Thirty-five minutes from central London and with a massive 118 schools to offer, it's pretty easy to see why Barnet is popular. Its bustling high street and green open spaces, which can be seen from every hilltop, make it a very pleasant place to live.
A little bit of history
Barnet boasts a history dating back to 1199, when King John granted the area a charter for a weekly market. In 1471 the Battle of Barnet, the penultimate battle in The War of The Roses was fought here. And by 1588, Queen Elizabeth I had issued a second market charter, making Barnet the home of London's main meat market. The neighbouring town of New Barnet developed primarily following the 1850 arrival of the Great Northern Railway. High Barnet station followed in 1872, with the Northern Line arriving in 1940.
Need to know
Barnet is home to one of the best schools in the country. Established in 1573 after Queen Elizabeth I granted a charter for a free grammar school for Barnet, the Queen Elizabeth Boys School has a 100% record of all pupils achieving at least five GCSEs at a good grade.
Barnet's main shopping can be found in The Spires shopping centre, which has all your major high street stores including a large Waitrose. There's also a great market, which sells pretty much everything you could ever need at 'proper' market prices, from 7am till 3.30pm every Wednesday to Saturday.