Muswell Hill Area Guide

Muswell Hill Area Guide

This Muswell Hill area guide provides an overview of the area, including some of the best places to eat, drink, shop and study, as well as its history, council tax rates and public transport connections to the rest of London.

An overview of Muswell Hill

Located five miles north of central London, and nestled between Highgate, East Finchley and Crouch End, Muswell Hill is a prosperous suburb with vast amounts of open space, amazing views of the city and beautiful Edwardian architecture.

History of Muswell Hill

Muswell Hill was named after the discovery of a natural spring ‘Mossy Well’ in the 12th century that was thought to have miraculous healing powers. The spring became a pilgrimage site for people seeking to be healed, including King Malcolm IV of Scotland who was believed to have been healed here.

The area, originally a small village, started to develop after the opening of Alexandra Palace in 1873. Most of the area’s development was carried out by James Edmondson and William J Collins between 1896 and 1914, consisting of red brick Edwardian houses and commercial buildings. The area soon became a hotspot for aristocrats who wished to reside outside of the city.

The creation of Alexandra Palace was intended as North London’s answer to Crystal Palace. A lavish pavilion, Alexandra Park was once home to its very own race course. Declining popularity however and rising costs sealed its fate and the race course was closed in 1970. The park and palace however, remain one of the area’s top attractions.

Today, much of Muswell Hill has retained its period character and is now a conservation area within the borough.

Muswell Hill property

Muswell Hill offers a variety of family friendly Edwardian and Victorian terraced, semi-detached and detached properties. Because it is a conservation area, the majority of the area’s flats are converted houses rather than purpose built developments; these make up majority of the rental market.

Although an increasingly popular place to live, especially for young families due to good schools in the area, Muswell Hill remains an affordable place to buy property. Buyers that purchase property here do so as a long term investment and many residents have and continue to live in the area for generations.

Shopping, food and drink in Muswell Hill

Muswell Hill’s popular shopping quarter is centered around the Broadway and Fortis Green Road. Here you will find a fine blend of independent and branded retailers specialising in gifts, crafts, international food and drink, and quite possibly, London’s best fish and chip shop.

Popular pubs and bars include The Victoria Stakes, a favourite with locals for its wide range of craft beers and The Clissold Arms, a popular family haunt which was awarded ‘best family pub’ in 2015 and 2016; it was also the venue for The Kinks first ever gig.

Great places to eat include Toffs for award winning fish and chips, The Pavillion café for alfresco dining, and Planet Organic which contains a cafe as well as being a one-stop health-food haven. Muswell Hill is also home to a number of artisan food stores. On Sundays you can head over to Alexandra Palace to the weekly farmers’ market and stock up organic fruit and veg amongst other local delights. There are also several major supermarkets in the area for your everyday shopping needs.

Parks in Muswell Hill

Known as one of the greenest spots in North London, Muswell Hill is surrounded by beautiful parks and woodland. The historic Alexandra Park, boasting 196 acres of parkland, is the area’s main park. Its boating lake, pitch and putt course, deer enclosure, ice rink and skate park make it a fantastic family-fun location. Highgate Wood is a perfect location for dog walking and leisurely weekend strolls. Other popular parks include Queen's Wood, Coldfall Wood, Glebelands Local Nature Reserve and the Parkland Walk Nature Reserve, a 2.5-mile linear green walkway, which follows the course of the railway line that used to run between Finsbury Park and Alexandra Palace.

Emergency services in Muswell Hill

Muswell Hill is served by the Metropolitan Police Service, with the nearest station located on Tottenham Lane, Hornsey. The nearest fire station is located on Park Avenue South in Hornsey. 

There are a number of local GPs in and around Muswell Hill, including Dukes Avenue Practice, Queens Avenue Surgery and Alexandra Surgery. The nearest hospitals are Finchley Memorial Hospital, North Middlesex University Hospital NHS trust and Wittington Hospital.

Transportation in Muswell Hill

Muswell hill is served by eight excellent bus services providing access into central London and surrounding areas. The closest tube stations are Highgate and East Finchley and the closest overground station is Alexandra Palace, all of which are a 15-20 minute walk away. For drivers, the M1 is just 15 minutes away via the North Circular Road.

Bus routes
43 London Bridge
102 Brent cross
144 Edmonton Green
134 Tottenham Court road station (24hr service)
234 Highgate Wood
299 Cockfosters
W7 Finsbury Park (24 hour service)
634 & 653 (school buses)

Nurseries, schools and colleges in Muswell Hill

345 Pre-schools
Chantry Hall Montessori Nursery
Greygates Nursery
Hilltop Pre-School Playgroup
Hollickwood Nursery
Kidz Kabin
Norfolk House Prep School
Rainbow Pre-School Playgroup
Rosemount Pre-School Nursery
Springfield Pre-School Playgroup
St James Pre-school
Tetherdown Pre-School Playgroup
The Cherry Tree Pre-School
The Montessori House
Yeladenu Pre-School Playgroup 

Primary Schools
Channing School 
Coldfall Primary
Coppetts Wood Primary
Eden Primary School
Hollickwood Primary
Muswell Hill Primary
Norfolk House School
Our Lady of Muswell RC primary
Rhodes Avenue Primary
St James C of E Primary
Tetherdown Primary

Secondary Schools
Alexandra Park School
Fortismere School
Highgate Wood Secondary School
Highgate School
The North London International School

Click here for further details on local schools in the Muswell Hill area.

Council tax rates in Muswell Hill

The council tax rates in Muswell Hill are set by two separate councils - Haringey Council and Barnet Council - and the amount you pay is dependent on which part of the area the property is located. The rate of council tax varies according to the following valuation bands.

London Borough of Haringey 2017/18


Band A
Band B
Band C
Band D
Band E
Band F
Band G
Band H

Council Tax


London Borough of Barnet 2017/18


Band A
Band B
Band C
Band D
Band E
Band F
Band G
Band H

Council Tax


Muswell Hill Summary

Muswell Hill is a vibrant community with a village atmosphere and plenty of open space, perfect for those looking for country living within easy reach of the heart of the capital.

Offering an array of property types both for sale or to rent, there really is something for everyone looking to move to this leafy residential suburb.

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