The north London borough of Barnet is home to around 343,000 people. One of the largest boroughs in London, it lies to the north-west of the city and meets the Hertfordshire border. The borough is served by a range of bus, rail and underground services and has easy access to Heathrow airport.
Housing in Barnet is mostly Victorian, Edwardian and mid-20th century. The area is home to the Brent Cross shopping centre. Oak Hill, one of Barnet's numerous open spaces, first earned a green flag in 2009 and offers outstanding views. Local attractions include Barnet Museum, the RAF Museum at Colindale and the Welsh Harp Reservoir in Hendon, a nature reserve which boasts Britain's first-ever artificial cave for bats.
Many Barnet residents commute to jobs in the city, while the local economy is characterised by a patchwork of small-to-medium-sized enterprises.