The London Borough of Enfield (LBE) is London’s northern most London borough, bordering Hertfordshire to the north with the M25 motorway. Its proximity to London and the countryside with its excellent transport links makes it an ideal location for families and commuters.
Mentioned in the Doomsday book of 1086, Enfield is an ancient market town and was once in the county of Middlesex until the county was broken up in 1965 and became part of Greater London. Enfield Town Market, dating back over 800 years to 1303 still thrives today each Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It sells everyday wears, fashion and international street food. The Town also boasts a modern shopping centre with stores including Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and many more well known high street brands in Palace Gardens Shopping Centre.
Enfield itself comprises a number of different catchments. Enfield Town and Enfield Chase can be found on the western side of the A10. On the eastern side, Freezywater borders the adjoining Hertfordshire town of Waltham Cross, and travelling south on Hertford Road (A1010) you will pass through Enfield Wash, Enfield Highway through to Ponders End that adjoins Edmonton, London N9, which also is part of LBE. The eastern side of Enfield was traditionally more an industrial area. While it does still retain some commercial/industrial areas, many sites have been redeveloped into residential housing, including the Royal Ordnance factory which was home to the famous Lee-Enfield rifle and was closed in 1988.
Enfield is also host hundreds of pubs, restaurants, cafes, coffee shops and bars, catering for most tastes, as well as a selection of retail and leisure parks including a multi-screen cinema complex. Over one third of the London Borough of Enfield is Green Belt, meaning that you’re never far from a park or countryside, with a network of country walks, bridleways and foot paths. The River Lee runs through Enfield from Hertfordshire. The Lee Valley Walk offers an unbroken cycle and walking path and follows the route along the Lee Navigation towpath, from Waltham Abbey to the Thames at Limehouse Basin and 2012 Olympic Park, taking in The Lee Valley White Water Centre, home of the 2012 Olympic white-water rafting course.
Enfield is ideal for commuters. Numerous train services to central London can be found throughout the borough, including Greater Anglia, Great Northern, London Underground (Piccadilly Line) and London Overground. Enfield is connected to London’s orbital motorway M25 at Junction 25, where the A10 provides a route into central London and City.
There are over 100 schools in the London Borough of Enfield (primary and secondary schools) including state, academy, grammar and independent schools. The borough is also well served with an abundance of sporting facilities with numerous leisure centres, golf courses, cricket and football pitches and a wealth of clubs catering for most sports.
Being an ancient town, Enfield has a rich history. There are lots of interesting places to visit, including museums, listed buildings and country parks.
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