A local guide to move in Finsbury

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Wikipedia gives us the quick following overview of the area: “ Finsbury Park is an area in north London, England, which grew up around an important railway interchange near the convergence of the Boroughs of Islington, Haringey and Hackney. “

What kind of things are there to do in the city of Finsbury?

Finsbury is full of life and things to do. We suggest looking at Timeout for their weekly Finsbury 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 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.

In the city of Finsbury, what kind of things are there to do?

What makes the heart of Finsbury? At Cozee we asked ourselves what would define the culture, the vibe of a given area. We have come up with the following elements so whether you are a foodie or a night bird, we got you covered. Check out the different restaurants, pubs and gyms that exist in Finsbury to help you decide as to whether to move there or not.

Are the restaurants in Finsbury any good?

Finsbury has a range of different places to eat. From Chinese, Indian or Italian ones, your area is vibrant with life and if you are a foodie you will surely find what you are looking for here.

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’Entrecôte 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

Gyms to stay in shape in Finsbury

While working from home has increased, so has the frequentation of gyms to help keep in shape. With companies like Better or Pure Gym and others, Finsbury might help you stay in shape. A great feature to have nearby.

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

Pubs

As Londoners, we cherish our local pubs. Finsbury has some great go-to spots. From smaller, more family run chains to larger pubs like WeatherSpoons, there is a pub for everyone in the area.

