Ah Finsbury Park, a Zone 2 neighbourhood with great transport links, large green spaces and lots of things to do. Add pretty houses, tree-lined streets and more places to eat and drink than you can shake a (baguette) stick at and you have a rather lovely place to live.
The transport links are brilliant – it’ll take you less than 10 minutes to get to Oxford Street, Kings Cross and Old Street from Finsbury Park Station. An array of good pubs and the pull of the burgeoning restaurant scene have seen young families, creative professionals and couples move to the area in their droves. A neighbour of the more upmarket Highbury and the decidedly grittier Manor House, Finsbury Park is like that cool cousin you really wanted to be friends with when you were a kid – friendly, unassuming and quietly trendy. The area has a longstanding musical and arts heritage running through its veins, which goes some way to explaining that undercurrent of ‘cool’ that you just can’t quite place your finger on.
Transport: Victoria, Piccadilly & Overground through Finsbury Park Station including night tube. National Rail from Finsbury Park to Moorgate, Horsham, Hertford, Cambridge and Brighton. Buses to Camden, Central London, Clapham, Dalston and Hackney Wick.
The vibe: fun, friendly, trendy with an undercurrent of cultural cool.
Booze: T-Bird, The Brownswood, The Mountgrove Bothy, The Blackstock.
Have a hangover: Lara’s, Finks, Salt the Radish, Blighty, Sage Kitchen.
Stuff your face: Salvation In Noodles, Yard Sale Pizza, Yildiz.
Get your caffeine fix: Finsbury Park Cafe, Mento Coffee & Flowers, Common Ground.
Get romantic: Dotori, Il Cavaliere, Minted Lounge.
Be cultural: Furtherfield Gallery, Park Theatre, The Hackney Showroom.
Observe local wildlife: Finsbury Park, Gillespie Park.
Shop: Eighty Seven, The Happening Bagel Bake, Girasole Italian Deli.
020 7272 0986
85 Stroud Green Road
London, N4 3EG
Mon – Thurs: 0845 – 1815
Fri: 0845 – 1800
Sat: 1000 – 1600
Sun: Appointments by request