East Finchley is an area in the London Borough of Barnet, and situated 5.4 miles (8.7 km) north-west of Charing Cross. Geographically it is somewhat separate from the rest of Finchley, with North Finchley and West Finchley to the north, and Finchley Central to the west.
The independent Phoenix Cinema is located on the High Road, there is a Neo-Georgian public library located opposite Leslie Road. Opposite the tube station is Cherry Tree Wood, approx. 4.5 ha in size, and contains both woodland and grassland.
Nearby parks include Coldfall Wood to the north, and Highgate Wood, Queens Wood, and Hampstead Heath to the south.
The area developed with the arrival of the railways, which means plenty of Victorian and Edwardian terrace houses, many converted into first-time buyer-friendly flats.
Housing is diverse in its nature, encompassing many housing styles, from 19th-century terraced housing and 1960s council estates to large 1930s built houses to multimillion-pound mansions on The Bishop's Avenue.
Expect to pay about £325,000 to £350,000 for a one-bedroom flat in a Victorian or Edwardian property, and £450,000 to £500,000 for a two-bedroom conversion.
East Finchley tube station is on the High Barnet branch of the Northern line which serves the city (via Bank) and the west end (via Charing Cross) with trains every 2–3 minutes.
Buses also serve the high street with the 263 route going from Barnet Hospital to Highbury Barn; the 143 bus linking East Finchley to Archway, London and Brent Cross; the 102 from Edmonton Green, and the 234 serving Barnet, The Spires from Highgate Wood.
East Finchley has several state primary schools, including Our Lady of Lourdes RC primary school, Martin Primary School (Ofsted Outstanding), and Holy Trinity Primary School.
There are two secondary schools in East Finchley itself—Bishop Douglass RC High School (Roman Catholic and mixed) and Christ's College (boys only up to Year 11, mixed sixth form).
The Archer Academy, a new non-denominational, non-selective community secondary school opened in East Finchley in September 2013 and is already oversubscribed.
The independent Phoenix Cinema (once called the Rex and before that the Coliseum) is located on the High Road, and regularly shows films with more individual appeal than is the case with the cinema chains. It is the oldest purpose-built cinema in the UK (the only older ones having started life as theatres).
Time Out, the arts magazine, describes the Phoenix as the best single-screen cinema in London. Cherry Tree Wood is a 5.3-hectare park in East Finchley in the London Borough of Barnet.
It is a Site of Local Importance for Nature Conservation. Located opposite East Finchley tube station, it contains woodland and grassland, a playground, tennis courts, a cafe and toilets.