Finsbury Park station opened in 1861 as part of the Great Northern Railway and, following a long and complicated history of many train lines and companies, is now one of North London's busiest transport interchanges, with rail services meeting the London Underground and two interconnected bus stations. Current services include those from King's Cross and Moorgate to Welwyn Garden City, Peterborough and Cambridge. Finsbury Park is also one of the closest stations to Arsenal's Emirates Stadium, and so can be incredibly busy on match days, with an Arsenal club shop located just outside the station. Also outside the station building is the bustling Seven Sisters Road, and Finsbury Park is named after the Victorian park that stands just to the north. Created between 1857 and 1869, the park is one of North London's most popular green spaces, with sporting facilities, gardens, a lake, cafe and playgrounds. It is also the venue for regular live music events in the summer.
Although Finsbury Park station has eight platforms, the majority of trains use platforms 1 and 2 (southbound) and platforms 7 and 8 (northbound). The station entrance leads to a lower concourse with stairs leading up to the platforms, some with lifts for step-free access. A cafe and toilets can be found between platforms 7 and 8, with the entrance to the London Underground Piccadilly and Victoria lines on the lower concourse.