Finsbury Park gets a facelift
Twenty businesses in Finsbury Park are getting a facelift with new shop fronts and expert advice on improving window displays to make their
premises more appealing to passers-by.
The scheme is one of a number of regeneration projects designed to spruce up the town centre and give it a new look. Internationally acclaimed artist Morag Myerscough has worked with the local community to design a major new piece of public art. This will be installed under the rail bridges on Seven Sisters Road and is due to launch in 2017, providing a vibrant and welcoming gateway to the area.
As well as improvements on the ground, a new website FinsburyParkLondon.co.uk has just launched alongside a publicity campaign to promote the area’s retail and leisure attractions, aiming to bring more visitors to the area and support local traders.
These projects have been commissioned by the Finsbury Park Regeneration Board, a local partnership made up of Islington, Hackney and Haringey councils, local businesses and community organisations.
An exciting new chapter for local residents
Over recent years, lots of new businesses have been popping up around Finsbury Park, giving residents a fantastic choice of retail, culinary and leisure amenities on their doorstep.
The opening of Park Theatre in 2013 was a major boost for arts and culture in the area. This followed the arrival of Furtherfield Gallery and Platform creative youth hub, a world-class facility for children and young people.
One to watch is City North, a new residential and commercial development, due to complete in 2019 which will deliver 355 new homes alongside a cinema, supermarket, health and fitness club and shops, restaurants and cafes.
With around 100 independent shops dedicated to fashion, Fonthill Road has something for every taste and occasion. “It’s amazing how far the
reputation of the area travels,” says Nasser Jeeb, owner of Novo Moda. “I have customers that regularly come from Manchester, Birmingham
and even as a far as Scotland. Our strengths lie in the experience we can give to our customers.”
Stroud Green Road boasts an array of unique independent shops. From vintage and mid-century homewares at Mosey Home, beautiful gifts at
the Pretty Shiny Shop, to fashion bargains for a good cause from the Crisis charity shop.
Finsbury Park’s rich ethnic and social mix is reflected in the tasty cuisines on offer, from Ethiopian stews to Turkish gozleme to Hereford steaks. For a quick bite, head to The Happening Bagel Bakery, where aside from the obvious there are colourful cakes and freshly baked bread, or
the Deli at 80 on Stroud Green Road. The Quality Fish Bar has been frying up on Seven Sisters Road for 40 years, or for something more formal
try Season Kitchen.
For a taste of African cuisine, try Balageru on Blackstock Road known for its gently spiced Ethiopian stews. Or for Turkish, a local favourite is
Petek on Stroud Green Road.
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