The vibrant area of Hendon is home to one of the largest shopping centres in London, Brent Cross. The Hendon and District Archaeological Society were part of a group who discovered evidence of a Roman settlement here, but what has put Hendon on the map is its aviation history - the Hendon Aerodrome was a centre for aviation in the 1900s. The first Aerial Derby was held in 1912, where around 3 million people formed a human ring around the circuit to watch the pilots fly round - it is thought two thirds of these had never seen a plane in flight before. Today, Hendon is home to the London arm of the Royal Airforce Museum, consisting of a number of buildings housing a range of exhibitions, including “Our Finest Hour” in the Battle of Britain Hall.
Hendon enjoys an eclectic selection of architectural styles from beautiful period properties fill of character to 1920s and 30s semi detached homes. You will also find million pound detached homes as well as apartments in modern developments and converted properties. If you would like to know more about the properties available in Hendon, please contact a member of our team.
You can’t be in Hendon without trying something from the bagel bakeries; The Hendon Bagel Bakery is a London Kosher bakery producing artisanal, handmade breads using traditional methods. You can buy anything, from sweet filled danishes and rich cream cakes to tasty biscuits and baked challahs.
Iskele is described as the finest Turkish ocakbasi restaurant in Hendon, and serves a wonderful selection of humus, falafel, doner, kebab, fish, salad and vegetarian dishes. Beit Hamadras is a kosher Indian restaurant in the heart of Hendon, serving up authentic Indian cuisine mixed with speciality dishes.
Close to Middlesex University is the Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture, which houses collections showcasing the history of domestic interiors, including designs, magazines, wallpapers, catalogues, textiles and books. Their textile collection was all designed between 1800 and the 1960s for British homes, by well-known companies, such as Sandersons and Liberty & Co.
We can’t forget Allianz Park, home of Rugby Union team the Saracens. It is also a venue for community and elite athletics, and the base for the Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers and the Barnet & District Athletics Club. It hosts a full range of activities for young and old to get involved in, from fencing to bowls, judo to dance, so it is well worth investigating.
The Underground station Hendon Central serves the area, and is on the Northern Line. Hendon also benefits from a mainline train station that can take you to St Albans, Luton, London Blackfriars and Sutton. There are a number of bus routes running through Hendon, including the 83, 113, 143, 186, 324, 326, N5 and N113.
Barnet Copthall is a great leisure centre with three swimming pools: the main 25-metre pool; the training pool, where you can work on your technique; and, if you want some fun, you can enjoy the activity pool. You will also find a fully equipped gym, a studio hosting over 50 fitness classes a week, and personal trainers who will give you the motivation and support you need to meet your goals.
Parents will be pleased to hear that there are a large number of good schools in the area, with the following receiving ‘Outstanding’ in their last Ofsted report: Hendon School; the Independent Jewish Day School; Hasmonean High School; Menorah Primary School; and The Hyde School.