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For Londoners, the River Thames divides the capital into North London and South London. However, to differentiate North London from the other distinctive parts of the capital that lie north of the Thames - Central London, East London and West London – North London is best defined as encompassing Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and parts of Westminster. It is very diverse, including tourist hot-spots, exclusive upmarket locations, bohemian arty areas, vibrant clubbing districts, quiet residential streets and traditional working class towns.
Westminster and Camden are the most popular parts of North London as tourist destinations. Westminster, which falls within both Central London and North London, has superb shops, entertainment and hotels as well as great connections with tube and rail networks. Westminster encompasses the City of London, Mayfair, Victoria and parts of Marylebone. Major tourist attractions in the area include Westminster Abbey, The Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace.
Camden is a vibrant area full of trendy shops, markets, entertainment and music venues catering for alternative culture. Its most famous theatre and concert venue is The Roundhouse. Camden’s markets cover several streets and run alongside Camden Lock. They sell alternative fashion, books, food, antiques and much more. The area also has many pubs, cafes and restaurants. Regent's Canal runs through the north of Camden and boat trips from Camden Lock are a popular activity. Regents Park and Primrose Hill border on Camden.
Barnet is a pleasant residential area with a hilltop location. High Barnet has an Odeon cinema, Barnet Museum, All Saints Art Centre, the traditional annual Barnet Fair, Ravenscroft local park and Barnet recreational park. The area has a good range of restaurants. Cuisines on offer include Italian, French, Indian, Chinese and southeast Asian. The large number of inns in Barnet was mentioned in Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist. Pubs include The Misty Moon, Toby Carvery, The Kings Head, The Monken Holt, The Black Horse, Ye Olde Mitre Inn, The Hadley Oak, The Nelson, The Sebright Arms and The White Lion.
Enfield is a historic market town with a completely modernised town centre due to a large recent redevelopment project. The area is superb for shopping, with major retail outlets as well as smaller shops, multi-storey car parks, a leisure centre, a supermarket and a large multiplex cinema. The borough contains the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture, Forty Hall Manor and garden exhibitions at Capel Manor, Myddleton House (part of the Lee Valley Park) and the Whitewebbs Museum of Transport.
Hackney blends East London vibrancy with its North London Georgian and Victorian heritage. Traditionally a working class and ethnically diverse area, regeneration and Hackney’s proximity to the thriving arts scene in Shoreditch, Hoxton and Bethnal Green has attracted a young artistic crowd. Many people say Hackney is to London what Brooklyn is to New York. The area has interesting shops, cafes and bars.
Haringey’s famous landmarks include Alexandra Palace, Bruce Castle, Jacksons Lane, Highpoint I and II, and Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. The borough is ethnically diverse, with extreme contrasts. Areas in the west, such as Highgate, Muswell Hill and Crouch End, are among the most prosperous in the country; while in the east of the borough are areas of high unemployment. Haringey is also geographically diverse, from wooded high ground around Highgate and Muswell Hill to low lying land beside the River Lea in the east. The borough includes large areas of green space and has many theatres, arts and concert venues.
Islington is a chic neighbourhood in North Central London. It has independent shops, elegant Georgian town houses and tempting eateries and bars. Parts of Islington are less upmarket, but have great nightclubs and entertainment venues.
The main transport hub in North London is King’s Cross/St Pancras, which is the biggest interchange station on the London Underground, serving six tube lines as well as two National Rail stations. It is on the Hammersmith & City, Circle, Metropolitan, Northern (Bank branch), Piccadilly and Victoria Underground lines. King’s Cross station serves long distance inter-city rail services on the East Coast Main Line. St Pancras station provides inter-city services on the Midland Main Line as well as services via Thameslink and international Eurostar trains. Euston station is also on North London, it is on the Victoria Line of the London Underground and both branches of the Northern Line as well as being a mainline railway station.