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Observatory the Opticians has been part of the Muswell Hill community since 1989, building a brand that consistently delivers great customer service and forges ahead with new and innovative eyewear. The design and renovation of the practice in January 2015 offers an exciting, stylish and comfortable environment for our customers to enjoy during their visit. Greg and the team are committed to providing a top quality service, from the moment you enter the practice to the moment you leave with your new pair of glasses or contact lenses.

We are a multi-award winning practice. In 2016, we won Best Fashion Practice at the prestigious national Optician Awards. We were also a finalist at the Best Small Shops in 2016 and a finalist for Customer Care at the EADT Business Awards in 2016. We won the EADT Business Award in 2017 for Community Involvement.


Truly sophisticated and authentic, Oliver Peoples eyewear is superior and desirable. Their beautifully hand crafted acetate frames take months to design, every detail refined and tested to ensure a perfect result. Created in Hollywood USA, the leading fashion eyewear brand offers iconic and logo free styles which speak for themselves.

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When Jonathan Foreman MD created the Observatory name in 1989 he had a vision to build a brand that represented all that he knew to be great about optics and customer service. Continuous advances in technology have brought us into an age where Observatory the Opticians can offer expert advice in a vast range of products and services, including Optical Coherence Tomography. Fashions have come and gone, and re-emerged and new materials and techniques offer ever more exciting eyewear to the both the trendsetters and traditionalists.

As a company our values apply to both our staff and our customers, fostering close relationships that build trust throughout teams and that clearly reflects in our service to customers. We are a local family oriented optician with a strong fashion sense and a forward thinking attitude.

Meet the team

Gregory Mayor FBDO – Manager and Dispensing Optician
Natalie Sklavou – Optical Assistant 
Meeta Patel FBDO – Dispensing Optician
Eren Kaygisiz FBDO
– Dispensing Optician 

"When it comes to Opticians there is only one place I want to go. These guys are knowledgeable, engaging and know their customer service!!"

Mar Doncel, London, December 2014


Every frame in the Lindberg collection announces itself to the world as a perfect piece of innovative craftsmanship. Designed and manufactured in Denmark, each frame is created with an uncompromising attention to every detail, blended with patented technology. Crafted from materials such as gold, platinum and titanium, these classic and timeless frames are deeply desirable.

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An eye examination at Observatory the Opticians is not just a sight test. As well as measuring for any prescription you may require for spectacles or contact lenses, we will also conduct various tests for a full range of general health conditions that can be monitored at the back of your eyes. At your first appointment records will be kept that will allow us to monitor even the smallest changes on subsequent visits. This is why an eye examination is important, even if you do not need spectacles.

At Observatory the Opticians our services, include:

  • Eye Examinations and 3D advanced eye examinations using OCT (Ocular Coherence Tomographer) – a comprehensive range of services to test your eye sight and check the health of your eyes
  • NHS sight tests for those who are entitled to free eye care. We can also help you to understand whether you are entitled to a Free NHS sight test
  • VDU and corporate – We can offer lenses, advice and support for those who spend considerable time working at a computer.

Call us today to find out more.


Renowned throughout the world for sheer luxury and elegance, Chanel has been around since 1910 blazing a trail of unforgettable fashion and design. Chanel eyewear encapsulates the essence of everything we expect from this iconic brand, offering the ultimate fashion accessory.

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Greg and the team are passionate about eyewear and extensively research collections and designers. Every year Greg visits Milan and Paris to see what next seasons eyewear has to offer and to handpick the selection that you will find in the practice. Iconic fashion houses like Chanel and Moscot will always be popular, but Greg will also visit the more unusual and recently established stands for something a little different. Bold designs from Face a Face and WooW, sit alongside more classic and traditional designs by Lindberg and Ray-ban.

With the perfect combination of frame and lenses you will not only see better but look great too. We will assist you with choosing the perfect frame for your choice of lenses, face shape, colouring and your personality. We will then fit your frame so that it offers you optimal vision and comfort.

"Wonderful service, caring and attentive staff, my family and I (including children) have been coming here for years, Excellent!!"

