- Transport links
- Schools and services
- Restaurants, bars and pubs
Introduction to Finchley Area Guide
Finchley is one of the more charming areas of Greater London. This is a place that is typified by open, tree lined roads with a very tranquil vibe. And as Finchley is out towards the edge of the Greater London area, it has access to some real wilderness and nature areas.
Unlike more central areas, which typically only have access to managed parkland, residents of Finchley have direct access to rural open spaces.
As a commuter location, Finchley is exception in many ways. Close to both the M1 Motorway and the North Circular Road, this is a suburb that not only has easy access to Central London, but also the rest of the country.
Finchley has always been one of the more upmarket areas of London. And has also been an area that is favoured by artists and other creative types. However, modern Finchley has a very eclectic community. Everything from large families, to independent singles.
This is primarily due to the wide range of housing types found in the area. From single bedroom apartments, to large detached family homes.
Aside from the rural green spaces close to Finchley, there are several parks in the area. This includes Woodside Park, Victoria Park, Cherry Tree Wood and Coldfall Woods.
Finchley House Prices
In the last year, flats and apartments have been the type of property that has changed hands the most. And at a very good price, just over £380,000. Semi-detached properties went for significantly more, at an average of £785,000. Terraced houses were also priced quite highly, at £660,00 on average.
Transport links in Finchley Area Guide
Although Finchley does not have its own mainline station, it is gifted with four separate London Underground stations. These are Woodside Park, West Finchley, Finchley Central and East Finchley. All of these sit on the Northern Line.
Finchley is well served by buses, with many routes running through the area heading both in to Central London and outwards to the surrounding areas. There are also two night bus services running through Finchley.
Schools in Finchley Area Guide & public services
Finchley covers a very large area. So it stands for reason that schooling options in the area are quite wide. For younger children, the two most popular are Manorside Primary School and Moss Hall Infant School. For older children, St. Michael's Catholic Grammar School is an award winning school, one that offers a great chance for a good education.
Finchley Lido Leisure Center has no less than two separate public swimming pools, as well as other sports facilities. The local public library is the home of the East Finchley Library Users Group, which organizes several regular events in the library each month.
Restaurants and Bars in Finchley Area Guide
Nightlife and entertainment is diverse and vibrant. Covering such a large area, Finchley has more bars, pubs and restaurants within its borders than many parts of Greater London.
Pubs/Bars: The best traditional English pub in Finchley is The Old White Lion. This is close to Hampstead Heath, and very busy in the summer. Serving inexpensive drinks and great pub food, this is a popular family venue. The local gastropub is The Bald Faced Stag. A little more upmarket and very busy in the evening, serving some truly great food and traditional ales. Very popular at the weekend, when booking is advised.
Restaurants: There are restaurants covering almost every type of cuisine, to suit all tastes and budgets in Finchley. One of the most popular is the vegetarian restaurant, La'zeez, located right on the High Street. For Indian cuisine, the interestingly named Bengal Bertie's is known as one of the best Indian restaurants in North London. Greek Genzo has the same reputation but for Greek food. And for really great British fish & chips, check out the Two Brothers Fish Restaurant. These are just a few of the great restaurants to be found in Finchley, there are many more.
Other entertainment: The Phoenix Cinema is an old picture house that has been renovated, and now shows all of the latest blockbuster releases. There is also the local Artsdepot arts centre, which is both a performance venue, and a community arts facility. Open to the public for use, and also putting on several major productions throughout the year.