Visit London Blog » finsbury park Enjoy the very best of London Tue, 13 Oct 2015 14:49:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Spotlight On: Haringey Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:00:38 +0000 The view from Alexandra Palace

The view from Alexandra Palace

Guest post by Jacki Davenport

Haringey is a North London borough of history and contrasts. It’s well worth the 20-minute trip by train, tube or bus. Here are five reasons to visit:

Green Space
More than 25 per cent of Haringey is green space and of all London’s 32 boroughs it has the largest number of parks awarded Green Flag status.

Spend an afternoon rambling in Highgate Wood, then follow the disused-railway-turned-public-space of Parkland Walk down to Finsbury Park; one of the first great London parks laid out in Victorian times and home to a boating lake, playing fields, cafe and extensive children’s adventure playground. Or perhaps try a walk on the wild side and follow the River Lee and explore Tottenham Marshes.

Parkland Walk

Parkland Walk

One of the highest points in Haringey is Alexandra Palace. This birthplace of the BBC has impressive views to the City and is where the world’s first regular high-definition public TV broadcast took place on 2 November 1936. If you don’t like heights, visit one of the lowest lying areas in the east to find out how Markfield Pumping Station solved London’s sanitation problems in 1886.

History buffs will also love Bruce Castle Museum, the earliest mention of which is a visit by Henry VIII in 1516. Nowadays it houses the local history archives, art exhibitions and, if you believe the rumours, a ghost!

Brunch at Haberdashery

Brunch at Haberdashery

Eating and drinking
Try something new in Haringey. The best Turkish food in London is in Green Lanes. Popular choices include Devran, Antepliler and Gokyuzu, which was Trip Advisor’s #2 restaurant in all of London at one point in 2013. If you’d rather grab and go then Yasar Halim has amazing sweet and savoury Turkish pastries.

Around Turnpike Lane you can sample the world on a plate – Polish (Autograf), Mauritian (Le Chamarel), Indian (Jashan) and Japanese in unlikely looking local pub The Fountain.

There’s also loads of cafes dotted along streets and in parks. Downhills Park cafe rates a mention for its superb coffee and homemade brownies, as does Blend. Further west, Crouch End highlights include Haberdashery and Hot Pepper Jelly where you can sample the famous grilled peanut butter, bacon and hot pepper jelly sandwich!

If you’d like a drink with your meal, The Salisbury on Green Lanes offers a gastropub menu and splendid Victorian interiors. On a sunny afternoon try the Ferry Boat Inn or the Beehive. For live entertainment, there’s Jam in a Jar and The Step.

Soup Dragon

Soup Dragon

Shopping malls, high street chains, local boutiques and villagey shopping streets can all be found in Haringey. A few highlights include:

The independent Big Green Bookshop, a hidden gem that offers a small but select range of books, great customer service and activities.

Crouch End has many clothing and gift shops for all ages. We recommend Soup Dragon for a lovely range of traditional wooden toys and colourful kids clothing.

Foodies will have a field day with the Haringey farmers’ markets, but don’t despair if you miss market day! There’s a great selection of local food shops, many still family-owned and run including: Praan (Indian confectionery), Dunn’s (bakery), Walter Purkis (fish and meat), W Martyn (tea and coffee) and particular favourite Cheeses.

Did you know…
The Percys were an aristocratic family who owned large amounts of land in the Tottenham area. The 14th century’s Sir Henry Percy is immortalised in William Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part 1 as “Harry Hotspur” and he’s also recognised in the name of the local football team – Tottenham Hotspur.

Are you a resident or have you visited Haringey recently? What are your highlights? Tell us in the comments below…

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Top 5 Summer Festivals in London Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:32:50 +0000 Summer festivals in London

This season is set to be a summer of fun with these scorching hot festivals. Whether you’re after serious rock in Hyde Park or prefer picnicking at Kew Gardens with Elvis Costello, throwing it about during the dance-off at LoveBox, krooning with Kanye, or dining with the stars of MasterChef at Taste of London, there’s a festival for you this summer in London.  

WHEN: 18-19 July, Victoria Park
WHAT: One of London’s favourite festivals, Lovebox returns to Victoria Park this summer with a fantastic selection of live music, top DJs and fun activities. Headliners M.I.A., Nas, Chase and Status and A$AP Rocky set the tone for gritty, cutting-edge rap and electro.  Catch some hot moves from Breakin’ Convention, Continental Drift’s Circus Re-mix and East London Dance. Get in with a range of experiences on offer:  sparkly makeovers at The Parlour or Miss Lippy Beauty, yoga classes and the legendary Dance-Off.
THE VIBE: Let the good times roll.

