Area focus: Finsbury Park

Dogs of Finsbury Park

Photography by Adrian Briscoe

 

Despite being wedged between the trendy professionals’ hub of Islington, and that favourite of young families, Crouch End, Finsbury Park has often been viewed as the deprived neighbour of both locations. Now, however, the secret of London’s N4 is out…

The N4 neighbourhood fans out from the busy but very useful transport hub of Finsbury Park which allows quick access into the City and the West End.

Finsbury Park itself is a 122-acre green space which features boating lakes, playgrounds, café and sports facilities, including skate park and tennis courts.

As well as a growing number of restaurant openings and improved streetscapes, there are ambitious plans to turn Fonthill Road, known for its textile shops, into the new Upper Street within 10 years, with an £80 million scheme to create new shops, offices and homes.

Local highlights in Finsbury Park

’87′, 87 Blackstock Road, N4
Attractively laid out retro furniture shop with a great range of 20th-century furniture. Nearby Mountgrove Road also has vintage treasure troves to browse.

Dotori, 3 Stroud Green Road, N4
This snug restaurant opposite the bowling alley turns out excellent sushi alongside Korean specialities such as bibimbap – a sizzling hotpot – and has been a massive hit with locals since it opened in 2008.

Good for Food, 16 Blackstock Road, N4
With a walled garden area at the back which is a well-kept secret, this cafe/deli serves coffee, cakes, pastries, sandwiches, light bites and juices – and has just started opening at the weekends for dinner.

The Front Room, 158 Tollington Park, N4
This relaxed café is a reliable choice for a breakfast or brunch while skimming the weekend papers or making merry with the free wi-fi.

The Faltering Fullback, 19 Perth Road, N4
A traditional corner pub tucked away on a residential street which is bedecked in foliage and has a network of outdoor terraces on which to enjoy a summer’s evening drink and the Thai food on offer.

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