Manor House first opened on 19th September 1932 as the first station heading northwards on the Piccadilly Line’s extension to Arnos Grove. It was named after a nearby pub rather than any local grand houses. Its another fine Charles Holden station, although most of what you’ll find of interest comes below ground. There are nice little touches in the shape of the decorative grilles above the roundels at platform level, depicting rural scenes at Finsbury Park itself and designed by Harold Stabler. I also like the ceiling of the subterranean ticket hall, all the spirals feel very ’70s sci-fi to me! There is also a heritage display in the centre of the ticket hall too.
This is a station with many exits so make sure you have a clear idea of where you’re going before you decide to meet someone here!
The Pub: The Finsbury, 336 Green Lanes, N4 4BY
To find The Finsbury, make sure you exit the tube station onto the Green Lanes exit opposite the park. You will then find The Finsbury on the junction with Woodberry Grove – its a large building so you won’t miss it!
Inside its feels very spacious with its stripped back interior and exposed brick work. The big open windows also help it feel very open. It’s very much a live music pub with posters adorning the walls of the various bands who have played or will be playing at the venue upstairs. There are also more eclectic items such as some antlers and vintage newspapers stuck to the wall near the doors. As well as music, they also often have comedy gigs in their upstairs venue. The pub is open till 2am on Friday and Saturday nights so no need to head home early from here.
Beer wise, there were a few ales available on tap including Doombar, Black Sheep and Greene King’s IPA. It doesn’t do any food but you are on Green Lanes so if you’re feeling peckish, plenty of great kebab houses up the road. According to their website, food will be available soon though.
The Finsbury has a pretty sizeable front garden, this was packed on the sunny Thursday evening we popped by so we just managed to get a seat. Its quite green as there are lots of plants in between the seats. Due to the lovely weather, the inside was pretty much deserted as you’ll see from the photos.
The Finsbury is a good solid pub and a great sun trap in the summer. A nice spot for a pint and excellently located right by the tube station and park!