Pub name Name Address Description
Betsey Trotwood 56 Farringdon Road London EC1R 3BL Formerly the Butchers Arms this Victorian pub is named after the character in David Copperfield. The main bar is at street level with a shabby chic vibe. There are separate function rooms on the first floor and the cellar which host music gigs and comedy nights – see website for details. The rooms are available for hire. Food and bar snacks available until 9pm weekdays. The pub is closed on Sundays
City Pride 28 Farringdon Lane London EC1R 3AU Formerly the White Swan (Charrington), a Toby house bought by Fuller’s and expanded to take on neighbouring premises. Bright and friendly. Function room with dartboard.
Clerk & Well 156 Clerkenwell Road London EC1R 5DU Renamed Clerk & Well in October 2010. Run by the First Restaurant Group who have recently taken over the One Tun in Farringdon. The pub was refurbished and reopened in April 2022. Extensive food menu.
Clerkenwell Tavern 106 Farringdon Road / 2 Exmouth Market London EC1R 4PX Former Watneys pub. Closed c2002 and changed to restaurant c2006. It re-opened as Craft House London in 2021 and as Clerkenwell Tavern in November 2023.. A traditional bar with wooden floorboards and furniture and a variety of plants. 10 taps dispensing keg beer.
Coach 26-28 Ray Street London EC1R 3DJ Victorian pub closed in July 2015 while upstairs is converted to flats. Reopened but has been completely revamped to a modern style. French/British Food. Two cask ales.
Crown Tavern 42 Clerkenwell Green London EC1R 0EG The original 18th-century building included the Apollo Concert Room on the first floor, which is now a bar and function room, while the downstairs bar is divided into a number of attractive drinking areas. Five changing real ales are served, and an extensive a la carte and set menu is available throughout the day, with roasts on Sundays. The beer garden continues out onto the Green, with a view of the Old Sessions House and the Marx Memorial Library.
Eagle 159 Farringdon Road London EC1R 3AL Generally reckoned to be the country’s first gastropub, even though that term did not emerge until several years later. It was opened in January 1991 by Michael Belben and David Eyre, acquiring a former Watney’s pub that was being disposed of after “The Beer Orders”. Belben is still involved in its day-to-day running. It perhaps pioneered the use of mismatched tables and chairs, with panoramic windows and solid ash floor, world music and jazz in the background. The founders of Hackney Brewery were employed here which possibly explains why they provide the regular guest beers. The chef chalks the menu up five minutes before service and dishes come and go all the time in the course of the day. Their website has a live feed, updated at least twice a day! The Eagle Gallery was established by Emma Hill in the old function rooms above the pub and was one of the first alternative gallery spaces that opened in London in the early 1990s.
Green 29 Clerkenwell Green London EC1R 0DU Opened in 2004. It had been a pub a century previously, but it closed in 1920, serving as offices and then as a restaurant. Small and modern inside. Polished wooden floor, green and cream décor, large windows, outside benches. First floor bar, gallery and function room. Important sporting events such as Six Nations are shown on TV. Tasteful background music can be heard. Some picnic benches are located on the pavement outside. The gents (mind your head) is downstairs and ladies upstairs.
Harlequin 27 Arlington Way London EC1R 1UY Look carefully and note many original features. Try celebrity spotting here. All day cheese board. Quiz night Monday.
Horseshoe 24 Clerkenwell Close London EC1R 0AG Former Courage pub on a long standing pub site (since at least 1748). Traditional locals’ house with an emphasis on darts with four dartboards in regular use upstairs. Is now a single bar inside with a counter equipped with 4 hand pumps. Large recently refurbished upstairs function room.
Marian Anderson 28-32 Bowling Green Lane London EC1R 0BJ A large rambling interior in a pub which reopened after refurbishment as the Bowler in 2005. TV sport is very popular here with multiple TV screens. Pub has been acquired a sister pub to the Sekforde and has been renamed as the Marian Anderson, after an American singer and civil rights activist. Eclectic mix of furniture. Real Ale may not always be available.
Sekforde 34 Sekforde Street London EC1R 0HA Formerly a Charrington pub and then a free house and finally in the Young’s pub company stable. The pub is built on land belonging to Thomas Sekforde who died in 1588. The Sekfordes came originally from Suffolk and pub maintained its contacts there in Woodbridge with inter-pub visits. The pub is now privately owned and has been redeveloped. It has a traditional feel, with a separate restaurant downstairs and a function room upstairs.
Shakespeares Head 1 Arlington Way London EC1R 1XA Small immaculate theatre pub just behind Sadler’s Wells.
Three Kings 7 Clerkenwell Close London EC1R 0DY A curved fronted house in Clerkenwell Close – for a while called Kings of Clerkenwell but this has now reverted to Three Kings. One bar with 4 handpumps. Superbly polished linoleum floor. Smaller upstairs function rooms. Limited opening hours at weekends. Rare to see a turntable and vinyl being played here. Fine Mann Crossman and Paulin window. Became a managed Ei Group pub in February 2019. Following refurbishment in 2021 the original tiling on the exterior has been removed and the interior substantially altered.
Wilmington 69 Rosebery Avenue London EC1R 4RL Closed for complete refurbishment in 2013, it re-opened in October of that year when it became part of the Metropolitan Pub Co range of Greene King and serving a more varied cask ale range. Work included reinstating a large glass atrium from the 19th century. prior to this it had been a music pub with live bands. There is a large dining area with an open-plan kitchen and gets very busy at lunchtimes and early evening.

In Finsbury, is there a lot of green space?

Big green spaces cover the UK and London. However, it may be hard to work out just how much green space there is by just looking at a map. Here is a table below that shows you the green space of Finsbury in more detail.

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

What are the range of supermarkets like?

Perhaps one of the most common amenities in Finsbury would be supermarkets. Below, you will be able to tell what type of supermarket there are in Finsbury and what company operates here.

Supermarket/Grocery store name Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Tesco Express 31 Chamberlayne Road, London 3 61
Prewett Supermarket 5, Sidmouth Parade, 5 Sidmouth Road, London 4.8 45
Tesco Express 21-23 Station Terrace, London 2.7 58
Londis 875 Harrow Road, London 4.2 38
London Harrow rd Supermarket London 1032 Harrow Road, London N/A N/A
Euro Supermarket Food And Wine 104-108 College Road, London 4.2 19
Nash Supermarket 2, Kings Parade, Okehampton Road, London 3.3 12
Off License 10 Sidmouth Road, London 3.7 7

Museums & Galleries in the area

Art helps discover an area’s culture. Galleries and museums are great weekend enjoyment and you can find where all the fun is happening by checking out the museum and galleries table for Finsbury below.

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

The amenities you might need in Finsbury

Below is a list of the places you may want to check out if the area of Finsbury. This can really help you out when you are moving to an area or neighbourhood.

