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Wide, peaceful roads lined with trees afford suburban appeal

"Sit back and relax in the charming gardens at Old Court House Recreation Ground."

Ben Connolly

"Greenhill Gardens is a charming spot with a lake that is perfect for walking the dog..."

Ben Connolly

"Monken Hadley Common sits on the edge of London and is a fantastic open space with woodland and a lake."

Ben Connolly

What is your favourite place?

Where do Barnet locals go?

Fantasy Nails

I go here for my manicure and pedicure every two weeks, I love it because it's a family run salon very personal and the prices are very reasonable. They are very accommodating with appointments, which is great for busy lives. You also get endless amounts of tea and coffee - easily the best manicure in Barnet!

Patisserie Joie De Vie

Stylish and classic patisserie in a prime location on Barnet High Street. Authentic French pastries, sandwiches and savouries, as well as fresh smoothies and milkshakes.

Ye Olde Mitre Inne

A 17th century coaching inn with an amazing interior. It was here that Charles Dickens took inspiration for parts of Oliver Twist.

Hadley Green

The floating duck house on Hadley Green pond is definitely its showpiece!

The Spires

Benefiting from a facelift, The Spires has never looked better! Plenty of shops and eateries, all under one roof.

Bel Gelato

Here you can taste the best Italian ice cream and sweets, as well as a delicious lunch menu.


A traditional sweet shop selling anything and everything related to sweets - paradise!

Victoria Bakery

A 200 year old bakery featured on ITV's 'Britain's Best Bakery'. They make an awesome salmon and cream cheese bagel!

Guns and Smoke

A lively American bar/grill with a rustic feel. They take a lot of pride in sourcing high quality food and offer a vast menu with something for everyone. Wonderfully located, just moments from High Barnet underground station.

Anytime Fitness

Who is not busy 25 hours a day in London?! This fantastic gym located inside the Spires Centre is very clean, the trainers are very professional and it's opened 24 hours a day.

The Shire London

A famous golf course with a great view!


Biggest pancakes you have ever soon. Best. Thing. Ever.

Everyman Cinema

Converted from the original Odeon cinema, taking the building back to its stunning Art Deco roots. Also beer and burger with your film. #winning

Barnet Museum

Celebrating the history of Barnet, with Charles Dickens once one of its more famous visitors.

Room 89

A hidden gem just off the main Barnet high street, it is a lifestyle boutique that has very unique vintage items for your home, unusual pieces of jewellery, natural beauty products and really adorable pieces of children's clothing. They also do craft workshops every month with local and very talented craftsmen.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of New Barnet, Hadley Wood, Cockfosters, Whetstone, East Barnet, North Finchley, West Finchley, Mill Hill, Southgate and Friern Barnet

What do you love about Barnet?

Why do you find Barnet a great place to live?

Local resident

"The Black Horse is great but we're spoilt for choice with lots of pubs and bars in the area. To name a few, The Reks bar, The Arkley Village Inn and Dining and the fully refurbished The Gate are all fantastic too."

August 2014


"The new Bar & Grill restaurant on Church Passage is exciting, and Bel Gelato, the delicious ice cream parlour in Spires shopping centre, opened just in time for the sunny weather."

August 2014


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"The name Barnet is derived from "land cleared by burning", as it once was a dense forest."

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Child-friendly activities near Barnet

Baby Sensory

Barnet Christ Church Hall
Baby sensory offers a world full of exciting & stimulating sensory experiences which give everyone a wonderful sense of well being. The developmental play session is a perfect time to socialize and build up relationships with other parents and babies. Every week is different! £80 for the 10 week block of sessions Website

Tuneful Tots

Chipping Barnet Library
Classes are packed with action songs and percussion instruments which the children will learn how to play by using the reading different rhythms, dynamics and pulse. The combination of lots of music, movement, dancing and toys ensures there are always a lot of laughs along the way! ₤4/class Website

Monkey Music - The Wesley Hall

The Wesley Hall
At Monkey Music, we know that music is fundamental to a pre-school aged child's development. Our progressive and educational four stage curricula are designed to nurture a lifetime of music: from rock 'n' roll to ding-dong, classes are a 'good fit' for each separate age group. Website

Monkey Music - Chipping Barnet Library

Chipping Barnet Library
At Monkey Music, we know that music is fundamental to a pre-school aged child's development. Our progressive and educational four stage curricula are designed to nurture a lifetime of music: from rock 'n' roll to ding-dong, classes are a 'good fit' for each separate age group. Website

Little Acorns Parent & Toddler Group

Little Oaks Pre-School
With full use of The Centre's spacious and airy main hall, a range of high quality toys and activities, a dedicated tea bar and café, an indoor and outdoor garden, and clean and accessible changing facilities, Little Acorns provides a refuge from the hectic day-to-day of life with a baby or toddler. Website

Turtle Tots

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School
Turtle Tots is our specialist baby swimming programme from birth to toddler/preschool classes. All teachers are trained to the highest standard with the STA. (Swimming Teachers Association. We were inspired by Turtle Tots and the thought of providing a lifelong skill, as well as being able to influence the beginnings of a healthy start to life, whilst instilling water and safety confidence for both parent and child. Website
  1. About Barnet

    Barnet, also referred to as Chipping Barnet or High Barnet, is a suburban development built around a twelfth-century settlement and is located 10 miles (16 km) north-west of Charing Cross. Chipping Barnet is the name of the Parliamentary constituency covering the local area - the word "Chipping" denotes the presence of a market (one was established here in the thirteenth century and persists to this day). Since the opening of the railway, development has increased considerably, especially in the west of the area near Arkley.

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