AREA GUIDE

Finchley

Finchley is situated within the London borough of Barnet in the north of the city and is a mainly residential suburb. People living here can enjoy green and quiet surroundings and at the same time there is still plenty to keep residents occupied. This area boasts three town centres. At the turn of the 20th century, the towns were bustling with trams and later buses. Visitors may still get a sense of the history of the area when they are there. In North Finchley people may want to grab some popcorn to catch a film at one of the oldest purpose-built cinemas in the UK, while the building also stands out thanks to its Art deco.

 

Transports

With many parts of London, Finchley has plenty of transport options which makes life so much easier to people looking for a quick and easy commute to work. The area is well catered for by the Tube service. Finchley has four underground stations; East Finchley – which is just 21 minutes from Charing Cross – Finchley Central, West Finchley and Woodside Park, all of which are on the High Barnet branch of the Northern Line. The area is also a major bus hub, meaning residents have a number of options for getting around if they prefer to travel above ground.

Amenities

There is plenty to keep people occupied in Finchley, particularly if they are sports fans.With Finchley Golf Club situated just north of the suburban spot, golf fans may enjoy spending their summers relaxing on the course with friends, while nearer the town centre is a large leisure complex with a fitness centre and two swimming pools. Finchley Rugby Club is also a fixture and is currently at number ten in the London and South-East division, while residents may wish to catch the team for themselves on their home ground.
Now if you are someone who likes a little bit of retail therapy, Brentcross shopping centre is approximately 15minute Bus route away. Brentcross is home to over 120 stylish stores including Fenwick and John Lewis. The only shopping centre in London which offer FREE parking all year road.
For quick bite to eat or a romantic meal there are plenty of places to eat and drink.
For the little ones there are over 20 good offsted rated schools in and around the area of Finchley.

Woodside Park

Transport
Woodside Park’s other huge draw is its short commuting times. Woodside Park Tube station takes travellers to St Pancras in around half an hour, or if you prefer to travel by car, the M25 and North Circular are both just a short drive away.There are also several bus routes in the area which mainly go to other parts of North-West London, such as Hendon, Finchley and Highgate.
Underground Stations
Woodside Park Tube Station
Woodside Park Road, London, Barnet, N12 8SE
4 mins from Woodside Park Road
West Finchley Tube Station
Nether Street, London, Barnet, N3 1NT
13 mins from Woodside Park Road
Totteridge Lane, London, Barnet, N20 9QP
17 mins from Woodside Park Road
There are excellent schools in Woodside Park which makes it appealing to families with younger children. Woodridge Primary School and Frith Manor Primary School are two examples.

Wood side park was part of extensive country estates belonging to the Peacook family. Still to this day it has that “countryside feel” to it. Woodside is one of them places that has something for everybody. Trees and greenery for miles but you blink, and you are near a restaurant, café or pub. You may feel you are million miles away from anything but are in easy access to attractions in central London. Picturing this you can understand why this appeals to so many people of all ages and once they move here, they are here for good.
In the 1920’s and 30’s a developer bought up 100 acres of land in the area and transformed it into a garden suburb. Over time, the development expanded, giving Woodside Park its distinct personality. These original ‘garden suburb houses’ are highly sought after and ideal for young families thanks to their classic features such as bay windows, attractive red-brick design and gable roofs. They usually also come with good-sized gardens, garages and driveways which is a real plus.

The western and north-western a part of the area, which can also be regarded as the part of Totteridge in N12 rather than N20, is sometimes called Woodside Park Garden Suburb

and consists of semi-detached or detached 3 to 4 bedroom houses built in the 1950s. It includes the Woodside Park Club.

There is a small quantity of business activity round the mini roundabout at Chanctonbury way, which is the main shopping area for Woodside Park, providing basic services such as a post office, a butcher and an ironmonger.

Mill Hill

Transport and stations in the area are:

  • Mill Hill Broadway Station (Thameslink (route)
  • Mill Hill East station (Northern line)

Buses

  • London Buses routes serving Mill Hill are 113, 114, 186, 221, 240, 251, 292, 302, 303, 305, 382, 605, 614, 628, 644, 688 and N113.

