How is life in Finsbury (west)? A thorough guide of the neighbourhood

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Find out a general overview of the area using Wikipedia gives us the quick following overview of the area: “ Finsbury is a district of Central London, forming the southeastern part of the London Borough of Islington. It borders the City of London. “

Some great things about Finsbury (west)

At Cozee we looked at elements defining the area like restaurants, nightlife, parks, and more. Whether you’re a foodie or night owl, Finsbury (west) has something for you. Check out spots below to get a feel for life in Finsbury (west).

Museums & Galleries in the region

An area lives because of the people who live, work and interact. Art is a great way to discover an area in a new way. If you are looking to move in Finsbury (west) we definitely recommend that you check for galleries, museums and other cultural institutions. They provide a great source of enjoyment over the weekends.

Museum name Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Museum of London 150 London Wall, London 4.6 15338
Dennis Severs’ House 18 Folgate Street, London 4.5 680
Bank of England Museum Bartholomew Lane, London 4.4 1627
The Charterhouse Charterhouse Square, London 4.6 550
The British Red Cross Society 44 Moorfields, London 4 7
Museum of Methodism 49 City Road, London 4.7 85
Armourers’ Hall 81 Coleman Street, London 4.7 89
London’s Roman Amphitheatre Guildhall Yard, London 4.6 338
Guildhall Art Gallery Guildhall Yard, London 4.6 1400
NLA – the London Centre 3 Aldermanbury, London 4.6 105
Honourable Artillery Company Museum Armoury House, City Road, London 4.7 95
Joseph Hart’s Grave & Memorial Bunhill Fields Burial And Gardens, London 3.6 10
HEL MORT® 65 London Wall, London N/A N/A
Blackall Alley, Street Art Walkway 4044 Blackall Street, London 5 2
Momentgo 3rd floor, 86-90 Paul Street, London N/A N/A
Roman Fort Ruins Viewing Walkway Noble Street, Oat Lane, London 5 3
Shoreditch Tube Carriages Platform 3, Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, London N/A N/A
Budapest Services 4 Helmet Row, London 4 2
Royal Fusiliers Association 41 Tower Hill, London 4.3 3
London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE 12 Walbrook, London 4.5 2615

Where can you buy groceries in the area

Grocery shopping is another important activity you will do if you move into the area of Finsbury (west). In the below table, we go over the nearby supermarkets such as Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury’s so you know what the area has to offer for your food shop.

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The below table gives you a good idea of what kind of options there are for eating out. In Finsbury (west), you may find things like Italian, Chinese or even Indian takeouts. Take a look below if you are visiting or want to move here if eating out is a big deal for you.

Restaurant Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Premier Inn London City (Old Street) hotel Corsham Street, London 4.3 1917
Malmaison London 18-21 Charterhouse Square, London 4.3 904
Goodman City 11 Old Jewry, London 4.3 1259
The Princess of Shoreditch 76-78 Paul Street, London 4.3 1159
The Jugged Hare 49 Chiswell Street, London 4.3 2061
Le Relais de Venise l’EntrecĂ´te 5 Throgmorton Street, London 4.3 1806
The Book Club 100-106 Leonard Street, London 4.3 1939
Hawksmoor Guildhall 10 Basinghall Street, London 4.3 2561
Bangalore Express City 3-6 Gracechurch Street, London 4.3 2952
1 Lombard Street Bar & Restaurant Bank 1 Lombard Street, London 4.3 1014
SUSHISAMBA London Heron Tower, Bishopsgate, London 4.3 8789
The Anthologist 58 Gresham Street, London 4.3 1723
Galvin La Chapelle 35 Spital Square, London 4.3 2391
The Breakfast Club Spitalfields 12-16 Artillery Lane, London 4.3 4462
Duck & Waffle 110 Bishopsgate, London 4.3 10929
Simpson’s Tavern 38 1/2 Cornhill, London 4.3 344
Mint Leaf London Bank, 12 Angel Court, London 4.3 865
Gaucho City 1 Bell Inn Yard, London 4.3 848
The Horse & Groom 28 Curtain Road, London 4.3 753
The Drift 110 Bishopsgate, London 4.3 1451

Are there any good pubs in Finsbury (west)?

Being Londoners ourselves, at Cozee, we hold a strong bond with our regular visits to the local pub every week. Why should your experience be any different in your new home? That’s why we’ve thoroughly tested and reviewed all the pubs in Finsbury (west). While we didn’t get the chance to personally visit each one, we certainly wish we could have. Here’s the curated list of the finest pubs in Finsbury (west).

