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Imagine escaping the hustle and bustle of the City for a vibrant and village-like community that is still delightfully connected. Be in Leicester Square in just 17 minutes from Highgate Underground station, which is within easy reach. Woodside Square is at the heart of Muswell Hill’s Conservation Area, an eclectic suburb that offers all so much. Enjoy the independent feel of the High Road, its boutiques, sellers of organic produce and lively cafés and restaurants.
Discover the lifestyle
Parents will be happy to hear that most of the schools in Muswell Hill are rated ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’ by Ofsted. For primary education, St James C of E couldn’t be closer, facing Woodside Square across Woodside Avenue. Others of note include Our Lady of Muswell Catholic Primary School, Rhodes Avenue Primary School, Coldfall Primary School and Muswell Hill Primary School. The state secondary schools in the area are Fortismere and Alexandra Park while private education is catered for by Norfolk House, Highgate School and Channing School for girls.
Muswell Hill feels more like an idyllic hamlet than an urban suburb. With attractive, tree-lined Edwardian streets and panoramic views over the capital, it’s one of the most picturesque areas of North London.
There’s also the safe, community atmosphere and a wealth of green, open spaces, making it a popular residential area for families, young creatives and downsizers alike.
Community life here is focused around the lively Broadway where thriving independent shops, cafes and restaurants mingle with essential amenities, including banks, travel agents, a post office and a lovely neighbourhood library, providing a perfectly rounded lifestyle. Further local amenities can be found close by in Highgate.
Abundant green spaces – a real sense of the countryside within the bounds of London – that’s the true beauty of Muswell Hill. Alexandra Park, alone, covers 196 acres. As well as providing spectacular city views, this incredible public playground features a boating lake, skate park, pitch and putt course, garden centre and a deer enclosure. In winter, the Bonfire Night fireworks display is an unmissable annual event, as is the opening of the ice rink.
Closer to Woodside Square, you’ll find a further 70 acres of unspoilt nature in the form of Highgate Wood. The nearby Queen’s Wood and Coldfall Wood are smaller than their neighbour but equally beautiful. All are perfect for dog walking, nature trails and picnics. But the jewel in the area’s natural crown is the Parkland Walk, an enchanting four and a half mile trail, running between Finsbury Park and Alexandra Palace. It’s a haven for flora and fauna and is London’s longest nature reserve, with foxes and deer a common sight.
Set in attractive, tranquil surroundings, Highgate Golf Club is an inspiring and undulating 18 hole course, which is actually the closest golf course to central London. Tennis lovers are also catered for by several local clubs, including the Muswell Hill Methodist Tennis Club, which is open to everyone. The Stormont Tennis Club offers a discounted membership to residents of Woodside Square.
Muswell Hill boasts an overflowing cornucopia of restaurants, cafés, pubs, bars, tea rooms and coffee shops. Choice picks include Muswell Hill’s favourite food destination, Feast Deli, trendy dining in Bills Café, the legendary Toff’s for award winning fish and chips, Chooks for their delicious buttermilk fried chicken and Côte Brasserie for French classics.
There are some truly great pubs here too. Victoria Stakes is a favourite local haunt offering craft beers and an excellent wine list. The Maid of Muswell is treasured for its laid-back atmosphere. And, not forgetting The Clissold Arms, a fine family restaurant, celebrated for being the venue of The Kinks’ first ever gig – ‘The Kinks Room’ is proudly decked out in band memorabilia.
Muswell Hill is self-contained in so may ways. On Sundays, locals head to the farmers’ market at Alexandra Palace to pick up the very best fresh, local produce. For everyday, convenience shopping there’s an M&S, Little Waitrose and a Sainsbury’s. But the cherished gem is Planet Organic, with its focus on high-quality, healthy, speciality foods. Popular independent retailers include W Martyn for teas and coffees, Walter Purkis the fishmonger and the much-loved Muswell Hill Bookshop on Fortis Green Road.