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.


What’s On



Victorian Christmas Lunch - SOLD OUT

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 follow the download link above



Open Sunday

Sun 11th Dec

The house is open from 12:00 till 16:00, allowing visitors to view the Stephens Collection. This is the last opportunity to visit before the collection closes for conservation and maintenance prior to being rehoused in the new Visitor Centre in Spring 2017.

Sunday lunch is also being served in the Salon between 12:00 and 15:00  (booking recommended). Please call 020 8346 7812, option 1, or pop in at the house.

Free event

Open Sunday

Sun 15th Jan

On Open Sundays we open our doors to the public with Sunday lunch served in the house from 12:00 to 15:00.

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

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

Free event

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 at the new Depot opposite the playground .

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

Quiz Night

Thu 9th Feb

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

£15 per person, including supper

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

Art Workshop Seasonal Landscapes in Watercolour

Sun 12th Feb

Time: 11.00 - 3.00

Fee: £30.00

This workshop will cover the basics of watercolor painting for the beginner and  for the painter with some experience who would like to refresh their skills. Working indoors from references, we will focus on learning how to interpret the landscape in terms of a simplified composition and how to mix colours and see patterns.

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

Sunday Lunch is available to purchase at the house or you are welcome to bring your own. Coffee, tea and biscuits provided.

This workshop is for adults age 16+.

Materials not included (list available with booking form).

All levels of ability welcome. 

For booking and info please email



Silence is Golden - Vintage Cartoon Show

Wed 15th Feb

Performances at 11am & 2pm

Join us this half term for a totally unique experience. We are screening vintage silent cartoons with live musical  accompaniment by Martyn Niele

Featuring Felix the Cat and KoKo the Clown 

Tickets £4.50

Booking essential - to book please see links below

Running time 40 mins.  Age guidance 4+

Silence is Golden 11am performance book here

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Silence is Golden 2pm performance book here

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Think Ink

Thu 16th Feb

Free drop in session for ages 6+.  Discover the pen and ink through the ages and have a go with a quill

Open 11.30 -13.00 and 14.00 – 3.30pm

Free event

Quiz Night

Thu 23rd Mar

Come and pit your wits against our resident quizmaster.

Starts at 19.30

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

Telephone 020 8346 7812 to reserve a ticket.

Home of 'Inky' Stephens

17 East End Road,
Finchley, London N3 3QE
T +44(0)20 8346 7812
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