Taking a look at the beauty of our area and what landmarks and attractions are not to be missed this Summer. Part One.
We have been out and about in Golders Green checking out the highlights of the area to give you all a few places to visit during the Summer months. Why not take time out during the holidays or weekends to explore?
So let's start with a formal introduction to the area, a little bit of history is always a good starting point!
Golders Green is an area in the London Borough of Barnet in England. A smaller suburban linear settlement, near a farm and public grazing area green of medieval origins, dates to the early 19th century. Its bulk forms a late 19th-century and early 20th-century suburb with a commercial crossroads. The rest is of later build. It is centred approximately 5.5 miles (8.5 km) north west of Charing Cross on the intersection of Golders Green Road and Finchley Road.
It was founded as a medieval hamlet in the large parish of Hendon, Middlesex. The parish was heavily superseded by Hendon Urban District in 1894 and by the Municipal Borough of Hendon in 1932, abolished in 1965. In the early 20th century it grew rapidly in response to the opening of a tube station of the London Underground, adjacent to the Golders Green Hippodrome which was home to the BBC Concert Orchestra for many years. The area has a wide variety of housing and a busy main shopping street, Golders Green Road.
It is known for its large Jewish population as well as for being home to the largest Jewish kosher hub (located west of Hoop Lane after the rail bridge) in the United Kingdom, which attracts many Jewish tourists.
From Wikipedia For the Pete Ham album
So we started our journey at the Moreland Estate Agents office and headed down the 4 crossroads running from the clock tower down Golders Green Road & North End Road. The first thing that hits you is the abundance of cafes, restaurants and coffee shops. In fact, there are so many to choose from you could eat your way around the world without moving very far at all...!
In-between the restaurants and eateries, are a number of amazing supermarkets, selling such exotic, colourful fruit and vegetables, many names of which we've not ever heard of, alongside bric-a-brac shops, beauticians and traditional Jewish bakers with windows full of delicious treats. Whilst walking along North End Road we came across this lovely old building and wanted to know the history of Golders Green Hippodrome, sadly no longer a music venue as we had hoped.
it has been put to more recent use as a radio studio and multi-purpose concert venue. In 2007, it became an evangelical church building and, since 2017, it is an Islamic centre."
Once you have filled your tum with loads of delicious food, purchased your groceries, grabbed a book and a coffee, you can head to the train/bus station and go anywhere else in London on the Northern line underground or any of the bus routes available.
We decided to stay in the area and in our next blog will tell you what else we found, and this one will be great for the children!
Until then, have fun!