Golders Green Area Guide
What’s it all about:
Golders Green is a cosmopolitan area to the north of Hampstead and south of Hendon with its' focus being the clock at the junction of Golders Green Road and Finchley Road. Temple Fortune runs from Golders Green to the North Circular Road. Both Golders Green and Temple Fortune are set in the London Borough of Barnet.
Golders Green & Temple Fortune comprise a diverse range of mainly suburban properties consisting of impressive detached houses, semi-detached and terraced houses, apartment blocks with some fine period architecture and modern new developments. Residents comprise a mix of families, professionals and sharers. There is a strong Jewish cultural influence and this is reflected in the vast selection of kosher food shops in both Golders Green and Temple Fortune.
Golders Green is bordered by some large open spaces including Golders Hill Park, which is close to the West Heath part of Hampstead Heath. There is a small zoo inside Golders Hill Park together with a popular cafe which serves snacks and light meals.
Culture & Development:
There’s always a lot going on at nearby Hampstead Heath, covering 800 acres of which Golders Hill Park forms a part. There’s a walled garden, a bandstand for concerts, tennis courts and a croquet lawn, and even a little zoo with a colourful butterfly house attached. You’ll also find the famous steel dinosaurs created by artists Jake and Dinos Chapman here.
The area has a lot of history - There’s the well-known Hampstead Garden Suburb, one of the most successful planned communities in the country, which was founded by philanthropist Henrietta Barnett. The Henrietta Barnett School in Golders Green is regarded as one of the best state schools in Britain.
Kenwood House, a beautiful neo-classical villa at the northern end of Hampstead Heath has a superb collection of art by the likes of Rembrandt, Vermeer, Gainsborough and Turner on display. Tie it in with a woodland walk in the grounds, and don’t miss the very popular outdoor concerts held here in the summer.
If you’ve always wanted to tread the boards then there’s also a lively amateur dramatics scene in Golders Green, with regular performances in an open-air theatre.
Golders Green (Northern Line) Zone 3 London Underground
The bus station is next to the Tube station, with National Express coaches in and out of London.
This Zone 3 spot is well-served by buses, with the No 82 to Victoria, the No 13 to Aldwych via Oxford Circus and the No 268 to Finchley Road via Hampstead.