Finsbury Park Area Guide

About Finsbury Park

Finsbury Park is one of the most exciting areas of London, and has changed dramatically in recent years, shedding its previous reputation, which wasn’t always golden. Today, it still has an edginess, but this is part of its attraction.

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If you know New York, think Lower East Side. For this and a plethora of other reasons, Finsbury Park is fast becoming the place to live, not least least because of how convenient and quick it is to get to Islington and the City. And with one of London’s most elegant and largest parks on the doorstep, plus dozens of pubs, bars and restaurants, you’ll never be bored.

It’s not surprising that young professionals are attracted to this area; they can be in central London in less than 15 minutes as well as having access to plenty of outdoor activities and a lively social life on their doorstep.

Our Favourite Places

Having worked in and around Finsbury Park for a while now, our Lettings Manager, Catherine Holt, shares her thoughts on the area.

What do you love most about Finsbury Park?

“One of the things I love about Finsbury Park is that it’s such an ethnically diverse area, so has this cool cosmopolitan feel to it. There also some amazing restaurants and local shops, which sell all kinds of amazing, exotic food. You could pretty much work your way around the world food-wise here.”

Do you have a favourite traditional pub?

“One of the most popular pubs in Finsbury Park, and the oldest, is The Old Dairy (on Stroud Green Road), which serves some good grub whilst retaining that traditional pub feel.  Or you could try The Noble, a gastro pub serving draught beers, wine and good grub.”

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 Our favourite street is Finsbury Park Road

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Where would you take the team out in Finsbury Park?

“For a bit of old school entertainment there’s a ten pin bowling alley just opposite Finsbury Park tube station, with several lanes, a bar and an old-school vibe that will make you feel like a teenager all over again.  Knowing our team, we’d have a lot of fun there”

Where is a “must” place to visit in Finsbury Park?

“You can’t to visit Finsbury Park without going to La Porchetta, on Stroud Green Road. They have, without doubt, the best, and probably biggest, pizzas in London, if not Europe. They’re enormous, and the waiters love to show off by spinning them around. It’s part restaurant, part theatre really!”

Community

Ethnically diverse with lots of schools and activities going on, there’s a strong community feel to this area. It’s had its problems in the past, but this has just made the community feel even stronger. The Finsbury Park Community Hub, known by all as the ‘community centre’ on the Andover Estate’s central square, it is run by local residents and partnership organisations, and has made a big difference to the area.  This area of North London is also currently home to London’s largest housing regeneration project. With thousands of new homes being built and plans to regenerate the town centre, the area is increasingly popular with young professionals and families. In short, it’s an exciting time to live here.

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During the summer Finsbury Park plays host to a fair few festivals, including Feis, an Irish music event that has boasted some very cool line-ups in the past, including Van Morrison and Bob Dylan. Arsenal’s Emirates football stadium is about a ten-minute walk from Finsbury Park station, so if you’re a fan, you’re slap bang in footy heaven!

And of course there is Finsbury Park itself, which covers a massive 110 acres and has a running track, tennis courts, outdoor yoga classes and an indoor and outdoor gym.

Schools

We understand how important your child’s education is to you.  If you are new to the area, we can advise you on properties within a particular catchment area.

Primary

St Mark’s CofE Primary School
Every child, Every Chance, Every Day
http://www.st-marks.islington.sch.uk/

Montem Primary School
http://www.montem.islington.sch.uk/

Grafton Primary School
http://www.graftonprimary.co.uk/

Pakeman Primary School
Excellence for all, excellence from all
http://www.pakemanprimary.co.uk/

Christ The King RC Primary School
http://www.ctks.co.uk/

Poole’s Park Primary School
http://www.poolespark.com/

Duncombe Primary School
http://www.duncombeprimary.co.uk/

Secondary

Islington Arts and Media School
http://www.artsandmedia.islington.sch.uk/

City and Islington College (College)
http://www.candi.ac.uk/

Mount Carmel Catholic College for Girls
http://www.mountcarmel.islington.sch.uk/

Holloway School
http://www.holloway.islington.sch.uk/

How to get to Finsbury Park – Zone 2

By tube: Both the Piccadilly and Victoria lines can be accessed at Finsbury Park.

By rail: Finsbury Park is a busy interchange with destinations including Moorgate and King’s Cross.

By bus: Bus routes terminating at Finsbury Park: 19, 106, 153, 210, 236, N19, W3, W7. Bus routes passing through 4, 29, 253, 254, 259, N29, N253, N279