Located in northwest London, Hendon is one of the suburb's better-connected areas. With a tube station and local bus network, not to mention the M1, A5, north circular, A41 and A1 roads all passing through, residents have plenty of options for getting to, well, just about anywhere.
Excellent travel connections aside, Hendon has a plethora of charming period homes as well as a selection of new builds. Shops, cafes, restaurants and bars only add to the local sense of community.
In our latest London guide, we're visiting Hendon, a neighbourhood where people tend to stay for the long term. So read on and find out everything there is to know about the NW4 postcode, including its history, rental prices and things to do and see.
Hendon on a map
Hendon is located in northwest London and falls under the London Borough of Barnet. Neighbouring areas include Coldinale and Mill Hill, while the affluent area of Hampstead is a little under four miles away.
History of Hendon
Historically a civil parish in the county of Middlesex, Hendon became part of London Borough of Barnet in 1965. However, its history dates back hundreds of years and was described as "Hendun" in Domesday.
In the late 1860s, the Midland Railway and Great Northern Railways were built through Hendon, with a tube station joining them in the 1920s. During the following years, the area became more built up, developing into a suburb of London.
Who lives there?
According to the last census, Hendon has a population just shy of 56,000. The median age is 34, and 79% of residents rent their homes. Hendon is also known for having a strong Jewish community.
Renting in Hendon
Period homes from the thirties are dotted all over Hendon, with many of them featuring stylish Art Deco examples. There's also a high concentration of new homes to meet the demand of increased popularity in the area.
Expect to pay in the region of £1,200 per month for a one-bedroom flat in Hendron. Two-bedroom apartments fetch about £1,500 per month, while three-bedroom-and-up homes enter the market at £1,900 per month.
Hendon Central and Colindale tube stations are served by the Northern Line and offer direct services to Hampstead, Tottenham Court Road, Leicester Square, King's Cross and Bank.
Many roads head out of London, including the A1 and M1. The latter takes you all the way to the north of England, with cities like Manchester, Newcastle and Liverpool all a direct journey. Hendon is in Travel Zone 3.
Sample authentic African cuisine at 805, where you can tuck into traditional dishes that include Egusi (Ground melon seeds, cooked in palm oil and Pumpkin leaves or spinach) and Ogbono (Ground wild mango seeds garnished with crayfish and dried fish).
Head to Senator Lounge for Persian cuisine right in the heart of Hendon. Choose from breakfast menus with Haleem and special menus with Dizi at Senator Lounge, a restaurant that knows what it is with authentic and homely cooking.
Kaifeng Restaurant offers Kosher Chinese food, as well as a selection of cocktails and wines. The restaurant is styled after the city of Kaifeng, which is located 500-plus miles southwest of Beijing and is known for its Jewish community.
Things to do in Hendon
Welsh Harp Reservoir
Also known as Bren Reservoir, Welsh Harp is one of the largest lakes in London and is the place to go for wildlife spotting. Join a sailing or canoe club and make a splash.
Brent Cross Shopping Centre
Just a hop and skip from Hendon, Brent Cross Shopping Centre provides all your retail needs, whether you're after electronics at Apple or designer fashion brands at Fenwick. It's also one of the only London shopping centres with free parking.
Catch a sporting event at Wembley Stadium, the 90k-plus seater stadium that is home of the men and woman's England national team. Other sports at Wembley Stadium include NFL, rugby and more.
Moving to Hendon
It's easy to see why Hendon is such a popular neighbourhood. Affordable rental prices, excellent travel links and a great community spirit all combine to make the NW4 postcode a popular place to live in London.