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Within shouting distance of Hampstead’s elegance and livelier Muswell Hill, this north west London district is a lovely, if very suburban, place to be.
Popular with the artistic families who flock to this corner of London, there’s some seriously nice – think eight-figure – properties towards the Hampstead end, as well as a couple of incongruous tower blocks near East Finchley tube.
It’s actor and media central: chat show maestro Jerry Springer was actually born in East Finchley tube station during the Blitz, and familiar faces from TV are conspicuous by their presence all over the area.
This liberal way of living is reflected in the popular Green Artisan Farmers’ Market (Plane Tree Walk, www.green-artisan.co.uk), held on the first Sunday of each month. The Phoenix (52 High Road, 020 8444 6789, www.phoenixcinema.co.uk) is a single-screen arthouse cinema dating back to 1910, and shows an excellent selection of independent new releases and past classics.
Head into beloved Muswell Hill for nightlife and lots more cultural fun: the outstanding Art For Art’s Sake (362 Muswell Hill Broadway, 020 8442 0512) is one of many shops selling crafts and artsy curios, as well a great selection of artist’s materials. There’s a classic Art Deco Odeon (Fortis Green Road, 0871 22 44 007, www.odeon.co.uk), top restaurants – try ethical family favourite Giraffe (348 Muswell Hill Broadway, 020 8863 4463, www.giraffe.net), buzzy late night bars and superb views from Alexandra Palace hill (www.alexandrapalace.com).
Alternatively, literary Hampstead on the other side of East Finchley is the intellectual millionaire’s village of choice, with a continental peacefulness pervading its many cafes, bars and restaurants, and unmissable Hampstead H eath. This expanse of open moorland is home to Kenwood House (Hampstead Lane, 020 8348 1286, www.english-heritage.org.uk), instantly recognisable from a million period dramas, and there’s many atmospheric coaching inns on the fringes of the park.
East Finchley tube station is served by the Northern Line
|East Finchley Station||3||Northern||0.10 miles|
|Highgate Station||3||Northern||1.60 miles|
|Finchley Central Station||4||Northern||2.46 miles|
|Golders Green Station||3||Northern||2.70 miles|
|West Finchley Station||4||Northern||2.99 miles|
|Alexandra Palace Station||3.23 miles|
|New Southgate Station||3.32 miles|
|Hampstead Heath Station||3.54 miles|
|Hornsey Station||3.62 miles|
|Gospel Oak Station||3.64 miles|