Southgate Area Guide

UK Area Guides

Southgate, North London


Living in Southgate

Good access to green space, transport links, and schools have made Southgate an attractive area for families and young professionals alike. A suburban area with the feel of being a distinct town, Southgate has an abundance of great restaurants and things to do, and is full of attractive Thirties buildings. 




Southgate is very much a family area, with substantial Cypriot and Jewish populations. The area has the feel of being its own town, rather than just an outpost of London, despite being just half an hour from the centre.  


Southgate is a safe place to live. The Metropolitan Police marks the greater area as having an average crime rate, while 2014/2015 ward data showed that the crime rate was lower than London overall, as was the rate of violence against the person. 


It is relatively easy to own and park a car in this area. The rate of car ownership here is slightly above one car per household, which is higher than the rate for car ownership in London overal. The area also has excellent road links. 


There is something of a range of nightlife options in Southgate, but it tends to be more country pubs to sports bars, rather than nightclubs. It is relatively easy to travel, e.g. to Central London, for late-night entertainment. 

Family Friendly

Quiet and safe, and with the feel of being a town, Southgate is very family friendly. A large percentage of the area's residents are children, with the working-aged adults population at about 67%. There are many options for relatively good value family homes, and schools are excellent. Nearby, Grovelands Park, Broomfield Park, and Trent Park (which offers equestrian and hockey centres) offer unparalleled access to sports facilities, countryside, and meadows. 

Pet Friendly

Nearby, Oakhill Park, Grovelands Park, Broomfield Park, and Trent Country Park (which offers an equestrian centre) offer unparalleled access to green space for your four-legged family members. 


Southgate and Arnos Grove are on the Piccadilly Line (Zone 4) and about half an hour from Central LondonRail services from New Southgate and Palmers Green provide access to Moorgate, or to Welwyn Garden City and Stevenage in the other direction. There are several local bus routes, and the North Circular and the M25 are within easy reach.