There’s a lot more to energetic, eclectic Enfield than just a famous football team. What’s more, it’s one of the cheapest places in London to rent.
This friendly area in North-West London has a rich history, great restaurants, plenty of shops and loads of cool things to do nearby including historic manor houses to visit and even a white water rafting centre. With prices slightly lower than other areas of London you’ll get a lot more for your money here. Connections on the Piccadilly Line and the soon-to-arrive Overground mean quick connections to the City too.
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Enfield in within the London Borough of Enfield.
History of Enfield
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While the Borough of Enfield as we know it was only formed in 1965, there is evidence of inhabitants in the area dating all the way back to prehistoric times. The Roman road from London to York passed through what is now Enfield Town, and by the time of the Domesday Survey in 1086 the area was reasonably well established, and went by the name of ‘Enfelde’.
This bustling community continued to grow as an important Medieval business centre, having been given a market charter in 1303, but it wasn’t until the arrival of the railway in 1840 that Enfield really became a recognised suburb of London. Industrialisation and a rising population led to the many Victorian terraced houses we still see today, and the growth was so rapid that Green Belt laws were imposed after World War Two to prevent further development into the neighbouring countryside.
Former residents of the area include the poet laureate Sir John Betjeman, author Thomas Hardy and poet John Keats giving Enfield a rather literary association, while it’s also hit headlines in recent decades due to the media furore surrounding the infamous ‘Enfield Poltergeist’ case in the 1970s, which was dramatised this year and shown on Sky Living.
Transport to and from Enfield London
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Despite being 10 miles north-east of Charing Cross, Enfield boasts an array of great transport connections in to Central London, making it a great choice for commuters. There are four Piccadilly Line stops in Enfield – Arnos Grove, Southgate, Oakwood and Cockfosters – which will take you straight to Leicester Square in just over 30 minutes.
Meanwhile Enfield Town train station has frequent direct trains to Liverpool Street which also take just 30 minutes, and as of late 2015 the Overground is being extended into the area too.
Finally if you prefer to travel by car, Enfield is very well connected with speedy links to the M25 and North Circular.
Cost of Living in Enfield London
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Enfield was one of our areas of choice in the Movebubble cheap places to move in London
post, so you can rest assured that this is one of the most affordable areas to live in the capital. It’s particularly popular with young professionals and families who want access to amenities of London while enjoying lower rent and a separate community, and the properties range from modern, purpose-built blocks to charming Victorian terraces.
Cheapest rent for a 2 bed flat: £995 pcm
Most expensive rent for a 2 bed flat £1551 pcm
Restaurants in Enfield
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Sitting pretty on the river, The Crown and Horseshoes offers everything you could want from a classic English gastropub. There’s a big beer garden, a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere, and a pub grub menu packed full of traditional dishes such as sausage and mash, steak and ale pie and flame-grilled burgers.
Address: 15 Horseshoe Lane, Enfield, Middlesex EN2 6PZ
Phone: 020 8363 1371
Take a trip to Athens with this authentic Greek Taverna on Green Lanes, which epitomises the notion of Greek hospitality combined with mouthwatering dishes. They’ve got all the Hellenic favourites from souvlaki to tzatsiki here, so they only problem you’ll have is trying to save room for dessert!
Address: 66-68 Green Lanes, London N13 6JU
Phone: 020 8881 8122
Classy and contemporary, Indian restaurant Saathi is a local favourite for their filling, flavoursome food and friendly attitude. The menu offers a wide range of options including tandoori chicken, lamb biryani and vindaloo, and they even do take-away if you fancy good food for a night in.
Address: 42 Chase Side, Enfield, Greater London EN2 0QX
Phone: 020 8367 2733
Beautiful South has been an Enfield staple for nearly two decades, and has established a renowned reputation for their sumptuous candle-lit atmosphere and fine French and Mediterranean food such as peppered pork medallions and French onion soup. It’s the perfect spot for a romantic date night.
Address: 25a Windmill Hill, Enfield, Middlesex EN2 7AE
Phone: 020 8367 1414
This hidden gem of a pub is the ultimate place to hole up on a cold winter day. With a roaring fire, large wine selection and plenty of warming seasonal dishes, you’ll struggle to drag yourself away from this old-school Edwardian Inn at closing time!
Address: The Ridgeway, Enfield, Middlesex EN2 8AP
Phone: 020 8363 3781
Shops in Enfield London
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Looking for some furniture for your new Enfield property? Fortunately for the locals of N1, Swedish furniture giant Ikea is located nearby for all your flat-packed needs. Make a day of it and have the infamous meatballs and mash for lunch before you shop!
Address: 6 Glover Drive, London N18 3HF
Phone: 020 3645 0000
This great open-air local shopping centre is a one-stop-shop for all your retail needs, with everything from bags and trinkets from Accessorize to posh groceries from Waitrose in the vicinity. There’s plenty of parking if you plan to drive there, and the centre even has WIFI so you can Instagram all your goodies!
Address: 14, Centre Management, Enfield EN2 6SN
Phone: 020 8367 1210
Founded 1903, and the oldest department store in Enfield, the growing fortunes of this area following the Industrial Revolution and the history of Pearsons are unmistakably intertwined. Unfortunately it no longer belongs to the Pearson family, but it’s still a vital local shop with loads of different brands sold inside.
Address: 11/14 The Town, Palace Gardens Shopping Centre, Enfield, England EN2 6LJ
Phone: 020 8373 4200
Located on this wonderful ‘pick your own’ farm in Enfield, the family-run Parkside Farm Shop specialises in high-quality meat, vegetables and provisions. Everything is sourced from local farmers and producers, and they do a tasty range of cakes too.
Address: Hadley Road, Enfield EN2 8LA
Phone: 020 8367 2035
Things to do in Enfield
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This beautiful oasis seems a million miles away from the hubbub of London as you potter in amongst the plants and flowers in the 30 acres of gardens. Pick up some nibbles from the Parkside Farm Shop and head here for a picnic.
Address: Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield, Middlesex EN1 4RQ
Phone: 0845 612 2122
If you’re looking for an action-packed, adreneline-fuelled weekend activity but don’t want to have to travel too far, get yourself over to the Lee Valley White Water Centre. They’ve got a whole range of activities including white water rafting, kayaking, canoeing and more, and there’s a lovely camping spot and cafe too if you prefer something a little more relaxing.
Address: Station Road, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire EN9 1AB
Phone: 0845 677 0600
This fab British theatre in Cockfosters was founded in a disused chicken shed in the 1970s by Mary Ward and Jo Collins, and now boasts a great calendar full of performances include mime, dance, and musical theatre. What’s more, their generous charity efforts raise over £3 million a year.
Address: 290 Chase Side, London N14 4PE
Phone: 020 8351 6161
A stunning Grade I listed manor house dating all the way back to the 1620s, Forty Hall is now used as a museum of life in the 17th century, as well as a popular wedding and event venue. They also hold loads of cool events in the gardens, including concerts, family days and workshops.
Address: Forty Hill, London EN2 9HA
Phone: 020 8363 8196
Nestled inside a pretty red-brick former Victorian pump house, the Whitewebbs Museum of Transport offers an interesting and educational day out for anyone keen to learn more about the history of transport. Extending over several floors there’s plenty to see, and the sweet gift shop is worth a visit.
Address: Whitewebbs Road, Enfield, Greater London EN2 9HW
Phone: 020 8367 1898