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O'Neill's

O'Neill's

Not your typical O'Neill's with its setting in a converted church. It still has its original features and a lively atmosphere at the weekend.

Chriskitch

Chriskitch

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!

Crocodile Antiques

Crocodile Antiques

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

Cilicia

Cilicia

Amazing quality and cheap Mediterranean/Cypriot food. The lamb parcels and breakfasts are yummy!

Cheeses

Cheeses

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

Fasta

Fasta

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

The Scullery Cookshop

The Scullery Cookshop

Any cooks dream, this shop stocks everything from everyday items to the more obscure things the recipe books demand!

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!

The Flower Seller

The Flower Seller

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

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.

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...

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!

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.

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!

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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

"Alexandra Palace, or 'Ally Pally' as it is affectionately known, was built as an exhibition hall in 1873. However, it burnt down only a few days after its inauguration and was rebuilt in the following 2 years."

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

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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

Happy Feet Toddler group

Wilton Community Church
All under 5's welcome with parents/carers to enjoy songs, stories, craft, toys & snacks. Website

Stay and Play

Muswell Hill Library
Come to the library and view all the toys available, free. 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

Mini Mozart- Concert and Class for Babies

The Friends House
The idea of Mini Mozart is to get children actually listening, not just hearing. Children interact with live musicians in a way that is impossible with recorded music. Website

Fun in the Forest

Coldfall Woods
Fun In The Forest aims to encourage children and their families to swap some of their screen time for some wild time. Our sessions include activities that encourage creativity, self-led discovery and independence - invaluable life skills. Website

Le Club Frere Jacques

Muswell Hill club
Le Club Frère Jacques specialises in teaching French to children aged from 3 - 11. Our aim is to encourage a positive attitude towards learning languages which will equip pupils to succeed in their future schools. Above all we make French fun and easy to learn. In order to make the child participate there are various activities such as games, songs, rhymes and role playing which cater for a relatively short attention span. Children are always actively involved 4:00-4:30pm for 3-7 year olds 4:35-5:05pm for 7-11 year olds Website

Parent and Toddler Group at St Peter le Poer

St Peter le Poer
The session starts with free play for the children and we come together at 10.45am for singing, birthday celebrations, fruit and juice. While the parents enjoy a hot drink the children sit down to do a simple craft activity, usually involving a lot of glue and glitter and sometimes some paint! We clear up together at 11.30am and then bring out the cars, trikes and scooters for a final charge around the spacious hall and to make sure everyone is really tired and ready for lunch by midday. 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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