Pub name Name Address Description
Blue Lion 133 Grays Inn Road London WC1X 8TU On a visit in Sept 2022 (and again in Sept 2023) just the one cask beer – a reflection of the lack of footfall and trade in this area at present.
Calthorpe Arms 252 Grays Inn Road London WC1X 8JR Jan 2023 – our reporter says, “Pub beer range now three real ales. Youngs Original Taylors Landlord seem fixtures plus a beer from Purity eg Mad Goose. Great friendly pub and reasonable prices for this bit of London. Background music is played but when busy you won’t hear it!
Easton 22 Easton Street London WC1X 0DS 27/10/22 – no cask beer on sale. Not sure if a one-off as still Cask Marque listed? Visited on 22/11/22 – Doom Bar was on tap. According to Cask Marque – “The Easton normally has only one on, Doom bar, and the DM did say they occasionally don’t have it on sale for ½ a day when they are changing the barrels.”
London Welsh Centre 157-163 Gray’s Inn Road London WC1X 8UE Public bar in the London Welsh Centre (a charitable organisation whose objective is to promote Welsh culture and language in London) in a marvelous room on the top floor with a stupendous ceiling. The Bar hosts various events such as gigs, comedy nights and quiz nights. See their events page for details of what’s coming up. The bar opens on weekends for special occasions (such as the rugby!). We advise you to phone ahead to check opening times. Occasional beer festivals (Welsh beers naturally!). Pies, pasties and sandwiches available. Please note that not all beers listed are likely to be all on at the same time.
Lucas Arms 245a Grays Inn Road London WC1X 8QY A comfortable pub with a warm atmosphere and low level background music with two distinct areas. At the front is a small, comfortable, traditionally decorated and carpeted saloon with a TV screen. To the rear is a larger, raised area with wooden floors, and two other TV screens (sound turned off). A covered, patio garden with several picnic tables, which is heated in colder weather, can be accessed from this room. Upstairs room for private parties, dining or meetings. Food from the traditional and reasonably priced pub menu is served all week.
Queen’s Head 64 Theobalds Road London WC1X 8SF Now operated by Market Taverns who run the nearby Lady Ottoline and Perseverance and in the summer of 2022 two handpumps were installed. They might not both be in use at the same time.
Queen’s Head 66 Acton Street London WC1X 9NB Breaking news – CAMRA North London Pub of the Year 2022.
Union Tavern 52 Lloyd Baker Street London WC1X 9AA The pub retains its two room layout, built in Victorian times, with some remains of the original drinking lobby and a former office behind the bar. The many engraved mirrors, bare wood floors and furniture complement the dark wood bar counter, and original fireplaces are retained. The imaginative food menu is displayed on chalk boards, with the left side room serving as a restaurant. The opening hours given are for the bar.
Water Rats 328 Gray’s Inn Road London WC1X 8BZ After an uncertain time in 2014/2015 opened with a new operator at the back end of 2015 which has seen a nice refurbishment with the once shabby furniture replaced. Originally known as “The Pindar of Wakefield”, built in 1517, on the opposite side of the road, it shared it’s name with the Pinder of Wakefield (a person whose job was to impound stray animals), supposedly connected with Robin Hood mythology. It also shares it’s name with the historical Pindar’s fort, a local site believed to be beneath the Mount Pleasant Post Office.
Yorkshire Grey 2 Theobalds Road London WC1X 8PN Formerly the home of a micro-brewery, long deceased. It is a large imposing building, dominating the corner with Gray’s Inn Road, and though essentially one large room inside, care has been taken to create different drinking areas, including a couple of booths. Seating is at a mix of low tables and seats, sofas, and some very large high tables in the middle of the room. The menu is made up of sharing plates, small plates, pizzas, burgers, wings and other pub staples – see their website for details including combinations of food with a drink.

Green spaces and parks of Finsbury (west)

One of London’s best features is the large array of public parks and green spaces. See if Finsbury (west) offers room to explore and maybe take your dog for a walk.

