From the woods in the west, with their bug hunts, nature trails
and storytelling trees, to the miles and miles of cycle lanes at
Tottenham marshes in the east, Haringey is wonderfully green,
allowing London families to enjoy outdoor life without leaving
the city and the many theatres, galleries and restaurants that
urban life has to offer.

Historical attractions include Alexandra Palace, built in 1873
– the perfect place for a picnic, thanks to its hilltop, panoramic
view of London. Designed as a leisure centre to rival the south's
Crystal Palace, it now houses an ice rink, concert hall and
exhibition space. Bruce Castle Museum, is another must-visit
– a grade 1 listed, 16th-century manor house set in 20 acres of
parkland, with a tree trail that will lead you round the park
and the museum. And there's the Markfield Beam Engine
and Museum that shelters the impressive 1886 Beam Steam
Pumping engine.

Haringey has long been known as a creative hub, with more
than its fair share of artists, actors, musicians and directors… so
it's no wonder it has a healthy crop of prestigious local theatres:
Highgate's Jackson's Lane, Lauderdale House and Upstairs at
the Gatehouse; Tottenham's Bernie Grant Arts Centre, as well
as Finsbury Park's Park Theatre. Shows, workshops and classes
for both children and adults means there's always something
arty to see or do.

With segway racing, soft play centres, archery, countless
boutiques, restaurants and the garden pubs of Highgate Village
– bringing village life to north London - it's hardly surprising
Haringey is seen as such a great place to live and bring up a family.

Your Local editors are Emma and Kate and you can contact them at: haringey@mumsnetlocal.com

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