The Bothy is a concrete castle structure built in the grounds of Avenue House... it is the first concrete building built in the UK since the Romans , it was built in the 1870s as a walled garden, now used as an arts venue possible inspiration for CS Lewis's the Lion, the Witch and Wardrobe.... anycase you can watch theatre here over the...more
A beautiful park, especially in May with the trees in blossom, tulips and other flowers in bloomthere is a cafe, public toilets, bowls club (the premier outdoor green in London, they spend £7,000 a year cutting and rolling the lawn!), tennis courts and a childrens play area... site of Finchley Carnival....more
The church itself has an interesting history..... the church's website has more info... including this inscriptionGodolphin his race to rest hathe runeWhere grace recordes felycytieHis death is gone his lyff hathe wonneEternal perpetuityeThough William his corppes here dead doethe lye? ssayeth to him shall never dyemore
A group of Spikes friends and family have combined with The Finchley Society to raise funds for the creation of a bronze statue in Finchley. The aim is to raise ?30,000 and to unveil the statue in April 2006. The life-size statue will show Spike sitting on a bench and turning as if to speak to an imaginary person sharing the bench with him. Many...more
This statue was erected to mark the victory of combined British and French forces over the Germans at the First Battle of the Marne between 5 and 12 September 1914. This statue, was made by Emile Guillaume, official name is La Delivrance, but locals know it as the Naked Lady. It was unveiled by the former war time prime minister, David Lloyd George...more
I'm not sure if this is a thing to do.... it takes imagination, thinking is a type of doing. In the Ice Age a massive galcier pushed the Thames outhwards to its current course. This ice was known as the Finchley Lobe an carved the lump of land that Finchley rest upon, imagine a giant river of ice, mountain like and Hampstead as tundra.... global...more
London's newest arts venue....It is situated between West Finchley, Finchley Central and Woodside Park tube stations on the Northern Line. West Finchley and Woodside Park are the closest stations, approximately half a mile away. Finchley Central has the best bus link, approx a 3 minute journey by the 125, 460, 82.more
The graveyard is mainly inhabited by figures from the 18th Century, including Honest Tom Payne, not to be confused the American revolutionary figure, who kept a famous bookshop before retiring to Finchley....also Major John Cartwright, a British military figure who was pro-American , and for was called the ?father of reform? for his advocacy of...more
If you really want to learn about Finchley, you can go to this library, upstairs there is a good reference section.... downstairs is the lending library, with dvd and a coffee machine, you'll need a token to use it, as you'll need to borrow a key to use the toilet upstairs... the children's library often has story telling for children.The building...more
The take-away is a step above your everyday chippie but worth the extra price, and wait. Very busy on a Friday, you can have your fish in batter, or if you ask matzo meal. Fish is cooked to order, portion of chips are good. The fish is marvellous.The restaurant is served from the same kitchen, its a bit too formal for my tastes, but ok for a...more
This is the best place to eat cheaply in Finchley, well apart from my own kitchen. It is basic food fry ups, baked spuds, sandwiches, omlettes but the service is much better than many so called restaurants. The choice of breakfast specials, my favourite is Set 3 with black pudding, the food arrives hot in good time and in the right order. There is...more
The Torrington was an important music venue... but sadly its been replaced by a Starbucks!
Dress Code: 'The weekend's here
The Finchley Boys
Are gonna make
A lot of noise!
Its burning up time.
Its burning up time.'
'Burning Up Time'
The Stranglers 1977
Finchley Central is your gateway to Finchley: Church End, Ballards Lane, Avenue House and grounds, La Deliverance (the Naked Lady!), College Farm, and all the delights of this area....
there are two entrances one on Station Road (where you'll find a cafe, barber shop, newsagent etc...) and the main entrance onto to the mini-roundabout and car park entrances.... don't get confused..... there are many such confused people who have never made it back....
One man, who tried to limit confusion on the Underground newtork was Harry Beck, the inventor of the Tube map, urban traveller everywhere, have made their lives easier by this man who often started and finished his journey at Finchley Central...
a simple idea..... for all travellers.
This is part of the London, apart from the distant and not so distant buzz of traffic and occassional you can follow Dollis Brook and believe you are in the countryside with dogs, ducks and squirrels...
Dollis Brook originates on Mount Moat Open Space in Mill Hill and ends at the Welsh Harp (Brent Reservoir).
The name the Dollis is believed by some to have something to do with the rights of commoners at Barnet, and is rooted in the same word as "dole".
Highlights include the Northern Line bridge arches between Mill Hill East and Finchley Central, an elegant brick built structure of 13 arches.
Lowlights the culverted section under Staples Corner. A graveyard for shopping trolleys under the Brent Cross flyover...
I'll add more information as i walk the route...