Childs Hill was one of the first industrial districts in Hendon, and the centre of brick and tile production in the early 19th century. In the latter half of the century, laundries became the biggest industry. It was believed that clothes washed in London would be susceptible to cholera and typhoid; as Childs Hill was still very much the countryside, its water was supplied by a series of small streams, and therefore deemed to be disease-free. Life in Victorian Childs Hill was bleak, and the housing in 1903 was described as being a “disgrace to civilization”. In 1929 The Regal was built in Finchley Road, and was initially a skating rink, before becoming a cinema, and then a bowling alley. Today, Childs Hill is a quiet residential area with good schools and a wonderfully diverse community.
Some Victorian terraces have been demolished over the years, but many remain. You will also find inter-war properties, together with detached and semi-detached homes. There has been investment into the area recently, with many new apartment developments springing up. If you would like to find out more about the properties available in the area, please contact a member of our team.
If you like to brave the elements then why not take a dip in one of the Bath Ponds on Hampstead Heath? Open every day of the year, they are the only open water swimming facilities in the UK to be lifeguarded, but remember, they’re not heated!
Giacomo’s is a traditional Italian restaurant; with over 30 years’ experience they serve fantastic, honest Italian food. Everything is cooked fresh, including their homemade ‘pasta di casa'. Just over Golders Hill Park you will discover the delicious gastro pub The Old Bull and Bush; it’s a great place to relax in front of their open fires, especially on a cold and wet day. You can enjoy a freshly prepared menu, including a number of homemade dishes.
If you like to cook at home and you are adventurous then make your way to Raging Bull Meats to purchase crocodile tail fillet, ostrich fillet and kingklip, a fish indigenous to the owner’s native South Africa. All his beef is produced by cattle reared on the plains of Namibia.
You can access Childs Hill via the following bus routes from Golders Green: 245, 260 and 460. The closest train stations are Golders Green and Cricklewood, with the nearest Tube being on the Northern Line at Golders Green.
Families will enjoy a visit to Kentish Town City Farm, which is free to enter, and houses over 50 animals, as well as a wildlife pond and community gardens. They host a number of special events throughout the year, as well as pony rides and an educational programme for group visits.
There are a large number of good schools in the area, including some that have achieved ‘Outstanding’ in their last Ofsted inspection. These include: Emmanuel Church of England Primary School; Christ Church Primary School; Menorah Primary School; and The Henrietta Barnett School.
Ignite your children’s passion for stories by taking regular visits to the Childs Hill Library. Complete with a coffee lounge, they host a number of interactive activities, including read and rhyme sessions.