This self-guided walking itinerary has been created by the Open House team to explore exterior architecture in Barnet.
Self-guided tour (Self-guided tour)
Self-guided tour (Self-guided tour)
Route details and directions
Stephens House (formerly Avenue House), 17 East End Road, Finchley N3 3QE
Avenue House is an imposing grade II listed mid Victorian mansion with extensive gardens landscaped by Robert Marnock. These contain a unique collection of trees forming an attractive backdrop to the House. Today the mansion provides comfortable facilities for conferences, business functions, exhibitions, commercial filming, charity fund raising events, weddings and family celebrations as well as lush gardens for the public to enjoy free of charge.
From standing facing the building cross East End Road on the zebra crossing, turn right and then immediately left into Cavendish Avenue. Follow it as it becomes Upper Cavendish Avenue and then Orchard Avenue, at the end of which turn left (Holly Park), then right (Windermere Avenue) then left (Beechwood Avenue) then right again (Edge Hill Avenue). This takes you to the North Circular road – cross it and head slightly left down the A1 (Falloden Way), crossing this at traffic lights after a couple of minutes. Keep going – Addison Way curves away from you on the right (don’t take it) and a minute or so beyond, past the bus stop,is a small path on your right, indicated with a ‘Capital Ring’ symbol. This takes you into Northway Gardens.
Walking time 22 minutes
Northway Gardens, 130 Falloden Way, London NW11 6JD
Created in 1911 as part of Hampstead Garden Suburb, this is a linear park of 112 acres. There are three areas of garden through which runs the Mutton Brook. To the west, woodland and shrubs; in the middle, formal gardens and tennis courts; to the east, ornamental trees. A group of volunteers has recently worked to effect a prize-winning restoration of the Gardens. This group is very keen to participate in 2019 LOH and provide guides to the gardens.
Walk through the gardens until you reach the next road (Northway). Turn right and follow this road until you reach the end – then turn left and you’re immediately in the central square of Hampstead Garden Suburb
Walking time 8 minutes
Hampstead Garden Suburb, London NW11 7AH
There are a variety of buildings here, including St Jude on the Hill, the Free Church and the Friends Meeting House to look at. The suburb is also very interesting to wander through due to the general design and style of the suburb.
From the south side of St Jude’s church take Heathgate and turn right at the first crossroads (Meadway). Follow this as it becomes Hoop Lane. Keep going until you reach your next destination.
Walking time 12 minutes
Golders Green Unitarians, 31-and-a-half Hoop Lane, Golders Green NW11 8BS
Grade II listed small interwar building with Arts & Crafts pulpit and mural by Ivon Hitchens in the tradition of Morris & Co.
Continue along Hoop Lane, which becomes Armitage Road. Take the fifth turn on the right (The Ridgeway) then second left into Ridge Hill. Follow this until it meets Edgware Way, which you cross on a footbridge and keep going on the path. At the open space bear left and follow the path until it starts to veer to the right, away from the backs of the houses - your destination to your right.
Walking time 25 minutes
Clitterhouse Farm Yard, Clitterhouse Playing Fields, Claremont Road NW2 1AP
The project aims to restore and bring back into community use the historic Clitterhouse Farm Buildings. Crowdfunded to build a small on-site café and open three of the derelict workshops spaces.