In most cases, a lack of transport options would hinder an area. For those living in Muswell Hill, however, no access to a local tube or train station only heightens its appeal. Muswell Hill is an almost untouched North London gem just a stone’s throw from Vantage Point that’s filled with boutiques, cafés, restaurants and bars.
The area provides a strong sense of community and feels hidden away from the rest of the capital.
Looking for further proof of the Muswell Hill’s appeal? It was voted as one of the best places to live in the UK by The Sunday Times.
Here are the best things to do and see in the N10 postcode.
Things to do in Musewell Hill
If you're living in Muswell Hill and looking for an outdoor stroll off the beaten path, try Highgate Wood. There are 28 hectares of ancient woodland to wander, as well as plenty of wildlife to discover. In fact, more than 70 species of bird have been recorded in the park.
It's also a popular spot for dog walking. Highgate Wood has received a Green Flag Award for 20 consecutive years. It's also been awarded Green Heritage Award in recognition of its high standard of management as a site of historical importance.
Find at Muswell Hill Road, Highgate, London N10 3JN
Phone: 020 8444 6129
Ally Pally is a North London institution that is perched high above the rest of London and provides sweeping views. However, it’s so much more than a place to see the capital’s skyline. Gigs and plays regularly take place at the venue, with musical acts like The Rolling Stones having graced the People’s Palace.
The Grade II listed building sits in 75 hectares of land, which makes it an ideal place for a scenic stroll. Wander the green space while admiring the views on offer before heading to the venue for some fun and entertainment.
Find at Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY
Phone: 020 8365 2121
Everyman is a boutique brand of cinemas that originated in North London. The chain has grown exponentially in the last few years, thanks to the ability to watch the latest movies on a comfy sofa and receive food-to-seat service.
The Muswell Hill iteration is located on Fortis Green Road, and the grand exterior cements its position in N10. Its art deco elegance is hard to miss and creates an aura of a lavish event rather than a mere night at the movies.
Muswell Hill Bookshop
Seen by many as a focal point of the community, Muswell Hill Bookshop is an independent store that sells bestsellers and classics. First opened in 1985, it's stood the test of time and is one of the busier shops in the area.
There are regular book readings from authors, who often go on to sign copies of their work. The knowledgeable staff can help you find the title you’re looking for, no matter how obscure. Muswell Hill Bookshop is a fine example of a community thriving.
Find at 72 Fortis Green Road, Muswell Hill, London N10 3HN
Phone: 020 8444 7588
Places to eat and drink in Musewell Hill
The Victoria Stakes
Locally brewed beers and elegant settings is what you’ll find in The Victoria Stakes, which is a favourite for those living in Muswell Hill. Beer selections include Brooklyn and Camden Breweries, Newcastle Brown and Hammerton. While wine and cocktails also feature prominently on the menu.
If you fancy grabbing a bite to eat, there's a seasonal British menu to tuck into. The Victoria Stakes hosts a local comedy night for those who feel like testing their ability to make others laugh. Pets are also welcome, and the pub is known as a place to bring your four-legged friend.
Find rare gifts or something quirky for your home at Crocodile Antiques. Described as an "eclectic mix of colourful splendour", the items of sale range from bath melts to wellington boots and just about everything in between.
The best range, however, comes in the form of jewellery. You’ll find plenty of charming items, including earrings and watches. There’s a cafe on hand too. So you can enjoy a hot cuppa and cake (or something more substantial) after working up an appetite while shopping.
Miller & Carter Muswell Hill
Steaks are the name of the game at Miller & Carter. Spread across two floors, it’s one of the largest restaurants in Muswell Hill. Style, elegance and character are words that come to mind the first time you walk into the restaurant that was once a former church.
Miller & Carter has retained the Presbyterian church's original features and stained-glass windows. But the steaks are the main draw. Tuck into fillet, sirloin or ribeye cuts while enjoying a selection of fries that include hand-cut chips and sweet potato.
Find at 87 Muswell Hill Broadway, Muswell Hill, London N10 3HA
Phone: 020 8883 7382
The first and only Spanish restaurant in Muswell Hill, La Luna is the place to go for some tasty tapas. All the food is freshly made and based on premium local and organic ingredients. And the menu is full of favourites like Spanish cheeses, Jamon and Padron peppers, as well as French and Mediterranean-inspired dishes.
Make sure to wash it down with a glass of Spanish wine or a jug of sangria. Or try one of the cocktails on offer and feel like you've been whisked away to a beachside restaurant along Spain's coast.
Living in Muswell Hill
Muswell Hill joins a collection of N postcodes, including Hampstead, Highgate and Crouch End, that are prized as a leafy escapes for a day. Unless, of course, you're living in Muswell Hill. In which case, you can enjoy the area's charm on a daily basis. Village living doesn't get much better than this.