A Finchley bookshop that has grown to become an institution' with Finchley residents past and present is closing its doors to customers after 38 years in business.
The Finchley Bookshop, a family run business, opened in 1968 in Hendon Lane, but moved to Ballards Lane, Finchley, where it established itself at the heart of what was then a rather bookish community.
Michael Hart, 55, took over running the shop from his parents Hilda and Norman who, when they first moved to Ballards Lane, found queues stretching down the street in anticipation of its first day. But with competition from supermarkets and the internet, there is no longer demand for the bookshop. This is London has the obit.