East Finchley Area Guide
East Finchley is situated in the north London Borough of Barnet 5.4 miles northwest of Charing Cross. A leafy neighbourhood, East Finchley remains inextricably linked in the collective imagination to the late former Tory prime minister Margaret Thatcher, its longest-running MP.
But there is far more to East Finchley than being part of the Iron Lady’s old Finchley & Golders Green constituency.
It possesses all the key ingredients of a gentrified suburb in the shape of its excellent schools, streets of smart period houses, independent shops and great transport links — without having crossed the line into becoming a full-fledged Nappy Valley or hipster hotspot.
The fact that it is still managing to keep its feet on the ground is good news for buyers priced out of Hampstead, Highgate, Muswell Hill and Crouch End.
East Finchley is situated conveniently on the Northern line, allowing quick and easy access into Central London. The area is quiet, feels safe and has some lovely pubs, cafes and restaurants.
East Finchley is home to one of the oldest cinemas in the UK, The Phoenix, which plays an interesting mix of new releases, foreign, specialist, classic and independent films. The high street in East Finchley is extremely functional with conveniences such as a post office, high street banks, pharmacies, doctors, dentists etc.
Islington & St Pancras cemetery located on the High Road is the oldest municipal cemetery in London, having been founded in 1854. The Victorian painter Ford Madox Brown is buried there along with such notable Islington and Camden figures as Henry Croft, the first Pearly King, William Crump, the first Mayor of Islington, and Mary Shepherd, the ‘Lady in the Van’ in Alan Bennett’s driveway.
There has been a tube station at East Finchley since 1867 but the station was completely rebuilt in the 1930s in a distinctive Art Deco style, complete with its famous Archer statue, by French artist Eric Aumonier. Don’t visit East Finchley without stopping in at Black Gull Books, a delightful outpost of bohemia on a comparatively ordinary high street. Alan’s Records is another cultural outpost selling second hand vinyl, cds, tapes and memorabilia across genres. Kokos shoes is the recommended cobbler of Louboutin and Church’s.