.
Among the 1930s detached and semi-detached houses are 30s blocks of flats and some conversions, which are popular with young professionals looking for value alongside great transport links for work.
As we mentioned earlier, though, Golders Green hasn’t stood still, despite maintaining its sense of community and traditional values.
A number of new-build developments have sprung up in the area, mainly flats and apartments which are popular with investors, renters and first-time buyers with the budget for North London.
Flats to rent, Golders Green
Flats close to Golders Green Underground station are in high demand, especially from young professionals priced out of more central zones.
As well as smaller flats and studios, Golders Green is also home to a number of larger flats and apartments, which offer family renters something a little different from the large number of 1930s houses available for rent.
How to get to Golders Green
Golders Green’s North London location means great access options from most areas of the country.
The M1 motorway runs directly into Brent Cross, which sits just west of Golders Green, while the A406 North Circular runs across the north of the area providing access to other parts of North London and West London.
Golders Green Underground station, meanwhile, sits on the Northern Line in zone three, meaning great direct Tube services into Euston, Old Street, London Bridge, Charing Cross and Waterloo for train travellers.
Golders Green schools
Golders Green has always been a great area for families and this is, in part, thanks to the area’s great schools.
Among the best primary schools are:
Garden Suburb Infants (Good)
Brookland Infants (Outstanding)
Two Jewish state primaries, Menorah in the Drive and Rimon, are also based in Golders Green, with the latter judged ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.
Henrietta Barnett in Hampstead Garden Suburb for girls is one of the area’s top grammar schools, rated ‘Outstanding’, with state comprehensives Whitefield and Christ’s College both carrying Ofsted’s ‘Good’ tag.
Golders Green also offers a host of private schools, including St Anthony’s primary and The King Alfred all-through school.
Golders Green restaurants
Most of Golders Green’s best eateries are based along Golders Green Road, close to the station.
And thanks to Golders Green’s thriving Jewish community, if bagels and falafel are your thing, some of London’s best can be found here.
Over the years, though, Golders Green has opened itself up to many Korean and Japanese restaurants, as well as European and Middle Eastern delis.
Lovers of Japanese food must head for Café Japan on Finchley Road, which serves up classic sushi dishes and inspired Japanese cooking.
Isola Bella on Golders Green Road is a great option for lovers of Italian food and it’s open for lunch as well as dinner, while one of Golders Green’s most popular pubs is The Old Bull & Bush on North End Way.
Golders Green pubs
Speaking of pubs…
As well as The Old Bull & Bush, The Refectory on Finchley Road offers great drinks and food in a classic 100-year-old building that has been lovingly modernised.
Another great option for those who love a classic London pub is The Spaniards Inn across the heath extension in Hampstead.
Golders Green shops
Golders Green is home to an array of independent shops, most of which are located along Golders Green Road.
Shoppers can expect to find fashion shops, as well as specialist supermarkets and branches of Sainsbury’s and Starbucks.
Fashion-hunters looking for a little more should head to Brent Cross shopping centre which is one stop northbound on the Northern Line from Golders Green.
What to do in Golders Green
With the green space of Hampstead Heath and Golders Hill Park nearby, dog walking, running or just a simple sit-down and relax are right on the doorstep when you live in Golders Green.
Golders Green’s Jewish heritage, meanwhile, is remembered at Golders Green Crematorium, where the area’s best loved Jewish celebrities like Marc Bolan and Sid James are celebrated.
If the weather isn’t playing ball and the kids need entertaining, head to Topsy Turvy World at Brent Cross, which has several floors dedicated to mazes, tunnels, drops, slides and ball pits.
Golders Green estate agents
Ellis & Co has been selling, renting and managing some of Golders Green’s best properties for more than 50 years.
Branch owner James Ryan, who has owned the Golders Green office since 1999, and his experienced team of London property experts are on hand to help if you’re thinking of buying, selling or renting in the area.