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Muswell Hill Area Guide

Situated prominently at the top of a hill between Alexandra Palace and Highgate Woods, the leafy and suburban area of Muswell Hill is one of the most sought-after places to live in north London. With heritage dating back to the 12th century, Muswell Hill offers its residents an abundance of amenities including outstanding state schools, beautiful red-brick Edwardian homes and a bustling Broadway with a great mix of independent and high street shops, eateries and drinking locations. In March 2013, Muswell Hill was named one of the five most desirable places to live in London in The Sunday Times "Best Places to Live" guide.

The best of Muswell Hill:

• Muswell Hill is surrounded by parks, woodlands and nature reserves; most notably Alexandra Palace Parkland. The Green Flag awarded ‘Ally Pally’ provides 196 acres of neighbouring parkland, with facilities including an ice-rink, garden centre, café, pitch and putt course and a boating lake.
• Enjoying a high vantage point, the area commands spectacular views of London. 
• With its vast number of excellent state schools, Muswell Hill is a great choice for families.
• Muswell Hill Broadway attracts people from far and wide with its wide selection of lively cafes, bars and restaurants. It is also a popular shopping location with all the usual high street shops, mixed in with delightful independents including a French bakery, fishmongers and specialist tea store.
• The multi-award winning Toff’s Fish & Chips takeaway and restaurant has been providing the locals of Muswell Hill with quality fish since 1968.

Is Muswell Hill for me? 

With its wide selection of outstanding state schools and family-friendly shops and restaurants, Muswell Hill is particularly appealing to families looking for an area to settle in long-term. The area also appeals to those working in creative industries and the media, as well as bright young singles and couples attracted by the vibrant cafe culture of Muswell Hill Broadway.


Muswell Hill has a number of excellent local state schools.

There are 7 primary schools within the N10 postcode area, including:

• St James' C of E Primary School – Woodside Avenue
• Coldfall Primary School – Coldfall Avenue
• Tetherdown Primary School – Grand Avenue
• Muswell Hill Primary School – Muswell Hill

There is just one secondary school in Muswell Hill - Fortismere School in Southwing (judged as outstanding by Ofsted). Nearby Alexandra Park School in Bidwell Gardens provides an excellent alternative.

Public transport:

Muswell Hill is in transport Zone 3, although there are no tube, train or overground stations in its centre.

Tube: The closest tube stops are East Finchley and Highgate. These are south-west of Muswell Hill on the Northern line.

Trains: Alexandra Palace railway station is north-east of Muswell Hill and offers direct trains to Moorgate. During the week, trains to Moorgate run approximately every 10 minutes, with a journey time of just over 20 minutes. 

Buses: Muswell Hill has excellent bus connections. The W7 bus runs a regular service from Finsbury Park to Muswell Hill, the 43 connects Muswell Hill to London Bridge and The 102 provides commuters with transport to the Bounds Green Tube stop on the Piccadilly line and Brent Cross Shopping Centre. The 134 provides a 24 hour service to Tottenham Court Road (zone 1).

For further information on Muswell Hill’s transport links, visit the Transport for London website (


Muswell Hill primarily consists of Edwardian semi-detached and terrace houses, as well as a small number of homes built during the Twenties and Thirties. It also has a sizeable number of flats and large family homes.


Muswell Hill falls under Haringey council borough. The annual 2016/ 2017 council tax rates for Haringey are listed below:

Band A: £989.35
Band B: £1,154.23
Band C: £1,319.11
Band D: £1,484.01
Band E: £1,813.67
Band F: £2,143.58
Band G: £2,473.35
Band H: £2,968.02

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