Finsbury Square is a 0.7-hectare (1.7-acre) square in central London which includes a six-rink grass bowling green. It was developed in 1777 on the site of a previous area of green space to the north of the City of London known as Finsbury Fields, in the parish of St Luke's and near Moorfields. It is sited on the east side of City Road, opposite the east side of Bunhill Fields. It is approximately 200m north of Moorgate station, 300m north-west of Liverpool Street station and 400m south of Old Street station. Nearby locations are Finsbury Circus and Finsbury Pavement. Named after it, but several kilometers away, are Finsbury Park and its eponymous neighbourhood.
Past residents of the square include Pascoe Grenfell Hill, Thomas Southwood Smith and Philip Henry Pye-Smith. It has also been the site of the bookshop of James Lackington and the first home of the rabbinical seminary that became the London School of Jewish Studies (1855–81), of the Greek Orthodox church of Saint Sophia and of the Roman Catholic Church of St Mary Moorfields (1820–1900).
From 1907 to 1914, 39 Finsbury Square was the home of the City of London Yeomanry. The site is now occupied by City Gate House which was designed by Frederick Gould and Giles Gilbert Scott and completed in 1930.
The south side of the square was known as Sodomites Walk in the 18th century and was notorious as a gay cruising area.
10 Finsbury Square is a new 150,000 sq ft office building offering floor plates from 11,400 sq ft to 17,300 sq ft.
Resolution Property is also developing the former Triton Court building at 14 Finsbury Square into Alphabeta - a 220,000 sq ft office block.
The office building at 22-25 Finsbury Square was converted into a five-star hotel with completion in 2016.
Finsbury Square is also the venue for an occasional farmers’ market.
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