Tufnell Park is an area in North London close to Hampstead Heath that is well-known for its large terraced Victorian houses. Tufnell Park is mostly a residential area with beautiful homes situated on quiet, tree-lined streets. Many people look to buy or rent homes in Tufnell Park because of the booming property market and quick commute to central London via the Tube. The average price of townhouses, maisonettes, or flats in Tufnell Park is much lower than neighbouring Hampstead Heath or Camden Town.
Although Tufnell Park doesn’t have a High Street like Kentish Town, or Camden, there are plenty of interesting shops dotted throughout the neighbourhood. There are also a number of well-run primary and comprehensives schools for families to choose from. Local residents find that they have plenty to do in and around Tufnell Park thanks its many cafes, pubs, and affordable restaurants.
So, what is it like to live in Tufnell Park and why do many people who buy homes here decide to stay? Here is our short area guide to Tufnell Park.
Interesting facts about Tufnell Park
- The area is named after the William Tufnell who owned the area and had a large manor where the Holloway Odeon is now situated. The manor gateposts can still be seen on Tufnell Park Road.
- Despite the name, there is no park in Tufnell Park.
- In the 19th century, Tufnell Park was home to many dairy farms that supplied most of London’s milk.
- Famous artist Ford Madox Brown created one of his most famous masterpieces while living at 56 Fortress Terrace
- Famous residents, past and present have included Ben Miller, Cristopher Lee, Damian Lewis, singer Suggs from Madness, and TV presenter Jon Snow.
Properties in Tufnell Park
Properties in Tufnell Park are in 3 postcode areas – NW7 on the Holloway side, N19 on the Upper Holloway side, and NW5 Kentish Town.
Many of the properties for sale in Tufnell Park are large brick Victorian houses. These attract many families who work in the City and want to live in an area with a community feel to it. Many home buyers who buy homes in the area move from nearby areas where housing is more expensive and they can get more for their money in Tufnell Park.
There is also a thriving rental market in Tufnell Park thanks to the availability of flats and smaller accommodations. A number of the large Victorian townhouses have been converted into spacious, well-appointed flats.
Residents of Tufnell Park enjoy excellent public transport links to the city centre and most other areas of London.
The main Tube station is Tufnell Park and is on the Northern Line (Zone 2). Also, close by are Kentish Town and Archway stations which provide connections to the Victoria and Piccadilly lines as well as the Thameslink.
There is also an extensive bus network with frequent services to the West End and the City.
Tufnell Park doesn’t have any notable large open green spaces in the area. There are some outdoor leisure facilities at Tufnell Park playing fields. However, the spacious Hampstead Heath is close by and has nature walks, ponds, and great views over London from Parliament Hill.
What’s to do in Tufnell Park
Tufnell Park is quieter than some of the nearby areas like Camden Town or Islington, but that doesn’t mean that you have to travel far for a nice night out.
There are a number of small restaurants and cafes in Tufnell Park serving cuisine from around the world. One of the most well-known places is the Spaghetti House on Fortress Road where you can enjoy pasta at great prices.
Other restaurants on Brecknock Road and Junction road serve Italian, African, and Asian cuisine.
Pubs and bars
Tufnell Park is also home to some great traditional pubs and bars. For example, locals enjoy frequenting the Tufnell Park Tavern, Aces & Eights, The Junction Tavern, and Oak & Pastor.
Tufnell Park schools
There are a number of well-run primary and comprehensive secondary schools in Tufnell Park. All of the schools have received at least a “good” rating by Ofsted, with some of them judged to be “outstanding”.
The two best primary schools in Tufnell Park are Yerbury Primary and Eleanor Palmer Primary. However, competition to get placements in these schools is very high and the houses in the surrounding area fetch premium prices.
There are many comprehensive secondary schools to choose from in Tufnell Park. Some of the best ones are Camden Schools for Girls, Holloway on Hilldrop Road, William Ellis on Highgate Road, and Haverstock.
Local amenities in Tufnell Park
One of the beauties of living in Tufnell Park is the great selection of independent delis, butchers, and fishmongers to choose from. You can also find local fresh produce at the Saturday morning farmers’ market.