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Muswell Hill area guide

Keep busy in N10 with Time Out's guide to Muswell Hill’s best restaurants, bars, pubs and things to do

Once home to London’s greatest ever band, The Kinks, Muswell Hill is now filled with affluent job-in-media types who like to live on the capital’s peaks when they’re not off skiing. The Broadway boasts an excellent range of fancy/arty shops, good restaurants and smart pubs.

Proximity to Alexandra Palace means there's no shortage of green space, and a special shout out should go to to the Parkland Walk: 4.5 miles of overgrown green trail crossing disused railway arches, a great place to walk the dog or, according to taste, neck wine from the bottle and smoke a fag.

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Toff's
Restaurants

Toff's

The dark-wood panelled interior probably seemed retro when Toff’s was established back in 1968. This Muswell Hill stalwart is a true one-off; the corporate slickness comes from being a long-established family business that knows what it’s doing and knows that people like it. Little changes here, but we were pleased to note that, unlike many London chippies, the business has joined the Marine Stewardship Council and sources fish from sustainable stocks. Fish is cooked to order and batter is the norm; egg and matzo, or grilling, bring a surcharge. Starters include fish or vegetable soup, deep-fried camembert, fish cakes and avocado vinaigrette. Our main-course grilled king prawns with herby butter dressing were lovely, but seemed pricey at £15.95 for a modest portion. No complaints about the gigantean battered haddock, however, which arched across the plate as though in yoga posture. Fat chips were fabulous. To drink, there are a dozen wines, three bottled beers and a range of spirits. In the unlikely event you have room, finish with Marine Ices ice-cream or one of the school-days puddings.  

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Crocodile Antiques
Restaurants

Crocodile Antiques

Bric-a-brac shop and café known for its outdoor terrace, where locals tuck into sandwiches and pizzas

Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Cheeses Of Muswell Hill
Shopping

Cheeses Of Muswell Hill

A cheese shop in Muswell Hill that's been touting the pongy delights since 1982. They also offer wine, crackers, cheese tools, gifts and cheese wedding cakes.

Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Alexandra Palace
Shopping

Alexandra Palace

Commonly known as the 'People's Palace' or Ally Pally, Alexandra Palace looks out over north London from a height. Its altitude rewards casual walkers with spectacular views, and its commanding location and 190-odd acres of leafy parkland mean it's often mistaken for a magnificent palace of regal importance. In reality, it's a slightly shabby affair. Built in 1873 as a palace for the people, it has experienced bad luck including two devastating fires (the first just two weeks after it opened; the second in 1980 after it was rebuilt), years of poor funding and periods of bad management. Despite this, Ally Pally continues to hold a spot in the heart of Londoners, and a proud place in history as the birthplace of the world's first regular public television broadcast by the BBC in 1936. There's an indoor ice-skating rink, an expo hall and a vast gig space where you can catch big names and the odd clubbing event. There's a bonfire night every year, a boating lake, pitch and putt course, and deer enclosure.

Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs

The Famous Royal Oak

A lovely pub with a large selection of single malt whiskeys and a modest menu that boasts a hot dog, burger, veggie wrap and 'Cevapi', a Serbian special comprising pork, lamb and beef skinless sausages in a Turkish flatbread.

Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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