My first time in Finsbury Park (the "park" park) would also be my first time in Finsbury Park (the neighborhood). I had no idea it was a nice area, resembling more of Islington than notorious neighbor Seven Sisters to the East.
London has plenty of parks, but I must say this was a great find for a non-popular area. Nice spacious fields, winding paths, plenty of amenities and never felt too large to navigate- or too crowded to find solace.
The views of hilly North London and glimpses of the City skyscrapers towards the south are an added bonus.
While it's not worthy to travel an hour or more to see (parks worth the long trek would be Regent's Park and Hampstead Heath), it's an excellent spot to meander through if you're near the area.
I used to live in Finsbury Park the area and for pretty much the whole time was there I regretted how little use I made of the park itself. It is a large, handsome park that is well maintained. In addition to the large open green spaces it has tennis courts, a skating bowl, a boating pond, a running track, a children's playground, basketball courts, a baseball diamond, and an American football field. Additionally, the park occasionally holds concerts including the annual RISE anti-racism music festival.
It is a good example of a park that serves its community well. It is ideal whether you want to go fly a kite, go running, or relive your teens with a bottle of Lambrini.
Although not in the league of some of London's super parks, Finsbury Park is a Godsend to those living in the hustle and bustle of Haringey.
Standing at 112acres the park still has much to offer. There is a good mix of open space for informal sporting activity, formal gardens and avenues of mature trees. For tree enthusiasts there is an arboretum with a selection of unusual trees. As all good parks do there is a lake, play area for kids and a café.
The sports facilities are excellent with full size football pitches, tennis courts and an athletics stadium. For those with American sporting interests, Finsbury Park is the home of London Metz baseball team and London Blitz American Football team.
Finsbury Park, the actual park, is yet another of London's fine parks. Many miss it in their zombie-like quest for coffee and the tube station. This is a shame, as once you enter it, you can see that it really is a sizeable, pretty place.
The lake is very attractive, and you can hire out a boat with your sweetheart, or family, fairly cheaply. Once you've done a circuit around the central island, you'll be tired enough.
The park is big enough to host large music events regularly. It is also a great place to just stroll leisurely around. And the cafe is a good one.
Seen from the South and West Finsbury Park looks a little dull to be honest. There's a great sweep of grass along the South side of the Park. It's pretty monotonous. Luckily it's not all there is to this park. Towards the centre of the park are a cluster of facilities: children's play grounds, a café, boating lake and athletics track. The children's play area is really impressive. They have a wonderful range, in fact enough that it's been 'zoned' within the area for different ages of kids. There's also another area, open to over 14's too, which resembles an amphitheatre, with natural look rocks and some tiers of seating as well. Great for picnicking families.
This area forms the top of a hill which falls away steeply to the North East. The lake seems a little strange, set as it is on top of the hill! There's a point by the athletics ground were you can see for miles. I won't say it's a great view, but in London it's always special to be able to see any distance!
For runners of course there's the athletics track, where you can time yourself over a set short distance, and run laps to build up a longer one. The slopes in the North East of the park also mean there's potential for using this park for hill training.
I sometimes forget how privileged I am: living right opposite it for the past five years, I've been taking this greenery for granted.
This is a great place to jog, take a nap, picnic or schmooze.
So much so, it's now outshadowing more renowned parks as a summer gig venue: the Rise Festival against Racism has staged there for the past couple of years and a few years before, Destiny's Child performed there.
A great open space, Very popular with music events, had a lovely boating lake £6 for renting a boat. new re-vamped play area and cafe.
A lovely day out for families. I take my children here and i was taken here as a child too. Many happy times and loads more to be had too.
Great place for a stroll or a picnic or a game of frisbee. Pick up a filled bagel from the Happening Bagel Bakery across Seven Sisters Road and bring a book or a friend for a lovely afternoon on one of those rare sunny days.
In the summer you can see people playing football every afternoon, on weekends you can see families having a picnic or just a relaxing stroll. Finsbury park is a good size park for all that plus more. There are big events held there regularly, including concerts, festivals and fun fairs - that's when Finsbury park really comes alive! I've been to a few of the events and I must say it's an excellent location for big event with many transport options nearby.
I'm not going to be any more specific about which bus stops I'm referring to than the ones under the railway bridge. This has to be the armpit of the world. I really can't think of a more depressing place to start your day, standing shoulder to shoulder with all the other poor sods waiting for a crowded bus which thank heavens never seems to take too long to come. It doesn't matter what time of year it is, what time of the day or night, or who your companion is if you're not alone- it's so lugubrious. I think even the pigeons that have begrudgingly made it there home (and delightfully send frequent reminders of their presence to the crowds below) are depressed. I assume its London transport that is responsible for the blue lights that run the length of the walls? Let me tell you TFL, it does nothing to lift the atmosphere. It looks dated and naff. I've gotta find another route to work.
