221 Turnpike Lane to Edgware

Tales of the 221

This is a story of the suburbs. It takes us from Turnpike Lane Station in the London Borough of Haringey to Edgware in the London Borough of Barnet. The journey takes just over an hour. It takes us past places associated with heroes and heroines, villains. We are on the trail of Jack the Ripper and Dick Turpin.

V0014494 Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum, Southgate, Middlesex: panoramic Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images

We find a building with a history so shameful that they changed the name of the area. There are soldiers and politicians, social reformers and singers, actors and airmen. There is also the story of the bricks and stones – why are the streets are how they are, what was there before, and some of the remarkable businesses that once thrived in north London.

You can download the audio-guide from Turnpike Lane to Edgware here

We are working on a guide to allow you to start from Edgware instead.

The route is on these maps. There is a pdf you can download here


Route 221 Turnpike Lane to Colney Hatch Lane
Map 1 Route 221 Turnpike Lane to Colney Hatch Lane
Route 221 Colney Hatch Lane to Mill Hill East
Route 221 Map 3 Mill Hill East to Edgware
Route 221 Map 3 Mill Hill East to Edgware

There is a Youtube play list of sounds and music associated with the places and people we meet.


There are numerous cafes and eateries in, Wood Green, North Finchley, Mill Hill Broadway and Edgware. There are also cafes at New Southgate and Friern Barnet. Edgware has some very good kosher delicatessens.

There are a couple of cafe/patisseries on Sussex Ring, convenient for a stop off and a stroll along the riverside park along the Dollis Brook

There are various pubs

  • P J Connors., 239A High Road, Bowes Park, London, N22 8HF, On the site of the Jolly Butchers Public House, the oldest business in Wood Green. No reviews. Irish themed pub.
  • The Ranelagh, 82 Bounds Green Road, Bounds Green, N11. Victorian pub. Review
  • Tally Ho, Finchley. Built in 1929. Review
  • The Elephant Inn, 283 Ballards Lane Finchley. This was originally the Moss Court. Review
  • Bridge Tavern MIll Hill Broadway, The sign comes down (story) Review
  • The Jolly Badger, The Hale, This Harvester Inn was originally the Green Man, dating from 1751. A historic sporting pub for huntsmen and boxers. Review
  • Railway Tavern, the Hale. Review


There are public toilets at Turnpike Lane, the Wood Green Mall and in the Broadwalk Shopping Centre Edgware The loos at the Cafe La Genoise, 714 High Road North Finchley, were open pre Covid.