Roll up, roll up good people of North London for Archway is being transformed before your very eyes! Once seen, perhaps unfairly, as a bit tatty, the hideous seventies nightmare of a gyratory system opposite the station has now been turned into a pretty pedestrianised piazza. Blocks of contemporary apartments are springing up next to the more traditional Victorian housing and an increasing amount of cycle lanes are being introduced for the more environmentally and financially conscious residents.
Apparently, it was at Archway that Dick Whittington heard the Bow Bells ringing and returned back to London. There’s even a small statue of his famous cat situated outside the Whittington hospital to mark the neighbourhood’s famous past. Things have changed since Dick’s day. Little independent shops, cafes and eateries are popping up rapidly. The rather lovely Archway Market lures in those looking for a decent bit of smelly cheese, organic meat or a good bottle of locally sourced honey. The community spirit is also strong here, there’s a sense of camaraderie and fellowship among local residents, who open their arms to new neighbours and traders alike.
Transport: The Northern line runs through Archway Station. Buses to Euston, Oxford Circus, Barbican, Old Street, London Bridge, Moorgate, Victoria and more.
The vibe: Close knit community, busy, historic, changes afoot.
Booze: Oak & Pastor, St John's Tavern, The Charlotte Despard, Northern Soul Bar & Kitchen.
Have a hangover: The Workman's Cafe, The Spoke, Joy Cafe.
Stuff your face: Go Bong Korean, Crudough, Loving Hut Vegan.
Get your caffeine fix: Bread and Bean, Joy Cafe Bar & Juicery, Cricks Corner, Coffee House 607.
Get romantic: 500 Italian Kitchen, Theatre of Wine, Sushi Wa.
Be cultural: Visit Karl Marx's Tomb, Archway Library, The Bomb Factory Arts Studios.
Observe local wildlife: Waterlow Park, Highgate Cemetery.
Shop: Archway Market, Map Gifts, Second Chance, Bottega Italia Deli.