Coming straight outta Clapton, Yard Sale Pizza now have a joint in Finsbury Park. Bringing all their classic pizza's including the Holy Pepperoni and the ‘TSB’ with tender stem broccoli, parmesan, pine nuts, garlic & olive oil, along with a series of rotating specials, you won't KNEAD to go anywhere else. Not only are they throwing out the usual pizza, sides, salads, Nonna's Gelato and THAT famous cheese & marmite garlic bread, but the site also plays host to collab with Five Points Brewery. So expect some new additions to the menu including ‘The Mullered Mushroom’: portobello & oyster mushrooms braised in Five Points porter; pale ale onion chutney, ricotta, fior di latte mozzarella, thyme and golden promise malt grain AND Five Points Porter & Chocolate Ripple gelato from Nonna’s. You better go there soon if you want a pizz'a the action.
54 Blackstock Road, N4 2DW
Popular Vietnamese joint Salvation in Noodles has opened up a second site, even further North than the first in Dalston, all the way up in Finsbury Park. The laid back noodle joint features a similar Vietnamese menu to Dalston only with some additional dishes to boot.
We kicked things off with the crispy Phu Quoc chicken wings coated in a sticky fish sauce and the tasty Vietnamese dumplings. We followed things up with a HUGE bowl of Bun Bo Hue, that's a spicy, sour noodle soup and our favourite dish on the menu, the Bun Nem Nuong with soft pork patties.
For a fast, fresh and tasty dinner Salvation in Noodles is always a good option...
2 Blackstock Road, Finsbury Park, N4 2DL
Some parts of Finsbury Park can be pretty bleak looking, so why not get a breath of fresh air and take a stroll around the park that gives the area it's name. It's really quite big, (110 acres in fact) which is what makes it such a popular venue for several of the city's festivals, including Wireless and Hospitality in the Park. Not a fan? Well there are loads of other things to do, including a boating lake, bowling green and unusually, baseball and American football fields. Go figure...
Endymion Rd, N4 1EE
Is it an Irish pub filled with knick knacks and rugby memorabilia? Is it a floral paradise? Is it both? We will let you check it out yourself and decide. Making the most of the small outside space, the team behind the Faltering Fullback have transformed the beer garden into a multi-leveled jungle, completely taken over (especially in the summer) by plants. Obviously you are going to go for the selfies, but what about the food and drink? Well, luckily their eating and drinking game is just as good as their mad gardening skillz: they serve up a good selection of your usual suspects from behind the bar and good quality Thai food from the kitchen.
19 Perth Rd, N4 3HB
It's not hard to put two and two together and work out that back in the day, this pub was originally used as a creamery. However, from the white stuff to the hard stuff, this great little pub serves up at least 5 cask ales and an exhaustive list of wines. Obviously you'll need something to mop up all that alcohol, so it's a good job they also serve a refined menu of pub-grub classics. What are you waiting for? Get a moo-ve on and get down to The Old Dairy.
1-3 Crouch Hill, Crouch Hill, N4 4AP
Clissold Park is home a huge variety of animals - in fact, they've kept animals in the park for over 100 years! On your travels, you can see deer, exotic birds, goats and chickens, all for free. If that's not enough to keep you occupied, there are also ponds, tennis courts and paddling pools to name but a few of the attractions. It may not be one of the best known parks in the area, but it's certainly the most interesting.
Green Lanes, N16 9HJ
Voted London's Best Conservation Area in 2015, this 2.8 hectare nature reserve is home to 244 species of plants, 94 species of birds and 24 types of butterflies. Offering education on sustainable living, gardening and wildlife, there is something for everything to learn. On Sundays, there is also a cafe, open 11am-5pm.
191 Drayton Park, N5 1PH
This 4.5 mile stretch between Finsbury Park and Alexandra Palace is a local nature reserve and passes through some of the greenest areas in London. It follows the route of an old railway line, that whilst mostly demolished, parts of which can still be seen through the trees. Now overgrown with plant life, the walk is great way to spend an afternoon!
Florence Road, N4 3EY
The next Tesco Express, this really isn't. What it does do is a selection of locally sourced, organic and fair trade products. Bread, beer, meat, veg, vegan food... you name it, they've got it. Oh, and they also have a old and vintage vinyl records corner. Because why not.
581c Green Lanes, N8 0RG
Celebrating the best food, drink and coffee of the United Kingdom and the Commonweatlh is Blighty Coffee. Expect a best of British vibe to the food, with dishes named after ex-territories or regions of Britain. Set over two levels and is packed with Blighty memorabilia, regularly hosting events such as life drawing and yoga.
35-37 Blackstock Rd, N4 2JF
Converted in 2013 from a miserable office block into a state-of-the-art performing space, the Park Theatre is more than just your average neighbourhood theatre. With support and endorsement from huge-name actors such as Sir Ian Mckellen and the late Alan Rickman, it aims to take on the world, providing affordable theatre for everyone, that is still of the highest quality and with some of the biggest name actors of the stage. It also offers several courses, designed to engage the diverse local community and include those of any age or ability. There is also a bar on site that serves a variety of drinks, as well as some food.
Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, N4 3JP
Just cos you're out late at night doesn't mean you have to be sat in some dingy bar or sleazy club. No, you could be out polishing your balls and hitting the lanes at Rowan's Bowling. The old school 10 pin bowling alley is open till 2.30am with balls galore, karaoke and DJ's.
10 Stroud Green Rd, N4 2DF