Muswell Hill is one of the most blessed locations in the UK, if only because of its location. The place affords a wide selection of places to visit as well as activities that you can do in it. Neighboring Highgate is accessible as well and the sights and sounds you have your occasional famous people here. The bands The Kinks and Madness also had these places as their stomping grounds back in the day.
However, that’s not all that Highgate and Muswell Hill are known for. Here are the other places that is famous and definitely places you should visit.
See where it all began—TV’s ‘birthplace’
Alexandra Palace, fondly called ‘Ally Pally,’ has a bigger place in history than previously thought. It was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1873 and it has served since then as the home of the BBC in the early days. In 1935, BBC started broadcasting from here. It was also where an episode of the long-running ‘Dr. Who’ series was shot, where David Tennant plays the titular character.
Taste the difference—Crocodile ‘tea’
Fancy a spot of tea, perhaps? The Crocodile Antiques boutique is a well-loved spot. It can be found on Muswell Hill Broadway and it’s hard to miss—the crocodile head looming overhead to greet visitors is a dead giveaway. Whether you’re looking to meet someone for a cup of tea or have the hankering for sweets, this is the place to be.
Read a book—Muswell’s bookshops
The first visit to a bookstore is a memorable experience for self-confessed bookworms. You’ll have plenty of choices when you go to Muswell Hill, but the standouts from the rest of the books are the Muswell Hill Bookshop, where you can check out contemporary classics, and the Children’s Bookshop, a fixture since 1974 and has hosted authors such as Malorie Blackman, Michael Morpurgo, and Julia Donaldson.
A cool experience—Ally Pally’s Ice
It’s the biggest and the best among the ice rinks in London. The Alexandra Palace Ice Rink is a great reason to be near Highgate and Muswell Hill for the Christmas season. The best thing about it, however, is that you can feel Christmas in July just by visiting. It is a perfect place for the family with the soft play area reserved for your tots and kids up to five years old.
A peaceful sojourn—the Victorian cemetery
If you’re passing by Highgate village, you have the chance to visit the local cemetery near Swain’s Lane. It can be romantic or a peaceful reminder of how short life is, depending on how you look at it. It’s got a certain charm as well, with many of the gravestones dating back to a time when some of those buried weren’t even born. This is part of the reason why you can only visit it through a guided tour.