North London, generally seen as the area north of Euston Road, is home to plenty of bars, cafés, and fun things to do. For centuries this area was simply fields, cricket grounds, hunting space or small villages. As the city began to expand North in the 1800s these villages slowly became part of London itself, giving many areas of today’s North London a quaint, village-like feel.
In general, this area may be slightly worse for hayfever sufferers than other areas because it tends to have more tree-lined streets and leafy gardens. It also features some notable green spaces.
Hayfever symptoms are caused by three main types of pollen: tree, grass and weeds. In North London you’ll find all three.
The London plane is a common tree across London, unsurprisingly. However, being the centre of global trade, London is inevitably home to a wide variety of tree species, encouraged in part by the long history of Royalty in London, as these families tended to bring in exotic trees and plants from other countries to populate their grand, beautiful gardens.
Popular trees of the 18th century were elm and sycamore, but today you’ll find an enormous variety, including oak, willow, maple and birch.
There are a few areas of North London which are likely to be particularly high in pollen throughout the pollen season – especially on high pollen count days. These include:
- London Zoo. Unfortunately London zoo is situated on the outskirts of the enormous Regent’s Park, so while it makes an interesting day out, it will also likely be laden with pollen. Within the zoo itself you’ll find plenty of grassy areas, trees and plant life – great for the animals, but not so great for hayfever sufferers
- Highgate cemetery. Here you’ll find the West Cemetery, a beautiful Victorian cemetery featuring Egyptian style tombs, a chapel and eerie catacombs; and the East Cemetery, which features the resting places of several famous names, including Karl Marx and George Eliot. Unfortunately, included in its grandeur is dense greenery and rich wooded areas
- Hampstead heath. This huge 320 hectare park features open, meadow-like grassy areas and a huge variety of trees, including birch, oak, sycamore, hawthorn and beech
- Primrose Hill. Right next to London Zoo and The Regent’s Park you’ll find Primrose Hill. This park is characterised by plain, open grassland, as well as clusters of trees
- Alexandra Park. Further north still lies Alexandra Park, home to Alexandra Palace (affectionately nicknamed ‘Ally-pally’). It boast luscious green spaces and an abundance of trees – including ash, sycamore, yew, willow, silver birch, elm and alder.
Luckily there are plenty of other things to do in London to help escape the pollen. You’ll find plenty of things on your own just wandering around, but if you’re looking for some more specific suggestions, we recommend:
- Take in the sights, sounds and smells of the famous Camden Market. Packed full of stalls, shops and exciting foods, you could be there all day and still not get around everything!
- Visit Madame Tussauds and take pictures with all your favourite celebrities and historical figures. Great fun for all the family!
- Ever been to a bookshop on a barge? Well now you can! If you can find the Word on the Water boat you’ll be in for a real treat. It isn’t always in the same place, so click on the link to see where they are today. As well as bargain books, they host events and live music
- If live music is your thing, head down to the Jazz Café in Camden. You’ll obviously find plenty of jazz, but they do host other genres of music, and they have a restaurant and club nights
- Visit Platform 93/4 at King’s Cross Station. Choose your scarf, get your picture taken, and then head to the Ollivander’s-style shop to buy some Harry Potter memorabilia
- See a fringe show at Etcetera Theatre. Head to this small, cosy theatre above a pub to see something original, unusual and exciting.
Our hayfever products such as Pollinosan tablets and Pollinosan nasal spray can be found in a number of outlets across North London – or you can buy online!
Our hayfever products can usually be found in Holland & Barrett, or you can try your local stockist such as Wholefoods Market or J P Pharmacy in Camden, not far from Camden Town underground station. You'll also find Nutri Centre and Bio Organix Health & Beauty closer to Euston Road.
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