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What's it all about?

Muswell Hill is yet another excellent town with a friendly village atmosphere overlooking London. Located between Alexandra Park and Highgate Woods, both areas of renown beauty, Muswell Hill boasts Edwardian Architecture along its leafy streets where dog owners and locals are often seen on Sundays strolling the area, simply because it is pleasant. Broadway is the lively part of town, hosting an array of child friendly cafes and restaurants where you’ll sit in amongst like minded people of all ages. Famous for its creatives it has produced, there is a realistic chance a young creative seen in Muswell Hill is someone who is a star for tomorrow. This safe, small, community in the corner of the borough of Haringey, is a far cry from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the city.

Fact file

Named after a local stream said to be discovered in the 12th century, the ‘Mossy Well’ which was reported to have miraculous and healing properties.

Architecture and property

Spearheaded by the joint effort of James Edmondson and William J Collins, Muswell Hill really got going as a result of the opening of the nearby Alexandra Palace in 1893, this led to further development in the area, with Muswell Hill growing over of period of almost 20 years between 1896 and 1914. The brainchild of these two developers, Edmonson and Collins, led to one of the most uniformed architectural styles in London. Committed building homes with high quality materials and a neat, cohesive environment, attractive red brick Edwardian homes sprung up in the hundreds. Over a century later, Much of Muswell Hill has been given conservation area status, to protect and preserve this legacy.

Whilst houses in Muswell Hill are predominantly of an Edwardian style, there is a smattering of Victorian properties about the place as well as 1920s and 1930s properties. Due to the high demand for family homes, properties that once had been converted into flats are now being converted back to their intended former glory as family homes.


Going out

Eating

When it comes to culinary choices, locals visit the well frequented independent café Feast Deli and Catering, who have an impressive spread of sandwiches and salads. Fish and Chips can be found at Toff’s whilst there is a Carluccio’s for those who wish to dine in a restaurant locally. As well as many independent coffee shops, there is a Côte Brasserie.


Drinking:

Those looking for beverage or two are well served, with The Victoria Stakes proving popular with locals. A plethora of craft beers and warm drinks on offer, make it an apt choice for an afternoon or night out. Those wishing for an alternative can choose from other pubs such as Clissold Arms, where the famous band the Kinks played their first gig. For something familiar, there is a Wetherspoons pub, The Mossy Well which is on Muswell Hill Broadway.

Film: Muswell Hill’s Everyman cinema shows the best new releases in an unusually glamorous setting. The Grade II listed building dates from 1936, and is a fine example of Art Deco architecture. Nearby Phoenix Cinema is one of the oldest purposes built continuously running cinemas in the UK, and is run by a charitable trust for the community.


Local amenities

There is a farmers market at Alexandra Palace which locals and merchants flock to on Sunday mornings to pick up baked goods, organic fruit and veg and speciality meats amongst many more. For everyday goods there is a Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s. The pièce de résistance of Muswell Hill’s supermarkets however has to be Planet Organic, fresh healthy food and drinks, with a delivery service which is unique amongst independent stores. For specialist teas and coffees, W Martyn is the place to go. Fans of fish flock to Walter Purkis fishmonger, which have their own smoke house behind its store in Crouch End.

For visitors of the area, Muswell Hill has ample accommodation, with several pay and display parking bays, in areas around Fortis Green Road and the Broadway.

Readers are well catered to in Muswell Hill, Muswell Hill Bookshop, located on Fortis Green Road, and the town library, Muswell Hill Library provide the curious with an adequate range of books to buy and loan. There is also The Children’s Bookshop for budding bookworms.

For those looking to be active, the sociable Muswell Hill Methodist Tennis Club is open to all. With classes and coaching available for beginners right up to the top level, with the opportunity to compete in the local Middlesex Premier League.


Green spaces

Alexandra Park has nearly 200 acres of beautiful parkland, clocking in at approximately 196 acres. Boasting famous city views, a boating lake, rose garden, pitch and putt course and even a deer enclosure. The park is also home to Alexandra Palace, a highly important historical ground, which now hosts concerts, conventions and events like the Darts World Championship. In the winter season, the ice rink is an annual ritual for locals and those in the surrounding area, as well as Is the Bonfire Night fireworks display. Alexandra park isn’t the only greenery Muswell Hill benefits from however, in nearby Highgate’s Woods, lies 70 acres of ancient woodland. Long walks along its scenic trails, its easy to lose yourself from the city in amongst the fabulous sky reaching trees. For smaller forests which don’t feel like so much of a teleportation into another world, Queen’s Wood and Coldfall Wood are great choices for picnics. Fans of challenging walks, test themselves on Parkland Walk, a four and a half mile walk through a nature reserve which connects Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace.

Changing times

Muswell Hill is home to the London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy, and in 2014 Haringey Council approved plans to build new premises for the centre, as well as 28 new homes. A new co housing development is planned for the site of St Luke’s Hospital, where 70 per cent of the homes will be for people aged over 55.

Transport

Despite being a popular choice for central London commuters, Muswell Hill bucks the trend of most areas and does not have its own Tube or Overground station. However, there are several stations which are easily accessible by walking. Highgate and East Finchley are a short walk or bus ride away, these two stations being on the Northern Line. Whilst Bounds Green, Finsbury Park and Wood Green, also a short distance away are on the Piccadilly Line.

Those who use Overground services can take the train from the Alexandra Palace or Hornsey stations with trains taking 20 minutes to Moorgate.

Muswell Hill has very good bus connections, benefitting from direct routes to not only the City, but also the West End all day and night. The W7 (to Finsbury Park) stops at nearby underground stations and the 43 runs to London Bridge. The 134 runs 24 hours to Tottenham Court Road

Road: With the M1 only a 15 minute drive away via the North Circular Road, Muswell Hill residents have easy access to the north of England.


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