First things first: be aware that this post will require updating. You see, lovely as Golders Green is, it’s a bit tricky on the charity shop front, for one main reason: this is Jew country, and therefore, you go on a Saturday, you’ll find half the shops closed. Which is a considerable amount: In total there’s eight charity shops, with a new Barnardo’s just being kitted out, so I’m going to rate Golders Green on it’s full potential, not just the one visit.
Go on a weekday, then. If you do, you’ll be spoilt for choice, and though you’ll be fending off the wealthy looking elderly Jewish ladies, you’ll be rewarded. Starting at the tube, there’s two close by on Finchley Road, a Cancer Research and an All Aboard (the latter was closed, but the Cancer Research was excellent: a particularly good selection of music and books, small but good. I left with The Princess Bride (yes!) on DVD, a Run DMC album and a Hemingway paperback). According to Google Maps, if you went the other way up Finchley Road, there would be an Oxfam and another All Aboard (Google claims three around here: I’m not convinced). We didn’t investigate that far on this occasion, but seeing as Golders Green is getting a good, hard revisiting as soon as possible, I can update soon.
The main shopping drag is Golders Green Road, between the tube station and heading up towards Hendon/Brent Cross at the North Circular. Here you’ll find JAMI, two Norwood shops (all closed), a North London Hospice (pretty good, as usual), and a Marie Curie (not bad…), plus a couple more. A goodly selection. the shops are pretty well-stocked too – my biggest ever charity shop regret is a £45 accordion from Golders Green. Is that a bargain? I don’t know! Aargh!
Golders Green is an excellent stop off. There’s tons here, as well as some handy other shops (there’s two Choices, which is the factory-outlet version of Next, including a home shop), and dead handy for Golders Hill Park and Hampstead Heath. I heartily approve.
Find: Golders Green @ Google Maps
Transport: Golders Green on the Northern line
Consume with: I went with a safe Caffe Nero cake, but on a non-Saturday, there’s loads of kosher bakeries and cafes that look wonderful.
Visit: Golders Hill Park is well worth your time: deer and donkeys, a beautiful park with a decent caf, and handy access to the incredible Hill Garden on Hampstead Heath.
Web: MC Rebbe the rapping Rabbi; Golders-Green.com; more
Overall rating: five too-small coats