The mayor of Barnet has officially opened a new care home in Hendon.

Grade II listed Hendon Hall has been restored and transformed into a new residential home including a dementia care complex of 24 apartments.

Signature Senior Lifestyles new home also features 102 further apartments ranging from studios to large bedrooms.

Other amenities include a café and restaurant, private dining room, boutique cinema, pub lounge, library and salon. The Othello Hall and Activity Room provides a space for a range of activities and events, with stage and seating for up to 60 residents and guests. Outdoors there is a terrace and patio with leafy grounds.

The grand unveiling ceremony in January was attended by Barnet mayor Cllr Alison Cornelius and Stuart Edwards, the son of local RAF Veteran Martin Edwards. They jointly cut the ribbon.

Times Series: Hendon Hall. Credit: George WhaleHendon Hall. Credit: George Whale

Cllr Cornelius said: "Hendon Hall holds a huge amount of history and is a 'landmark' which has hosted so many guests and events over the years and I am delighted to see it restored to such a high standard.

"Barnet has an ageing population and it is important that accommodation is provided in the borough that allows people to live happy and healthy lives. In the face of increasing dementia numbers, it is also reassuring to see specialist dementia provision, with the right environment and support on hand for those living with this challenging condition."

Kay Cox, chief operating officer at Signature, said: "This is a truly unique home, combining the best of period features and grandeur with contemporary design, specification and award-winning care that Signature is known for. We are delighted to unveil it to the community, setting a new standard for care in the area."

Hendon Hall was originally built in the 18th century as the Manor House of Hendon Manor, notably being owned by David Garrick. In 1911, it was converted to a hotel before being used as an RAF Convalescent Home during WW2.

Once reopened as a hotel, it famously housed the England football team, including Sir Bobby Charlton, prior to their winning of the 1966 World Cup held at Wembley Stadium.