Things to do in London Borough of Barnet, Greater London
The London Borough of Barnet is on the northernmost edge of Greater London between The London Borough of Harrow and The London Borough of Enfield. It was created in 1965 by combining several areas from Middlesex and Hertfordshire.
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Barnet is one of London's largest boroughs. It covers almost 87 km or 33 square miles and is home to 300,000 residents, of which more than two thirds own their own home.
In more recent times, actress Stephanie Beacham, actor David Jason, comedian Spike Milligan and singer Cliff Richard all have connections with the London Borough of Barnet.
Although Barnet has a charter dated 814AD, it remained largely unoccupied until the 19th century.
Barnet occupies some of the highest land around London and is quite upmarket.
There was a recent movement to make it sound classier by changing the name to the French-pronunciation "Barnét" and many local signs have the accent graffiti-ed onto them!
Barnet itself has a bustling High Street of high class shops such as Waitrose supermarket along with a number of book shops.
It has a famous market, started in 1199 when King John issued a charter to the Abbot of St Albans, John de Cella and it still continues today, on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
The local Hendon Aerodrome is nicknamed the "Home of British Aviation" and is now Royal Air Force Museum London with 70 aircraft and a flight simulator among other hands-on exhibits. It makes a great day out.Jewish Museum, with its tales of Jewish immigration in the area, can be found at Finchley, along with the well-publicized mosque.
You will certainly not be short of good food and entertainment in the Borough of Barnet. It has 40 pubs and clubs, 146 restaurants and 98 leisure venues.
For a breath of fresh air, visit the Welsh Harp Nature Reserve and Reservoir, a designated area of Special Scientific Interest.
High Barnet is the terminus of the Northern underground line and tube trains regularly run to Morden or Kennington via Charing Cross. A separate branch of the Northern line runs to Edgware.
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