Finsbury Park used to be a dodgy dump but has in recent years been renovated and revamped to provide excellent facilities for children, parents, locals, etc. The tennis courts are affordable and plentiful, there is a basketball area, an athletics ground, children's play areas and climbing frames, a new cafe where parents sit and chat, and, best of all, the wee boating lake where I learned to row when I was six. There are also geese and ducks to show the little ones. And of course the concerts and events staged in the park throughout the year.
A really lovely place to spend a sunny afternoon, with plenty of wide open spaces and one of the best bagel shops ever just opposite the entrance - pick up some sandwiches and have a picnic in the park. It is also host to some festivals in the summer, like the Rise music festival.
A large park found next to finsbury park station. Lots of lovely greenery, a cafe and sports facilities can be found here. e.g. football and rugby pitches, baskettball courts and an athletics track. A few nice ponds and well kempt gardens are also present. A nice place to spend a sunny afternoon, with a picnic from happening bagel bakery.
One of the oldest of London's parks and originally one of the best, three decades of council neglect saw Finsbury Park become run-down and unsafe. Fortunately a lottery grant and a facelift (involving cleaning, landscaping and building new facilities) have left it looking better than it has for years and even won it a Green Flag Award.
The open area next to the station is a bit grubby and attracts a few dodgy sorts (leering men drinking Tenants Super). The space beside the lake is much nicer, with a cafe, playground and boat hire in the summer. Walk around the lake to find the formal gardens, beautiful flower beds and plenty of quiet, shady spots to sit.
Sports facilities include a running track, tennis courts and a skateboard ramp. There's live music in the summer (some of it free) and a fun fair sets up during the school breaks. The real hidden gem is the Arts Club, based in a hut near the cycle park. It's a community group offering a chance for creative locals to get together and holds regular workshops for adults and kids. They specialise in drumming and photography, with a drum jam every Sunday.
Well maintained, big kids area, duck pond, formal gardens, tennis courts, basketball courts, football piutches, running tracker (private), the list of amenities goes on... It's great to go hang out there in the summer, there is always a sport or something going on to sit back and watch. Like waling through it on my way home from work in the summer, it'll be a shame to move away from it...
I Love this park. Its wonderful. The wide open space makes it easy for me to take my dog for a walk or just go to the park. Its near me so thats also great. The park is child friendly and has different child play areas. There is a small park and a big park. There is a boating lake and there are different events that happen there. There is cafe which has been refurbished and looks excellent now and has great hygiene. There is also a running track and a gym, which is excellent if you are keeping fit. I recommend you take a walk around there and see the excellent things they have there.
Finsbury Park is my local park, so I tend to go there quite often, both during the week (when it's on the quiet side), as well as the weekend, when it can get crowded, especially when the nice weather makes everyone suddenly remember that stretch of green in their neighborhood.
I have lived in the area for almost ten years and have seen the park when it was in a rather sorry state, looking unloved and in need of renovation. Thankfully, the National Lottery grant came to the rescue in the last few years. Money has been invested in the park and it shows - from the gravel lined walking paths, new metal fencing, new children playground(s), cafeteria and public toilets - many improvements have been made to bring this park up to date and turn it into an enjoyable public space. Whether you fancy a quiet spot for a picnic, a game of tennis, use of a running track, baseball field, visit to the duck pond with some old bread in your hands, or simply a walk, it's all here to be enjoyed.
In the summer months, you'll often find music festivals taking place here.
The park is served by two Tube stations, Finsbury Park and Manor House, as well as several bus routes.
If you find yourself in this part of North London, you have no excuse for not visiting. ;)
lovely park,a real shame that they charge to use the tennis courts over 3 pound an hour I think is totally wrong,so I continued along and theres this great play area for the children,with my favorite sign,aldults must be accompained by a child,love that sign,went tothe caferteria very fair prices,and then the boating lake closed for the winter and when open 6 pounds for half hour,if you could row round the lake in that time you should get a medal.but lots of swans and ducks and yes you can buy a bag of feed for a pound,and a flag for 2 pound,sorry closed winter,so proceeded follow the sign saying toilets,shut now this small building is called McKenzies Pavillion,why no idea,any toilets back at the caferteria,surprisingly they have a attendant,and they were very clean,up to the running track,really great and free,strange it must have cost a lot to create,then walked to a part that made me think of the movie birds dozens of really big crows,well I was surprised to find that I had been strolling around for over 2 hours,so wheres the nearest bar,
this park is great,it is really big and has alot of things to do,a running track,boating lake and a cafe to sit and relax watch the kids and have a cuppa. the basketball court and tenniscourt is great an parks are lot of fun or the kids. dogs have alot of space to run around also which is great.. lovely park
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