A long-underappreciated neck of the woods, Holloway has a fair amount of pubs to choose from, is a stone's throw from the trendy buzz of Upper Street to the south and the olde-worlde splendour of Highgate to the north, and has four stations along its stretch of main road (if you count Archway tube right at the top). There's a good mix of grocery, takeaway, hardware, bike and vintage clothes shops here, with the sense of community at its best on match days, when Arsenal fans fill every last neighbouring boozer with red shirts and good-natured bantz.
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Poor old Holloway. It will never get called quaint, picturesque, village-y or charming. Why? Because its high street is a dual carriageway. And not just any dual carriageway, it’s the A1. That’s the FIRST dual carriageway. But for all its crosstown traffic, Holloway Road is weirdly appealing. Even the Archway end. N7 has been home to a huge mix of people for such a long time: the buttered-toast-and-builders’ caffs do as roaring a trade as the trendy flat white purveyors. The handful of handsome new openings that are trickling up from the Highbury end have been welcomed with rumbling bellies; sourdough pizza, fancy burgers, French cheese and even a Chicken Shop are now all nestled between the local restaurants, takeaways, football pubs and corner shops. Though not a scenic road to travel, it is a practical one. With its two giant supermarkets, the brilliant Nag’s Head Market, Selby’s the department store and various other useful retailers, you can accomplish any errand. But there’s fun to be had here too, and I’m willing to bet that it’s the only road in the country where you can eat in an Ecuadorian-Bolivian restaurant and buy a made-to-measure ’40s-style wiggle dress. Drink this A photo posted by Big Red (@thebigredlondon) on Jun 12, 2016 at 10:31am PDT Get yourself a pint of locally brewed Hammerton N7 IPA and listen to some live Irish folk at The Lamb. The owners are lovely, it’s usually full of sleepy dogs and you can order food in from anywhere y
Six things you never knew about Holloway
Plenty of Londoners can look a little blank if you casually mention that you live in Holloway. Some may even ask if it's anywhere near the prison (erm, the clue is in the name?). Located between Angel's Upper Street, Finsbury Park and Kentish Town, Holloway (or Upper Holloway, depending on the side of the street you're on) is a slightly hidden, historic Islington neighbourhood with a high street you've probably driven along even if you've never walked down it. Here are a few facts about the area: &amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;img id="d98fd0ef-5c8c-45a3-9780-2c2812dedb8a" data-caption="" data-credit="Flora Tonking" data-width-class="" type="image/jpeg" total="4884823" loaded="4884823" image_id="102933037" src="http://media.timeout.com/images/102933037/image.jpg" class="photo lazy inline"&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt; Flora Tonking Cows coming through Holloway was a relatively rural spot until well into the eighteenth century, and the route now known as the Holloway Road was used to herd cattle into town to be sold at Smithfield Market. Islington's pasture once provided space to graze over half a million sheep and cows at any time. Just try to imagine that the next time you walk along Upper Street. As London grew, the city sprawled out into the countryside, tearing up the fields to build houses and shops in the nineteenth century and turning Holloway into a bustling metropolitan suburb. &amp;amp;amp;lt;img id="167ccdae-faf3-7eff-909c-edf838588748" data-caption=
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Freightliners City Farm
Islington’s small community-run farm is battling against large government cuts but is determined to keep afloat. Hidden behind the blustering Holloway Road, Freightliners is a vibrant hub of wildlife with a wide range of animals. There is also a great vegetarian café with tasty daily specials, all housed in a volunteer-built eco building. There is also a small petting zoo, bee hives, vegetable gardens and even animal boarding for local pets. Make sure to stop by the shop to pick up some homegrown honey, eggs or veg too.