The Hyde

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The Hyde
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The big switching centre buildings of the BT Colindale telephone exchange in The Hyde
The Hyde is located in Greater London
The Hyde
The Hyde
Location within Greater London
OS grid referenceTQ213885
London borough
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLONDON
Postcode districtNW9
Dialling code020
UK Parliament
London Assembly
List of places
51°34′56″N 0°14′52″W / 51.5822°N 0.2478°W / 51.5822; -0.2478Coordinates: 51°34′56″N 0°14′52″W / 51.5822°N 0.2478°W / 51.5822; -0.2478

The Hyde is a locality in the London Borough of Barnet in London, UK, and is also the name of its accompanying main road on the A5. It is located to the east of Kingsbury, west of Hendon and south of Colindale. The area contains Hyde House (a large building partly used as a hotel), Hendon Magistrates' Court, a large Sainsbury's supermarket, Silkbridge Retail Park, and BT Colindale House telephone exchange. The area is considered a part of Colindale.


Hyde House

The name is first recorded in 1281 as la Hyde meaning "the hide of land", the amount of land considered enough to support a family, equal to around 120 acres (0.49 km2).[1] The Hendon Brewery was built here in 1855.

The Hyde was home to the offices of Airco until the company's closure in 1920.

Colindale Telephone Exchange was built in the 1960s by British Telecom. Business activity at the site has decreased dramatically. In 2017 Barnet Council backed a regeneration scheme for new housing and converting the office units to residential ones.[2]

A public house called Red Lion was at the corner of the A5 and Kingsbury Road. It closed in 2005 and the building demolished in 2009.[3]

New apartments have been built in 2017 at the site of a former Homebase store and used car dealership, on the eastern side of the A5.[4][5]

In 2020, plans were approved by Barnet Council to demolish the existing Hendon Sainsbury's supermarket on The Hyde and replaced with a new Sainsbury's along with 1,309 homes, despite strong opposition.[6]


It is located at grid ref TQ215885. It is part of the NW postcode area. A short section of the A5 road in the area is also called The Hyde.


  1. ^ Mills, Anthony David Dictionary of London Place Names. Oxford University Press, 2001. ISBN 0-19-280106-6.
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  3. ^ "Red Lion, Colindale".
  4. ^ Developments, NEAT. "Hyde, Hendon". NEAT Developments.
  5. ^ "'It will look like a concrete jungle': Concerns raised over plans to build 400 new homes". Times Series.
  6. ^ Peracha, Qasim (6 February 2020). "Plans for new Hendon Sainsbury's and 1,300 homes approved despite 860 objections". MyLondon.