For those after a slice of North London that’s slightly more affordable than the likes of Islington town centre, Holloway is a sure-fire bet. This leafy district has fine Victorian architecture. In addition to, a cosmopolitan high street scene and plenty to do for all ages. Read on to find out more about the Holloway area and to discover the best places to live.
Where is Holloway?
Holloway is a neighbourhood in London’s upmarket Islington borough, it is tucked among the sprawling green spaces of Finsbury Park and Highbury Fields. Just four miles from the centre of London, surrounding areas include Highgate, Highbury, Stoke Newington and Tufnell Park.
Transport within the Holloway area
Tubes, trains and buses get Holloway residents from A to B with ease. Transport in the area includes: Archway station on the Northern line, Highbury & Islington serviced by the Victoria line. As well as this, Holloway Road, Caledonian Road, Arsenal and Upper Holloway are all Piccadilly line stops. There are also Overground trains in operation at Upper Holloway and Highbury & Islington.
Holloway’s Emirates Stadium
The Holloway area is the official home of Arsenal Football Club – the Emirates Stadium seats more than 60,000 people. Along with matches, it also runs behind-the-scenes tours for visitors.
Arsenal fans couldn’t be closer to the action at Ashburton Gate, a striking Galliard Homes property right next to the stadium. This development is arguably one of the best places to live in Holloway, with contemporary apartments with floor-to-ceiling windows, onsite parking and well-manicured grounds.
“Apartments well sound proofed even when living next to the Emirates stadium!” – Mike B, verified resident at Ashburton Gate
Queensland Terrace is another option close by. This Barratt Homes new-build is opposite the stadium is close to tube and Overground services. In addition to this, it offers a beautiful selection of luxury penthouses, all of which come with an outdoor terrace.
“Lovely apartment with a great concierge team that look after everything.” – Maggieo, verified resident at Queensland Terrace
Living in the Holloway area
Football aside, Holloway has a purpose-built leisure centre with three pools and an ice-skating rink, as well as a cinema and a theatre.
The area’s high streets are bubbly and eclectic, with cheerful cafés sitting alongside independent Italian restaurants and atmospheric pubs. When retail therapy is on the cards, The Nag’s Head Shopping Centre is the place to go for household brands like Boots and M&S. As well as this, Holloway also has a fabulous selection of vintage clothes stores.
New-build apartments in Holloway are now just as easy to come across as the Victorian family homes the area is known for. Along with the aforementioned developments close to the stadium, there’s The Drapery, a sought-after building between Axminster Road and Seven Sisters Road. And there’s also, Tiltman Place, a Grainger property built on the site of the old Hornsey Road swimming baths. These developments are rated some of the best places to live in Holloway.
“I’ve lived here for 6 years. Everyone I meet is very friendly. The building seems pretty quiet – although people have parties the sound doesn’t travel too much. The views are great the higher the floor, especially if you are an Arsenal fan!” – resident at The Drapery
“Nothing I dislike. The design of the building is faultless. I like the area, it is well connected transport wise. Great shops, pubs restaurants etc all very nearby. I am very happy here and would recommend!” – resident at Tiltman Place
Highbury Square is another popular choice for football fans. This Frasers Property development was the home of Arsenal FC until the club moved to the Emirates stadium in 2006. Interestingly, the development has retained its Art Deco character courtesy of its original East and West stands.
“I like living here. It’s clean and new with lots of services. It’s close to the station. Been living here a long time, quite secure. Very quiet. Historical gardens.” – resident at Highbury Square
“The flats are good, I like square flats. The flats are quiet even though like a lot of people live here. It’s warm all year round, good for winter could be bad for summer. The gardens are great. Easy access to trains, service charge is steep but good value.” – resident at Highbury Square