Comfort Hotel Finchley
3 Leisure Way, High Road
London, EN N12 0QZ
Phone: (44) 208 446-6644
Fax: (44) 208 446-5444
3 Leisure Way, High Road, London, EN, GB, N12 0QZ
- Phone: (44) 208 446-6644
- Fax: (44) 208 446-5444
The Ally Pally ice rink in Alexandra Park still remains a firm favorite with north London residents. The ice rink has a total capacity of 1250 people and skating instruction is available. Haringey Greyhounds Ice Hockey Club use the international-sized venue as their home ground.
Public gardens are open around the clock with marvelous views of London's skyline on a clear day. Entertainments include Bank Holiday funfairs and free firework displays on 5 November. The park is home to the multi-purpose venue, Alexandra Palace, and the Alexandra Palace Ice Rink.
This beautiful neo-classical 18th-century building looks out over an equally beautiful part of Hampstead Heath. English Heritage has restored much of the house to its original form, and the architectural elegance is stunning. There is a small but excellent collection of fine art here, with offerings from Rembrandt, Gainsborough and Turner. Check out Kenwood Lakeside Concerts during the summer. There are also fireworks displays and even sing-along Sound of Music nights. Entry to the house is free, but there is a charge for concerts. Please note that wheelchair access is on the ground floor of the house only. Timings vary as per season.
This huge woodland park is the glory of North London. It is a space that everyone can enjoy - find an idyllic corner for a picnic, walk your dog, or throw a Frisbee around with some friends. The Heath also has some bathing ponds, an open air stage at Kenwood House, where classical summer concerts are held with occasional fireworks, tennis courts, and a bowling green. Bank holiday fun fairs are just some of the popular attractions at the park.
Next to Anna Pavlova's house and attached to Hampstead Heath is this delightful park. The large expanse of gentle rolling verdure is one of those places where you just have to kick off your shoes and feel the grass between your toes. It's a great spot for picnics, but there is also a cafe near the park entrance. At the bottom of the park there are several tennis courts; perfect for if you want to do something a bit more energetic. Half way down the park is an animal enclosure with an aviary and a selection of goats, deer and wallabies - a sort of mini zoo that will delight children. Each section has a brief write-up of the animal and its origin. Flamingos perch around the pond, ducks dive in and geese fly overhead, and the beautiful flower garden behind it is well worth a detour. The park opens at 7:30a.
Enjoy a swim in the fresh air at this men-only bathing pond. As it's all natural water, there's no chlorine to sting your eyes, and it's free, so there's no sting to your wallet either. Open all year round, although you'd have to be tough to brave the weather in the winter months, the ponds are open for a refreshing dip anytime between daylight and dusk. Boys over eight who can swim confidently can join in the fun, while ladies can swim at the nearby Kenwood Bathing Pond. Set in a beautiful verdant spot, it is a wonderful oasis that takes you back to the Victorian era.
Open daily from daylight until dusk, a visit to the pond makes for an enjoyable, alternative afternoon, especially if you bring a picnic along to make the most of the time on the Heath. The bathing pond contains only natural water and is unheated - perfect for the Spartan, the purist or the adventurous. Girls over age eight can swim all they like, but the boys are banned to the Highgate Bathing Pond a short distance away.
The ZSL London Zoo has occupied the northeastern corner of Regent's Park since 1828. One of the most famous zoos in the world, it contains over 720 different species of animals, and the aviary is a firm favorite. B.U.G.S. (Biodiversity Underpinning Global Survival) illustrates the bio-diversity in ecosystems as well as species. Locusts, field crickets and sea horses are among the many species displayed. This fun education exhibit is aimed at all age groups. Hours of operation vary according to season. Check website for more details. Contact +44 844 225 1826 for further information.
The London Central Mosque is located in the Regent's Park, and was built over 50 years ago. Architecturally, the building is stunning, with a golden dome, marble floors and intricate mosaics. However, the mosque is not merely a showpiece; practically, it can accommodate over 4,500 people for prayer meetings, which are held serveral times every day. The Islamic Cultural Centre is next to the mosque. This provides London's Muslim community with a reference library and concert hall, as well as a place for meetings, and educational outings for children. The Centre is also licensed to conduct wedding ceremonies.
This original museum houses artifacts and photographs of London's inland waterways, and is housed in what was previously an ice warehouse. It was constructed around 1862 for Carlo Gatti, the famous Swiss-Italian ice-cream manufacturer, and features the history of the ice trade and ice-cream as well as the canals. It's a rare museum of inland waterways in the capital, and has permanent exhibitions on the River Thames and 'Measham' pottery. Special prices for groups are available if booked in advance.
This market dates back to the 1830s, when it only sold produce. Today the Edgware Road side sells simple everyday clothes (T-shirts, pyjamas, lingerie), DIY, and food. The Lisson Grove side is more stylish, with the famous Alfie's Antique Centre offering great antiques in all areas: jewelry, collectibles, bags, vintage clothes and more. Stop by the well-known Sea Shell on Lisson Grove for a one of the best fish and chips in London.
The UK's national reference library is not a public library, and if you want to take advantage of what's stored in its halls, you'll have to obtain a reader's pass. This is granted to people doing research (primarily professional or post graduate) but if you can prove that you can't access the material elsewhere, a permission may be granted. Fortunately, the public is allowed into the three exhibition galleries for free (where the Magna Carta and Gutenberg Bible, among other items, are displayed), and there are events programs (mainly films and lectures), and public tours on Sundays and Tuesdays. The tours may incur a charge. Check the website for more details.