Road

  • The A1 and A41 converge as they enter Mill Hill at Fiveways Corner, this section is known as the Watford Way. The m1 motorway was engineered through the western a part of Mill Hill in 1967. There is a disused southbound exit slip road which passes under the Watford Way and which covers part of the old railway between Mill Hill East and Edgware Town.

Mill Hill is a suburban area within the London Borough of Barnet, England. It is located around nine miles northwest of Charing Cross. Mill Hill was within the historic county of Middlesex till 1965, when it became part of Greater London.

Mill Hill is the best of both worlds blending city and rural together. Split into several smaller areas – Mill Hill Village, Broadway, Mill Hill East, Partindale and The Hale. It’s easy to find an excellent family property with open space but with plenty of shopping and amenities close by.It’s got good bars and little boutique stores and delis, whilst the Village has country-style pubs for eating and drinking. A little shopping centre completes the feeling of being completely outside London, yet you’re within a few minutes’ drives at the start of the M1.

The Modern-day heart of Mill hill is Mill hill Broadway also known as Lawrence street. A suburban area many moons ago which developed after 1890s onwards, after the arrival of the Midland Railway station in 1868. This area is blooming with little shops, cafes and great transport links.

Quiet, green, Mill Hill has parks everywhere. Mill Hill Park itself has excellent walks, there are hills that allow you to see lovely views out towards St Albans as well as back into the city. The local schools have high repute and good results. Houses here are often large with excellent gardens. They tend to be of a midway period, although there are some lovely Edwardian properties. Both detached and semis are found here, many with off-street parking.

Totteridge & Whetstone

Between Totteridge and Whetstone are streets of reasonable midway semis and detached houses as well as some flats. Totteridge is a stunning village, one of the only such in London area. Its houses are gorgeous, Victorian and Edwardian detached houses, as well as – other, larger, detached houses, some of up to nine bedrooms – are the main feature of the little roads running off the Village high road. There are some conversions here but even these are large and imposing. Totteridge is a wonderful, beautiful little village.

Totteridge is usually paired with Whetstone. A large Northern suburban area that offers a number of the best places to live around and a true village atmosphere. A millennium-old yew in a churchyard surely qualifies as an amazing place to live. Both Totteridge and whetstone area unit fantastic residential locations, partly because of their peaceful and friendly nature, and partly because of truly fabulous facilities.

In whetstone there’s a good, busy shopping parade. Great mix of restaurants and cafes. In Totteridge, nice little places to eat and family pubs.

The area is amply provided with excellent green space. Golf courses include the North Middlesex course, the village green and its ponds, a common, two nature reserves, Whetstone Stray, Swan Lane and Brook Farm, as well as the very popular Dollis Valley Green Walk. Totteridge is fantastic for sports, with tennis and cricket and other sports played nearby, as well as the Tennis and Squash club with its many courts, pool and gym. Excellent community facilities include the brilliant All Saints Arts Centre, which has classes in anything you can name, puts on plays, dances etc. There are other centres and many societies, a thriving village hall. The list goes on. With Whetstone being a more suburban area, it offers more affordable housing. There are some affordable living accommodations blocks here on the high road, but some classy little streets as well with semis and detached properties from the Victorian period, many with garages and good gardens, and some new build houses as well.

Hendon

Education

 Secondary schools in the area include Hendon School, Hasmonean School and St Mary’s and St John’s CE School.

A Lively northern suburb, Hendon is located perfectly for getting into town or for staying in the country. A classic suburban London space. This is an exceptional place to live with means everywhere. There are shops in Hendon Central, which is a thriving little town centre. You can get everything you need there without having to go into town, although it’s easy enough to do this if you hop on the Northern Line. Hendon has some really delightful housing in all of its parts. West Hendon is the place for affordable properties and here you can pick up houses and conversions at very competitive prices. In Hendon proper, there are very large detached house. With its pressured space and most of the transport links, is where the newer apartment blocks are found providing individuals looking for ease of access with convenient places to live. In Hendon, there are little cottages and some semis, although there are more of this kind of property in the more suburban area of Mill Hill. Hugely varied in property, with great shop. Much of the area developed into a suburb of London and now the area is mostly built-up with some countryside in the Mill Hill area, such as the Copthall Playing fields. Hendon’s industry was mostly centred on manufacturing, and included motor and aviation works, and developed from the 1880s.

