With popular residential areas home to sports and showbiz stars, High Barnet in North London is a great suburban area a short distance from the centre of the capital.
High Barnet, also known as ‘Chipping Barnet’, or just ‘Barnet’, is a suburban market town based on the northern tip of London. Made up of 22 wards altogether, the town is estimated to have a population of around 110,000. This is the smallest of all the consistencies belonging to the London Borough of Barnet, the largest of its kind in the capital. Despite having the smallest population in the area, the town is still favoured as a safe place to live, boasting the lowest rates of reported crimes in the borough.
The geographical location of High Barnet also raises the town’s stock as a place to relocate to. Convenient for the city in one direction, while facing rolling countryside on the other, High Barnet is a popular residential area and has actually in the past had many notable residents, with several professional footballers from the North London clubs and a lot of showbiz stars having lived there.
Guests staying in Situ’s High Barnet serviced apartments can take advantage of excellent transport links into London. The A1 runs close by and High Barnet Station sits on the Northern Line which runs ideally just east of the town. The nearby New Barnet overground station also runs services to and from Kings Cross allowing easy transportation to central London. Fortuitously, High Barnet has an abundance of major London airports nearby, with guests staying in High Barnet corporate housing able to choose from five airports to fly globally from, all also within an hour’s drive of the town.
Thanks to the excellent transport facilities and connection options on offer to those relocating to High Barnet, both commuting and fulfilling an efficient business trip can be straightforward and simple. Five nearby London airports mean both domestic and overseas flights can be within touching distance, the nearby Northern Line to the east of the town and High Barnet Underground station make accessing London stations simple, and the M1 road running west of the town makes car travelling to a range of other business hubs uncomplicated. All of this makes business life as easy as it can be from a London suburb town.
Within the area, the people of High Barnet are those who benefit most from arguably the strongest working climate too. The fact that High Barnet has the highest proportion of economically active residents across the Borough reemphasises this. This is across an economy that is reliant upon retail, professional and healthcare industries.
Company owners can also take encouragement from the amount of backing they can receive from the local community and council regarding the success of their business. The home of business information for High Barnet’s existing and relocating, new businesses is the Barnet Council website. It is here that business owners across the borough can receive support and advice, information regarding funding, news about networking opportunities and knowledge on the current business climate.
As well as basing yourself within an easy commute away from the capital, to also be within touching distance of all the town and the surrounding borough has to offer economically, and in terms of business, be sure to stay in High Barnet corporate accommodation!
High Barnet is often regarded as the oldest town across the borough. However, evidence of its earliest existence is limited. The earliest record of historic significance in the town came out of the 12th-century charter. King John approved this charter at the time to grant the town the go-ahead to hold a market there once a week. The market still runs weekly to this day along the Barnet High Street.
The town actually developed and grew around the market in the centuries after it was granted. Word spread of its success. As a result of being based just outside the capital, the town became a natural stop-off point. Inns and stable yards, therefore, grew in number in High Barnet, with the Mitre Inn being amongst the oldest remaining examples. Then followed the issue of the second market charter and biannual fair for the sale of livestock in the late sixteenth century. The town managed to become London’s main meat market as a result. It was around this time too that High Barnet was also recognised as ‘Chipping Barnet’.
It is believed that the name ‘High Barnet’ was not socially recognised until the opening of High Barnet Railway Station in 1872. This opening was accompanied by the introduction of New Barnet, Totteridge, Whetstone stations as well as many suburban roads that still exist in the town today.
Developments such as these meant that High Barnet went from being part of Hertfordshire (until 1965) to being merged into Greater London.
Visitors to the town staying in High Barnet short term accommodation should utilise some of their free time by visiting Barnet Museum, the home of vast archives dedicated to telling the story of how the town came to be.
Although High Barnet maintains a reputation as a favourable location for commuters, the town also deserves some credit for catering those visiting for leisure too. For one, High Barnet has an abundance of eateries and pubs where anyone can relax, socialise and refuel throughout a busy business schedule.
Our High Barnet aparthotels are convenient for the High Street too, with a range of dining, shopping and entertainment options nearby. Much of these options engulf the town centre and the Spires shopping centre. This means those who are new to the area can be satisfied that much of what they need is all in one place. H&M, Waitrose, WHSmith, Waterstones and Carphone Warehouse all have establishments based here.
It is in this area too that the Barnet Market is based. Stalls are up and running every Wednesday and Saturday between 8 am and 4 pm, welcome to anyone to browse the range of great food and local products on display.
There is a lot of lovely green space surrounding the town as well. Whilst much of it is occupied by local football teams and grand golf clubs, there are many which are great for a leisurely stroll. Travellers with pets especially can make the most of the likes of King George’s Fields and its intersecting Shirebourne River, Whalesbones Park and Hadley Green, all a short journey from the town centre.
All in all, beautifully furnished and well-equipped High Barnet serviced apartments provide an excellent and affordable space, particularly considering their proximity to the centre of London. They are also based in a town that holds its own strong business climate and a welcoming leisure environment, making High Barnet the ideal place to visit or move to for anyone.
Barnet’s location just slightly north of London is incredibly fortuitous for corporates looking to travel overseas to and from the town. Guests staying in High Barnet extended stay apartments can be within an hour’s drive of five major London airports; Southend (SEN), Luton (LTN), Heathrow (LHR), City (LCY) and Stansted (STN).
Across these major airports, there are a great offering of flights to destinations across the globe, allowing passengers both domestic and overseas travel.
As well as having a railway line passing alongside the town, Barnet also has the Underground Northern Line run and terminate into the centre of High Barnet. High Barnet Underground station is the terminating station.
Totterbridge & Whetstone station is the following stop along the line, and from there underground passengers can travel southwards along this High Barnet section of the Northern Line as far a Highgate tube station.
High Barnet also benefits from having the Great Northern Line run along the eastern border of the town. This means Hadley Wood, New Barnet and Oakleigh Park stations, all operated by Great Northern Railways are within easy access of the town centre.
From each of these stations, train passengers can travel southwards to railway stations in Central London and northwards towards Peterborough and Lincoln.
Visitors to the town will realise that a large bulk of bus services and stops densely populate Barnet High Street and its connecting roads around the Spires Shopping Centre. There are at least seventeen routes that run in-and-out of the town centre. They allow passengers to travel to nearby locations such as Hadley Wood, Borehamwood, Edgware, Cockfosters, Hendon, Finchley and Wood Green.