North Finchley is a suburb of London in the London Borough of Barnet, situated 7 miles (11 km) north-west of Charing Cross. North Finchley is centred on Tally Ho Corner, the junction of the roads to East Finchley, Church End, Friern Barnet and Whetstone.
Church End is often known as Finchley Central, owing to the name of the tube station located there. It is primarily a residential and shopping area, with several supermarkets and many restaurants.
The artsdepot, a local community arts centre including a gallery, a studio and a theatre, was opened on 23 October 2004 in an attempt to revitalise the area, and in order to fill a gap created by the demolition of the Gaumont cinema and what had become an open-air market.
Properties in North Finchley are remarkably diverse, encompassing a huge range of architectural styles from 1930’s built houses around Friary Park and Lyndhurst Avenue to the large Edwardian properties around Woodside Park Road and the more modest Victorian cottages of Fredericks Place.
A number of recently newly built apartments sit on North Finchley High Road with mixtures of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments today that are highly sought after.
North Finchley, close to the North Circular Road, has two Tube stations —West Finchley and Woodside Park — all on the High Barnet branch of the Northern line and in Zone 4.
Woodside Park (Northern Line zone 4) connects to Euston in 21 minutes and Moorgate in 28. North Finchley also have some great bus routes for those who aren’t a fan of the underground commute. The North Finchley bus interchange, a hub for regular bus services, is located 0.2 km (0.1 mile) to the south.
Plenty bus routes pass through N12 such as 125, 263, 383 and N20 linking the area to Barnet in the north, Brent Cross and the West End to the south. There’s easy access to the main road and motorway network too.
North Finchley falls within the London Borough of Barnet, which is well-known for having some of the country's best public and private schools as well as well as highly respected colleges.
These include Northside Primary School, The Wren Academy, St Michael's Catholic Grammar School, The Compton School and Woodhouse College.
The area has a number of popular places of interest with parks, shops, gymnasiums, places of worship and transport. Friary Park is owned and managed by Barnet Council, and has a children's playground, tennis courts, a bowling green, a pitch and putt, a skateboard park and a cafe.
Its most interesting features ecologically are ancient oak trees and a small stream called Blacketts Brook, a tributary of Pymme's Brook. There is access from Torrington Park, Friary Road and Friern Barnet Lane.
The Arts Depot is an award winning cultural hub which incorporates a 395 seat theatre, 148 seat studio theatre, gallery, café, bar, studios, and architecturally stunning public spaces. Other popular places include Great North is conveniently located just off the North Circular road, and features a Vue multiplex cinema, the Finchley Lido leisure centre, Hollywood Bowl and a selection of great family restaurants.