London Area Guides
Finsbury Area Guide
Our area guide to Finsbury gives you a quick overview of the neighbourhood from its properties, public parks, local schools, council tax, public transport links to shopping and going out.
Postcodes covered by this area guide include EC1R, EC1V
Traditionally much of the EC1 area that covers Finsbury was dominated by commercial and industrial use. Nowadays most of the industry has gone and the area is given over to residential use
Property Types & Architecture
Most of the houses in this area are on the borders of Finsbury and Islington. The majority of housing in other parts of EC1 are apartments and converted lofts.
Shopping & Entertainment
Sitting just north of the City in the borough of Islington, The area is within a short distance of several shopping areas including Upper Street and Exmouth Market and the larger shopping areas of Angel and Moorgate. The area is home to several nightclubs, lots of lively wine bars and restaurants, with some of the more old-fashioned pubs still thriving.
Parks & Commons
There are few open spaces but several of the garden squares in the Finsbury area are open to the public. Finsbury Square is a pleasant area with a bowling green, rose beds and floral displays.
Who lives here?
Likely those looking for a city pad and to be in the heart of the action. Well-connected by tube so attracts commuters working in many parts of London but it's an expensive area so attracts mainly professionals.
Guide to Finsbury transport links
Old Street (Zone 1)
Finsbury Local Authorities
Finsbury is represented by Islington Council which holds the responsibility for delivering services in your area.
The council is responsible for all council services and duties, which include Social Services, housing, education and planning. If you’ve a specific question for this council, please visit their website to get contact details for key departments.
Finsbury Council Tax Rates
Council Tax is worked out by your local council who sets the Council Tax rates for each year. Your property postcode will determine which council you will need to pay. There are currently 1 councils covering the Finsbury area.
Council tax rates for each Local Authority
How much will I have to pay?
Each year, every local authority will set a rate of council tax for each valuation band. The amount you have to pay depends on the value of your property and the current rates for your local council. Not everyone will have to pay the full amount of council tax. There are three ways in which your council tax bill may be reduced.
Reductions in council tax
- Reduction scheme for disabled people
- Discounts (i.e. If only one person lives in a property they will get a 25% discount on the council tax bill)
- Council tax benefit and second adult rebate
Learn more about council tax at HM Revenue & Customs
Schools in Finsbury & Exam Results
Schools in Finsbury fall under the Islington Local Education Authority. Below is a comprehensive list of public schools in Finsbury by type, together with full school details and the latest exam results.
Local schools within Finsbury
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