The neighbourhood of Finsbury Park is a vibrant and cosmopolitan community full of life with affordable homes, lots of green space and superb transport links. Finsbury Park is fairly central and so if you’d like a home-from-home in the bustle of the big city, a homestay in this neighbourhood could be ideal for you.

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Where is Finsbury Park located?

Finsbury Park sits within the London borough of Haringey, along the borders of the boroughs of Islington and Hackney. This district sits with Brownswood Park to the north, Stoke Newington to the east, Lower Holloway to the south and Tufnell Park to the west. The area is slightly north and sits within the postcode area of N4.

What’s the typical accommodation type in Finsbury Park?

Finsbury Park is largely residential with a small commercial area and large green spaces. There are a few estates of housing throughout the neighbourhood, but the majority of properties here are the typical London Victorian terraced townhouses you’ll find lining streets throughout the capital. Around the park itself, you’ll find some new build apartments and blocks of pricey flats, but the rest of the area is still fairly reasonably priced – especially when you consider how central and well-connected Finsbury Park is.

How safe is Finsbury Park?

Things have improved greatly over the last few years and crime here now is no greater or more prevalent than anywhere else in the capital. The area is especially busy when Arsenal play at home, but otherwise doesn’t play host to too many tourists and is largely just full of those who live there.

What type of people live in Finsbury Park?

Finsbury Park is a diverse neighbourhood and is home to a large Irish community (it often hosts the London Fleagh) and a Muslim community who attend the North London Central Mosque. Finsbury Park’s affordable housing means that you’ll find lots of families and young professionals residing here, too.

Famous residents of Finsbury Park include Sex Pistols singer John Lydon, Jeremy Corbyn, Kate Beckinsale and Minnie Driver!

What transport links does Finsbury Park offer?

Finsbury Park stations is quite the transport hub for Zone 2, covering the Piccadilly and Victoria Lines, and is often very busy. The National Rail station offers a range of services to locations including Moorgate, Kings Cross, and a little further afield, Welwyn Garden City. The two stations mean there’s a high number of bus routes throughout the area as well as night bus services.

It’s also really easy to get hold of a cab or private transport option, but there’s no Santander Cycles here. Instead you’ll find yellow ofo bikes; dock-less cycles that can be unlocked via a smartphone app and hired for up to 50p per thirty minutes.

finsbury park in autumnWhat is there to do in Finsbury Park?

Despite being largely residential, Finsbury Park isn’t quiet enough to warrant you having to visit elsewhere to find things to do with your spare time while in London. Try out the following – and consider taking your homestay hosts along for some extra fun and time together!

Stretch out in the summer

Drop-in yoga classes take place on the grass of Finsbury Park throughout warmer weather and are open to all. You don’t normally need to book these in advance and can find more information on times, styles and prices online. Even if you’re not a yoga enthusiast normally, try it out: a nice stretch can set you up for the whole day, and you’ll be able to reward yourself with a well-earnt big slice of cake afterward! There’s other sports and groups taking place in the park year-round, so look up what’s on before you leave the house.

Tour the Emirates Stadium

Even if you’re not an Arsenal fan, the tour of the Emirates Stadium is well worth doing to view football memorabilia and to learn more on the history of the club. This isn’t recommended on a matchday, as the whole area will be crammed with fans both home and away, but otherwise is a great way to spend a couple of hours.

Go bowling!

Rowan’s Tenpin Bowling is a 1980s-style bowling and leisure centre. Split over two floors with 24 lanes, 19 pool tables and a whole host of arcade games and lots of TV screens showing the latest sports matches. It’s child-friendly and serves food, so you can easily lose a whole weekend playing, eating and chatting at this classic attraction.

Homestay in Finsbury Park

If you are an international student, intern or professional looking for homestay (“host family”) accommodation in Finsbury Park or close by, we would love to hear from you.  Similarly, if you have a spare room in your Finsbury Park home and are interested in hosting international students, please do get in touch with us.