Strange that the North London suburb, forever linked for those of us of a certain age with a somewhat humourless and philistine politician, should have such a comic literary background, with the names of Dickens and Milligan in particular associated with the place. The graphic arts are in there too, Britain’s most famous ink maker providing the raw material perhaps for our most famous map – Harry Beck who designed the tube diagram came from Finchley. Today still plenty of arty types live in the area, which is a bit less hectic than many surrounding districts – and maybe than when Mick Jagger lived on the High Road – and benefits from some fine art deco flourishes here and there – its town hall and even East Finchley Tube Station of particular note in that respect. Less crowded too, something that may appeal to those looking for a metropolitan wedding venue with all the ease of access that implies, but without the sometimes claustrophobic atmosphere that the vibrant capital can conjure: Finchley’s leafy streets, and plenty of open areas like its many golf courses, are very effective in creating an ambience of space and comfortable refinement.

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