Residential streets are tucked behind the main roads, which meet at the crossroads opposite the station. Many houses were built in the 1920s and 1930s and have been extended, had garages converted into extra accommodation and front gardens paved over to cater for the cars of the large families who live in them.
The best roads in Golders Green border Golders Hill Park, with its small zoo, tennis courts and a popular café.
The suburb grew out of a campaign to save part of Hampstead Heath from development and was founded in 1907 by the east London philanthropist Dame Henrietta Barnett, who had a holiday cottage near the Spaniards Inn at Hampstead. Her aim was to create homes for all classes and a healthy and beautiful place to live.
There are roads of big, detached houses in styles from Queen Anne and Arts & Crafts to Art Deco and rustic cottages. The overall impression is leafy, with manicured hedges and grass verges and an impressive central square with two churches and a high-achieving girls’ grammar school named after Dame Henrietta herself.
In the early 20th century it grew rapidly in response to the opening of a tube station of the London Underground, adjacent to the Golders Green Hippodrome which was home to the BBC Concert Orchestra for many years. The area has a wide variety of housing and a busy main shopping street, Golders Green Road.
It is known for its large Jewish population as well as for being home to the largest Jewish kosher hub in the United Kingdom, which attracts many Jewish tourists.
Golders Green station is a London Underground tube station on the Northern line in zone 3. It is the first surface station on the Edgware branch when heading north. On the station's forecourt is Golders Green bus station. This is a major hub for London Buses in North West London. National Express coaches also stop at the bus station before/after central London.
Many bus routes pass through Golders Green, including the 210 to Finsbury Park, the 82 to Victoria and the 102 Edmonton Green, and from Golders Green station the 240 to Edgware, the 183 to Pinner and the 83 to Ealing Hospital begin their routes.
Finchley’s Fun Fact - Residents in West Heath Avenue in Golders Green, weren’t too happy back in the autumn of 2009 to find their normally peaceful street swarmed by screaming crowds. The reason? It was the location of the X Factor house where the finalists – Olly Murs, Jedward and eventual winner Joe McElderry among them – were staying.