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A locals' guide to N2

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

Katy Brookes

"Now belonging to the people, Avenue House is a Grade II listed mansion that was once home to Henry Charles Stephens, the son of indelible ink inventor Dr Henry Stephens."

Ivan Ninkovic

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

Mumzad Soobhany

What is your favourite place?

Where do N2 locals go?

The Phoenix Cinema

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

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.

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.


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.


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


The best BBQ ribs and spicy chicken wings and a convenient position in a retail park, so there's plenty of parking!


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!

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!

Beheshte Barin

Authentic Persian cuisine and charming hospitality. Freshly prepared food, including baked bread prepared in a specially made oven at the front of the restaurant.

Flower Collection

Highly qualified, experienced florists providing beautiful hand selected flowers. Supplying flowers for each individual occasion from corporate clients, large events such as weddings, to small individual selections for loved ones.

Durum Ocakbasi

This Turkish restaurant is one of the best in London. The kebabs are out of this world!


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


A Korean restaurant with charcoal grills in the tables for traditional BBQ dishes.


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

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.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Finchley, Hampstead Garden Suburb, Muswell Hill, West Finchley, North Finchley, Temple Fortune, Golders Green, Friern Barnet, Highgate and Bounds Green

What do you love about N2?

Why do you find N2 a great place to live?


"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 ar... more

February 2015


"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."

January 2015


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"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."

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Child-friendly activities near N2

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

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

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

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


New North London Synagogue
Baby babbles are the important beginnings of baby's developing language and full of music and rhythm, we celebrate these wonderful sounds as they are turned into songs, happy claps and puppet characters too. Happy House (toddlers to 4 years): Wednesday 10am Baby Beeps (babies sitting to toddling) Wednesday 11am Baby Bells (newborn to sitting) Wednesday 12pm Website
  1. About N2

    N2 is the postcode district in North London incorporating the areas of East Finchley, Fortis Green, Hampstead Garden Suburb (part) and is covered by the Barnet, Haringey local authorities.

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