A Grade ll listed house with extensive landscaped gardens, gifted for the use and enjoyment of the people by Henry Charles 'Inky' Stephens of the Stephens' Ink Company.


Events Calendar 2016



Hospitals For Heroes

Wed 1st Jun - Thu 29th Sep

Wednesday 1st  of June to Thursday 29th of September

Opening  Week Day Times Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 13:00 to 16:30 .

Opening Weekend Times Saturday and  Sunday 12:00 to 16:30

Guided tours and organised visits at other times by arrangemen

Hospitals for Heroes, opened on the 1st of June and runs until the 30th of September. 100 years since the Battle of the Somme, and set within our atmospheric basement, we remember the sights, sounds and smells of Avenue House as a VAD hospital during WWI and as the RAF Central Hospital from 1919. The treatment of casualties is illustrated with personal accounts, including the amazing story of one highly decorated airmen of the Royal Flying Corps. The Exhibition is free but donations are welcome. 



Free event

Quiz Night

Thu 6th Oct

Our regular quiz is on again so get ready to test your general knowledge.

£15 per person, includes pie and mash supper.

Booking necessary, please call 020 8346 7812, option 1, or pop in at the house.

Open Sunday Guided Tour and Lunch package

Sun 9th Oct


Why not make a day of it with a tour of the Estate and lunch in the house?

Arrive at 11am for tea/coffee and be given a tour by our experienced guide, followed by a traditional roast Sunday lunch with all the trimmings

Lunch is 2 courses main  (meat, fish and vegetarian options) and pudding

Price £15 (Does not include lunchtime drinks)

Suitable for ages 12 and above

Please book using the link below

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Open Sundays

Sun 9th Oct 12:00 - 17:00

On Open Sundays we open our doors to the public with Sunday lunch served in the house from 12:00 to 15:00. As well as browsing the changing displays of art in the downstairs rooms, visitors can explore the Stephens Collection, our boutique museum which is usually only open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. It tracks the life of Henry 'Inky' Stephens, the development of the Stephens' Ink Company, the history of Avenue House from 1859 and the story of writing materials from ancient times. 

The house is open 12:00 - 17:00.

The Stephens Collection is open 13:00 - 17:00.

Booking for lunch recommended, please call 020 8346 7812, option 1, or pop in at the house.

Free event

The Colour of Autumm

Sun 9th Oct

A watercolour workshop with Stephens House & Gardens Art curator Laura Fishman.  By using the key colours of autumn to convey the mood of the season on the doorstep of winter, learn watercolor techniques, colour theory basics and how to mix an autumnal palette.

Date :9/10/16

Venue: Stephens House & Gardens 

Price: £30:00 

Time :11:00-15:00

Tutor : Laura Fishman 


Workshop Agenda

Meet at the Dining Room

11:00-11:30 Introduction and outline .

11:30-12:30: colour mixing & techniques .

12:30-13:00:Break for Lunch.

13:00-15:00: Develop paintings.

Please bring seasonal photographic references and images to work from, or you can use tablet with photos. (You may want to come earlier and take photos of the grounds with your tablet or digital  camera).

Sunday Lunch is available to buy on site , or you are welcomed to bring your own.

This workshop is for adults age 16+

 Materials not included (list available with booking form)

All Levels Welcome .


For further information please contact Laura at




Gardening Days

Sun 16th Oct 11:00 - 16:00

Help maintain Stephens House & Gardens with a couple hours of gardening. Choose a session, either 11.00–13.00 or 14.00–16.00, or do both if you’re really keen! This month we are meeting at the Spike Milligan bench  . The equipment is provided an a lovely flapjack for all your hard work is on offer .Gardening days are usually on the third Sunday of the month but please always check here for confirmation.

Free event

Halloween Half-term Activities

Mon 24th Oct - Sat 29th Oct

13:00 - 16:00 every day

Visit the Spooky Basement, venture outside for the ‘Ghosts in the Trees’ garden ghost hunt with a prize for all completed ghost hunts!

£5 per visitor

A ‘pop up’ tea room will be serving hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, cakes, light snacks in the Victorian dining room of Avenue House during the half-term week, from 13:00 to 16:00 Mon-Sat.

Nosferatu: a Symphony of Horror - with live accompaniment by Martyn Niele

Sat 29th Oct

Tickets £10

A Silent Masterpiece by F.W. Murnau, Nosferatu is the earliest surviving screen adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula novel and has had a long and dangerous life of its own.

Shot in 1921 and released in 1922, Stoker's heirs sued over the adaptation and a court ruling ordered that all copies of the film be destroyed. However, a few prints survived and the film came to be regarded as an influential masterpiece of cinema and film has outlasted many others of the silent era

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Halloween Spooktacular

Sun 30th Oct 16:30 - 19:00

Join us for an evening of halloween fun including a spine-tingling spooky basement tour, creepy garden ghost hunt, fiendish face-painting, ghoulish games,chilling tales and yummy hot chocolate!


In Advance - Beat the queue and save :

Individual tickets £7 (aged 5 and over), Family of 4 £20. (available until Saturday 29th October at 10pm).

On the door  Individual tickets £8 (aged 5 and over), Family of 4 £24. 

Under 5's free. No unaccompanied under 16s.

Advance tickets can be bought via the link below. 


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Quiz Night

Thu 17th Nov

Come and pit your wits against our resident quizmaster.

Tickets cost £15.00 which include a Home Cooked Supper (Cash bar.)

Telephone 020 8346 7812 to reserve a ticket.

Frost Fair with the Finchley Women’s Institute

Sun 20th Nov 11:30 - 16:30

Finchley Women’s Institute and Stephens House & Gardens are hosting our 6th Annual Frost Fair.

There will be lunches, tea, coffee and snacks served in the dining room and the W.I. will be running their delicious home-made cake stall. Along with art and craft stalls there will be activities including a tombola and more . 

If you are a stalholder interested in a taking a stall please contact Rachel Lederman at:development@stephenshouseandgardens.com

Home of 'Inky' Stephens

17 East End Road,
Finchley, London N3 3QE
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