They say green is serene, which is good news if you’re thinking about moving to the leafy North London area of Barnet. An air of escapism is complemented by convenient travel links to Kings Cross, meaning residents have the best of both worlds.
A position on the edge of the Hertfordshire countryside affords the town of Barnet - which incorporates into the larger Borough of Barnet - a village vibe. Families and young professionals looking to escape the hustle and bustle of central London are particularly enamoured by the area.
Good schools, travel links and local amenities all play their part in the area’s appeal, as do rental prices that won’t have you doing a double take.
On a map
The London Borough of Barnet is one of the largest in London with almost 370,000 people living there. The actual town of Barnet, otherwise known as Chipping Barnet or High Barnet, is located 10.5 miles northwest from Charing Cross.
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Barnet’s name comes from an ancient settlement that was recorded as Barneto c. in 1070. It is the site of the Battle of Barnet (1471), where troops were led by King Edward IV killed “Kingmaker” Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick and Warwick’s brother, John Neville, 2st Marquess of Montagu.
Grand battles aside, it’s also the site of an ancient horse fair, which inspired the cockney rhyming slang of Barnet Flair or barnet for ‘hair’. Barnet’s reputation for creating memorable past times doesn’t stop there - the Barnet Market has been going since 1199.
By 1951 the population rose from 1,258 (1801) to 7,062 and today stands at over 350,000 in the Borough of Barnet. It wasn’t until 1965 that Barnet became part of the Greater London authority, transferring from Hertfordshire.
Who lives there?
High Barnet is especially popular with young families thanks to the abundance of green spaces and good schools. It’s also in demand with young professionals who are looking for quieter areas to call home. The average age of people living in Barnet is 40.
Renting in Barnet
There is a vast selection of properties in High Barnet, from sizeable detached family homes to modern apartments. Double fronted Victorian and Edwardian homes aren’t uncommon in the area, while Georgian houses and period cottages are also available.
Apartments range from purpose-built new builds (though not the ultra-modern skyscrapers that can be found in around inner London) to converted houses. The rental market in High Barnet is busy, with lots of interest.
However, such demand hasn’t pushed the prices up, with one-bedroom properties averaging around £1,000 per month. Two-bedroom homes command in the region of £1,500 and three-bed properties achieve an average of £3,200.
The Northern Line operates at High Barnet Tube station and also happens to be the last stop. There are direct services to the West End and the City, which take just over half an hour to complete. For train services, commuters need to go to either New Barnet or Oakleigh, where there are trains to Kings Cross. High Barnet comes under Zone 5.
If it’s good grub you’re after, High Barnet has you covered. You’re also in luck if you enjoy browsing high-street shops and catching a movie at the local boutique cinema. How posh.
Greek delights await at Thymari, an authentic Greek restaurant in Barnet. “Thymari” means thyme in Greek, which is fitting considering the menu is full of fresh herbs. Get your souvlaki and enjoy a range of other Greek delights at your new local restaurant.
Address: 18 Crescent W, Hadley Wood, Barnet EN4 0EJ
If you’re going to have a burger followed by a dessert, both might as well be gastronomical ones. Gastronomical Burgers and Desserts is known for its stellar service and mouth-watering burgers and is the place to go if you want great bites and a chilled out vibe.
Address: Ferny Hill Farm Tea Rooms | Hadley Wood, Barnet EN4 0PZ
Want fine dining with a splash of artistic history? Where do we book? With a weekly changing a la carte menu and a mixture of appetisers, bar snacks, and afternoon teas, Mary Beale Restaurant & Terrace Bar affords options for all tastes.
Address: West Lodge Park Hotel, Cockfosters Road, Hadley Wood EN4 0PY
Things to do
Everyman Cinemas have become some of the most popular in the UK over the last few years, with their boutique settings and comfy sofas proving especially popular with movie-goers. The Everyman Barnet combines grand settings with a boutique vibe so you can relax in front of the latest blockbuster or indie movie.
Address: Great North Road, Barnet, EN5 1AB
413 acres of country greenery await you at Trent Park, where wildlife roams, farmlands reside, statues, erm, stay still, and visitors enjoy scenic walks and trails. There’s even a golf club for those who fancy improving their swing.
The Barnet Museum celebrates the historical significance of Barnet and is run entirely by volunteers of the community. Entry is free, and there are collections, displays, lectures and a gift shop for those who want to take in and take home the history of Barnet.
Address: 31 Wood St, Barnet EN5 4BE
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The Spires is an iconic shopping centre in the heart of High Barnet that opened in the lates 1980s. It incorporates the twin spires of the former High Barnet Methodist Church and features an array of shops and eateries.
Address: 111 High St, Barnet EN5 5XY
Moving to Barnet
If you’re looking for the glitz and glam of the city, Barnet might be a step too far. But, if its tranquil settings, a community vibe and fast travel links into central London that float your boat, you should look into calling the North London area of Barnet your next home.