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by Kym Hamer (subscribe)
Kym is an Aussie sheila who came to the UK, set down her swag, and stayed. Check out her everyday moments at www.giddayfromtheuk.blogspot.com
Published May 20th 2012
One of the great things about living in London is that you can fall across a little piece of enchantment just about anywhere. Today, by following my nose (and a leafy laneway), I fell across Avenue House Estate.
The Avenue, Finchley
The Avenue, off Regents Park Road in Finchley

As I walked further and further away from Regents Park Road, the noise of traffic seemed to disappear and the quiet embraced me. As I entered, I could smell that slightly damp leafiness that brought back memories of rainforest walks as a child.
The Avenue entrance
Entering from The Avenue, lush and gorgeous

The estate comprises the Grade II listed Victorian Mansion (which can be hired out for functions) and the neighbouring Lodge.
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Stained Glass, Avenue House
Beautiful stained glass in Avenue House

Historic photos on the way to the Ladies Loo
Historic photos are everywhere, even on the way to the loo

There's also The Bothy, which contains the old kitchen gardens...
Avenue House Estate, The Bothy
The Bothy, open on Fridays and the first Sunday of the month

a kiosk and tearooms and a playground for the kiddies.
The kiddies playground
The kiddies' playground

You can walk your dog...
Dog Lead
Dog walkers are well catered for with plenty of poop disposal opportunities

or take a seat and watch the world go by.
Bench dedications
Take a load off - these benches are everywhere

But the piece d'resistance is really the grounds. Every corner I turned had me snapping yet another spectacular scene. I took loads of pics but here are a few of my faves:
The view from Avenue House
The view standing in front of the mansion

Little grottoes everywhere
Little grottoes like this are everywhere

Quirk of nature
A quirk of nature

Golden flowers
Beautiful flowers everywhere: these golden blooms just felt...uplifting

There are several entrances to the Estate so it's pretty easy to find and the kiosk/tearooms are open every day from 10am. But quite frankly, I think it's the perfect place for a picnic and an afternoon sprawled on the grass reading the paper.
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Why? For natural beauty
When: All year 'round
Phone: 020 8346 7812
Where: 17 East End Road East Finchley N3 3QE (although I entered from The Avenue off Regents Park Road)
Cost: Free
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Thank you. Ive lived in London all my life & never heard of it, Now at the top of my list.
by sueco (score: 0|3) 2365 days ago
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