All the Best Things to See and Do in Totteridge

If you’ve decided on a homestay, London’s Totteridge gives you the best of both worlds: green spaces and proximity to the city lifestyle.

Totteridge, located in zone 4, is a favourite residential area among locals. This old English village dates back to medieval times and has often attracted wealthy families looking for a rural retreat. It’s not difficult to see why – it offers the peace, quiet and natural beauty of the countryside (and, of course, living here is incredibly budget-friendly) while still being just a quick tube right away from central London. This means you’ll have a chance to relax and enjoy nature while still accessing in the city centre whenever you please.

Staying in the centre of London in zones 1 and 2 is not necessarily within the budget of everyone’s study abroad experience. However, I think that staying in zone 4 doesn’t take anything away from your experience and, in fact, it can actually be even more enjoyable sometimes, because you get the best of both worlds: easy access to the centre of London and the benefits of staying somewhere a little less crowded.

Feels Like Country, Close to the City

With numerous historic mansions and the lovely St Andrew’s church, Totteridge has a very relaxed, upmarket feel and is surrounded by parkland and several golf courses. It has its own village with a range of shops, a lovely green and the local Orange Tree pub. If, like me, you love the feeling of open spaces but still want to be close to the centre of the city, it’s an amazing place to stay. Here are just a couple of the highlights I’ve discovered.

  • Izgara: This Turkish restaurant is fantastic place to meet up with a group of friends for a meal or a drink. It’s just a couple of minutes’ walk from the Tube station and it’s open for lunch and dinner as well as having a great takeaway menu.
  • The London LOOP: When you need a break from study, you can walk the Totteridge to Barnet section of the famous London LOOP – a walking route that encircles the city and allows you to tour the capital – without even having to set foot on any roads. I found this to be a wonderful and most enjoyable way to get out and experience the beautiful British great open spaces right on your doorstep.
  • Outdoor Adventures: You can easily reach green, outdoor spaces from Totteridge, such as Green Hill Gardens (a public park) and Brook Farm Open Space (a pleasant spot for long hikes).
  • Famous Spots: Totteridge has a rich history and is home to many famous places – check out this document for more information.

If you’ve decided on a homestay, London has plenty of great options. At Britannia Student Services our team of friendly and knowledgeable experts are on hand to guide your decision and give you all the information on the best places to stay.   

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