The Redleaf Roamer: Finsbury Park
Roy Turner, Property Team
In the Redleaf Property team, our passion for bricks and mortar isn’t confined to the working day – we love exploring different places in London and abroad, appreciating an area’s character, amenities and eccentricities. In the second installment of the Redleaf Roamer series, Roy Turner shares why he’s made Finsbury Park his home and gives his insider tips on the area.
How did you find out about Finsbury Park?
Convenient for the City - where I had my first job in London - I ended up buying an apartment in the late 80s in Stroud Green, ten minutes’ walk from Finsbury Park, after being shown by an agent a string of awful apartments. Finsbury Park Station, despite its recent revamp, is a depressing introduction to the area. But look a bit beyond that and you’ll find Finsbury Park is a vibrant and attractive place to live with superb transport connections.
Finsbury Park tube station
And developers have cottoned on: City North is a large development being built near Finsbury Park Station, providing two residential towers with over 300 apartments and a shopping centre. Pioneering Finsbury Park’s regeneration is John Jones – a flourishing international art conservation, framing and storage business, which has created new premises for itself, student accommodation, artist studios and a fabulous Italian café/bakery.
What made you fall in love with Finsbury Park?
Stroud Green, just to the north of Finsbury Park, and Blackstock Road to the south have - and apologies for the cliché - an urban village feel with fantastic independent shops, restaurants and bars that are far removed from clone high streets.
In Stroud Green there is, among many tempting places to go, Boulangerie Bon Matin, which is a great place to hang out on a Sunday morning as well as award winning Thai restaurant Cats, and Osteria Tufo – an Italian restaurant with mouth-watering cuisine popular with audiences visiting the much acclaimed new Park Theatre, a short walk away. It is also rich in green space, primarily Finsbury Park, which offers 110-acres with sweeping views across to central London and among a plethora of amenities has a boating lake and café.
Finsbury Park entrance
Olof Lagerkvist [CC BY 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons
What are Finsbury Park’s hidden gems?
Parkland Walk – a 4.5-mile linear park on a former railway line that ran from Finsbury Park to Muswell Hill, offers views and tranquil walks up to Highgate.