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The Old Refreshment Room by Finsbury Park lake

This is the old refreshment room (now long gone) by the lake. I'd just bought a new Minolta camera so took this photo of the student making some drawings and luckily got the building in.

As a kid we'd get a glass of Tizer for a penny. If we had real pocket-money - an ice cream between two wafers!

The double railing was to guide the queue for the rowing boats.

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Albums: Historical Images of Harringay's Finsbury Park

Comment by Hugh on April 23, 2016 at 17:36

Thanks for this Roy. I'd never seen that before.

Comment by StephenBln on April 23, 2016 at 18:32

Yes, It was bit like a railway station cafeteria .. No railway conection tho'.

Comment by Roy aka Smiffy on April 25, 2016 at 18:59

Most parks seem to have had a miniature railway at some some or other - was there ever a miniature railway in Finsbury Park?

I remember the miniature village being installed. Any info on that?

To us kids the cafe, or should that be refreshment room, was the focal point of the park and very grand. Wish I could find more pictures of it.

Comment by Maddy on April 28, 2016 at 16:54

It looks lovely!

Comment by Christine Killick on April 29, 2016 at 16:19

I can remember the cafe.  The miniature village was by the main gate in Seven Sisters Road.  Is it still there? 

Comment by Teresa Wilson on February 5, 2017 at 18:24

I remember the miniature village. 

Comment by Joe H on September 12, 2017 at 0:29
Does anyone know when it was demolished? I was born in 1965 and I'm almost certain I was taken there for ice cream as a small child, but I don't remember it being there by the time I was speeding my Raleigh "Chico" around the park by about 1973.

I remember it as being large, all wooden, painted a greeny-blue, and a very welcoming space inside, but this could all be fantasy. Still, I wish there were something like it there now, not like the present monstrosity.
Comment by Grand Parader on June 22, 2020 at 10:09

Joe - it was still there in 68. This is according to my dad's exam drawings for landscaping that are pasted to the wall of our flat as a memory of him. The parks been used like nothing in decades since corona - fantastic to see it being enjoyed so much.

Comment by Hugh on June 22, 2020 at 10:20

That's a great map, GP. I assume it records what was there along with your dad's design ideas? Is it simple to separate the two?

Comment by andrew simmonds on October 12, 2020 at 11:20

I used to go fishing in Finsbury park, never caught a thing.

Dad had taught me a bit about it and Mum used to encourage me to get up there and bring home a whopper for tea.

I think they knew there were no fish there but it got rid of me for a few hours in  the school holidays. I still loved it up there though.

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