East Finchley, located in the London Borough of Barnet, provides residents with a village atmosphere, whilst still allowing convenient access to Central London. The area is attractive to those looking for a community feel which is reflected in the East Finchley local newspaper, written and distributed totally by volunteers who are residents in the area. With a variety of entertainment, independent shops and restaurants, East Finchley is also home to one of the oldest cinemas in the UK, The Phoenix Cinema.
The area is a fantastic choice for families and couples, comprising of quiet, leafy streets and plenty of green spaces. There is also an excellent choice of schools and the area is well connected by East Finchley Underground, which is serviced by the Northern Line and can get you to Central London in under 20 minutes!
East Finchley is home to some excellent local delights, from independent bookshops and record stores to a fantastic local cobbler. Tony’s Continental imports Mediterranean treats to lure you, as do the delicious on-street display of fresh fruit, vegetables and beautiful flowers. A Scott & Son are the local fishmongers, who offer traditional fillets of fish alongside Sashimi grade tuna.
Both Brent Cross and Westfield Shopping Centres are easily reached, alongside the vibrant O2 Centre, which conveniently boasts a number of great shops and coffee houses, a Vue Cinema and Virgin Active Gym. It also offers late night shopping with a great selection of restaurants, like Wagamama, Zizzi and Byron Burgers all conveniently situated in Central Finchley.
Margot Bakery is home to the best sourdough bread in the area, served alongside the locally brewed Campbell and Syme’s coffee with the changing seasonal menu. They even offer bakery classes! Local French restaurant ‘Table Du Marche’ located in the heart of East Finchley takes inspiration from its menu from the street markets of France, with an emphasis on seasonal, local produce.
East Finchley is home to the 10-acre ‘Cherry Tree Wood’ but is also conveniently located for Alexandra Palace, one of North London’s most popular green spaces, with extensive recreational areas and picturesque views of the London skyline.
The popular David Lloyd gym complex offers a number of exercise facilities including indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a swimming pool and a kids programme, including swimming lessons and various coached activities.
Finchley Lido is also a popular spot for locals, situated in the Great North Leisure Park in Barnet. Facilities include a state-of-the-art gym, an extensive programme of exercise classes, 2 indoor pools with sauna and an outdoor pool for the summer months.
East Finchley is ideal for those who want a quiet, peaceful and relaxed setting, whilst also having easy access to Central London. Boasting a wide variety of desirable properties, including large Edwardian period homes, small cottage-style houses and a choice of new and recently built contemporary developments. For families, the Ringwood Estate is well positioned between East Finchley and Muswell Hill and offers large 4-5 bedroom homes, which are highly sought after. South of Fortis Green you will find charming 3-4 character homes built in the 1920s and 30s.
Council Tax Annual Rates for Barnet 2018/2019
(Source London Borough of Barnet)
Once part of the Bishop of London’s hunting ground and with early records of the area dating back to the 1400s, the biggest emergence of residential properties within East Finchley was predominantly between 1870 and 1930. The Bishop built a road through the area which is now known as Market Walk. Subsequently, a number of pubs followed such as The White Lion, The Bald Faced Stag and The Five Bells which still stand in their original locations today and are known for famous residents such as George Michael who was born on Church Lane, and Peter Sellers whose mother lived on the High Road.