Post offices in the area of Finsbury

Want to send and receive parcels easily? There is no better way to do that than having a post office nearby. Not only do they provide post services but post office in Finsbury can provide a wide range of services such as: sending money or subscribing post insurance. Here is the list of post offices in your next 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
Buzón Correos City of London 4.5 2
Postbox 33-35 Gracechurch Street, London 0 0

Health amenities that are in Finsbury

Finsbury 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

What schools are in the area of Finsbury?

Having a nearby school is a plus when moving. Below are schools located by Finsbury. This table is especially important to pay attention to if you are trying to find a place for your child to learn in the next few years.

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

Tube & Train stations in and around Finsbury

Most prefer transit within a 10-15 minute walk and if there aren’t public connections nearby then this could be something that takes down the price of property or can even deter people from moving in to Finsbury entirely. Here is a table below so you can see where these connections are for yourself.

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

What else is close by?

Whenever you’re not sure about if you want to move into an area for sure, making sure that you have considered your other options is important to confirm a decision or perhaps sway you in another direction. Find some other nearby regions to help you make a decision about Finsbury.

Neighbourhood name Link to our guide
Bermondsey See the guide here
Newington See the guide here
Southwark See the guide here
South Bank See the guide here
Wapping See the guide here
Whitehall See the guide here
Horton See the guide here
Moorfields Eye Hospital See the guide here
Tower of London See the guide here
Bankside See the guide here
Charing Cross See the guide here
Tower Hill See the guide here
Monument See the guide here
Billingsgate See the guide here
Leicester Square See the guide here
Temple See the guide here
Covent Garden See the guide here
Portsoken See the guide here
Chinatown See the guide here
Blackfriars See the guide here
Cannon Street See the guide here
Lombard Street See the guide here
Aldwych See the guide here
Aldgate See the guide here
Soho (south east) See the guide here
Soho (north west) See the guide here
Royal Exchange See the guide here
St Paul’s See the guide here
Bank of England See the guide here
Brompton See the guide here
Shadwell See the guide here
Whitechapel See the guide here
Soho Square See the guide here
Fetter Lane See the guide here
Bishopsgate See the guide here
New Oxford Street See the guide here
Liverpool Street See the guide here
St Bartholomew’s Hospital See the guide here
High Holborn See the guide here
Broadgate See the guide here
Barbican See the guide here
Spitalfields See the guide here
Hatton Garden See the guide here
Finsbury (west) See the guide here
Chenies See the guide here
Fitzrovia See the guide here
Farringdon See the guide here
Great Ormond Street Hospital See the guide here
Bloomsbury See the guide here
Stepney See the guide here
Shoreditch See the guide here
Bunhill Fields See the guide here
University College London See the guide here
St Luke’s See the guide here
Finsbury Estate See the guide here
St Pancras See the guide here
Clerkenwell See the guide here
Euston See the guide here
Somers Town See the guide here
Hoxton See the guide here
Cambridge Heath See the guide here
Bethnal Green See the guide here
Kings Cross See the guide here
South Hackney See the guide here
Haggerston See the guide here
De Beauvoir Town See the guide here
Islington See the guide here
Barnsbury See the guide here
London Fields See the guide here
Canonbury See the guide here
Dalston See the guide here
Highbury Fields See the guide here
Newington Green See the guide here
Bermondsey See the guide here
Newington See the guide here
Southwark See the guide here
South Bank See the guide here
Wapping See the guide here
Whitehall See the guide here
Horton See the guide here
Moorfields Eye Hospital See the guide here
Tower of London See the guide here
Bankside See the guide here
Charing Cross See the guide here
Tower Hill See the guide here
Monument See the guide here
Billingsgate See the guide here
Leicester Square See the guide here
Temple See the guide here
Covent Garden See the guide here
Portsoken See the guide here
Chinatown See the guide here

Have you planned to buy or sell a property here? Make sure you check out our property prices guides and analysis before you decide to buy or sell.

Postcode area Link to our property price guide
EC1R See our property price guide for EC1R
EC1V See our property price guide for EC1V

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