Situated on Fortis Green, The Clissold Arms is right in the middle of East Finchley and Muswell Hill – two of London’s loveliest suburbs right between Hampstead Heath and Alexandra Palace.
There’s a wealth of places to visit in the area, but this post is just going to focus on Muswell Hill. The village is renowned for its vast views of London town and its range of independent shops. This means there is lots of hidden gems to explore.
1. Alexandra Palace
On the edge of Muswell Hill sits the beautiful Alexandra Palace. The views of London from the park are almost unbeatable on a clear day; it’s the perfect place to take a weekend stroll. With an ice rink, a putting green and concerts held regularly, it offers plenty in terms of entertainment. This isn’t surprising when knowing that the initial purpose of the venue in 1873 was for public recreation.
2. Muswell Hill Bookshop
Along Fortis Green Road you’ll find the thriving and independent Muswell Hill Bookshop. It’s the perfect place to browse for your new favourite book, or even an old favourite, with a large range of both new and old releases in store.
The Clissold Arms is obviously at the top of our list here, with gastropub style food and fine wines on offer, however we don’t like to boast too much so here’s a few more places that we like to frequent.
Fasta – a great Italian situated on Fortis Green Road.
Feast – a lovely little cafe, almost next door to Fasta along Fortis Green Road.
Toff’s Fish and Chips – this place has certainly made a name of itself, serving the best fish and chips in North London.
4. The Cinema
Although debatable The Odeon probably isn’t the most eye pleasing sight in Muswell Hill. Despite this it is a Grade 2 listed building. Throughout the week there’s viewings of all the latest blockbuster hits.
5. Crocodile Antiques
A quirky independent shop located along Muswell Hill Broadway; this place is a must visit when you’re in the area filled with intricate gifts for all the family. Hidden at the back is a small cafe, serving refreshments and cakes!
It may be small, but there’s a copious amount of cheese on offer. If you’re a cheese lover then this is a must visit. What is there not to love about a shop dedicated to all things cheese?
So there you have a round up of some of our favourite spots in Muswell Hill. Next time you head into the village, why not come for a drink or bite to eat at The Clissold Arms before, or after your visit.