Finsbury Park Boats

Visit Finsbury Park Boats at the Boating Lake in Finsbury Park London

Best value boating in London

Easy to get to Tube, Train or Bus

Finsbury Park Boats offer rowing boat hire on the lake, in a wildlife area of the park. Swan and duck feed is available to buy, so you can splash out on the feathered residents as you ride.

History of the Park

The park was landscaped on the northeastern extremity of what was originally a woodland area in the Manor or Prebend of Brownswood. It was part of a large expanse of woodland called Hornsey Wood that was cut further and further back for use as grazing land during the Middle Ages. In the mid-18th century a tea room had opened on the knoll of land on which Finsbury Park is situated. Londoners would travel north to escape the smoke of the capital and enjoy the last remains of the old Hornsey Wood.

Around 1800 the tea rooms were developed into a larger building which became known as the Hornsey Wood House/Tavern. A lake was also built on the top of the knoll with water pumped up from the nearby New River. There was boating, a shooting and archery range, and probably cock fighting and other blood sports. The Hornsey Wood Tavern was destroyed in the process of making the area into a park, but the lake was enlarged.