Park Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Postman’s Park King Edward Street, London 4.6 1142
St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace Venue 78 Bishopsgate, London 4.7 228
Duke Of Wellington 12 Toynbee Street, London 4.3 412
HAC Grounds The Honourable Artillery Company, City Road, London 4.8 65
Girdlers Gardens 1 Basinghall Avenue, London 5 2
Amvico 6-8 Bonhill Street, London 5 6
Coleman Street Garden Basinghall Avenue, London 5 1
Mark Street Gardens 25 Luke Street, London 4.4 65
The Garden Designer The Garden Designer Ltd. White Collar Factory, 1 Old Street Yard, London N/A N/A
St Mary Staining Oat Lane, London 4.5 4
St Luke’s Garden, Islington 40 Mitchell Street, London 4.3 195
St Pancras Church Garden Pancras Lane, London 4.6 9
Hipcamp x Cool Camping 81 Rivington Street, London 4.3 23
Hoxton Square Park Hoxton Square, London 4.3 99
Barbican Conservatory Silk Street, London 4.6 708
Finsbury Square Garden Bar Finsbury Square, London 4.3 1042
Smithfield Rotunda Garden West Smithfield, London 4.2 103
Saint Botolph-without-Bishopsgate Gardens Bishopsgate, London 4.5 117
Saint Mary Aldermanbury Garden Love Lane, London 4.4 83
Finsbury Avenue Square Finsbury Avenue, London N/A N/A

The range of gyms in Finsbury (west)

Working from home means more gym time for many. With chains like EasyGym and PureGym, it’s easy to stay fit in Finsbury (west).

Gym Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
PureGym London Wall 48 London Wall, London 4.3 316
Virgin Active 33 Bunhill Row, London 4.3 462
Virgin Active One Exchange Place, London 4.3 121
Golden Lane Sport & Fitness Fann Street, Fane Lane, London 4.3 126
Virgin Active 5 Old Broad Street, London 4.3 128
Nuffield Health Shoreditch Fitness & Wellbeing Gym 1-6 Bateman’s Row, London 4.3 112
Fitness First PLATFORM 17-18, UNIT 12 Liverpool Street, London 4.3 180
Gymbox Bank 71 Lombard Street, London 4.3 463
Virgin Active 200 Aldersgate Street, London 4.3 514
Ultimate Performance Personal Trainers London City 44 – 48 Paul Street, London 4.3 640
FRAME Shoreditch 29 New Inn Yard, London 4.3 142
Paragon Gym 6-8 Boundary Street, London 4.3 128
Amica 365 CrossFit Shoreditch 89a Rivington Street, London 4.3 55
City Athletic Moorgate 7-11 Moorgate, London 4.3 119
Inglorious Grapplers Eight Members Club, 1 Dysart Street, London 4.3 34
Finsbury Leisure Centre Norman Street, London 4.3 418
Fight City Gym – Moorgate Lower Ground, 15 Worship Street, London 4.3 100
BigT-Fitness Personal Trainers London City Zetland House, Scrutton Street, London 4.3 26
Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Centre 13-15 Blomfield Street, London 4.3 4
London Osteopath Suit a, 103 Worship Street, London 4.3 140

Is the local life vibrant in Finsbury (west)

Finsbury (west) is full of life and things to do. We suggest looking at Timeout for their weekly Finsbury (west) event listings to find local activities. Here’s a convenient link to see their upcoming happenings. Having a good grasp of what’s in Finsbury (west) and where helps get situated when moving. Our map compiles property price points and other details from this article to outline what’s available in Finsbury (west).

The facilities you might need in Finsbury (west)

We have compiled for you a list of the different places you might want to check in Finsbury (west) name before moving in the neighbourhood.

Schools around Finsbury (west)

Having an educational institution close by is a great perk when moving. See the list below of schools located in the Finsbury (west) vicinity and how they relate to property prices.

School Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Nuffield Health Shoreditch Fitness & Wellbeing Gym 1-6 Bateman’s Row, London 3.9 113
City of London School for Girls Barbican,St Giles Terrace, Wood Street, London 4 40
Central Foundation Boys’ School Central Foundation Boys Schoo, Cowper Street, London 3.4 32
Guitar Tuition Quaker Court, 53 Banner Street, London N/A N/A
RusWords Language School 29 Throgmorton Street, London N/A N/A
Fx Training Zone 88 Wood Street, London N/A N/A
Infinite Mind 2 Victoria Avenue, London N/A N/A
Nuffield Health Moorgate Fitness & Wellbeing Gym 1 Ropemaker Street, London 3.5 70
Guildhall School of Music and Drama – Milton Court 1 Milton Street, London 4.9 30
Arbor Education 105 Bunhill Row, London 3.3 7
Guildhall School of Music & Drama Silk Street, London 4.6 303
Brighter Voice 114 London Wall, London N/A N/A
Richard Cloudesley School 101 Whitecross Street, London N/A N/A
Barbican Playgroup Level 01 & 02, Andrewes House, Barbican, London N/A N/A
Harley Reed (International) 104 Old Street, London 4 1
PopUp College Costa Coffee, 6 Copthall Avenue, London N/A N/A
TotalBarber Academy 71 Leonard Street, London 4.4 157
Supply Chain Sustainability School 2nd Floor, Albert House, 256-260 Old Street, London N/A N/A
LSDM – London School of Design and Marketing Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London 3.9 19
London School of Management Studies Threadneedle Walk, London N/A N/A

The number of hospitals, pharmacies and doctors in Finsbury (west)

Finsbury (west) has 20 medical institutions. These include hospitals, doctors offices, pharmacies and other stores providing medical attention. Here are the details the nearby medical institutions (1000 radius of the area).

Medical institution Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
School of Health Sciences Queen Elizabeth II Wing, 2 Raymond Buildings, London N/A N/A
St Bartholomew’s Hospital West Smithfield, London 4.1 403
City Road Medical Centre City Approach, 190 -196 City Road, London 2.5 104
HCA UK City of London – 31 Old Broad Street 31 Old Broad Street, London 4 23
Ramsay Health Care UK Level 18, Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London 3 11
Japan Green Medical Centre 10 Throgmorton Avenue, London 3.2 25
PALM Medical Centre 25 Liverpool Street, London N/A N/A
Roodlane Medical part of HCA Healthcare UK – Great Winchester Street Clinic 21 Great Winchester Street, London N/A N/A
Jaheed Khan, Consultant Eye Surgeon, Moorfields Eye Hospital Moorfields Private Eye Hospital, 9 Bath Street, London 4.8 29
Dr K Coleman – City Road Medical Centre 190 City Road, London N/A N/A
Amco Capital House, 85 King William Street, London N/A N/A
London Allergy and Immunology Centre @ City Medical Centre 17 Saint Helen’s Place, London N/A N/A
Roodlane Medical part of HCA Healthcare UK – Bank Clinic 80 Cheapside, London 2.6 12
Capital Aesthetics City Clinic The Glass House, 4 Bull’s Head Passage, London 4.3 6
Roodlane Medical 15-17 Eldon Street, London N/A N/A
Heal 1 Fore Street, Moor Lane, London N/A N/A
Cleveland Clinic Moorgate Outpatient Centre 55 Moorgate, London 5 2
DocTap Private GP 14 Austin Friars, London 4.7 131
London Gynaecology, City of London 15 Austin Friars, London 4.9 128
International Well-Being Community 23 Austin Friars, London, Greater London N/A N/A

Post offices of Finsbury (west)

Nearby post offices simplify sending and getting packages. Finsbury (west) branches also offer services like money orders and insurance along with mail services. Here they are along with their proximity to the area.

Post Office Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Houndsditch Post Office 11 White Kennett Street, London 4.2 229
Old Street Post Office 185-187 Old Street, London 3 135
Moorgate Post Office 45 London Wall, London 2.9 426
Greek Shipping Corporation Committee The Baltic Exchange, 38 Saint Mary Axe, London 4 1
Royal Mail Parcel Postbox London 0 0
Royal Mail Parcel Postbox Castle House, Spektrix, 37- 45 Paul Street, London 0 0
Penfold post box London 4 2
BuzĂłn Correos City of London 4.5 2
Postbox 33-35 Gracechurch Street, London 0 0

Tube & Train stations within the region of Finsbury (west)

We assembled the train and tube stations of Finsbury (west) in a convenient table below so you can find the best location for you to live if transport connections are important to you.

Train or tube station name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Liverpool Street Liverpool Street, London 4.3 2641
Moorgate Moorgate, London 3.9 142
Shoreditch High Street Braithwaite Street, London 4.3 135
Liverpool Street Underground Station Underground Ltd, Central, Liverpool Street, London 4.2 330
Old Street London 3.9 375
Barbican Underground Ltd, Aldersgate Street, London 4.3 104
Bank Station Underground Ltd, Bank/Monument Complex, Princes Street, London 3.8 484
St. Paul’s Cheapside, London 4.5 224

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