Holloway has a bit of a cult following. On the surface you might only see a busy high street, furiously trampled over by thousands of rushing feet every day. Or maybe it’s the nearby football ground, home to North London’s finest (unless you’re a Spurs fan) football team Arsenal, that gets you thinking of this neighbourhood. Scratch a little deeper however and you’ll discover the Holloway that we know and love – bustling, cultural and full of retro charm.
Visitors to the area might be surprised to find street after street of well kept, grand Victorian houses, similar to those found in Highbury and Stroud Green. Holloway has managed to retain its original charm and yet has an abundance of brunch spots, coffee houses, restaurants and lots of good pubs and bars. The area pulls in a famously retro crowd, who flock here for the local vintage shops, traditional cafes, rocker bars, old-fashioned markets and the Grade II listed Odeon cinema. Holloway is a riot of wiggle dresses, pin curls, leathers and mod suits, jostling with the families and locals who’ve lived here for decades, for pavement space and outdoor café seats.
Transport: The Piccadilly line runs through Holloway Road Station. Highbury & Islington Station to the south is serviced by the Victoria, DLR and Overground lines. Buses go to Trafalgar Square, Kings Cross, Camden, Blackfriars, Moorgate, Tottenham Court Road and London Bridge.
The vibe: buzzing, good night out, popular with a retro crowd.
Booze: The Swimmer, The Owl & Hitchhiker, The Lamb, Arkstar, Big Red.
Have a hangover: Le Péché Mignon, The Barn, Rabbit Hole Cafe, Five Four Ate.
Stuff your face: Piebury Corner, Jake's Vegan Steaks, Miki's Paradise, Bun Shack, SSÄM.
Get your caffeine fix: Vagabond, Sacred Cafe, The Travel Cafe.
Get romantic: Alcedro Bistro, Zia Lucia, Koutoukaki.
Be cultural: Odeon Cinema, The Pleasance Theatre, Platform.
Observe local wildlife: Whittington Park, Freightliners Farm.
Shop: Vivien of Holloway, Blue 17 Vintage, Outpost, Provisions Wine & Cheese.
020 7272 0986
85 Stroud Green Road
London, N4 3EG
Mon – Thurs: 0900 – 1815
Fri: 0900 – 1800
Sat: 1000 – 1600
Sun: Appointments by request