Affectionately known as ‘Little Algiers’, Finsbury Park is home to London’s largest Algerian population, as well as plenty of students, surly youths with low-slung trousers, boozy Arsenal fans and priced-out-of-Crouch-End mumsy-types. It’s also starting to develop cultural hubs, as canny renters realise they can save a few bob, still have access to two tube lines, and have a massive lovely park to enjoy. Party animals will appreciate the warehouse parties which regularly rumble on all weekend, while Finsbury Park itself is a vast, sprawling patch that’s got a bit of everything for everyone.
The best bits of Finsbury Park and Manor House
15 reasons to go to Stroud Green Road in Finsbury Park, N4
Just north of Finsbury Park station and straddling the Islington-Haringey border, Stroud Green Road is a relatively undiscovered gem that still has the feel of a real neighbourhood. Despite being the main bus route up to the lofty heights of Crouch End and Muswell Hill, this high street is so much more than a thoroughfare. Londoners are flocking to it in increasing numbers, and not just because the hipsters have discovered the delights of Rowans bowling alley as a pseudo-ironic party destination. Stroud Green Road is one of the best streets for eating out in north London and, unlike other foodie hot spots (we’re looking at you, Upper Street), this one is fairly free of chains. With eateries to suit all cravings and wallet sizes, you could spend a waistband-expanding day and night here, falling in and out of restaurants, cafés and pubs until you need to take a nap. Great scoffing opportunities aside, take a short stroll from the station and you’ll stumble across streets of beautiful Victorian houses and a sprawling, leafy park so peaceful that you could almost forget you’re in the capital. What really makes this area special is the community, with its impressive mix of nationalities, ages, families and Arsenal fans all living alongside each other in harmony – and feeling smug about being so near well-connected transport links. Drink this A photo posted by Laura Good (@laurakgood) on Feb 3, 2016 at 10:35am PST A pint in the massive multi-tiered secre
You know you live in Finsbury Park when...
Ah, Finsbury Park. Equipped with the supersonic Victoria Line, this neighbourhood has enough independent restaurants to keep an army of Deliveroo drivers in business. It also has a medium-sized green space hosting sporting activities for 95 percent of the year and girls in flower headbands singing Drake lyrics for the other five percent. No one really knows what constitutes this all-powerful Islington/Hackney/Haringey mash-up (does Stokey count? Holloway? Crouch End?) but you know you live in Finsbury Park when... A photo posted by Agathe Van Der Costes (@agathevdc) on Dec 13, 2016 at 1:08am PST ...you've lifted your phone above the heads of an angry mob at 8.15am to send a photo of closed tube gates to your boss at least three times this week. The picture probably isn’t necessary, but the mob mentality routinely convinces you otherwise. ...you campaigned via Facebook against the closure of The Silver Bullet but a) didn't part with your money in the hope that everyone else did b) scoffed at heavy metal music and c) barely even noticed it was there due to escaping from Station Place as quickly as humanly possible. A photo posted by Sara Georgina (@sara_georgina) on Sep 18, 2015 at 3:15pm PDT ...you and your friend from the Seven Sisters Road exit have a strategic, verging-on-military-standard operation when it comes to shopping at Lidl. Whether you're a 7am trooper or 10.55pm rusher, you know better than to brave the aisles during that p
Restaurants in Finsbury Park and Manor House
Finsbury Park and Manor House highlights
There aren't many places in north London where you can bowl, dance, slurp slushies and sing your heart out in a karaoke booth until the wee hours, but Rowans is one of them. This old den of entertainment has been there since 1913, surviving two world wars and even playing host to The Beatles in 1963. It almost got torn down by Harringay council to amke way for flats in 2014, but the adoring locals petitioned hard until the council gave in. And so they should! Here are five reasons we think it's so great, not to mention you can have pizza delivered straight to your lane or karaoke booth.
Bars and pubs in Finsbury Park and Manor House
The perfect weekend in Finsbury Park
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Finsbury Park is a 112-acre oasis in the middle of a hectic patch of north London, with the buzzing traffic of Seven Sisters Road on one side and the chatter of Green Lanes on the other. It's a prime example of what a London park should be: a place that's used by all slices of the surrounding community, from the surly hoodies with trousers around their thighs walking soft-as-anything dogs, to the middle-class couples from gentrified Stroud Green Road trailing space-age pushchairs. There's a lovely café in the middle of the park (with toilets), and a children's playground next to that, built with a £5 million Heritage Lottery Fund, that will keep kids amused for hours. There are fast slides going into the sandpit and really tricky climbing equipment to challenge older children, plus lots for toddlers to enjoy. Kids of all ages also love the enormous wooden structure adjacent to the playground, with its aerial walkways, slides, ramps and ladders. The boating lake with ducks and swans in it and the friendly café also border the playground. There's a running track, tennis courts and areas for ball games, plus a small skate park. A real people's park.