Living in Finsbury Park, you can expect a calmer social scene than neighbouring areas such as Stoke Newington and Archway. With its name sake park at its heart, this area is ideal for families and young professionals.

The area is well connected to the City with the main Finsbury Park station located on the Piccadilly and Victoria Tube lines. This means your commute into Euston or Kings Cross will be hassle free, taking less than 10 minutes.

Did you know that Finsbury Park is only a 10 minute drive from our Vantage Point building?

So, if you’re thinking of living in Finsbury Park, here are some of our favourite places to hang out in this North London district.

Finsbury Park

Finsbury Park trees

Originally opened in 1869, Finsbury Park has become an essential part of the local area. Spanning a huge 46 hectares, the park offers copious amounts of green space. It also has sports grounds and a serene boating lake at its centre.

The park is a tranquil retreat away from the city, accessed when you live in North and East London. The winding tracks make it the ideal place for runners and dog walkers alike. Take time to relax among the leafy surrounds or practice your serve on the tennis courts. 

If you're a music lover there's good news. The park has been the home of Wireless Festival since 2014 so you'll have easy access to amazing live music every year.

Address: Endymion Road, Harringay, London N4 1EE

Phone: 020 8489 1000


The Faltering Fullback

There’s more to lively Irish pub The Faltering Fullback than first meets the eye. Although it looks like a traditional British pub from the outside, inside it’s a treasure trove of antique memorabilia. It also surprises with a contemporary menu of Thai cuisine in place of British pub grub.

Recline in the large beer garden with a pint or head out to the back room for a round of pool. The pub attracts an avid crowd of sports fans, airing live matches throughout the year. You’ll also find a busy calendar of events, from open mic nights to pub quizzes.

Address: 19 Perth Road, Stroud Green, London N4 3HB

Phone: 020 7272 5834


Boulangerie Bon Matin

Sweet treats on display

Boulangerie Bon Matin serves French-inspired treats and light bites. Everything is lovingly made by hand, using traditional French techniques. 

Induldge in the patisserie counter, which has a selection of sweet pastries and cakes. You can expect to find classic croissants, pain au chocolat and elegant fruit-topped tarts as standard. A cup of coffee on the side will be the perfect morning pick-me-up for your commute.

If you’ve got more time to spare, take a seat in the café and choose from the menu of brunch dishes. Favourites include the cinnamon French toast and the ‘cholesterol busting’ oat bran pancake. Visit at lunchtime to enjoy the vast selection of salads, soups and sandwiches.

This is a luxurious treat for anyone living in Finsbury Park.

Address: 178 Tollington Park, Stroud Green, London N4 3AJ

Phone: 020 7263 8633

Follow: @boulangeriebonmatin


La Fabrica

La Fabrica in Finsbury Park

Living in Finsbury Park means having access to a range of amazing restaurants. The tapas restaurant La Fabrica is one of those and invites you to embrace ‘the Spanish way of life’.

The venue brings offers Spanish cuisine in an authentic, relaxed atmosphere. With its friendly neighbourhood charm and vast menu, it’s the ideal place to catch up with friends.

Order a few different dishes to share, from classic paella and fresh seafood dishes. The restaurant offers plenty of choice to suit everyone. The menu carefully labels all the dishes to highlight dietary requirements. Ingredients are locally sourced and paired alongside some of the finest Spanish wines. Ask your waiter to help you choose a bottle to go with your meal.

Address: 45 Stroud Green Road, Stroud Green, London N4 3ES

Phone: 020 7272 0020

Email: [email protected]

Follow: @la_fabrica_stroud_green


Common Ground

Common Ground coffee in Finsbury Park

Coffee lovers should look no further than Common Ground for their caffeine fix. The chilled café has a welcoming neighbourhood vibe for all living in Finsbury Park. Here you’ll find a mix of families, freelancers and friends throughout the week.

In the sunnier months, the large outdoor garden area is a quiet spot to relax with a big cup of coffee. There are even a few beach hut sheds if you’d like to enjoy the best of both worlds: indoors and outdoors. The simple no-fuss menu of brunch classics won’t disappoint either. Start your day with a cheesy toastie, poached eggs, plate of syrupy waffles or porridge bowl.

Address: 49 Stroud Green Road, Stroud Green, London N4 3EF

Phone: 020 7686 9182

Email: [email protected]

Follow: @commongroundlondon


Yard Sale Pizza

Yard Sale pizza options

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Yard Sale Pizza has a beloved reputation within North-East London’s food scene. It celebrates authentic Italian flavours by crafting pizzas in the simple, traditional way. Once you've tried one of their wood-fired pizzas, you'll never go back.

You can expect a mix of different toppings on the menu. With the majority teamed with the restaurant’s much-loved slow cooked tomato sauce. Choose from the list of playful names, such as ‘Mush Be Love’, ‘New Porker’ and ‘La Maestro’. Although all the dough is vegan, there’s a whole separate menu of toppings for vegans too.

The Finsbury Park branch offers relaxed sit-in dining and takeaway. It's conveniently located on Blackstock Road, around the corner from the train station.

Address: 54 Blackstock Road, London N4 2DW

Phone: 020 7226 8976

Email: [email protected]

Follow: @yardsalepizza


The White Lion

The White Lion pub

Traditional pub The White Lion will become your local when living in Finsbury Park. Expect to find your favourite pub meals on the menu. Including burgers, beer-battered fish and chips, and sausages and mash. Visit on Sundays to try the popular roast menu. 

The chefs at the White Lion are passionate about consciously sourced produce. Not only do they make sure they buy from local suppliers, but they also support local breweries. This means you can enjoy your favourite London craft beers and ales in the comfort of your local. 

Not a beer drinker? The pub has a good selection of wines and spirits too. The team even creates small batches of gin infusions from time to time.

The pub is a busy venue every day of the week, but particularly lively on quiz nights. Team up with your friends to tackle the host of questions and enjoy special prizes and dining offers.

Address: 125-127 Stroud Green Road, Stroud Green, London N4 3PX

Phone: 020 7561 8880

Email: [email protected] 

Follow: @thewhitelionn4


Blighty Café

Blighty Cafe in Finsbury Park

Blighty Café champions the very best cuisine from British shores and beyond. The cosy café sources organic and local produce, working hard to maintain a sustainable ethos. From responsibly sourced coffee beans to tea leaves grown in Africa and India. They even source their meat and vegetables from local British farmers. 

Inside, the café follows energy-efficient practices and a zero-plastic mentality. All within the cosy confines of their rustic interior design.

The menu offers regional delicacies from major Commonwealth countries. These are clearly outlined by each country’s flag. Why not try breakfast the Indian way with curried scrambled tofu? Or the Canadian way with maple syrup pancakes? 

The full choice of dishes suits a flexitarian lifestyle, with vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian and meat options.

Address: 35-37 Blackstock Road, Finsbury Park, London N4 2JF

Email: [email protected]

Follow: @blightyfinsbury


Living in Finsbury Park

Whilst it might be a calmer alternative to neighbouring Stoke Newington and Archway, Finsbury Park is not without its charms. The strong sense of community is hard to beat, so you will always find a welcoming place to hang out with friends.

Not sure which side of North London is right for you? Read our complete guide to the best places to live north of the Thames.

If you're looking for a new home close to Finsbury Park, be sure to check out our Vantage Point development.

Josh Sebastian


Josh is an experienced London resident and stellar local guide. With his finger on the pulse of things to do in London, he's constantly sharing lesser-known tips and recommendations with readers.