The 10 best things to do in Tottenham

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Sorry Shoreditch and Peckham, but it’s time to make room for London’s latest go-to neighbourhood for creatives, party people and anyone out there with an art degree and a taste for alternative culture. But Tottenham isn’t just reserved for the new breed of urban hipsters – for years this busy corner of north London has had a strong community feel, making it one of London’s most vibrant spots.

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    Head to a festival

    With sets from local lad Skepta and Grammy-nominated Jorja Smith, Field Day held this year’s event in The Drumsheds, a brand new industrial venue from the same group that runs mega-club Printworks. Find it in the Meridian Water regeneration area, a 30-minute walk from Tottenham Hale station. It’s also rumoured that in 2020, the four massive, interconnected warehouses will host the first UK festival from Barcelona’s legendary Primavera Sound. Huge.

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    2. Go on a taproom tour

    Some of London’s most loved breweries are tucked away in the industrial estates of Tottenham. Grab a bench and a schooner of ale at the holy trinity of Beavertown, Redemption and Pressure Drop, the latter of which is where you can find the latest pop-up from Monty’s Deli, makers of the finest Jewish comfort food in the city. Time it right, as most taprooms are only open from 2-8pm on Saturdays and some only during summer.

    Address: Beavertown Brewery, Unit 17, Lockwood Industrial Park, Mill Mead Road, London N17 9QP


    Telephone: +44 20 8525 9884


    Website: beavertownbrewery.co.uk

    Address: Redemption Brewing, 16 Compass West Estate, West Road, London N17 0XL


    Telephone: +44 20 8885 5227


    Website: redemptionbrewing.co.uk

    Address: Pressure Drop, Unit 6, Lockwood Industrial Park, Mill Mead Road, London N17 9QP


    Telephone: +44 20 8801 0616


    Website: pressuredropbrewing.co.uk

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    3. Get your coffee fix

    What is a newly anointed hipster area without its coffee? Craving Coffee is an independent café that doesn’t just offer a perfect flat white, but also hosts a rotating crowd of pop-up restaurants, with an emphasis on street food, from vegan Japanese ramen to Carribean soul food. If you need extra pep in a hurry, pop to Seven Sisters tube station for super-cute, super-tasty to-go coffee stand Moloko.

    Address: Craving Coffee, Gaunson House, Markfield Road, London N15 4QQ


    Telephone: +44 20 8808 3178


    Website: cravingcoffee.co.uk

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    4. Dance all night long

    London’s best new late-night clubs are Tottenham-based. Hear everything from old-school garage to Italo disco at bar, brewery and club Five Miles or hit up house-and-techno heaven The Cause, a crowdfunded club with a conscience, which holds ground-breaking nights such as 18-hour queer rave Adonis. Also check out what’s happening at community garden and events space Grow Tottenham.

    Address: Five Miles, 39B Markfield Road, London N15 4QA


    Telephone: +44 20 8216 9088


    Website: fivemiles.london

    Address: Grow Tottenham, Ashley House, Ashley Road, London N17 9LZ


    Website: growtottenham.org

    5. Get cheesed off

    An unassuming stall at the end of Holcombe Market is where you’ll find the area’s first dedicated cheese shop, Wine and Rind. High-end toasties with fillings such as raclette, ham and cornichon is its speciality if you’ve time for a sit down and a glass of something sparkly. Or simply stock up on fancy fromage or something from its brilliant streetwear-parody clothing line.

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    6. Visit an actual castle

    A Grade-I listed manor house complete with a Tudor tower, Bruce Castle is Tottenham’s claim to stately fame. Built in the 16th century, the former family home of Sir Rowland Hill – inventor of the postage stamp – is now a local history museum. The house backs onto the neighbourhood’s loveliest park and a grand 450-year-old oak tree that was named runner up in the Woodland Trust’s Tree of the Year 2018, as well as community-owned real-ale pub Antwerp Arms.

    Address: Bruce Castle Museum, Lordship Lane, London N17 8NU


    Telephone: +44 20 8808 8772


    Website: haringey.gov.uk

    7. Have drinks in a former loo

    The prospect of drinking in a converted public toilet might not sound like the most glamorous, but Tottenham’s small, perfectly formed pub The High Cross is definitely somewhere you should spend a penny. It might be tiny, but it has made room for an impressive selection of beers, regular tap takeovers and near-perfect Sunday roasts. Watch out for Wine and Rind’s occasional cheesy kitchen pop-ups, too.

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    8. See Spurs in swanky surroundings

    Tottenham Hotspur’s shiny new stadium dominates the N17 skyline, which is no surprise, seeing as it’s now the largest football-club ground in London and cost a whopping £1 billion. As well as seeing the local heroes play, you can also catch NFL games here, plus there are plans for it to hold massive concerts in the future, much like at arch rival Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.

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    9. Immerse yourself in local history

    Conservation area Tower Gardens Estate is a beautiful hidden gem. Built as one of the world’s first garden suburbs to provide housing for those affected by slum clearance in East London, these distinctive gabled houses were designed in the Arts and Crafts style by Art Workers Guild member William Edward Riley. Lovely for a wander.

    Address: Tower Gardens Estate, 137 Tower Gardens Road, London N17 7PE


    Telephone: +31 203 636 009


    Website: towergardens.org.uk

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    10. Eat around the neighbourhood

    You don’t have to look far to get well fed here. Local favourite San Marco has been feeding Tottenham Italian favourites since the 1970s. LovenPresents does cocktails and pizza with panache, while Lucky Chip at The Bluecoats Pub is the place to go for burgers and buffalo hot wings. Dishes using fresh produce from the Grow Tottenham garden can be bought at Pluma café, and, before the clubbing starts, File Miles is open for Middle Eastern food from Torshi. Order the pomegranate seed-scattered halloumi fries.

    Address: San Marco, 1-3 Station Buildings, London N17 6QY


    Telephone: +44 20 8808 9494


    Website: sanmarco.co.uk

    Address: LovenPresents, 2 Norman Road, London N15 4ND


    Telephone: +44 7539 866945


    Website: lovenpresents.com

    Address: The Bluecoats Pub, 614 High Road, London N17 9TA


    Telephone: +44 208 885 6555


    Website: thebluecoatspub.com

    Address: Pluma at Grow Tottenham, Ashley House, Ashley Road, London N17 9LZ


    Website: facebook.com/plumaldn

    Address: Torshi at File Miles, 39B Markfield Rd, London N15 4QA


    Telephone: +44 20 8216 9088


    Website: torshi.shop

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