Finsbury Park, London
Finsbury Park is an area on the northern edge of Inner London, England, which grew up around an important railway interchange near the borders of the Boroughs of Islington, Haringey and Hackney. It is not to be confused with Finsbury, which is 3.3 miles (5.3 km) farther south, although in some local contexts the name is shortened in this way. In June 2017 a terrorist attack against the Muslim Welfare House drew national and international attention.
|Finsbury Park shown within Greater London|
|Population||14,358 (2011 Census. Ward)|
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|Ceremonial county||Greater London|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
The surrounding area has a cosmopolitan feel, as reflected by the wide variety of shops and establishments on Seven Sisters Road, Blackstock Road and Stroud Green Road. The North London Central Mosque (formerly the Finsbury Park Mosque), which drew attention for extremist activity before a change in leadership in 2003, is located here. Arsenal Football Club's Emirates Stadium is nearby.
As with nearby Archway, Finsbury Park is home to a significant Irish community, and has hosted the London Fleadh/London Feis on multiple occasions. The area has been settled by various immigrant groups in different periods, such as Caribbeans in the 1940s to 1960s, Cypriots in the 1950s to 1970s, and Somalis in the 1980s and 1990s.
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- Lead singer of the Sex Pistols and Public Image Limited John Lydon, also known by the former stage name Johnny Rotten, was born in Finsbury Park.
- Musician Graham Bond (1937-1974), a key figure in the English rhythm and blues boom of the 1960s, died at Finsbury Park station on 8 May 1974.
- Actresses Margaret Barton, Kate Beckinsale, Minnie Driver, Emily Mortimer, Lily Loveless, Naomie Harris and Peta Toppano were born in Finsbury Park.
- Politician John Grant (1932-2000) was born in Finsbury Park.
- Photojournalist Don McCullin was born in Finsbury Park.
- Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party leader and MP for Islington North, lives in Finsbury Park.
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