London Guide: Ten Things To Do In Stroud Green N4. As you may know, I lived in Finsbury Park for many years. The best shopping, drinking and eating street has to be Stroud Green Road. If you’re looking for the best restaurants in Finsbury Park or shops in N4, you should read my Ten Things To Do In Stroud Green N4 list.
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Ten Things To Do In Stroud Green N4
10 Things To Do In Stroud Green N4 List
1. Find fabulous vintage furniture, lighting and home accessories at MoseyHome
2. Seek out the perfect card and gift at the delightful Pretty Shiny Shop
3. Buy delectable delicatessen delights for your supper from The Deli at 80
4. Treat yourself to a glass of vino after work at Oak N4
5. Hang out in the arty garden at Common Ground Coffee Shop and Eatery
6. Eat what you’re given at the no-nonsense Hodge Podge restaurant
7. Buy something delicious from the Stroud Green Sunday Market
8. Stock up on organic fruit and veg from one of the grocers and health food stores
9. Book a crafted scissor haircut or beard trim at Em’s Barbershop
10. Browse the specialist African and Caribbean Literature at New Beacon Books
Ten Things To Do In Stroud Green N4 Details
MoseyHome Shop: This curated store is filled with an eclectic mix of old and new furniture, lighting, artwork plus home accessories. Discover mid-century modern classics, vintage finds and cool contemporary pieces. Mary le Comte, a former V&A Events and Programmes Manager, is the proud owner of MoseyHome. She scours the UK for the best mid-century and vintage gems. Sideboards will be restored, chairs re-upholstered and objects up-cycled as part of Mary’s sustainability initiative. New products include recycled glass vases and table lamps. You can now get your favourite artwork framed in-store as well. You can hire Mary to style your home, commission her to source objects or borrow products for photoshoots.
MoseyHome: 28 Stroud Green Road
Pretty Shiny Shop: This super cute independent gift shop is brimming with pretty, shiny things. The owner selects her stock with the local customers in mind who are young families and students, so affordability and desirability are paramount as is usefulness. You’ll find a carefully curated collection of greeting cards which are mainly from UK makers. They’ve been nominated for Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer in London! The jewellery choice is extensive covering fashion, quirky and classic designs from necklaces to bracelets and earrings. These are reasonably priced with sterling silver studs for £5 and nothing exceeding £50. The gorgeous gift collection comprises of their own scented candles plus essential oil soaps and fragrant diffusers. The homeware items include cheerfully patterned tea towels, thermal travel cups and witty slogan mugs. Check out the beautiful bags which look like real leather but are actually vegan. This really is a one-stop-shop for special occasion gift buying.
Pretty Shiny Shop: 67 Stroud Green Road
The Deli at 80: If you want to buy French artisan cheese, freshly baked bread (Bread by Bike / Boulangerie Jade) and delectable deli delights pop into number 80. You can perch yourself on a stool and tuck into a freshly made sandwich, savoury, croissant or cake while you sip a cup of Caravan coffee. Afterwards, you should browse the shelves for something delicious to take home. On a sunny day treat yourself to an organic ice lolly or chilled soft drink. This deli will give you a discount if you refill your olive oil or wine in-store. Take along your own coffee cup and you’ll get a 10p discount. The shop is a drop-off point for Crop Drop fruit and veg and Soleshare which is a fish box scheme.
The Deli at 80: 80 Stroud Green Road
Oak N4: If you believe you deserve a glass of wine after a hard day at work, this is the place for you. Oak N4 is ideally located across the road from Finsbury Park Station so you don’t have to walk far when you get off the tube, train or bus. You can pop in and sip wine by the glass (from a choice of 30) or share a bottle with friends. Why not stay for a platter of cheese, charcuterie or a vegan selection? Wines are from small and interesting suppliers which you won’t find in the supermarket. This covers sparkling wine to white, pink, red and organic varieties based on quality and value for money. If you don’t have time to sit down, you can always pick up a bottle to take home with you. Having said that, you might want to stay for a while because this place is spacious inside and thoughtfully decked out with reclaimed materials. The team is super helpful and can guide you through the curated wine collection. If you want to discover more about wine and food pairings sign up for their wine tasting sessions. To celebrate, you can hire out this venue and drink wine with your fabulous friends.
Oak N4: 5-7 Wells Terrace
Common Ground Coffee Shop and Eatery: Hang out at this independent coffee shop and try the delicious Dark Arts Coffee. Set inside a former Butcher’s shop, you won’t find any meat on the menu, it’s totally veggie. The food is inspired by Melbourne cafes which serve an eclectic range of delicious dishes rather than a focus on one particular cuisine. Lucy Jones, the owner of Common Ground, spent time in Melbourne and loved this feel-good brunch vibe. Try the weekend menu which features Red Lentil and Sweet Potato Dahl or Smashed Avocado with Fresh Chill and Lime. The waffles are a big hit, varieties include Ranchero, Royale and Mary Berry. If you’re lucky you might get to try the Water Kefir which Lucy makes. If it’s a sunny day you should head out to the backyard which is a wonderful space to relax. Take a good look around at the mural walls, metalwork hanging baskets and the art pieces dotted around which Lucy has got local creatives and her mum involved with. This is a community focussed and friendly place to visit – perfect if you are on your own, with friends or your kids. There is a no-screen policy at the weekends and it’s a cash-free establishment.
