A self-contained enclave, Hadley Wood is known as the area that features Barnet's most sought-after homes. With the open countryside just a hop and skip away and central London only a 30-minute journey, it's not hard to see why this north London suburb is high in demand.
Neatly nested between London and Hertfordshire, Hadley Wood offers the best of both worlds including rural charm and city delights. There's an eclectic mix of properties too, from quaint cottages to lux apartments.
So is it time to move to Hadley Wood? In our latest London guide, we're looking at what it's like to live in the EN4 postcode. Read on and find out what it's really like to live in Hadley Wood.
On a map
Hadley Wood is a suburb of the north of Greater London, on the border of Hertfordshire. It falls under the London Borough of Enfield and is an enclave of Barnet. Charing Cross is located around 11 miles from Hadley Wood.
History of Hadley Wood
Hadley Wood shares several features of Monken Hadley, which sits just east on the EN5 postcode. Yet, in modern history, the two communities were separated and belonged to different parishes.
Cockfosters is another neighbourhood with strong historical ties to Hadley Wood. It became part of the newly created Ward of Hadley Wood and Cockfosters in 1909, which allowed for the return of councillors to the area.
However, the Municipal Borough was abolished in 1965, after the formation of the London Borough of Enfield. The Ward of Hadley Wood and Cockfosters is now simply referred to as The Ward of Cockfosters.
Who lives there?
Hadley Wood has a population of just over 27,000 and a median age of 39. Many residents stay in the area for the long term, thanks to its countryside settings and stylish houses. Fifty percent of people in Hadley Wood rent their home.
Renting in Hadley Wood
There is a wealth of property types in Hadley Wood that cater to a variety of lifestyles. You will find charming cottages dotted around the neighbourhood, as well as large period properties and modern apartments. Many of the new homes take the form of luxury flats with the look of traditional mansions.
One-bedroom apartments go on the market for an average of £1,000 per month in Hadley Wood. If you're looking for a two-bedroom property, expect to pay in the region of £1,500. While three-bed-and-up homes fetch between £2,000 and £3,500 per month.
Hadley Wood travel
Hadley Wood is served by a railway station that has direct trains to Moorgate and Old Street in the City. Other prominent stops on the line include Highbury & Islington in North London and Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire.
High Barnet tube station is a little over two miles away and is on the Northern Line. It has services to Leicester Square, Charing Cross, Tottenham Court Road, Hampstead and Highgate.
Hadley Wood eateries
Enjoy Greek treats at Thymari, a local restaurant with a unique style and contemporary twists. Its name means thyme in Green and pays homage to the fresh herbs that help make the dishes at Thymari taste so delicious.
The Mary Beale Restaurant
Indulge in an artistic meal at the Mary Beale Restaurant, where the walls are adorned with the portrait painter's works of art. The food is pretty good too! Grub comes in the form of an a la carte menu, as well as light snacks and bites.
Ye Olde Monken Holt
Ye Olde Monken Holt is a charming pub with friendly staff, and it could well be your next local. Sip back on a few thirst-quenching ales and enjoy traditional pub grub to the background of cosy settings.
Things to do in Hadley Wood
It won't come as a surprise to learn that there are plenty of open spaces around Hadley Wood. Trent Park is an ancient woodland with meadows and lakes to explore during a scenic trail that lets you get back to nature.
Go Ape Cockfosters
Head to the Go Ape adventure park for a fun-filled day out. Located in Trent Park, Go Ape has thrilling adventures like the Treetop Challenge, where you'll go on a high-rope course with extended alpine zips.
Spires Shopping Centre
A historic shopping centre in the heart of Barnet, Spires is located just under two miles from Hadley Wood. The shopping centre features twin spires of the former High Barnet Methodist Church, as well as a selection of shops to indulge your retail needs.
Moving to Hadley Wood
A strong sense of community, coupled with tranquil settings on the edge of the green belt and strong transport links, means the EN4 postcode has a lot to offer renters looking for a new neighbourhood. With so much nature, history, plush housing and local restaurants, it's easy to see why residents like to stay in Hadley Wood once they've moved into the area.