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East Finchley (London)
Member Name: annie47
East Finchley (London)
Advantages: Great transport links/wide range of eateries/close to good leisure/amenities/parks
Disadvantages: Steer clear of the council estates
I moved from East Finchley about 13 years ago. Personally, I can't say i enjoyed my time at East Finchley. I have lived in the London Borough of Barnet for many years, in various parts. It is one of the largest Greater London Boroughs and very diverse. East Finchley is in North West London
In one direction of East Finchley is heading towards Whetstone and High Barnet and at the other end you head towards Highgate and Archway.
Transport links are excellent in East Finchley
263; in one direction towards High Barnet ;passing through North Finchley and Whetstone; in the other direction going through Highgate and Archway
143; Brent Cross to Archway
102; Golders Green to Edmonton (going through Muswell Hill, (very close to Alexandra Palace/Park)
East Finchley Station;Northern Line (you can get to central London in about 25 minutes)
Barnet General; The Whittington (Archway); The Royal Free (Hampstead) and Finchley Memorial (Finchley)
East Finchley is quite a sort after area. There are some great places to eat, takeaway/dine in. You have a KFC, Dominoes Pizza, many cafes and good restaurants. It is close to Muswell Hill and Highgate. Nearby is also the famous Alexandra Palace and Park with its stunning views across London;
You can take a nice stroll through Highgate Woods or go and do some shopping at Muswell Hill. They have some super little shops there. Brent Cross is also close by; the first shopping centre of its kind to be open (in 1977)
You are surrounded by some other lovely areas too. Just around the corner from East Finchley Station is 'The Bishops Avenue' aka Millionaires Row. Hampstead isn't too far away with its trendy shops/bars/pubs and of course Hampstead Heath and Kenwood House; .http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/proper ties/kenwood-house/
If you jump on a 263 bus you can very quickly get to Finchley Leisure Park; Here there is Hollywood Bowl, Vue Cinema, Swimming pool (indoor and out), Nandos, Ask Pizza, Pizza Hut, Mcdonalds and other eateries.
Cherry Tree Woods (opposite the station) is a really lovely park, with nice play areas for children and a cafe; also with tennis courts.
There are not many large food shops in East Finchley (an Iceland and Budgens) as well as smaller local food shops. (However, there are larger supermarkets within easy reach (Tesco in Finchley Central being one)
At the bottom end of East Finchley there are two council estates; The Grange and Strawberry Vale. Both are awful! I am certainly not a snob and live in Council Housing myself, but these two are not nice places to live. There is a main post office in East Finchley but its usually always busy and has long queues at times.
All in all East Finchley is ok in fact, its a pretty decent place to live.
Summary: A decent place to live; expensive, but pleasant
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