- Stroud Green Road
Stroud Green Road is in north
London, forming part of the boundary between the London Borough of Islingtonon its southern side and the London Borough of Haringeyon the northern side. (Grid reference: mmukscaled|TQ311871|10|TQ 311 871.) It is not widely known outside its local area, despite its twin roles as a populous thoroughfare linking the area of Crouch Hillwith the major north London transport interchange of Finsbury Park station, and as the main local hub and shopping area for residents of the ill-defined area of Stroud Green itself.
There is an array of shops stretching the length of the road, including two supermarkets (
Tesco Metroand the independent Woody's). Most of the shops are independent, and the choice of shops is described as "impressive" by Time OutLamont T. (ed): "London for Londoners", pp. 86-88. Time Out, 2006 ] . The most unusual feature is perhaps the large cluster of wig shops at the Finsbury Parkend of the road.
The wide selection of restaurants on Stroud Green Road range from the standard Indian and Chinese to the more exotic
Mauritianand Caribbean. Probably most notably, the street is home to the original branch of Italian-owned North London pizzarestaurant chain "La Porchetta". There is also a smattering of bars which vary considerably in atmosphere and typical clientele.
Finsbury Parkend of the road is a bowling alley Rowans, and [http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/cycling/978.aspx Finsbury Park Cycle Park] (opened in 2006).
The street is lined, in parts, by trees. Stroud Green Road can become a considerably noisy and convivial place when the crowds spill out from
Arsenal FC's Emirates Stadiumor a popular musicconcert in Finsbury Park, both nearby.
Finsbury Park stationend of the road, like the rest of the surroundings of the station, is markedly more run-down, blighted environmentally by parallel low railway bridges bringing the mass of overground lines into Finsbury Park station, and an ill-matched assortment of low-rise commercial buildings.
In the summer, despite being in the heart of inner north London, the locals call this strip of road "The Stroud Green Riviera", and even by the standards of London the road is frequented by a striking mix of races, cultures and classes -
Time Outcomments that "you only need to look at the local shops to sense how international the district is".
The street runs north from the transport hub of
Finsbury Park, and stops just short just 150 yards south of Crouch Hill railway stationon the Gospel Oak to Barking line. London bus routes W3, W7, and 210 run the length of Stroud Green Road, terminating at Finsbury Park. The low railway bridge of the Great Northern Electric Railway at Finsbury Parksevers the possibility of running bus routes directly from areas north of Finsbury Park such as Stroud Green Road directly into central London.
*Part of nearby Crouch Hill (adjoining the north end of Stroud Green Road) was used as a location for
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's film 28 Weeks Later
Ho Chi Minh
It is reported that
Ho Chi Minhlived on Stroud Green Road while recruiting for his cause, and sometimes working as a ship's cook Fact|date=February 2007.
Apprently Johnny Rotten (
Sex Pistols) lived here in his childhood between the ages of 7 & 11.Fact|date=February 2007
* [http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/SGRA The Stroud Green Residents' Association has its own Yahoo Group] . Was live March 2008.
* [http://www.stroudgreen.org/?Page=welcome_page stroudgreen.org is an on-line community forum and notice board for Stroud Green] . Was live March 2008.
* [http://www.flickr.com/groups/662364@N20/ Stroud Green has a Flickr group, to share local images] . Was live March 2008.
* [http://www.holytrinitystroudgreen.org.uk/ Holy Trinity] , Stroud Green's Anglican parish. Was live March 2008
* [http://www.stpeterinchains.com/ St Peter-in-Chains] Stroud Green's Catholic parish. Was live March 2008
The wider local area
* [http://finsburypark.wordpress.com/ A blog for Finsbury Park N4 - Aggregator of N4 community information, park activities and events] . . Was live March 2008.
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