Taste of London

Taste of London
WHEN: 19-22 June, Regent’s Park
WHAT: The annual Taste of London festival is a foodie haven with four days of fabulous summer eating, drinking and more. As well as sampling the dishes and meeting the chefs from your favourite London restaurants including Michel Roux Jr and Monica Galleti from MasterChef, avant garde cupcake queen Lili Vanilli and Tom Kerridge from the Hand & Flowers, the festival serves up cooking demos, wine tastings, and innovative cookery how-tos such as sushi making and Champagne appreciation.
THE VIBE: Very tasty indeed.

Black Sabbath

Barclaycard British Summer Time
WHEN: 4-13 July, Hyde Park
WHAT: British Summer Time takes over Hyde Park in Central London for a big week of R.O.C.K. with something for everyone, depending on your taste. Catch metal gods Black Sabbath with Soundgarden and Faith No More on 4 July; The Libertines with the Pogues on 5 July; Neil Young and Crazy Horse on 12 July; and king of crooners Tom Jones with Boyzone and Little Mix on the 13th. Festival faves McBusted also take to the stage this year with the Backstreet Boys on 6 July.
THE VIBE: It’s all about the music.

Wireless Festival. Picture by Andrew Whitton

WHEN: 4-6 July, Finsbury Park
WHAT: This year, the popular Wireless Festival has a new home. Taking up residence in North London’s Finsbury Park, Wireless promises a cool lineup including Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Drake, Rudimental, Bruno Mars and Outkast. With excellent transport links from Finsbury Park station and gates open from midday, Wireless promises three days of smooth tunes for your aural pleasure.
THE VIBE: Kool Kanye comes to North London.

Kew the Music

Kew The Music
WHEN: 16-20 July, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
WHAT: Kew the Music offers up a summer bonanza of music and performance against the beautiful backdrop of Kew Gardens. This year you can catch a coveted solo performance from Elvis Costello, enjoy feel-good favourites Bjorn Again, crowd pleaser Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, 80s megastars Simple Minds and the musical comic stylings of Bill Bailey.
THE VIBE: Laid-back listening in stunning surrounds.

What’s your pick of this summer’s festivals in London? Let us know in the comments below.

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Rage Against The Machine at Finsbury Park Wed, 09 Jun 2010 13:23:45 +0000 On Sunday night Rage Against the Machine played to 40,000 fans at Finsbury Park as a “thank you” for their Christmas No. 1.

It all began last December when a Facebook campaign put Californian band Rage Against the Machine’s song Killing In The Name at the top of the UK single charts, beating X Factor winner Joe McElderry to Christmas number one. It was the first time in five years that a winner from the TV talent show ( as well as producer Simon Cowell) had not enjoyed a Christmas No. 1.

More than 180,000 people applied for tickets to the concert via an online lottery. I was one of the lucky 40,000 winners, but that didn’t stop several hundred ticketless fans scaling the fence.

It was a star-studded list of support bands including punk-veterans Gallows, hip-hop superstar Roots Manuva and gypsy-punks Gogol Bordello, who warmed up the crowd.

The crowd was ferocious when RATM came on stage and the band didn’t disappoint. Their rendition of popular 1992 track Bullet in the Head confirmed the band had lost none of its raw energy.

RATM called Jon and Tracy Morter, the couple who orchestrated the Facebook campaign, on to the stage in order to present a cheque — 100% of the proceeds from the Killing In The Name single were donated to the homeless charity Shelter.

Zach De la Rocha then paid tribute to the British punk tradition with a cover of The Clash‘s White Riot.

Finally the band left the stage before the encore, and the sound system pumped out X Factor winner’s single The Climb, while quotes from the newspapers filled the screens recounting the countdown to the Christmas Number one single sales. The words flashed up: “YOU Made History” as the the band rejoined the stage to play their biggest hit and last song of the night, Killing in the Name, and the crowd went wild.

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Exciting New Space For London Craft Shop The Handweaver’s Studio Fri, 11 Sep 2009 09:35:25 +0000 The Handweaver's Studio, London

If you’re one of London’s fashionable set, you’ll know that it’s quite the thing to sew and knit your own clothes and create couture on a budget. And in fashion tradition, now you’ve got used to the idea, it’s time to raise the stakes – you need to be spinning your own yarn and weaving your own cloth!

The Handweaver’s Studio can help. From bundles of sheep fleece, to cones of dyed silk, this shop meets all your fibre needs. You can buy a spinning wheel or weaving loom and take classes to learn how to use them. Weaving isn’t for hippies, it’s for your own handwoven Chanel-style jacket.

The Handweaver’s Studio has just reopened in Finsbury Park, selling everything a textile fanatic could ever need. The new shop is light and airy with a big space out the back for crafting. The Handweaver’s Studio is under new management but they’ve retained the great stock and best of all, kept all their knowledgeable staff. Happy crafting.

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