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Unlike the hustle and bustle of Hampstead and Brent Cross, the streets of Golders Green are at their quietest on Saturday afternoons, making it the perfect place to escape the noise of the city. However, come nightfall, the neighbourhood transforms into a bustling hub of activity, with plenty of cafés and food stores open until the early hours. 

Within Golders Green, you’ll find two distinct neighbourhoods: Golders Green itself and Hampstead Garden Suburb. The former is a cultural and religious hub, with shops and eateries lining Golders Green Road and the Temple Fortune section of Finchley Road. The latter is a haven of tranquillity, characterised by wide, tree-lined streets and a variety of architectural styles, from charming Arts and Crafts-style cottages to grand Lutyens-designed buildings.

Golders Green Architecture Spotlight

Golders Green Hippodrome

The Golders Green Hippodrome is an impressive theatre building located next to the Golders Green Underground station. It was built in 1913 by Bertie Crewe, and its exterior design features a symmetrical front made of stucco or reconstructed stone. The central part has seven bays with Ionic capitals on piers, supporting a full entablature with urns above the cornice. The pavilions on either side have short pedimented towers, and the main entrance is in a curved corner bay.


The auditorium was designed to resemble Roman architecture and is very grand, with a square proscenium opening flanked by two levels of boxes framed by 'correct' Roman Doric columns, which continue into a frieze on the upper balcony fronts. The boxes are topped with lion-drawn chariots, similar to those in the London Coliseum, and a sounding board sits above the proscenium, sheltering flanking pavilions.


The building was altered for the BBC Concert Orchestra, but the original design has remained visible. 

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Golders Green Crematoriun

If you're a fan of Brutalist architecture, you'll love the Golders Green Crematorium, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and considered one of his finest works. Its clean lines and simple, geometric shapes are a striking example of this often misunderstood style.

Dating back to 1912, it is one of the oldest crematoria in Britain and was the first crematorium to be opened in London. The crematorium is Grade II-listed and features some excellent examples of brick architecture across its collection of buildings, including coloured brick motifs, arched windows and strong geometry.

The crematorium gardens are listed as Grade I in the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. The architect Sir Ernest George designed the crematorium, and it was built in stages from 1901 to 1928. The building is in Lombardic style, made of red brick, and has a chimney within the tower. The gardens are beautifully designed, with several large tombs, two ponds, and a large crocus lawn. There is a special children's section and a 'communist corner' with memorials to notables of the Communist Party of Great Britain. There are also three columbaria containing the ashes of thousands of Londoners and residents of neighbouring counties. Notable monuments at the crematorium include the Philipson Family mausoleum, designed by Edwin Lutyens, and Into The Silent Land, a sculpture by Henry Alfred Pegram.

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