Edgware is not the sexiest place in London you could choose to live (although locals claim it has its moments - see below), and yet it would not pretend to be. The area is distinctly suburban, with the picturesque greenbelt countryside of Hertfordshire to the north and the bustle and excitement of central London to the south. It itself is largely a residential area, albeit one where you do feel part of London's sprawl.
As a result Edgeware is more popular with families, with large(r) homes and plenty of open green spaces. The presence of several excellent independent schools, including North London Collegiate, proves magnetic for some ambitious parents. State schools represent more of a mixed bag - but all are said to be improving and now, generally of a decent standard. Mill Hill County is considered a particularly good school, regularly ranking in the top 50 state schools in the UK. Further out St Albans is known for the quality of its schools, although getting a place in any one of them will be a struggle.
Edgeware as a retail centre is not the most impressive, pretty or compelling proposition in the capital but is functional. The main thoroughfare in Edgware is a mix of retail outlets and restaurants. A small but modern shopping centre, Broadwalk Shopping Centre built in the 1980s, is positioned right next to the Tube station.
Should you do want to tap the real Oxford Stret Experience, no problem however. Living in Edgware, sandwiched between Stanmore and Mill Hill, gives residents access to the Northern and Jubilee lines, as well as the Thameslink mainline. It takes just over 30 minutes to be in central London, either at a desk, or in Selfridges
Getting to the rest of the UK is fairly simple too. Edgware nestles alongside the M1, A1 and A41, giving excellent road links to London, the M25 and beyond. For international travellers, Heathrow Airport is the nearest to Edgware at a little over 20 miles by road and London City is around 24.
If you are a bird of a feather, according to the 2011 census (source Wikipedia) the Edgware ward of Barnet is 60% white (47% British, 12% Other White, 1% Irish). 13% was Indian and 7% Black African. 33% of the population is Jewish, 28% Christian and 11% Muslim.
The cultural diversity of Edgeware gave it, for a day at least, the title of the Cultural Capital of London by youth/student paper, The Tab. This seems to have been driven predominantly by the diversity of food on offer:
"Where else could you find warm bread from a Kosher bakery, delicious Indian curry, sushi, Thai food, Caribbean and Turkish treats all on the same road?"
The youth paper is clearly an all-round fan of the Edgeware proposition though... It is "far superior to Stanmore on one side, and not quite as flashy as Mill Hill on the other. It’s stuck between these two apparently “better” (more expensive) towns, yet it actually comes out on top in almost every way..."
The only negative it notes are local water holes - its pubs and bars are described as terrifying!
Another way of putting it is that Edgeware has not been blessed or cursed with too much gentrification, leaving it a very 'real' community. It's rough in places, quite lovely and green in other, and overall a largely safe and good place to bring up the kids.
Beit Shvidler Primary School
Holland House School
Broadfields Primary School
Deansbrook Primary School
North London Collegiate School
Rosh Pinah Primary School
Edgware Junior School
Canons High School