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The road is characterised by independent retailers with flats above the shops. It is also a local transport hub: Turnpike Lane tube station and Turnpike Lane bus station are both situated near the eastern end of the street.
Turnpike Lane forms part of the A504 route, running roughly east-west for less than one mile.
A small park named Ducketts Common is situated at the eastern end of the road, opposite the Underground and bus stations. It was once an area of common land where people had the right to graze their animals.
Turnpike Lane is a busy cosmopolitan shopping street and an important traffic thoroughfare. Speciality shops remain open until late at night. There are a number of restaurants, including Malaysian, Greek, Indian, Kurdish, Turkish, Chinese, Thai, and Lebanese.
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