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Guide to Whetstone

The area of Whetstone is located in the London Borough of Barnet and is the 63rd richest ward in the UK. Many of the UK’s multi-millionaires live along the renowned Totteridge Lane.

Properties in Whetstone include large detached houses, many of which are characterised by their outstanding design and architecture, extensive gardens and numerous rooms. Other properties in the area include newly built semi-detached homes and townhouses, and stylish penthouses.

According to local legend, the town was named after a specific whetstone, which currently resides outside of the Griffin Public House. It is believed that the stone was formally used as the base for a medieval cross and was used by soldiers in the area to sharpen their swords prior to the Battle of Barnet. Sadly, historical records show this myth to be largely incorrect – the town was referred to as Whetstone long before the Battle of Barnet in 1339 and was originally referred to as ‘Le Weston’ before being renamed ‘Whetstone’. Even so, the Griffin Public House and its whetstone continue to be a celebrated aspect of the Whetstone community, serving good food and ale, and keeping the community’s history alive.


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Restaurants in the area are varied in cuisine and include authentic Italian eateries, zingy Indian takeaways and traditional Japanese-style Sushi houses. Gastro-pubs are also popular, serving hearty, home-cooked food. Coffee shops and cafes are abundant along the town’s high street, offering high-quality, locally-sourced food and drinks. Shops in the area are plentiful and include jewellers and designer clothes stores. A number of hairdressers can be found on the high-street, too.

Transport links in the area are plentiful and include roads, a trusty bus service, and a railway station, providing regular transport to other, nearby areas. The main road in Whetstone is the A1000, a prominent part of London’s Great North Road. The Road runs from London to Edinburgh, providing a route of transport from England to Scotland.

Schools in the area include St John’s C of E Primary School, Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Primary School, and Queenswell Junior School. The Totteridge Academy is one of the area’s largest secondary schools, offering services to children aged 11-18. The Academy was built with a sixth form.


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Our highly experienced and professional team have a wealth of knowledge about the Whetstone property market and are on hand six days a week (from Monday to Sunday) to answer your questions about buying, selling and renting property in Whetstone. To find out more, contact Chancellors Estate Agents Totteridge.