Pasero restaurant founder Genevieve Sparrow talks about her friendly, community-focused North London area

Genevieve Sparrow outside her restaurant, Pasero (Matt Writtle)

Genevieve Sparrow outside her restaurant, Pasero (Matt Writtle)

We moved here when we had our first baby and wanted a place to settle. I am from Kentish Town and wanted to stay in North London but it was priceless. Tottenham is relatively affordable and has good transport links and parks, which is a consideration when you have a baby. And it was worth it – we love it here and never want to leave.

eating and drinking

The food and drink scene is smaller than some of the neighboring areas, but the restaurants here are great. There are older restaurants from the many different communities that make up the local population, such as African, Caribbean, Turkish, Latin American, many.

You will also find newcomers. There’s brilliant pizza and craft beers at our neighbors at True Craft on West Green Road. There’s Chuku’s on the High Road – they do delicious Nigerian tapas. There is a very nice atmosphere.

There is excellent sushi at Sushi Heads and Kinome Sushi, both on Philip Lane.

The High Cross pub was once a public toilet (Matt Writtle)

The High Cross pub was once a public toilet (Matt Writtle)

I love La Cruz Alta. It is an old Victorian public bath on the High Road that has been converted into a pub.

The Palm, our other pub, does an excellent Sunday roast. And if you want pastries, Prestige Patisserie was a semifinalist on Bake Off: The Professionals.

where do i exercise

I do a 5K running circuit that runs through Downhills Park, Lordship Rec and Tower Gardens, this amazing 1930s property with beautiful art deco houses. Then you go to Tottenham Cemetery, which is beautiful. There are roses, a lake and lots of wildlife.

Lordship Recreation Ground (Matt Writtle)

Lordship Recreation Ground (Matt Writtle)

There are excellent Soca dance classes run by a woman named Shenika, who has a company called Define Me. She supported me during lockdown.

To commune with nature

As we are close to the outskirts of London we can access places like Epping Forest quite quickly. Downhills Park is my favorite and closest. It has beautiful old trees and lots of wildlife. Downhills Park Cafe is a brilliant community cafe. It’s where Pasero started – I used to host my supper club there.

Neri Gun, owner of Downhills Park Cafe, where Genevieve hosted her nightclub (Matt Writtle)

Neri Gun, owner of Downhills Park Cafe, where Genevieve hosted her nightclub (Matt Writtle)

Lordship Rec is across the street and has basketball courts and a BMX track. The Tottenham marshes are nice to walk on.

grocery shopping

There is nothing you cannot buy here, because there is a Ugandan store, an Ethiopian store, different Caribbean stores. There are Turkish shops with excellent vegetables. Expa on Philip Lane has a bakery, butcher and olive deli counter – you have a very good choice.

I buy meat, fish and vegetables from Farm Direct; They do deliver all over London but are based on Blackhorse Lane.

There is also Holcombe Market on the High Road, with Halls Greengrocers who have been there for over 100 years. In Green Lanes, I love Harringay Local Store for cheese and specialty things, although now Pasero has a deli too.

For a cultural solution

As for the theater, the Bernie Grant Center is the main venue. Sometimes it has screenings of National Theater Live.

The Bernie Grants Center for the Arts (Matt Writtle)

The Bernie Grants Center for the Arts (Matt Writtle)

The All Good Bookshop on Turnpike Lane is a small, independent bookstore. It used to be on a different site, and the owners kicked them out. They collectively financed the new space.


We have the Victoria and Piccadilly lines, two different Overground services and loads of buses.

dream street

I think I could already be living on it. Where I live now faces Downhills Park. It’s pretty special.

Something that is only seen in Tottenham

There are cuts of meat, vegetables and canned food that I have never seen in other places. There are always sheep heads available, I have never bought one.

Halls Greengrocers has been around for over a century (Matt Writtle)

Halls Greengrocers has been around for over a century (Matt Writtle)

What’s the trick?

Previously, if you wanted to go out for a nice dinner, you had to go somewhere nearby. That’s partly why I opened the restaurant, so no one has to leave Tottenham. I think the positives outweigh the negatives. He’s so friendly; so community focused. I know all my neighbors.

in three words

Friendly. Independent. Diverse.

Genevieve opened cafe and restaurant passerby on West Green Road in October.


Harris Primary Academy Philip Lane, The Willow and Noel Park primary schools are all rated as excellent, with another 16 rated as good.

For high schools, Harris Academy, Gladesmore Community School (both rated as outstanding), and Park View School and Woodside High School (both rated as good) are among the top choices.

what does it cost

Buy in Tottenham

Average fixed price: £340,560

Median house price: £599,160

Rent in Tottenham

Average fixed price, pcm: £1,510

Median house price pcm: £2,230

Source: Hamptons and Land Registry

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