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Finsbury Park Local Area Guide

Residing in Finsbury Park

In the recent years, this area had a reputation for being an area with high rates of poverty and crime, but that has extremely improved over the ages. Although it’s far from being calm and peaceful, it is rapidly becoming a desirable place to live, due to how accessible and fast it is to get to Islington and The City.

Finsbury Park and neighboring Stroud Green is situated in the area of Haringey, and on the South East; Stoke Newington, Holloway to the west and Crouch End to the North West. With one of London’s biggest parks on the doorstep and a quite few nice restaurants and pubs; it’s not a terrible place to be.

Living

As a largely residential area, the roads leading away from Finsbury Park station are made up of Victorian style houses with terraces, and a few housing properties spread around. Rent prices are continually increasing over time, mostly in the Stroud Green area, but cheaper properties can be found as you advance further away from the convenience of the station, or towards Crouch End, Seven Sisters Road or Green Lanes.

The Residents

This place is a very culturally diverse area with a sophisticated feel. It’s popular with families because of its vast green spaces, and also the fact that it’s very near from Islington and The City, means that young professionals are also eager on living here.

Clubs, Pubs, and Entertainment

The area positively has more pubs than clubs around. Some of the local favorites include The Faltering Fullback, an appropriate traditional pub located on Perth Road with a huge terrace that gets quite hectic during summer season. On Stroud Green Road, there is The Old Dairy and The Noble, both pubs serves wine, beers, and good grub. For an old-style entertainment, there’s a pin bowling alley opposite to Finsbury Park tube station.

In summer, Finsbury Park plays host to some festivals including Feis; an Irish music event which just recently had Bob and Dylan Van Morrison on the line up. There’s a football stadium about ten minute walk from Finsbury Park station which is the Arsenal Emirates, and the entire area gets ultimately busy when there’s an ongoing match.

Parks

Finsbury Park is the main open green space in the area, covering a massive 110 acres. Appealing to sporty types, it has a running track, tennis courts; drop in yoga classes and an indoor and an outdoor gym. There are also two children’s play areas, a café and a path on the west side of the park leading on to Woodland Walk, a nice scenic and traffic free way of walking or cycling as far as Highgate. Further good news for cyclists is that Finsbury Park has a secure bike park on the side nearest the tube station.

Shops, Restaurants and Takeaways

Stroud Green Road is the place to head for food, whatever you fancy cuisine wise. A great little place for breakfast or brunch with a friendly atmosphere is the Front Room, with its reasonable price range and delicious eggs Florentine. For authentic and delicious pizza try Pappagone Italian restaurant. If you want to have a taste of good quality Thai food in a slightly classy environment then you should go to Cats.

For something light and cheap, the “Happening Bagel Bakery” is open and available until late if you need a post-pub snack. There are independent shops and restaurants in the area as well. However, it’s not great for clothes shopping because there are only a few shops in the area and they sell pretty cheap and not very trendy finds.

Transportation

Finsbury Park is well connected in terms of transport, with the fast and speedy Piccadilly Line and Victoria Line on hand as well. There are several buses and night buses including the 29 which runs from Trafalgar Square to Wood Green via Camden, and that’s all night long so has been dubbed the ‘party bus’ by local papers.

There two stations in the area namely; Finsbury Park (it runs southbound to Moorgate and northbound going to Welwyn) and Crouch Hill (only a 15 minute walk from Finsbury Park station), and that line runs between Barking and Gospel Oak. National rail services also run from Finsbury Park station to Essex, Cambridge, and elsewhere which is pretty practical.