Discover Wood Green: a vibrant and arty North London neighbourhood
Insider Guide by Ginza co-founder Sarah Ahern. Exclusively created for guests at Green Rooms arts hotel in Wood Green.
London’s ‘Little Turkey’ is also a hub for the creative arts: home to both traditional kebab shops and artists studios, as well as one of London’s premier entertainment venues.
Wood Green is North London at its most authentic and inspiring. Read on to discover why Green Rooms is proud to call this neighbourhood home.
Discover: Blue House Yard
Right across the road from Green Rooms, local artists, craftsmen and entrepreneurs have made their home on the site of an old carpark. Highlights include the sumptuous stationary creators Mark + Fold and LeKilt’s fresh take on Scottish dress and prints.
Coffee break: The Yard
‘Alexandra Palace’s best kept secret’ - a cute little coffee shop come diner situated inside the train station and serving up sandwiches and sweet treats.
Insider tip: On Fridays and Saturdays, The Yard becomes a ‘local’, serving drinks until 11pm.
Explore: Alexandra Palace and Park
‘Ally Pally’, also know as ‘the people’s palace’, is a historic entertainment venue that has an all-year ice-skating rink and attracts music acts from around the world. There is a large market-style food hall with street food stalls and bars. On Bonfire Night and New Year’s Eve, the park is the site of an awesome fireworks display.
Eat: Oita Kitchen
Oita’s signature dish is ‘karagee’, Japanese fried chicken. Karagee (not to be confused with American southern style fried chicken) is surprisingly light and crisp and comes with a variety of sauces, including spicy miso, yuzu citrus and wasabi. You can also enjoy Japanese katsu curry or teriyaki and there are good vegetarian options on the menu. Everything is also extremely reasonably priced - so we recommend saving room to sample lots of dishes.
Drink: The Starting Gate
This historic pub used to be the starting point for Alexandra Palace Racecourse. Set in a listed building from 1875, the pub effortlessly mixes contemporary style with period Victorian features. Popular with locals and a great spot for a drink before or after a walk in the park.
Live performances: Karamel @ The Chocolate Factory
This vegan restaurant serves global foods and craft beers and regularly hosts live music and other entertainment acts. A truly unique community hub and cultural venue. Art collective Collage Arts, regularly hosts its Collage Nights here - featuring independent music and and live visual art.