East Finchley is a leafy north-west London neighbourhood that’s home to a pleasant mix of trendy cafés, fine-dining restaurants, and parks. Those living in East Finchley can benefit from a Northern Line Tube stations, making it really easy to travel in and out of Central London. You’ll be close enough to commute into the centre, but far enough out to escape from the bustle of city life at the end of the day.

Bufi Pizzeria

Those living in East Finchley can find homely Italian cuisine at Bufi Pizzeria. The authentic Neapolitan pizzas are made using a traditional wood-fired oven. Their simple sourdough base recipe is a tried and tested one, with numerous toppings available. Whether you like a classic margherita, the finest meaty cuts, or an abundance of vegetables, there’s a pizza for everyone. The pizzeria also offers vegan and gluten free options.

Address: 84 High Road, N2 9PN

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 020 8883 4720

Campbell & Syme

Founded by Joe Syme, Campbell & Syme has become synonymous with delivering great coffee and a friendly neighbourhood vibe. The team pays close attention to detail across the entire coffee-producing process, from bean to cup. Expect a wide range of sweet & balanced, small batch roasted coffees that fulfil your caffeine needs, whether you’re popping in en route to the office or have time to relax over brunch. And you can also buy their speciality beans to brew your own coffee at home.

Address: 9 Fortis Green, N2 9JR

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 020 3489 4383

Bald Faced Stag

If you’re looking for delicious pub grub whilst living in East Finchley, Bald Faced Stag is the perfect choice. The gastropub serves an array of dishes inspired by classic British cuisine. Their menus change with the seasons, letting you enjoy the best fresh ingredients. So pop over on a Sunday for a hearty roast menu or choose from the expansive wine and beer list for an after-work drink. There’s also an outdoor patio, which is the ideal spot to enjoy a drink in the sunnier months.

Address: 69 High Road, N2 8AB

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 020 8442 1201

Margot Bakery

Bread and pastries are at the heart of Margot Bakery. The Scandinavian-inspired bakery offers the perfect balance of fresh loafs, generously filled sandwiches and sweet treats. From sumptuous cinnamon buns to buttery croissants, chocolatey brioches to Danish rye bread, there really is something to suit all taste buds. What's more, founder Michelle Eshkeri has now released a book, Modern Sourdough, letting you recreate her baking prowess from the comfort of your own home.

Address: 121 East End Road, N2 0SZ

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 020 8883 6741

Phoenix Cinema

Founded in 1910, London’s oldest continually-operated picture house, Phoenix Cinema, offers the quintessential movie experience. Inside, the single-screen cinema is furnished with traditional red velveteen seats and Art Deco influences. So you can cosy down and watch an old classic, the latest indie film or a Hollywood blockbuster from the intimate surrounds. The cinema is also home to a small gallery space; view the monthly exhibition while you wait for the film to start.

Address: 52 High Road, N2 9PJ

Phone: 020 8444 6789

Dan & Decarlo

Independent café Dan & Decarlo serves a tasty selection of breakfast and lunch dishes. The team uses organic eggs, yoghurt and produce from , and all the bread is homemade daily from a bakery based in Covent Garden. Located on the main high street, the café is a central place to stop for a bite to eat, a coffee fix or a healthy smoothie. From smashed avocado on toast and cheesy bagels, to eggs benedict and salad bowls, your appetite will definitely be satisfied.

Address: 20 High Road, N2 9PJ

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 020 8444 3800

Table du Marché

Inspired by the bustling marketplaces of France, Table du Marché serves a seasonal fine-dining menu that changes daily. Ingredients are sourced from local butchers, greengrocers and fishmongers to deliver an authentic gastronomy experience. Classic French dishes are always available, including boeuf Bourguignon and soupe à l'oignon. Furthermore, the waiters are also trained to pair the perfect wine from the restaurant’s wine cellar with your dish. While you wait for a table, you can sit at the Parisienne-style marble-top bar and enjoy a cocktail.

Address: 111 High Road, N2 8AG

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 020 8883 5750

Cherry Tree Wood

If you want to escape from the high street, Cherry Tree Wood is a leafy sanctuary. The Woodland Trust parkland is popular among dog walkers and runners alike. Visit in the summer months for a peaceful place to unwind with a book or picnic. The park also hosts the yearly East Finchley Community Festival with a mixed line-up of food vendors, live music, and local craft makers.

Address: Summerlee Ave, N2 9QH

Living in East Finchley

So thanks to its breadth of hangouts, its suburban location and its great transport links, East Finchley is an attractive place to live in North London. Have we missed your favourite spot in East Finchley? Let us know @EssLiving. If you’re thinking of living in North London, why not read our guide on the best places in the area.


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Tilly Martin


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