Nirma Jethaw, London, November 2014


Fashion stylist Tom Ford has created an eyewear collection that really makes a statement about the wearer! New and excitingly bold designs encapsulate American fashion and style perfectly, exuding glamour, elegance and charisma. Perhaps that’s why they are an ideal match for a man like James Bond, who has been seen wearing several Tom Ford models in recent films.

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Contact Lenses

It is now easier and more comfortable to wear contact lenses than ever before. No longer do you have to be either a contact lens or spectacle wearer. Nowadays you can wear either spectacles or contact lenses when you want. Perhaps you have a sporting or leisure activity that would be more enjoyable when wearing contact lenses.

We supply contact lenses from every major contact lens manufacturer. This allows us to offer you a choice of lenses to suit you, your visual requirements and your lifestyle needs. Some brands are just worn once and then thrown away. This eliminates the need and expense of contact lens solutions.

As a specialist contact lens practice we are able to fit and supply almost anyone with contact lenses, regardless of prescription. We also supply lenses to correct astigmatism and progressive lenses that are similar to varifocal spectacle lenses. So, you no longer have to be under 40 to benefit from contact lenses.

  • Daily disposable soft lenses
  • Monthly disposable soft lenses
  • Continuous wear soft lenses
  • Tinted and coloured lenses
  • Toric lenses, soft and gas Permeable


Regular aftercare appointments are essential for maintaining the health and comfort of your eyes. At these, your optician will be able to give you reliable aftercare advice and can help if you have any problems with your lenses.

If you are a new wearer, you will need check-ups during the first weeks and months of wear. After that you should have regular check-ups as recommended by your optician.

Contact us today to find out how wearing contact lenses could allow you to get more out of life.


MOSCOT infuses its unmistakably refined, downtown aesthetic with nearly 100 years of eyewear expertise and unparalleled craftsmanship to create its timeless eyewear: The MOSCOT Originals, MOSCOT Spirit, and MOSCOT Sun Collections.

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Style and performance

All our sunglasses either with or without your prescription are guaranteed to fully protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and you should be able to find a pair that will enable you to make a fashion statement too, if you wish.

When buying sunglasses it is important not just to choose a pair that you look good wearing, but have good quality lenses too. This will ensure you do not get headaches due to the distortions often found in very cheap lenses.

You will be able to choose from a wide range of custom-made, prescription sunglasses, as well as non-prescription sunglasses from a range of manufacturers in standard, full UV tints and polarised versions. Our stock changes regularly to reflect the latest designs and includes classic designs, as well as high fashion styles. We have sunglasses in stock all year round.

Photochromic lenses

These are special lenses that change tint precisely when needed. 'Transitions' lenses react quickly to every situation, sunlight or shade, indoors or outdoors. They are virtually clear indoors and can rapidly change to a stylish tint outdoors to give protection against harmful glare. They provide 100% protection from UVA and UVB radiation. They are available in a choice of brown or grey tints. Made from lightweight plastic they are much lighter then glass lenses and respond to light changes in seconds.

They are really convenient when going in and outdoors to save you having to swap spectacles with sunglasses. However, they do not work as well inside a car due to the car windows absorbing the rays which activate the lenses.

Sports sunglasses/protective eyewear

Because so many sports take place outdoors it is necessary to ensure that you protect your eyes from sunlight, wind, dust and water and yet at the same time make sure your visual performance is not restricted and at best enhanced. If you need any information about these ranges please feel free to contact us and we will happily demonstrate the relevant features of the models and advise you according to your sports and prescription requirements.

We sell many brands of sunglasses including Tom Ford, Chanel, Maui Jim, Ray-Ban, Oliver Peoples, Face a Face, MOSCOT and Adidas sports.

"This is the best opticians in the area in my opinion. Have been going there for many years. High tech equipment, coupled with old fashioned consistency. Many staff have been there for years! Always will give you the best deal and best sincere advice. Not just about the "money" but more about the "people"! (rare). Highly recommended by me and all my friends in the area."

