Muswell Hill Area Guide
Surprisingly, despite being a popular place for central London commuters to live, Muswell Hill is not directly served by any tube or train stations. Instead, most residents reach London by bus – there are direct routes to both the City and West End – and there are also good road links.
Nearby tube stations, all roughly equidistant, are Finsbury Park (Victoria and Piccadilly lines), Turnpike Lane (Piccadilly line) Highgate (Northern line), Bounds Green (Piccadilly) and East Finchley (Northern line). The nearest train stations are at Alexandra Palace and Hornsey.
Local folklore has it that Muswell Hill owes its existence to reports of a brutal murder in Burlington Road in 1896, which caught the attention of property developer James Edmundson. Impressed by the area’s natural beauty, he purchased land and began building homes, many of which still stand today. Housing is primarily larger style period properties on tree-lined roads and it is certainly a more affordable alternative to its neighbours, Hampstead and Highgate.
One of Muswell Hill’s biggest attractions is Alexandra Place (or ‘Ally Pally’ as it is known locally), the venue for concerts by leading international recording artists, exhibitions and a weekly farmers’ market. The iconic Victorian building houses an ice-skating rink, pitch and putt, dance school and kids’ soft play area. Outside, its 196 acres of beautiful parkland include a deer enclosure!
Muswell Hill Broadway and Fortis Green Road, the main shopping streets, still retain their historic character with most of the orginal façades preserved. Close to Alexandra Park and Highgate Woods, Muswell Hill is an appealing place to live and some residents claim it has the feel of a seaside town. It has a real sense of community with numerous well-supported independent shops, restaurants, pubs and cafés, as well as its own website.