Golders Green

Education

There are six state-aided primary schools in Golders Green; these include Brookland infant & junior, Garden Suburb infant & junior, Menorah primary school and Wessex Gardens. 

The King Alfred School is located on North End Road and Henrietta Barnett School is located in nearby Hampstead Garden Suburb. 

Golders Green is a truly excellent place for bars, shops and restaurants. Golders Green has one of the biggest collection of restaurants and cafes in any area of London. If retail therapy is your thing, then Brent Cross is only a few minutes away. With Golders Hill Park and Hampstead Heath not far away, it’s a perfect location once you have indulged into some good food to go for along stroll. It’s one of the easiest places in London to not own a car. 

Housing in Golders Green is hugely varied, reflecting the different needs of the community and the large economic spread – and there are opportunities for almost anyone to be able to find a property that reflects their needs. Modern apartment blocks, set back from the wide streets, are a popular choice with the young professionals and couples. Houses in this area are usually semi-detached, Edwardian and mid-war periods style. There are however fantastic detached properties for sale. Living in Golders Green is a privilege, but a gentle and understated one. It’s a stable, quite upmarket area but one in which it’s possible to find great places to live that fit almost anyone’s budget.

Golders Hill Park, adjoining the West Heath of Hampstead Heath, is a formal park, which includes a small zoo, a walled horticultural garden, pinetum, duck ponds, a water garden and a café. During the summer, children’s activities are organised and there is often live music on the bandstand.

Hampstead

Hampstead has London’s main olden parkland, Hampstead Heath, which includes the well-known and legally-protected view of the London skyline from Parliament Hill. The Heath, a major place for Londoners to walk and “take the air”, has three open-air public swimming ponds, one for men, one for women, and one for mixed bathing, which was original reservoirs for drinking water and the sources of the River Fleet.

Local happenings include major open-air concerts on Saturday evenings in the summer.

Hampstead is one of most desired places in London to live. This area is a great attraction for the rich and famous.

It’s supreme position between city and countryside was one of the reasons that it became so fashionable and sought after.

Whatever the reason, the Suburb is now one of the richest in London. It is full to the brim with attractive restaurants and cafes, and its hills and streets are utterly charming. It has its own theatres, wonderful couture stores, woodland nearby, and of course the best parkland in London in the Heath. It is a self-contained enclave of the super-rich in every way, self-governed and its planning regulations fierce.

There are smaller houses near Denham Drive, but these smaller and more ‘modest’ homes are still beautiful and fought over. The truly magnificent many-storeyed houses in the centre and the streets leading into the park are both physically extraordinary and achingly desirable to the rich and famous. All properties here are wonderful; all are to be seized if you possibly can. 

Hampstead is the most openly wanted place to live in London. It has the exclusivity of the most established areas of the centre, along with a rural charm all its own. Any opportunity to view or buy here if you have the means must be grabbed promptly.

Colindale

Education

The choice of schools in Colindale is one of the countless reasons why this area is a seamless location for families:

Hasmonean High School (https://hasmoneanmat.org.uk)

St James’ Catholic High School (http://www.st-james.barnet.sch.uk)

JFS (https://jfs.brent.sch.uk)

Barnet and Southgate College (http://www.barnetsouthgate.ac.uk)

Colindale is a suburban area in the London Borough of Barnet that will transform into an high-spirited and trendy London location over the next five years that will be coveted by Londoners of all different walks of life. Colindale is an area which lies mainly within the London Borough of Barnet, although the western side of Colindale’s main shopping street is within the London Borough of Brent. It is also the NW9 area of Hendon. Colindale is an area of suburban character. It is situated about eight miles (12.9 km) north west of Charing Cross. Colindale has a history in connection with aeronautics. Before WW1 pilot training and aircraft engineering were what the area was famous for.

There is a wide range of cuisines presented in Colindale, you will be sure to find something to take your fancy. Colindale is home to a remarkable array of pubs that serve everybody’s favourite classic dishes.  A trip to the RAF museum is crucial. This museum is a seven-minute bus journey from Colindale Tube station. Here you will find a breath-taking exhibit of uniforms, engines, photos and everything else you could possibly think of when it comes to the air force.

Colindale Park is a charming area of greenery in the middle of the town that offers the chance for relaxing strolls and a perfect spot for children to play in the children’s play area.

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