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Cheeses

Cheeses

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

Chooks

Chooks

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

The Flower Seller

The Flower Seller

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

Victoria Stakes

Victoria Stakes

Perfect pub for dog owners, as it is pet friendly. It makes a great end to a walk around Alexandra Park. Food is amazing too!

W. Martyn

W. Martyn

A real Muswell Hill institution, this tea and coffee retailer has been in business since 1897 selling their own brand products!

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...

The Laboratory Spa & Health Club

The Laboratory Spa & Health Club

A beautiful, airy, bright gym with a spa and a fresh water swimming pool, which means no stinging eyes and great for children! They also put on excellent exercise classes too and there's no minimum contract.

Alexandra Palace Ice Rink

Alexandra Palace Ice Rink

A fantastic day out for all the family all year round!

Fasta

Fasta

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

Crocodile Antiques

Crocodile Antiques

Boutique gift shop and café with a quirky interior and great food.

The Priory Fish Bar

The Priory Fish Bar

Looks basic but the chips are the best tasting 'classic fish and chip shop chips' in Hornsey. Yum yum.

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.

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.

Toff's

Toff's

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

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!

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Crouch End, Bounds Green, Hornsey, Wood Green, Highgate, Friern Barnet, Archway, North Finchley, Arnos Grove and Finchley

"The Phoenix Cinema on East Finchley's High Road is one of the oldest in the country, running continuously since 1912. It is now Grade II listed, with the original vaulted still remaining intact."

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!

Mumzad Soobhany

I love going to Alexandra Park on the weekend - the views over London are second-to-none!

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  1. The best part of living in Muswell Hill is the cafe and bar scene, which is surrounded by buildings and parkland from various architectural eras. Also for parents, schools of both the private and state sector are of high academic standards and are in close proximity to Wanstead.

  2. The air is good, the views are great. It's green round here, We've got Ally Pally and Highgate and Queens Woods. A lovely, villagey feel. Its communications to the City are excellent. I wouldn't live anywhere else!

  3. I love the greenness and the properties are beautiful.

  4. Muswell Hill has a very friendly and long established community, as people who move here tend to stay. The quality of housing is excellent with wide leafy streets and many Victorian and Edwardian properties. The main attraction however is the quality of the state schools with Muswell Hill Primary, Tetherdown and Rhodes Avenue all getting top ratings and secondary schools, Fortismere and Alexandra Park School getting "Outstanding" ratings from Ofsted. All this with Central London on your doorstep!

  5. It is leafy, clean, safe and has lovely Edwardian houses. Parts of it are walkable to Highgate tube, lovely roads such as Cranley Gardens, Etheldene Ave etc are about a 12 min walk to Highgate tube. Feels like a village with friendly local people and has good shops and independent restaurants. Only 5 miles from central London and bordering Crouch End on one side and Highgate on the other. Perfect, and it also has some great state schools. Not cheap but slightly less expensive than Highgate.

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Child-friendly activities near Muswell Hill

Little Fishes playgroup

St James Church
Little Fishes playgroup is a really nice group for all kids under 5s in Muswell Hill to start the week. The session is made up of free play for around the first hour, a craft activity, snacks and songs and story. The playgroup has all kinds of interesting and well looked after toys for babies and toddlers to keep them occupied and happy. The group welcomes people of all or no faith. Website

Under 5s singing

Alexandra Park Library
3o minutes of Traditional Nursery Rhymes and Songs. Website

Creative Writing Workshops

North Bank
Workshops are supportive, motivational, small and tailor-made. Groups are kept small in order to maintain a supportive and intimate atmosphere. Participants have said this works. We start with free flow warm up exercises that cover a range of topics. We then work on a variety of activities which include: character work, language games, short stories & poetry. Last Wednesday of every month at 7:30-9:30pm Website

Baby read and rhyme time

South Friern Library
30 minute session of nursery rhymes and songs for non-walking babies and their carers. Sessions take place weekly on Mondays during term time Website

Tiny Talk

Muswell Hill Methodist Church
A 'starter' drop-in for parents or carers with younger babies. Big play mats with baby toys; Relaxing garden views; Space to meet up, chat and make new friends; Refreshments available; Lots of information about the local baby scene. Website

Challenge Playgroup

St James Church
The Challenge Playgroup runs on Friday mornings in St. James' Church Hall, Muswell Hill. The happy noises of children playing are like those of hundreds of playgroups around the country. But this playgroup is special. It is run for children with additional needs; for their siblings, parents, carers and grandparents too. Parents are welcome without their child too, if they attend nursery or school on that day.In a quiet haven next door to the designated play area is a sanctuary of fresh flowers, bean bags-and absolute quiet-parents can sit in here and read a newspaper or magazine, retreat into their own thoughts or even have a massage most weeks, whilst a CRB checked volunteer plays with their child next door. The playgroup is completely free of charge. Website

Toddler Group at Methodist Church

Methodist Church
A lively pick-and-mix group for parents, carers and children under 3. Create your own programme from a variety of activities in different rooms, timed sessions of songs & rhymes, story time with activities. Refreshments for adults & children. Website

About Muswell Hill

Close to Alexandra Park and Highgate Woods, Muswell Hill is a comfortable mainly Edwardian north London suburb. Muswell Hill Broadway and Fortis Green Road, the main shopping streets, still maintain their historic character with most of the original facades preserved above street level. The area has a synagogue and four churches, one of which has been converted into a bar. Some parts have very clear views over London.

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