Finsbury Park

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Finsbury Park is the transport hub of the borough, with the tube station being London’s busiest outside zone 1. But there is much more to this bustling part of the city than just its station. The area is fast becoming the jewel in north London’s cultural crown, with the Park Theatre, a grade-two listed park, the Platform performing arts centre for young people, and a brand new cinema coming soon.

Park Theatre opened back in 2013 to rave reviews, and shows a great range of plays. In addition to two state-of-the-art performance spaces, the building has an all-day café bar and a dedicated floor for community and outreach work. Its mission is to be a welcoming, vibrant home for the local community and beyond, providing world class entertainment that challenges perceptions and enables people to build a new tradition of theatre.

For teens there is the amazing Platform Youth Hub, housed in the former Hornsey Road baths with the iconic diving lady.

And of course there is the park itself, where you can play a range of sports and games, and has been host to some of the music world’s biggest names including Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Pulp, Oasis and The Stone Roses.

One to watch is City North, a new residential and commercial development, due to finish in 2019 which will deliver 355 new homes alongside a cinema, supermarket, health and fitness club and shops, restaurants and cafes.

Shopping

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.

Eating out

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 Happening Bagels, 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.

Keep up-to-date with what’s happening in the area at www.FinsburyParkLondon.co.uk

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FINSBURY PARK PEOPLE

Meet Molly Clift, technical apprentice at the Park Theatre

Naomi Schillinger talks about her community gardening project

Faisal Mian, co-founder of Seven Heavens

Nasser Jeeb, owner of Novo Moda on Fonthill Road

Mary le Comte talks about her shop Mosey Home

House of Hodge volunteer Carlo Bellanova

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