Redleaf Roamer - Bounds Green


Henry Columbine, Property Team

This time, the Property Team is off to Bounds Green, in North London.

Redleaf Roamer - Bounds Green

How did you find out about Bounds Green?

The first time I went to Bounds Green was an accident - I'd just moved to Crouch End and was trying to cycle home from Muswell Hill and went the wrong way! I then didn't visit again until I was looking to buy somewhere. Bounds Green, with Bowes Park village and its rapidly regenerating high street, Myddleton Road, offered much better value - and better transport connections - than areas such as Stoke Newington and Crouch End that I had previously been considering.

Myddleton Road Market (1)

What do you like best about Bounds Green?

I love the sense of community. You notice it as soon as you get off the train at Bowes Park and see the community herb boxes that have been planted and are maintained by local people and that residents are invited to pick for use in their cooking. I've never really known my neighbours in London before, whereas here we have regular street parties and chats with the neighbours over the garden fence.

The community is also heavily involved in the regeneration of the local area through groups such as We Love Myddleton Road and the Bowes Park Community Association.

What are Bounds Green's hidden gems?

There are so many - mainly centred on Myddleton Road, Bowes Park's traditional Edwardian high street, which won the Great British High Street of the Year competition, and hosts an award-winning monthly market.

The coffee doesn't get any better than at La Coppia, an authentic Italian deli where the taleggio's fresh, the Parma ham melts in the mouth and the arancini are to die for. Hot Milk Café is a newcomer to the scene, offering coffees, juices and snacks in the atmospheric surroundings of Renaissance, which has pianos for sale and offers music lessons and practice rooms for hire. The Step is a Bounds Green institution for weekend brunches and evening cocktails and Hellenic Gourmet is a Greek deli that does a roaring trade in feta, olives and hummus. The bakery opposite is run by the same family and, apart from fresh breads, does great savoury pastries and macaroons. Also, there’s Killick Stores, which trades in quirky and stylish homewares, gifts and cards; Ruby's Cave, which has vintage and retro furniture at refreshingly affordable prices; and the Tap Room, offering locally brewed beers from Bowes Park’s own microbrewery Bohem. Finally, Vrisaki is renowned as one of London's best Greek restaurants - I dare you to order and finish the mezes!

Away from Myddleton Road, The Ranelagh is a popular pub with a large beer garden while The Prince, which recently reopened on Bounds Green Road, is just the right level of hipster, combining wooden floors, bare bulbs and exposed brickwork with a great selection of craft beers, snacks and an unpretentious attitude. Fatisa on the High Road and Pizzeria Volare on Bowes Road do great pizzas and Starfish Loves Coffee - just the other side of the picturesque Broomfield Park - has coffee, cake and prosecco on tap.

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Any downsides to Bounds Green life?

Hardly anyone has ever heard of Bounds Green, so you always have a bit of explaining to do when someone asks you where you live!