Common Ground Coffee Shop and Eatery: 49 Stroud Green Road
Hodge Podge (and Stroud Green Road Restaurants): Hodgepodge is one of the new restaurants at the end of the road which serves classic British dishes. You eat what you are given from a concise menu, think Pork and Pease Pudding and Jelly with Ice Cream.
Hodge Podge Restaurant: 4 Crouch Hill
You can sample any cuisine your heart desires along Stroud Green Road. There are so many restaurants here, so I’m just going to mention a few of the ones I have eaten at. Enjoy the best Vietnamese Pho at Q&T. Try Thai at Cats Cafe des Artistes or Granary. Mix Korean and Japanese cuisines at Dotori. Select an array of Asian dishes at Itto. For reasonably priced Vegetarian Indian food head to Jai Krishna. Treat yourself to a Nepalese curry at Yak and Yetti. Petek is perfect for sharing Middle Eastern dishes. For pizza pick Pappa Pappagone. For tapas try La Fabrica. Tuck into a Sunday roast at The Old Dairy Pub or The White Lion.
Q & T Vietnamese: 57 Stroud Green Road
Stroud Green Market: A favourite with the locals, this Farmers Market is held on Sundays from 10 am until 2.30 pm. You will find a mix of food grown on English Farms such as fruit and veg plus meat from naturally reared animals and unpasteurised milk. There will also be local home-made food such as bread, pies, quiches, sausage rolls, tarts and cakes. Specialities include honey, preserves, pickles and kimchi. Cheeses, cured meats and wines sourced from producers and sold by experts are available. Hot food (toasties) and drinks using locally sourced ingredients are perfect to try at the market. Activities include bicycle servicing, live music and workshops for children. The market is hosted at Stroud Green School which has a covered café and playground.
Stroud Green Market: Stroud Green School (Ennis Road)
Grocers and Health Food Stores: This street has some excellent grocery stores and health food shops selling fresh fruit and veg plus niche organic products. It’s a great place to buy interesting veg such as yams and plantain from the independent grocery shops. Two of my favourites are Green and Glory at 73 Stroud Green Road and Urban Native Organic and Wholefoods at 188 Stroud Green Road.
Green and Glory: 73 Stroud Green Road
Em’s Barbershop: Em Miltello comes from a family of Italian hairdressers. At his own barbershop Em offers quality haircuts combining scissor cutting techniques with modern shaves. Whether you want a cut and wash, dry cut, total re-style, your head shaved, or your beard tidied up, they can accommodate you.
Em’s Barbershop: 192 Stroud Green Road
New Beacon Books: This bookseller specialises in works from the Caribbean, Black British, African and African American. It was founded in 1966 by John La Rose and Sarah White. It was the first black publisher book shop in the UK. The collection includes fiction, non-fiction and children’s books. You’ll find everything from poetry to history. It is also a publishing house with a credible reputation. This bookshop is a real gem which has been crowdfunded to keep it going for future generations. Show your support by visiting the shop at Stroud Green Road and buying a book.
New Beacon Books: 76 Stroud Green Road
Ten Things To Do In Stroud Green N4 Information
Stroud Green Road is very close to Finsbury Park train station, tube station and the bus depot. It’s located in North London (N4) in the borough of Haringey. Close by is Finsbury Park, a large green space with a boating lake and children’s play area. In between the Park and Stroud Green Road you can access the Parkland Walk which is a nature reserve along a disused rail line, read my Parkland Walk North London Nature Reserve article for more information.
Crisis Charity Shop: 19 Stroud Green Road
The area by the station is currently being developed with a shopping area and apartment blocks, this is called City North. The Park Theatre is well worth checking out which hosts interesting plays, it also has a bar and cafe. Pop into Rowans if you fancy your luck at ten pin bowling. For cost-effective fashion, find the Crisis charity shop, they have the best-dressed windows ever! If you want to buy or rent a home in the area try Davies & Davies Estate Agents, they actually sold my property for me.
Enjoy your visit to this buzzy, lively and urban area of North London. It’s full of independent shops, cafes and eateries, many of which have a focus on sustainability. For more photographs of the area view my Love Finsbury Park London Pinterest Board.
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: All photographs by Homegirl London except the Em’s Barbershop photograph Disclosure: This is a Sponsored Post/Advertising.
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