Totteridge and Whetstone Area Guide
Totteridge is a historic village home to some of the most exclusive properties in the capital. It’s situated only 10 miles north of Central London but the surrounding countryside tells a different story. This land offers a slice of rural seclusion without being too far from the city’s attractions.
Much of the development is clustered around St Andrew’s Church which is home to one of London’s oldest trees – thought to be around 1,000 to 2,000 years old. It’s symbolic of Totteridge which has managed to preserve much of its historic character. Few neighbourhoods in London are kept so well-manicured where community spaces compliment the attractive mansions which occupy Totteridge Lane, all the way through to Totteridge Common.
In keeping with the tranquil setting, the village isn’t home to any shops, but The Orange Tree pub takes pride of place overlooking a duck pond. It’s the nearby village of Whetstone that provides a pleasant shopping experience. A selection of leading retailers can be found including Waitrose which sits alongside independent boutiques and laidback eateries.
In an area renowned for the great outdoors, Totteridge offers no shortage of sports facilities. The local tennis club is popular with residents, not to mention the historic course at The South Herts Golf Club. More laidback pursuits can be enjoyed in the many parks and the Dorris Valley Green Walk promises scenic views along a 10-mile country circuit.
TRANSPORT LINKSDespite the rural character of Totteridge, residents enjoy a speedy commute into Central London. Totteridge & Whetstone tube station serves the local community with services every few minutes along on the Northern Line. Alternatively, Oakleigh Park is the closest railway station which sits on the Great Northern Route. Direct trains depart to Moorgate, London Kings Cross and Welwyn Garden City.
Totteridge is just as convenient for those travelling by car. The M25 can be reached in under 15minutes, while the M1 is accessible in approximately eight minutes. This gives reassurance for those travelling across London, as well as other major cities to the north. The closest airport is London Luton, followed by Heathrow International. Both can be reached in under 40 minutes.
NEARBY SCHOOLSTotteridge is home to an excellent choice of both state and private schools. St Andrew’s CofE is the local primary which is judged ‘good’ by the government watchdog Ofsted. Given the impressive results at Key Stage 2, it’s a popular choice and often oversubscribed.
The nearby secondary schools offer a similar appeal with both the nearby grammar schools judged as ‘outstanding; Queen Elizabeth’s caters for boys, while Henrietta Barnett in Hampstead Garden Suburb caters for girls. Alternatively, parents have the choice between two Catholic and two Jewish comprehensive schools. St Michael’s for girls is judged outstanding by Ofsted, while Finchley Catholic for boys is judged ‘good’. Hasmonean High is another ‘outstanding’ school and coeducational for pupils aged 11 to 18.
There are also many top performing and highly sought-after private establishments within the catchment area. These include Mill Hill for those aged 3 to 18, Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls in Elstree and Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School in Borehamwood.
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