Hotels in Hendon
With Charing Cross just a 40-minute train journey away and with a host of parks, wooded areas and a tranquil body of water nearby, Hendon is a well-placed destination. Book a Hendon hotel with us and discover this London suburb that played a very important role during in WWII.
Once a part of Middlesex, Hendon is now claimed by the Borough of Barnet and, since 1965, has been part of Greater London. Hendon's roots can be traced as far back as it's time as a Roman settlement. The Domesday Book makes reference to a priest in Hendon and its Church, St Mary's, is thought to be Anglo-Saxon in origin.
Until the end of the 19th century, a part of what is now Hendon was a distinct hamlet known as The Burroughs - or The Burrows. This hamlet is known to have existed since 1316, before becoming somewhat subsumed by Greater London. There are many fine buildings in this part of Hendon. The Town Hall that you see today was rebuilt at the start of the last century. This impressive late-Victorian structure dominates Hendon's civic centre and was the scene of Margaret Thatcher's first appearance as Prime Minister in 1979. Close by are some 18th and 19th-century houses. There are also a couple of churches including a modern Methodist chapel, built in 1937, and the Catholic Our Lady of Dolours built in 1863, then rebuilt in 1927.
The lion has wings
The country's only museum dedicated entirely to aviation is located at the Royal Air Force Museum which used to be RAF Hendon. Five themed halls hold over 100 aircraft that range from very early designs to modern aircraft and jets. You'll see the stalwart planes that helped win WWII, such as Lancaster bombers, Spitfires and Vulcan bombers. Not only that but you'll come nose-to-nose with German fighter planes including the fearsome Messerschmitt. Learn about the history of the RAF with interactive displays and films and even imagine yourself in the cockpit as you fly using a simulator.
Eating and drinking in Hendon
Whether you fancy some delicious sushi or good old fashioned fish and chips, White Fish will likely hit the spot. For traditional trattoria trappings, try Valentino's, a family-run restaurant that serves authentically Italian food and is well thought of locally. An eight minute walk north takes you to The Greyhound. Lying across the road from St Mary's Church, this is a genuine, unpretentious and friendly pub which serves food.
Shopping in and around Hendon
There's a small selection of shops in Hendon including a couple of supermarkets and so on. For a wider range of retailers, the nearby Brent Cross Shopping Centre has around 100 stores.
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