N9. Islington. London Property Area Guide.
“So promising even Dick Whittington took a gamble”
For me Archway represents the end of North Central London and the start of Suburban North London. Archway gets a bad press as it’s central landmark won’t win any prizes for beautiful architecture and it’s certainly not the kind of place you’d like to dine al-fresco, but if you look beyond the roundabout and the monstrosity that is the Archway Tower, you will discover a thoroughly pleasant area to live, without the higher prices of nearby Highgate, Islington or Muswell Hill.
The busiest area of Archway for footflow and shops is Junction Road & Upper Holloway. Here you will find a variety of grocery type shops, independent cafes, fast food outlets, pubs and other smaller independent shops and hairdressers etc. Archway Road is an extremely busy road for traffic and shops are pretty thin on the ground unless you explore past Archway Bridge.
Incidentally, Archway bridge is something of a landmark in this area and unfortunately known locally as ‘suicide bridge’. The road that runs across the bridge is Hornsey Lane and connects Highgate Village to Crouch End. The views from here across London to St Paul’s are actually pretty special too!
Archway benefits from being the junction of four principle roads (to Camden/Islington/Highgate/Barnet and the M1) so access to pretty much anywhere within the North London area is perfect.
The young and sporty in the area adore Archway gym – it’s location by many of the bus stops and the underground makes it particularly convenient. As a council run gym and swimming pool it even offers pay-as-you –go membership which is great for commitment phobes! There are also a number of parks in the area which are popular with families; Archway Park and attractive Waterlow Park are closest, Highgate Woods, Parliament Hill and Hampstead Heath are all a short drive away, with buses frequently serving each park.
Middle Classes Are Coming!
Archway is becoming increasingly popular with middle class families and professionals that are making the move out from more traditional family areas such as Angel Islington. Properties are a mixture of whole and converted Victorian houses and ex-local authority properties.
There are also a high number of social housing estates in Archway. The principle architectural style of much of the housing in the area is Victorian with some particularly nice roads around Highgate Hill and St John’s Grove and St John’s Villas. Parts of Archway are a little rough around the edges but I’m sure this is only set to improve!
Nightlife is…. Quiet
Archway may not be on anyone’s radar as a nightlife destination but it benefits from being close to more vibrant areas such as Camden and Islington. Many residents travel up the hill to Highgate and The Flask gastropub, yet The St John’s Tavern on Junction road is a local gastropub with great food and fun staff.
Best Gastropub: St Johns Tavern, Junction Road, N19 5QU
Italian Gem: 500 Italian Restaurant, 782 Holloway Road, N19 3JH
Fresh Flowers: La Belle Vie Flowers, 165A Junction Road, N19 5PZ
Coffee shop heralding the new cool: Bread & Bean, 37 Junction Road, N19
+ Good transport links across North and Central London
+ Leisure facilities
+ Proximity to local parks
+ Proximity to the bars and nightlife of Islington and Camden
+ Quiet and attractive streets
+ Some nice local pubs and neighborhood restaurants
+ Holloway Odeon is just a short walk
+ More affordable properties
+ Hopefully you won’t need it but the Whittington Hospital is on your doorstep (with A&E dept)
– A little shabby in places
– Lacking in high end eateries and bars
– Primary schools are good but secondary schools aren’t so good
South: Holloway Road at the junction with Fortnam Road (roughly)
East: Hornsey Rise
West: Junction Road at the junction with Pemberton Gardens (roughly)
North: Hornsey Lane
(Often people used to refer to Archway as, Upper Holloway, Highgate or Dartmouth Park depending on where in the area one was referring to, but now Archway is a definite area although it’s boundaries may merge into other areas).
Tube & Rail
Archway (Northern Line)
Tuffnell Park (Northern Line)
Upper Holloway (Rail with links to Barking and Gospel Oak)
Route 4 ( Archway – Waterloo
Route 17 (Archway – London Bridge)
Route 134 (Frien Barnet – Tottenham Court Road)
Route 43 (Friern Barnet – London Bridge Station)
Route 41 (Archway – Tottenham Hale)
Route 143 (Archway – Brent Cross Shopping Centre)
Route 210 (Brent Cross Shopping Centre – Finsbury Park)
Route 263 ( Barnet Hospital – Holloway)
Route 271 (Highgate Village – Liverpool St/Moorgate)
Route 390 (Archway – Notting Hill Gate via Oxford St)
Route C11 (Archway – Brent Cross Shopping Centre via Hampstead)
Route W5 (Archway – Harringay)
Schools in the area
Ashmount Primary School (Community School), Ashmount Road N19 3BH
Duncombe Primary School, Community School, Sussex Way, N19 4JA
Hargrave Park Primary School (Community School), Hargrave Park, N19 5JN
St John’s Upper Holloway CofE Primary School, Pemberton Gardens, N19 5RR
St Joseph’s RC Primary School, Highgate Hill, N19 5NE
St Mark’s CofE Primary School, Sussex Way, N19 4JF
Yerbury Primary School (Community School), Foxham Road, N19 4RR
Mount Carmel RC Technology College for Girls, Holland Walk, N19 3EU
Holloway School (Community School), Hilldrop Road, N7 0JG
St Aloysius RC College (Boys school), Hornsey Lane, N6 5LY
Acland Burghley School (Community School), Burghley Road, NW5 1UJ. Nearby.
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