Susanna S, September 2016


Cocoa Mint | Bevel | Barton Perreira | Ray-ban | Kilsgaard | Anne et Valentin | Moscot | Mykita |
Face a Face | L.A. Eyeworks | L.G.R | Paul Smith
William Morris | Oliver Peoples | Chanel | Etnia |
Tom Ford | Lindberg | Prada

3D Advanced Eye Exam

Our new state of the art 3D scanner can offer you the ultimate in eye examinations, using equipment that is not readily available at many opticians. Using our state of the art Optical Coherence Tomographer we can produce a 3d image of your eye. This allows us to observe and compare cell changes that could affect your sight, up to four years before any signs or symptoms are obvious.

We check closely for changes that could indicate the beginning of conditions such as Age-related Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma and Diabetic Retinopathy, which many patients worry about as they get older.

Early detection has the potential to save your sight, and even your life, by providing diagnostic information in time for treatment to be successful.


Bollé Sports and Cycling sunglasses

Bollé delivers the highest quality sports sunglasses, both for performance and protection. Technologically advanced eyewear, specifically designed for your sport, Bollé offer a superb combination of fit, fashion and comfort.

Bollé sunglasses are truly customised, with multi-plane nosepieces the can be adjusted to accommodate any nose bridge. The hypoallergenic and durable nose pads can also be tailored for a custom fit.  Manufactured in Bollés Thermogrip, which has moisture absorbing properties, your sunglasses will stay in place, even in the most extreme conditions.

Lenses customised to your prescription and sport, offer the optimum solution for your sporting needs. Pinless hinges and B88 nylon frames also provide a flexible, lightweight and exceedingly strong pair of sunglasses. With summer in full swing, cycling, for work or pleasure, is high on the list of activities for people of all ages.  

For the cycling enthusiast, who covers many miles on the road, sunglasses that offer the ultimate in vision, comfort and protection can be a vital part of their equipment. Bollé sunglasses feature strongly in the world of cycling, being the official supplier of some world class teams.

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Tom Ford Eyewear

The Tom Ford brand has been around since 2005, opening its first store in New York in 2007 announcing his fashion collections to the world. Tom Ford eyewear has been ranking hugely successful and ranks in the top 3 brands in stores worldwide. 

If you love Tom Ford fashion and accessories, you’ll love their new eyewear collection for 2017. With brand new designs in both optical and sunglasses, there are so many to choose from you’ll want them all!
We would love to show you the range and if we don’t have it in stock we can order it especially for you. Call us today to book an appointment or just pop in and we will be happy to help you find the perfect pair.


Bold and colourful with an artistic flair, Face a Face eyewear is unique and beautiful. Since 1995 collections have been making statements all across the globe. French in design with inspiration taken from modern art and architecture, every frame exudes confidence and personality.

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Appointments for eye exams are available between 9.30am and 5pm. Eye examinations take between 30 and 40 minutes depending on the type of exam you are having.

If our optometrist finds that you need glasses, they will give you a prescription. Following your exam a member of the team can spend as much time as needed to help you find your frame and then take all the necessary measurements to ensure the perfect vision. If you don’t have time to choose your glasses you are free to return at another time and we can help you then. You should allow at least an hour in total if possible to have your exam and choose your frame.

Appointments for contact lens fitting and checks take approximately 30 minutes. If this is the first time you have worn contact lenses, it may take longer.

Please call or visit us if you would like to book an appointment.

"Beautiful practice with an extensive choice of unusual and classic frames. The staff were really patient and knowledgeable. I would never go anywhere else."

Amy Rowe, February 2016


Super lightweight and durable, Berlin based Mykita Eyewear is the perfect choice for people who desire ultimate comfort from their glasses. Blending innovative design with fashion and style, Mykita has created a highly wearable global brand.

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Please call or email us for more information on our products and services, or to make an appointment. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have and advise you the best solution for your needs.

Opening hours are:
Monday - 9.30 to 6pm
Tuesday - 9.30 to 6pm
Webnesday - 9.30 to 6pm
Thursday - 9.30 to 6pm
Friday - 9.30 to 6pm
Saturday - 9.30 to 6pm
Sunday - Closed


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