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Islington Crematorium

Picture of Islington crematorium chapelIslington Crematorium
278 High Road, East Finchley London N2 9AG

(Click on address for map)


There is NO filming or still photography in the cemetery grounds unless permission has been granted in advance.


Tel: 020 7527 8300
Fax: 020 8883 2784

The Islington Crematorium is a beautiful 1930’s Art Deco building set within the tranquil grounds of the Islington and St Pancras Cemetery. The Crematorium complex features a chapel, a public waiting area with a drinks machine and toilets, and a memorial
room where the Books of Remembrance are displayed. Floral areas are located to the side of the Crematorium for the display of flowers following the funeral. All facilities are fully accessible and comply with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act. The whole complex is maintained to provide an air of calm and peace for those attending a funeral.The crematorium is a 20/30 minute walk (1 mile) from the main entrance in the High Road.

The crematorium chapel opened in 1937. Its Art Deco detailing and its distinctive glass dome gives it an attractive airy and warm ambiance. The chapel seats 74 on chairs with 30 standing. We have a state of the art music system with acoustically balanced loudspeakers which ensures excellent sound reproduction. This is complimented by a Content D4700 organ and an organist can be arranged on request to play it. The chapel is available for funeral services of all faiths and beliefs so there are no fixed religious
symbols. The chapel is equipped with systems to assist the hard of hearing.

Webcast of a cremation service and/or recording a copy of the occasion.

For far flung families or those who are house bound or just cannot be physically present on the day of a service at our crematorium, we can now offer a streamed service via a computer which enables any family members to view the cremation service taking place.

Following easy to understand instructions you are given a user name and password enabling you to log on to the internet and watch the cremation service.

You can also obtain a visual dvd or audio cd of the service. Please call the office on 020 7527 8300 for further details.

Wesley System (published music)

We can arrange to play any piece of music so long as it’s been published worldwide. You need to supply us the title of the song and artist through your funeral director to provide us with a minimum of 24 hours’ notice. This service is included in the price of the cremation. 

Cremated Remains

Following the funeral service the coffin is transferred through to the crematory, which houses modern cremators in which the cremation
will take place. The cremated remains are also known as ashes, and various options exist for their final resting place, such as scattering, burial in a grave, placing in a columbarium or taking home. Our staff or your funeral director will be able to advise you of your options, and it is recommended that you give careful consideration to your choice. Your options will be explained in a brochure sent out two weeks after the cremation has taken place.

The Crematorium Grounds

Picture of Islington crematorium gardensEither side of the crematorium building are beautiful areas where cremated remains can be laid to rest. The Garden of Remembrance features formal rose beds which are a picture to behold when in full bloom. Beyond the Garden of Remembrance is The Spinney, an informal garden area featuring a range of trees and shrubs, which play host to a wide variety of birds and mammals. Cremated remains may be scattered in this peaceful communal area, which is kept free of memorials and markers so that it can be enjoyed by all visitors equally.

Book of Remembrance

The book is located in the waiting room inside the crematorium. You can view this during the week from 09.00am - 3.30pm. We request that you are quiet whilst entering the crematorium as a funeral service may be taking place. However you can view the electronic book of remembrance outside the crematorium at weekends.

Coffin Sizes

Please see the downloadable document at the bottom of this page. This was advise you on basic requirements for the construction and use of a coffin and indicate the size of coffin which can be accepted for cremation at Islington Crematorium.

Crematorium Opening Times:

Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm
Excluding all public holidays

Cemetery Opening Times:

Daily including Bank Holidays
February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November: 9am - 5pm December, January: 9am - 4pm Christmas Day: 10am to 2pm

All cars will be restricted from entering the cemetery grounds 30 minutes prior to closing. This will be 5.00pm in Summer and 4.00pm in Winter.

Pedestrian turnstiles allowing access once the gates are closed are located at Coppetts Exit and the main entrance in the High Road.

Cemetery Office Opening times

Monday - Friday 9.00am - 4.00pm
We are closed to public enquires between 12.00pm - 1.00pm


You can download a map of Islington and St Pancras cemetery and the Garden of Remembrance from the downloadable section at the bottom of this page. You will need to know the section and grave number to locate the grave or ash plot.


There is free ample space to park your car throughout the cemetery. We do advise that you lock all windows and doors whilst you are not in attendance.


There are ladies, gents and disabled conveniences on site at:

  • Coppetts Road Gate
  • St Pancras Chapel
  • Islington Crematorium
  • Islington Burial Office

How to get to us

Please note the crematorium is a mile about a 25 minute walk from the main entrance in the High Road. As the cemetery is huge at 190 acres we advise that you drive here. There is ample parking available.

By Car
We are adjacent to the A406 North Circular. Take the exit marked A1000 towards East Finchley. The main entrance is 278 High Road N2 9AG.

Bus Routes
263 (runs along the High Road) heading towards Barnet  - get off at St Marys Church/Chandos Road
43 (runs along Colney Hatch Lane, far end of cemetery) heading towards Friern Barnet - get off just before the North Circular A406 or Tesco’s.

Northern Line (Barnet Branch) to East Finchley Station in the High Road. We are about a mile from the station. Opposite the station is a local Taxi firm. Or turn left out of the station and take a 20/25 minute walk (1 mile) to the main gate. We do offer a minibus service that will drop you around the cemetery. This only runs on a Saturday and Sunday from 9am – 12noon and again from 1pm – 4pm, including Public Holidays.


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