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



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


Weekday spooky basement and garden tour available

Mon 24th Oct - Sat 29th Oct

13:00 - 16:00 every day

£5 per visitor


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 . 


Gardening Day

Sun 20th Nov

Help maintain Stephens House and 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!

We meet by Spike Milligan's Bench, by the main lawn and all tools are provided.

Gardening days are usually on the third Sunday of the month but please always check here for confirmation.

Victorian Christmas Lunch

Sun 11th Dec

Victorian Christmas Lunch Party

Celebrate Christmas in style and take your place at Mr Stephens’ dining table for lunch with a period flavour. 

The Victorian splendour of Avenue House’s Dining Room is dressed for the festive season and you will be treated to a sumptuous three-course feast of traditional freshly cooked Christmas fayre.

With food, people and conversation, our intimate lunch party is created to satisfy appetites for a friendly and adventurous eating experience.

Victorian costume welcome but not essential

Arrive at 12.30 for introductions and welcome drink served by the Head Butler for 12.45 sitting.

Tickets £25 including

Welcome drink 

3 Course Lunch

Coffee and mince pies

Suitable for age 16 and above  - drinks other than welcome drink, not included

For menu options see below

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Victorian Christmas Lunch Menu

Victorian Christmas Lunch

Rustic Breads and Butter

First Course

A choice from:

Trio of Smoked Fish with Horseradish Cream and Green Leaf Salad

Coarse Liver Pate with Victorian Tomato Chutney and Melba Toast

Asparagus Hollandaise (V)

Main Course

A choice from:

Roast Turkey with Sage and Onion Stuffing

Roasted Chestnuts, Cranberry and Bread Sauce

Turkey Gravy


Herb Crusted Roast Salmon Fillet with Samphire and Hollandaise Sauce

On a Bed of Sauté Leeks


Root Vegetable and Nut Roast with Sage and Onion Stuffing

Roasted Chestnuts, Cranberry and Bread Sauce

Vegetable Gravy

All served with

Roast Potatoes and Parsnips

Brussel Sprouts and Baton Carrots


A choice from:

Indulgent Christmas Pudding (V)

With Brandy Sauce or Clotted Cream

Fresh Fruit Salad

Cheese Plate

To Finish

Filter Coffee with Mince Pies (V) 

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