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Finchley Central Area Guide

Finchley residents enjoy a calm and soothing environment made up of quiet leafy streets lined with picturesque period homes. Its well positioned location allows access to several beautiful woodlands, a far cry from the landscaped parks of central London.

Finchley is the perfect location for those who commute by car, as several major roads pass through the area, linking to the M1 and North Circular Road. Even those who don’t drive are rarely short of transport options, as the area is served by the Northern Line and many bus routes.

It is as popular as ever with the people working in the arts, but Finchley residents are an increasingly mixed bunch, varying from families who are looking to join a stable community to young singles and professional couples who come both to rent and buy. The area also attracts older couples who have sold their family homes and downscaled to the area's luxury flats. There is also a strong Jewish community with a number of synagogues and a cultural centre in the area.

A wide choice of top-performing state schools, many catering for long-standing Jewish and Catholic communities, makes Finchley a good choice for families.

Finchley is a centre of culinary delights with restaurants serving food from every region and culture, and it’s never difficult to find a kosher or halal eatery.

For shopping, locals make for the High Road and Ballards Lane, which are packed full of high street shops, locally owned boutiques, specialist food stores and supermarkets. Branches of Waitrose, Aldi and Sainsbury’s are all located around the junction of these roads. For serious retail therapy, Brent Cross shopping centre is only a 10 minute drive away.

There is a public library in Hendon Lane, next to the church. Along Regents Park Road and Ballards Lane, close to the station, is a retail district with a Victorian and Edwardian shopping parade as well as a couple of pubs and modern shops including Sainsbury's and Tesco.

Finchley, close to the North Circular Road, has three Tube stations — Finchley Central, West Finchley and Woodside Park — all on the High Barnet branch of the Northern line and in Zone 4. An annual travelcard to Zone 1 costs £1,820.
 
From Finchley Central, the No 60 bus goes to Baker Street, Marble Arch and Victoria, while the No 143 and the No 326 take shoppers to Brent Cross.

Finchley’s Fun fact - Finchley was Margaret Thatcher’s parliamentary constituency between 1959 and 1992.

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