There are plenty of excellent pubs and restaurants in Colindale, especially in the bustling surroundings of Edgware Road, while the generally friendly atmosphere makes for a pleasant shopping experience.Now, I don't think Colindale's all bad, but it is, more than any place I know, a work-in-progress. I think the best thing that you can say for it in its current condition is that it's accessible. Yes, you can get on a tube station and get out of there for your entertainment, fine dining, views, nature walks, etc.
Nearby attractions include the Royal Air Force Museum London, which boasts an historical aircraft collection and an extensive film library.
Admission is to the museum is free and events take place there all year round.
Watling Market, which takes place weekly in Burnt Oak station car park, is also well worth a look, especially for those with an eye for a bargain.
I think a truer description of Colindale would be: it has a tube station; if you buy one of our flats, you can sleep there.
Seeing this story about how Barnet council want to decant the Orion school from Lanacre Avenue onto a bigger site currently occupied by a sports and social club, shows the problem they have. They are packing in the new flats, but there is sod all in the way of infrastructure or facilities for all the new residents.
In providing a school for the rising number of children, they simultaneously take away one of the few leisure venues in the area.