What makes living in Whetstone so great?

Published: 07 March 2023

A local’s guide to Whetstone

Whetstone is a prominent area of North London situated in the Borough of Barnet that is seeing more and more people moving in. According to the Metro, it's a long-term favourite location with first-time buyers, thanks to all necessary local amenities being present, as well as vast green areas, schools and good transportation links.

As new buildings emerge in the area, our newly built development SO Resi Whetstone has just launched with one & two-bedroom apartments now available through Shared Ownership.

Under the N20 postcode, the town sits on the Northern Line (Zone 4) and can reach Bank Station in Central London in just under 40 minutes. At the same time, the area situates on the Great North Road (A1000), making road travel convenient to reach all parts of Great Britain.

The town and area is also full of history: as the English settlements grew outside London, people started to move more to the north and west in 1340. Whetstone was in ancient times called "West Town", then "Wheston" in 1417 and ultimately "Whetstone" more recently. There's also a legend that narrates that medieval soldiers used to sharpen their swords and armors before the Battle of Barnet in 1471; the original stone can be found just outside the pub The Griffin.


New development in Whetstone

Restaurants, Cafes & Pubs

It is possible to find several restaurants and cafes on the main High Road. Many multicultural cuisines such as Italian, Lebanese and Asian are to be found, all with great reviews and high rating. In addition to the restaurants, there are also several independent cafes as well as regular coffee chains.

There are several bars and pubs in the area. A historic pub is the The Griffin, where it's also possible to find the original "whet stone" just outside, where medieval soldiers used to sharpen their arms. The public house is quite big and it also has a rear garden where they host events.

Parks & Green Areas

Whetstone is also full of green areas just outside the High Road. You can walk to Brook Farm Open Space, a great place to walk the dog or bring the kids to the playground. You can also enjoy beautiful sunsets from its prairies in the evening, thanks to its hilly location.

Other parks are the Brunswick Park and the Oak Hill Park, all within walking distance. There is also a golf club nearby, as well as some sport areas close by.

Local amenities

Many people are moving to Whetstone because it's a town that has all the local amenities necessary. It has two large supermarkets, many different shops, pharmacies and several primary and secondary schools, both private and public.

Whetstone is a town that is complete: it has all the shops, grocery stores and local amenities that you'll ever need. Thanks to its strategic location, you can hop onto the underground or train and reach Central London in a little over half hour.

If you are looking to move into the area as well, have a look at our new development site with one & two-bedroom modern apartments now available through Shared Ownership at SO Resi Whetstone.


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Written by the SO Resi In-House Team


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