The ultimate guide to the attractions of London!
17th October 2023
Tottenham Hale Station has been around for more than 180 years and has undergone quite a few transformations in its time – including the occasional name change - but Tottenham Hale Station is still standing strong! Built in 1840, Tottenham Hale Station, as well as Tottenham itself has had its fair share of regeneration, its final form hosts a plethora of independent cafes and coffee shops, trendy breweries and taphouses and has become a beacon of culture in London.
As Tottenham Hale Station is accessible via the Stansted Express, just 35 minutes away from Stansted Airport, it is the perfect place to visit whilst visiting London. So, if it’s your first visit to Tottenham, or if you are a returning visitor looking for some inspiration, don’t worry we’ve got you covered. We’ve put together a list of the popular and much-loved locations definitely worth checking out:
Before we crack on with places to visit, we thought some information about Tottenham, and the station itself, might be of help, don’t worry there won’t be a quiz at the end!
Tottenham has a vibrant culture and is jam packed with things to do and places to visit, whether you are passing through the Tottenham area, or spending the night, there are plenty of things to keep you busy.
Football fans far and wide know that Tottenham is the home of the mighty Spurs! The stadium is open for tours that offers football fans an immersive behind the scenes look at all things football and explores the legacy of the Tottenham Hotspur’s both past and present! Able to hold a capacity crowd over 62,000 fans, Tottenham’s stadium is one of the largest in the Premier League, and certainly the biggest located in London. Built to replace the Club’s previous stadium in White Hart Lane, the stadium features stare of the art equipment such as world’s first dividing, retractable football pitch. This allows it to host concerts, NFL, rugby and other major events.
Whether you are an art lover or not, the street art scenes in Tottenham is a must see when in town! Some of the best areas to spot the giant canvases are the side streets at Broad Lane (that’s near the Tottenham Hale Retail Park). Check out the industrial units near Fountayne Road. There are murals to spot at Stoneleigh Court, Portland Road and at Sherringham Avenue. Who knows maybe you will spot the next Banksy!
Bruce Castle is one of the most influential Tudor manors that still stands today in Greater London. Now used to house over 1000 years of local history, Bruce Castle is the perfect place to get lost in the mysteries of the past. Boasting a 21-foot red brick tower from the 15th century, Bruce Castle’s Tudor Tower remains to be one of the biggest mysteries of the location, as the towers purpose remains a mystery to historians. The 16th-century manor house has, in fact, exhibits exploring such topics as the Romans and Tudors to modern textiles and even the penny black stamp (postal reformer Sir Rowland Hill used the Castle as a school at one time). The museum, which is free to enter, is open Wednesday to Sunday, 1pm to 5pm.
The Park is huge and was built as a ‘green lung’ for the residents of London. Tottenham Marshes have been around since the mid-19th century, but Lee Valley Regional Park Authority took over management in 1972, making nature a top priority. As well as an abundance of wildlife, insects and birds to spot, the Park runs various activities to get involved in. These include weekly walks, ‘cook and eat’ groups and gardening at the East Hale Allotments. Further on in the park, you’ll find horse riding and white-water rafting. A perfect way to relax, unwind and escape the hustle and bustle of city life!
Walthamstow Wetlands boasts the title of ‘largest urban wetlands in Europe’, measuring in at a grand total of 211 hectares. It’s a mere seven-minute walk from the station and just 15 from the centre of London. It’s fabulous for birdwatching, a grand spot for a picnic and somewhere lovely to just stroll or cycle through, with over 13 miles of paths, make sure you are wearing comfortable footwear! This wonderful nature reserve is open from 9:30am – 5pm daily (4pm during the winter months) and there’s a host of activities to take part in, from tours and workshops to stargazing, bushcraft activities and bat walks, there is always something new to try! There’s also a café if you’re feeling a tad peckish; the Larder Café is located in the old Victorian Engine House building and is open daily from 9:30am until 4pm.
A Victorian pumping station, set in a riverside park near Walthamstow Wetlands, this Victorian engine house offers a fascinating glimpse into the area’s industrial past. It’s certainly well worth a visit. You can see a working Victorian steam engine in action and take part in a guided tour of the Sewage Treatment Works. The Museum is open from 11am to 5pm on Sundays and entrance is free.
Devoted to the life and work of the Victorian artist and founder of the Arts & Crafts Movement, this Gallery is a must for artists, interior designers, fashion followers and textile fans alike. You’ll find fabric, prints, furniture, ceramics, stained glass, painted tiles, embroidery and a host of drawings and paintings from Morris and other artists devoted to this new post-Victorian movement. The Gallery, at Lloyd Park, Forest Road in Walthamstow, was the artist's former home.
Sitting on the River Lee Navigation in Haringey, Tottenham Lock is big enough for barges weighing up to 130 tons to pass through. The Paired Lock includes two locks – one mechanically operated and the other manually. Seeing the lock being prepared for a boat’s journey from one side of the river to the other, is a fascinating process to watch – and not just for budding engineers.
Based just a five-minute walk from Tottenham Hale train station, the Taproom offers not just unique craft beers, but is also one of the best hang out spots in Tottenham. With beers ranging form pale ales to full bodied stouts, Beavertown Taproom is the place to be on Saturday and Sundays (12 to 9pm) to unwind with a pint (non-alcoholic pints are available!) after a busy day exploring Tottenham.
Tottenham Hale Station serves as an excellent gateway to a plethora of exciting attractions and activities for travelers using the Stansted Express. Whether you're a local resident or a visitor from afar, there is no shortage of things to do in this vibrant area of London.
Planning a trip to experience the wonders of Tottenham for yourself, what’s the wait? Stansted Express has you covered ensuring hassle free transfers to Stansted Airport with tickets starting from just £9.90.