Close to woodlands, Finchley has a relaxed feel, with its leafy streets and period homes, which is probably why, for centuries, it has attracted artistic and creative professionals. Charles Darwin wrote some of his greatest works here, and Spike Milligan is honoured with a life-size bronze statue sitting on a park bench within the public gardens of Stephens House and Gardens. Spike Milligan lived in Finchley for 19 years, and was President of the Finchley Society, and later patron. Another striking statue decorates the Finchley landscape - La Délivrance, originally called La Victoire, is by French sculptor Émile Oscar Guillaume. Depicting a naked lady, it was commissioned to celebrate the German Army’s failure to capture Paris in August 1914.
Architecturally speaking, Finchley is extremely diverse, with many large Victorian and Edwardian detached houses, as well as modest terraces. There are areas dominated by 1920s and ‘30s properties, but it’s the extremes that make this area fascinating - you could easily find a multimillion pound mansion close to blocks of flats. If you would like us to show you the wealth of property available in this wonderful part of London, contact a member of our team.
Sat in the heart of North Finchley is Arts Depot, an award-winning cultural hub providing a vibrant programme of theatre, dance, comedy, music, family events and art. They welcome over 140,000 each year, and with two intimate auditoriums, its striking contemporary design and inspiring atmosphere, you would be remiss to not take a look.
In complete contrast, the Phoenix Cinema was built in 1910 and is one of the oldest cinemas in the UK. It is operated by the local community and boasts a number of high profile patrons, including Benedict Cumberbatch, Dame Judi Dench, Michael Palin and Maureen Lipman. They screen artistic performances from companies such as the Bolshoi Ballet, the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as notable independent and foreign films.
The Finchley Lido and Leisure Centre is a fantastic place to have a swim or a work out, all year round. With an 80-station state-of-the art gym, a 25-metre lined pool, a leisure pool complete with wave machine, a studio that hosts 32 classes a week, and not to mention the outdoor pool for those hot summer days, there is certainly something for everyone.
If you’re looking for a bite to eat then we can recommend the award-winning Two Brothers fish restaurant. Open for over 20 years, the interior embodies casual elegance, and they source only locally grown produce and high quality seafood, and all dishes are cooked to order. Vynam is an authentic Vietnamese restaurant within walking distance from Finchley Central station. They serve an infusion of traditional and contemporary recipes and have a large variety of dishes for you to enjoy.
Finchley has four underground stations, all on the Northern Line; East Finchley is in Zone 3, and Woodside Park, West Finchley and Finchley Central are all in Zone 4. There are a number of bus routes also servicing Finchley, including the 82, 125, 145, 382, 460, 626, N13 and N20.
Fired Treasures is a great place for your children to get creative; they offer a range of activities from pottery, decopatch, foam clay and painting. With afterschool workshops and even classes for toddlers, they really do cater for all the family. A short distance away you will find Belmont Farm, a delightful petting farm with a variety of animals that your children can get up close and personal with. They also hold a variety of events throughout the year, as well as classes and a Young Farmers Club.
There are an abundance of good schools in the area, which will give you peace of mind when moving here; the following also achieved ‘Outstanding’ in their last Ofsted report: Manorside Primary School, St Mary's CofE Primary School, Moss Hall Infant School, Our Lady of Lourdes RC School and St Michael's Catholic Grammar School.