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The Bald Faced Stag

The Bald Faced Stag

With a rotating selection of guest ales and an excellent food menu, this is a great place to spend an afternoon, evening or both.



A large kosher supermarket and delicatessen with a huge variety of kosher products for the community.

The Phoenix Cinema

The Phoenix Cinema

The oldest purpose-built cinema in London, the Phoenix screens the latest films, as well as sports events and ballet.



Quality Russian shop selling a wide array of products from authentic Russian meats, fish and cheese, to homemade cakes and pastries, which you can sit in and eat in their café. The ice-cream comes highly recommended.

Lyttelton Playing Fields

Lyttelton Playing Fields

As well as plenty of space to walk the dog, there are six tennis courts that are all free to use on a turn up and play basis. In the summer, there is also a cricket pitch with a pavilion available for hire.



A very cosy and cute little café in Muswell Hill. They make very tasty salads and freshly baked homemade cakes that everyone will fall in love with. It's definitely a great place to go for brunch or just a nice cup of tea!



From firm favourites to more unusual tastes, this cheese shop is a foodies dream!

The John Baird

The John Baird

Real ales, a beer garden and quiz nights on a Thursday and Sunday are why I love going to this local boozer!

Planet Organic

Planet Organic

The most amazing shop that stocks literally every organic food you can imagine, as well as a huge range of beauty, health and baby products. The store is always immaculate, there are loads of helpful staff around and best of all, there is a juice bar and coffee shop too.

The Flower Seller

The Flower Seller

This local florist is the perfect place to pick up flowers for that special someone in your life...



Serving tasty pick and mix pasta dishes, sandwiches and salads, I sometimes grab my lunch from here.

Feast on the Hill

Feast on the Hill

From a full English breakfast to a ribeye steak in the evening, this restaurant keeps us locals smiling all through the day.



Best chippy in North London, or even the whole of London! You can even sit in too.



A delicious American-style restaurant serving mouth-watering chicken dishes. The buttermilk chicken made using their secret recipe is awesome!

Walter Purkis & Sons

Walter Purkis & Sons

This family-run fishmongers sells high-quality fish at a great price. I always pop down on a Saturday to pick up something fresh for dinner...

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Muswell Hill, Highgate, Hampstead Garden Suburb, Temple Fortune, Finchley, Crouch End, Golders Green, Archway, Hampstead and Dartmouth Park

"Hampstead Garden Suburb is a planned development founded by Dame Henrietta Barnett that was built by a co-operative in the early-1900s. It was designed to be aesthetically pleasing, with wide roads and plentiful gardens, providing an excellent quality of life for all social classes."

Vale Farm Allotments is a charming little spot to escape city life and pretend as if you're actually in the countryside...

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Katy Brookes

When you work in Muswell Hill, sometime's it's easy to take views like these for granted...

Mumzad Soobhany

I love popping out at lunch time to see what Muswell Hill has to offer!

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  1. East Finchley is one of the few remaining areas of North London that retains a certain character and charm of its own. Its high street is populated by a high proportion of independents, including chic restaurants and bistros as well as London's oldest independent cinema, The Phoenix, which opened its doors back in 1911. East Finchley's properties were largely built during the Victorian and Edwardian eras, though the area also takes in the Northern extension of Hampstead Garden Suburb, much of which was developed in the 30s. Green spaces abound with Cherry Tree Woods, Big Wood, Highgate Woods, Hampstead Heath and Golders Hill Park, all within a stone's throw. And there's a good selection of independent and state schools at both primary and secondary level.

  2. I love that it has all the main things i need only a few minutes walking distance from my flat. Parks, nursery, bus stops, underground and doctors surgery.

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Stepping Stones

East Finchley Baptist Church
Music and fun for Under 4s. Live music and instruments (violin and guitar) songs and rhymes stories and bubbles parachute and puppets.

Toddler Sense

Mini Mee's Nursery
Activities introduce toddlers and children to a magical, multi-sensory interactive experience that will keep them busy and stimulated. Great brain food! They will also have lots of fun on the way! The various Adventure Play activities and games aim to help children learn through play and, as with Baby Sensory, activities vary weekly. Carnival-style activities, creative dance, parachute, pom-poms and coloured ribbons give everyone, including parents and carers a great sense of wellbeing and achievement. Website

Teddy Bears Music

Holy Trinity Church
Music and fun for babies and toddlers in East Finchley, run by professional musicians and accompanied by live instruments (violin, guitar, recorder) Website

Boogie Babies -Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue

Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue
Our 40 minute interactive classes are very popular and comprise a variety of unique and popular songs, colourful props, puppets, instruments and magical bubbles. Each week there is a new and exciting theme!Runs on Wednesdays ach week we introduce various new and exciting songs and props. We use colourful puppets, magical bubbles and a wide variety of percussion instruments to bring the musical experience to life. We try to limit each 40 minute class to approximately 15 mothers and babies so the classes are large enough to create a lively atmosphere, whilst still keeping the intimacy. Our classes are enjoyed by parents, grandparents, nannies and a few celebrities have also been spotted enjoying the Boogie Babies experience! Boogie Toddlers: Wednesday 9.45 am - 10.25 am Boogies Baby: Wednesday 10.45 am - 11.25 am Website

Al's Little Singers

The Clissold Arms
Join Al and her guitar every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9.30am for a 9.45am start, and 10.30am for a 10.45am start, for singing, percussion and bubbles. Classes last 40 minutes. Suitable for children up to four years old. Runs during the school holidays too. Website

Home Tutors

Home Tutors
Our excellent reputation comes from - Choosing the right tutor for your child's specific needs. Providing professional, caring tutors committed to offering quality lessons in pupils' homes across London. Website

Music Bugs: East Finchley

The Clissold Arms
Stimulating interactive fun and friendly preschool music activity classes for newborn to 4 years old. At Music Bugs our aim is to encourage young children to develop grow and explore the world around them through music and song. Research has shown that singing songs and rhymes on a regular basis helps children socialise and develop in a creative and stimulating environment as well as helping to widen children's vocabulary and listening skills Website

About East Finchley

East Finchley is a suburb in the London Borough of Barnet, in north London, and situated 5.4 miles (8.7 km) north-west of Charing Cross. Geographically it is somewhat separate from the rest of Finchley, with North Finchley and West Finchley to the north, and Finchley Central to the west. Housing in East Finchley is diverse in its nature, encompassing most housing styles, from 19th Century terraced housing and 1960s council estates to multi-million pound mansions on The Bishop's Avenue. The three 10-storey tower blocks of Prospect Ring, near to the centre of East Finchley, are visible for miles around.

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