Author: Julie, 21/07/2016
Stroud Green is the name of a suburb located adjacent to Finsbury Park in north London. On its south-western side the Stroud Green Road forms part of the boundary with the London Borough of Islington. Thus, the adjacent areas of Islington are sometimes referred to as Stroud Green.
In 1407 the area was called Strode, which is formed from the Old English ‘stōd’ and means ‘marshy ground covered with brushwood’. It is recorded as Stowde Grene in 1546, the ‘grene’ suffix is Middle English and means ‘village green’.
Stroud Green Road has an array of shops stretching the length of the road. Most of the shops, however, are independent, with Time Out describing the range of shops as “impressive” and giving a sense of “how international the district is”. The wide selection of restaurants on Stroud Green Road range from Indian and Chinese to the Mauritian and Caribbean. The street is home to the original branch of Italian-owned North London pizza restaurant chain La Porchetta, as well as several bars and pubs. One unusual feature is perhaps the large cluster of wig shops at the Finsbury Park end of the road, where there is also a bowling alley and a cycle park, opposite the station.
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