Alexandra Palace with its park is a natural magnet for special events and days out. While awaiting major redevelopment, which is often heralded but never happens, the skating rink is still open. Tottenham Hotspur Football Club at White Hart Lane attracts thousands,
while the less boisterous may prefer the 16th century Bruce Castle Museum and borough archive. Jackson's Lane Community Theatre is a local cultural centre at Archway. There are sports and leisure centres at New River, home of the successful athletics club, Tottenham
Green and the Park Road Pools at Crouch End.
Where to shop
The biggest centre is the Shopping City at Wood Green, and its extension at Green Lanes. The usual retail names are to be found at
Muswell Hill Broadway, Crouch End Broadway, Tottenham High Road and Archway.
In addition to Hampstead Heath, which runs along the south western border on the Camden side, the major open spaces in Haringey are Finsbury Park, Alexandra Park, Highgate Wood, Coldfall Wood and Queens Wood. There are large golf courses at Highgate and Muswell Hill and
recreation grounds at Crouch End, White Hart Lane, Belmont, Lordship, Chestnuts, Down Lane and Markfield. The Lee Valley Regional Park runs along the eastern boundary.
There are an impressive 4,523 nursery places in Haringey. The best of the 77 primary schools are voluntary-aided church schools:
St James's Church of England
, St Martin of Porres, Our Lady of Muswell and St Gilda's (RC) and St Michael's C of E Junior. Best of the others
are Rhodes Avenue, Tetherdown, Muswell Hill, Campsbourne Junior and Coleridge.
In secondary education there are only nine schools and a wide gap between the two Independent schools, Highgate (boys) and Channing (girls) and the others. The independents' pupils scored 99
and 98 per cent GCSE passes in the A-C grades. The best comprehensive, Fortismere, lags behind with only 64 per cent successes, while Highgate Wood and Hornsey School for Girls are even worse with only 40 per cent. The White Hart Lane and Langham are at the bottom of
the heap with only 10 per cent GCSE success.
For further education there are adult literacy and maths classes at the College of North East London in Tottenham.
The Whittington Hospital (with A and E) is just across the border in Camden, off Highgate Hill. Equally close but in neighbouring Enfield is the North Middlesex Hospital (also A and E). St Ann's, within the borough, has no casualty ward.
Who lives there
Maureen Lipman, Alison Steadman,
, Chris Jagger, Lynda Bellingham, Gary Olsen, Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart (but not together), Bruce Kent, Sting, George Michael, Tom Wilkinson, Douglas Hodge.
Muswell Hill Property prices
£100,000 - £250,000
£175,000 - £700,000
£175,000 - £750,000
£250,000 - £1Million plus