Looking For A Vibrant Social Hub Near The Centre Of Town? Move To N4!
Finsbury Park has much to offer renters and homeowners alike. This busy postcode is packed full of green spaces, interesting shops and delectable eateries.
Finsbury Park is located in North London, just a stone’s throw from the centre of town. It’s not long ago that N4 may have been considered to be a fairly scruffy area, but some extensive regeneration has put it firmly on the map for renters and homeowners alike. Here are 5 reasons why the area has really taken off.
Convenient Transport Links
When many people think of Finsbury Park, they consider the busy transport hub that is Finsbury Park station. It is on both the Piccadilly and Victoria lines, with an easy platform interchange making it possible to switch between the two with no bother. These lines can transport commuters into the heart of the West End, to destinations such as Covent Garden, Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus, Victoria or Leicester Square in a matter of minutes. In 2018, the Thameslink will connect Finsbury Park with Blackfriars. However, there are already plenty of train services travelling into King’s Cross and Moorgate for city workers. A selection of twelve buses also serve N4 – these travel to useful places such as Trafalgar Square, Sloane Square, Waterloo and Hackney Wick.
Londoners love green spaces and N4 has plenty to choose from. Finsbury Park itself is listed and was granted £5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2005 for some restoration work. The park includes a boating lake, art gallery, outdoor gym, water features, running track and flower gardens. Clissold Park can also be found nearby, which offers a café, aviary, animal enclosure, paddling pool and tennis courts. For nature lovers, the Woodberry Wetlands, which was opened by Sir David Attenborough, can be found on the East Reservoir on the southern edge of Woodberry Down.
Who needs Oxford Street when you can spend Saturday afternoon picking up bargains on ‘The Font’? Fonthill Road is the shopping mecca for those looking for bargain fashion in North London. It is packed full of fashion boutiques and draws considerable crowds at the weekends. You will often find women lining up in the street, awaiting their turn inside shops on ‘The Font’. Once inside, a strict one-way browsing system operates to ensure that chaos is kept at bay.
Forget Upper Street! If you want a diverse range of cuisine at rock-bottom prices, then Finsbury Park has a great range of eateries. In fact, Morgan Pryce conducted a survey into the cost of dining across many London areas. They found that Finsbury Park was the cheapest location in North London for a meal – the average price was just £33 for two diners. There are some great authentic Turkish restaurants in the neighbourhood, but perhaps Petek on Stroud Green Road deserves a special mention for its generous portions of kofte and other succulent dishes. Pizzeria Pappagone is the most popular Italian restaurant in the area, and serves delicious thin-crust pizzas followed by tasty gelato.
More Affordable Than Its Neighbours
Much like many areas of London, Finsbury Park is worth moving to because it’s cheaper than its more desirable neighbours. N4 is not Islington or Highbury, it’s not Crouch End, it’s not Stoke Newington. However, it’s located close to all of these areas, so for those who have been priced out of these adjacent neighbourhoods, Finsbury Park is well worth looking at. Current average rental prices in N4 cost around £1,300 for a 1-bed flat, £1,680 for a 2-bed and just over £2,040 for a 3 bed per month.
If you’re considering making the move to Finsbury Park, do your research, then grab a tube and head up to the area to get a proper feel for it and visit some local estate agents.