N7. Islington. London Property Area Guide.
I’m determined to complete a photo essay of the Holloway Road before it all changes – I can already see how wonderfully rich, colourful and nostalgic it’s going to be!
The Avenue of the North
Holloway Road is strangely sentimental and enticing yet grimy and slightly repelling at the same time. It’s on the turn though, a new wave of regeneration is sweeping the well known North London highway (also known as the A1) – starting at the Highbury end set to work it’s way up to Archway sometime in my lifetime.
Nowhere in London will you find such an array of shops, nostalgic Shop signs, eateries and people, as here. It’s almost as if every little parade of shops represents a different slice of life – or region – of the world. There’s everything from dodgy adult stores to 1950’s vintage dress shops with a little bit of Colombia thrown in (shops and restaurants from native Latin American immigrants).
The busiest hub is located just a couple of minutes north of Holloway tube station. A range of useful and brand names are located here; Waitrose, M&S, Argos , James Selby Department Store and Morrisons.
The area around the tube station and lower Holloway gets particularly busy on match days – The world famous Emirates stadium is a stones throw from Holloway Road and the area is sea of red shirts come Saturday afternoons! Holloway and Islington is proud Arsenal FC territory and many of the locals are die-hard Arsenal fans. The pubs are packed, traffic is a killer and don’t even think about parking in the area on days like this.
Daniel Libeskind’s striking Graduate Centre for the London Metropolitan University is something of a landmark in the area. In addition to this, The Metropolitan University has other buildings in the area and students make up a large percentage of the daytime population.
As Holloway Road is such a long drag, all the roads that lead off it are considered “Holloway” so in essence the area stretches from Archway to Highbury Corner. Generally anywhere between Holloway Tube station and Highbury is Lower Holloway and the portion between The Odeon cinema and Archway is considered Upper Holloway .
This broad area makes for a range in property types, demographics and styles. A plus point for the area is that it’s far more affordable than its close neighbours, Islington and Highgate. It is popular with students, first time buyers, families and couples. If you don’t mind living on such a busy thoroughfare, there are numerous flats that are located above the shops on Holloway Road – these are likely to be cheaper but not necessarily in pristine condition.
Surprisingly for such a heavily used and grimy road some of the roads immediately off Holloway Road are idyllic tree-lined sanctuaries – most notably Tavistock Terrace and Mercers Road in Upper Holloway and Witherington Road Penn Road and Widdenham Road in Central and Lower Holloway.
New, modern and affordable developments are springing up over the area too– one of the largest and most popular developments is located right behind Holloway Road tube station and more is being built close to the Emirates stadium.
The old Arsenal stadium, known as Highbury Stadium was redeveloped into the Highbury Square development, showcasing modern flats around a green space which was the former pitch. Few new developments appear in Highbury so young professionals wanting ‘turnkey’ apartments with no-hassle and parking spaces moved in, either buying or renting. Many of these units were bought by buy-to-let Landlords, so there is always a plentiful supply of rentals.
Behind Holloway tube station, you’ll find the other major modern development. Popular with foreign students and younger city workers, this is perhaps the best connected development for transport links.
+ Excellent transport links
+ Close to Central London
+ Vibrant multi-cultural community
+ Variety of types of property
+ Eclectic mix of shops and people
+ Odeon cinema
+ Sports and leisure facilities
+ Good shopping facilities
– Some parts of Holloway need a spring clean!
– Lack of secondary Schools in the area
Pick up a fabulous dress to make your friends green with envy: Vivien of Holloway, 294 Holloway Road, N7 6NJ
Catch up over a coffee and cannoli: Amici Coffee Deli, 351 Holloway Road
Tastiest Kebab after a night on the tiles: Crystals, 522 Holloway Road, N7 6JP
Be transported to a Dublin bar/nightclub complete with live band: The Quays, 471 Holloway Road, N7 6LE
Archway to the North
Highbury Corner to the South
Hornsey Road to the East
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Holloway Road (Piccadilly Line)
Highbury and Islington (Victoria Line)
Archway (Northern Line)
Highbury and Islington overground: Services to Richmond and Stratford
Upper Holloway overground: services to Richmond and Stratford
Drayton Park overground: services to Moorgate and Hertfordshire
4 Archway – Waterloo
17 Archway – London Bridge
29 Trafalgar Square – Wood Green
43 Friern Barnet – London Bridge
91 Crouch – Trafalgar Square
153 Finsbury Park – Liverpool Street
253 Euston – Hackney Central
254 Holloway – Aldgate
259 Edmonton Green – Kings Cross
263 Holloway – Barnet Hospital
271 Highgate Village – Moorgate
393 Chalk Farm – Clapton
N29 Enfield Town – Trafalgar Square
N41 Tottenham Hale – Trafalgar Square
N91 Cockfosters – Trafalgar Square
N253 Aldgate – Tottenham Court Road
N279 Trafalgar Square – Waltham Cross
Grafton Primary School, Eburne Road, N7 6AR
Hungerford Primary School, Hungerford Road, York Way, N7 9LF
Montem Primary School, Hornsey Road, N7 7QT
Pakerman Primary School, Hornsey Road, N7 6DU
Robert Blair Primary School, Brewery Road, N7 9QJ
Sacred Heart RC Primary School, 68 Georges Road, N7 8JN
St Mary Magdalene CofE Primary School, Liverpool Road, N7 8PG
Tufnell Park Primary School, Dalmeny Road, N7 0HJ
Holloway School, Hilldrop Road, N7
Mount Carmel College for Girls, Holland Walk, Duncombe Road, Archway, N19 3EU