‘The Finchley Road - what image problem?’ says Chief Rabbi of much maligned street
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The long maligned Finchley Road has an unlikely champion in Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.
Built in the 1820s to bypass Hampstead, the four-mile road has something of an image problem and is now best known for its gyratory, six lanes of traffic and many a journalists’ favourite watering hole Ye Olde Swiss Cottage pub.
It is not, however, a destination for the arts.
But as the Finchley Road’s newest addition, the JW3 cultural and community centre, opened last week, Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks gushed: “I never knew that the Finchley Road could feel so cultural, so Jewish, so everything!
“We really have taken the Finchley Road somewhere else,” he added.
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The ringing endorsement came after an audience member described his late wife’s wish never to buy a house on the road again after estate agents blamed the “Finchley Road factor” for a struggle to sell the couple’s former property.
JW3 founder and philanthropist Dame Vivien Duffield protested: “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the Finchley Road!”
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“If Boris [Johnson] was here, I would tell him what good we’re doing for it,” she said.
Fancy a visit, Boris?