Little Russia, London

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Little Russia is located in Greater London
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51°36′29″N 0°04′19″W / 51.608°N 0.072°W / 51.608; -0.072Coordinates: 51°36′29″N 0°04′19″W / 51.608°N 0.072°W / 51.608; -0.072

The Little Russia area of Tottenham, London, UK is located on the borough boundary with Edmonton, London, mainly comprising Pretoria Road, Durban Road and Lorenco Road (situated west of the railway line between Silver Street and White Hart Lane) that was commonly known as "Little Russia". A large number of Russian immigrants settled there after fleeing the 1917 Russian Revolution. It developed into one of the toughest areas of North London and the local constabulary usually only policed the area in pairs. The area was mostly redeveloped in the 1970s.[1]


  • An Edmonton Boy by Terry Webb ISBN 1-903981-00-X Published 2000 by Biograph.Chapter 1 Life at Home. Page 1

    My mother came out of Tottenham, out of road called Lorenco Road (now demolished). Now that had the nickname of "Little Russia" - why it had that name I don't know, but it was the roughest area. A lot of costermongers lived down there and the barrow boys and the fruit and vegetable people and they nearly all had horses and carts. The area was completely terraced, one end went into Pretoria Road, Tottenham and the other end went into Queen Street. There was an old pub there called the "Sun and Compass/The Three Compasses" (demolished).[2] It's still there and they tell me that they used to take their horses through the house and keep them in the back garden.


In March 2009, Moscow-born novelist and broadcaster Zinovy Zinik travelled to the area to broadcast The Ghosts of Little Russia on BBC Radio 3.[3]

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  1. ^ Lorenco Road Retrieved 7 May 2015
  2. ^ The Three Compasses Retrieved 20 July 2014
  3. ^ BBC Radio 3-The Ghosts of Little Russia Retrieved 12 March 2013