A little bit of history
Formerly an ancient parish of Middlesex, the name Finchley was first recorded in the 13th Century, by which point the area's woodlands had started to give way to farmland. By the 15th and 16th Century, the areas to the east of the parish were cleared to form Finchley Common, which the medieval Great North Road ran through ' notorious for highwaymen right up until the early 19th Century. Finchley has officially been considered part of Greater London since 1965.
Need to know
Finchley Memorial Hospital will reopen in late 2012, rebuilt at a cost of £28m. Good news for local residents.
Finchley is just a short drive from Brent Cross Shopping Centre, which has pretty much any shop you could ever need. In terms of local food shops, our top picks are Waitrose, Tesco, Graham's Butchers for free range and organic meats, and B Green for organic groceries and health foods.
FINCHLEY IS JUST A SHORT DRIVE FROM BRENT CROSS SHOPPING CENTRE, WHICH HAS PRETTY MUCH ANY SHOP YOU COULD EVER NEED.
Henley's Corner offers links to the M1, A1 and A1000.
East Finchley (zone 3), Finchley Central, West Finchely, Woodside Park and Mill Hill East are all on the Northern Line, taking you directly into either the city or the West End in a little over half an hour.
The area is well served by buses, with routes taking you into Victoria (the number 82), Brent Cross from Archway (143), Barnet to Brent Cross (326), North Finchley to Willesden Green (460), Winchmore Hill to Finchley Central (125) and Southgate to Mill Hill (382). N13 - Aldwych to North Finchley, N20 ' Trafalgar Square to Barnet