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Enfield Borough Guide

Your All In London guide to Enfield

The Borough of Enfield is London's most northerly and can trace its origins back to Roman times when it lay along Ermine Street, the great Roman route leading the length of the country up to the strategic centres of Lincoln and York. Enfield town made an early appearance in the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was just a small town a day's journey from the capital; since then London has continued to expand and in doing so has swallowed up the town relegating it to a mere suburb. Enfield has a rich industrial past, known for a long time as the home of english arms manufacturing including the famous Lee-Enfield rifle, as well as for the colour television, first Hotpoint Dishwasher and the first ATM (Cash Machine).

The population of Enfield is younger than average, better educated than average and made up of proportinately more students than average. Much of this is likely to be down to the presence of three University of Middlesex campuses in the Borough. Although there are areas of relative wealth in the Borough, Enfield is also home to some of 10% most deprived in England, mainly in the south and east of the borough. These areas also suffer from poor housing and overcrowding as a result of council housing stock which is below the 'Decent Homes Standard.' Despite these downsides to urban living, two thirds of Enfield is open spaces or designated green belt land with a wealth of country and urban parks, farmland and fields which everyone can enjoy.


What's On around Enfield


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Things to do in Enfield

Pymmes Park

Pymmes Park, Enfield EN1 3XY

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Regions in Enfield

Enfield Town
This former market town is a largely residential suburb, far enough from the city for bits of countryside to start emerging but still only half an hour away from central London on the overground. Enfi...More information


Edmonton
Edmonton has the unfortunate luck of being home to a large incinerator, which burns waste and pumps out a plume of smoke that can be seen for miles around. Much of the area surrounding the incinerator...More information


Bowes Park
This north London suburb is situated between Wood Green, Bounds Green and Palmers Green. It encompasses a small, mostly residential area surrounding Myddleton Road, which has a few grocery stores, a d...More information


Palmers Green
This North London suburb is home to the largest population of Greek Cypriots outside of Cyprus, owing to the British colonial rule of Cyprus up until the 1960s. Green Lanes is a renowned spot for Gree...More information


Enfield Lock
Situated to the west of the River Lee, Enfield Lock was historically an industrial area, home to government-owned Royal Small Arms Factory, the site of which is now a housing estate known as Enfield I...More information


Ponders End
Situated next to Enfield, Ponders End was once associated with factories, with numerous warehouses sprouting up in the 19th century that produced parts for aviation and shipping as well as household i...More information


Winchmore Hill
North of Wood Green and Palmers Green you will find Winchmore Hill, home to the infamous Priory Clinic where General Pinochet received medical attention while under arrest, and where Amy Winehouse che...More information


Silver Street
In-keeping with the London habit of naming an area after its nearest train/tube station, Silver Street is now the name of the Edmonton neighbourhood that surrounds the station of the same name. The fa...More information


Southgate
Amy Winehouse was born and went to school here. It is home to a large Masonic centre. Sculptor and Turner prize winner Rachel went to Southgate School. Despite these facts, Southgate is far from being...More information



Neighbouring Boroughs

Barnet
Lying on the outer edge of north London, Barnet is the second largest of London's boroughs and has a relatively diverse population and landscape. To the north it benefits from large swathes of country...More information


Waltham Forest
Former home of William Morris, David Beckham and boyband E17, and current home to Britain's largest street market stretching for over a mile, Waltham Forest is a largely residential borough with a ver...More information


Haringey
Haringey lies in the middle teir of London geographically between inner and outer London towards the north. It is extremely ethnically diverse with an estimated 193 languages spoken there and over 35%...More information


Boroughs Map

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