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Rob Greig

Upper Holloway area guide

Keep busy in N19 with Time Out's guide to restaurants, bars, pubs and things to do in Upper Holloway

Written by
Marcus Barnes
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A long-underappreciated neck of the woods, Holloway and Archway combine (on the whole) large houses on leafy streets, reasonable pubs (there's certainly lots of choice such as The Landseer) and easy access to the olde-worlde splendour of Highgate to the north and the trendy buzz of Upper Street to the south. On Holloway Road itself, you have the iconic Daniel Libeskind building, which is part of London Metropolitan University. Tube and train stations are tolerably spaced along the main drag, with a good mix of grocery, takeaway, hardware, bike and vintage clothes shops. The definite sense of community is 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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Map Gift Shop

Map Gift Shop

Wrapping paper, greeting cards and seasonal decorations are all in the offing at this pocket-sized gift shop, along with jewellery, homewares, toiletries and...

Restaurants in Upper Holloway

500 Restaurant

500 Restaurant

  • 3 out of 5 stars

The arrival of 500 (Cinquecento) in 2008 marked a miracle for what even the most charitable would describe as the scrappier end of the Holloway Road. The...

Gilak

Gilak

  • 3 out of 5 stars

Gilak’s workaday decor – dark wooden furniture, whitewashed walls dotted with photos of the Caspian Sea, a cabinet of dusty knick-knacks – is rather spartan,...

Del Parc

Del Parc

  • 5 out of 5 stars

Located on a plain north London thoroughfare, this place is intimate, friendly and really rather unusual. There’s no menu: you’ll be asked about any dietary...

Bread and Bean

Bread and Bean

  • 3 out of 5 stars

This nice little place opened in November 2011 and it’s a big hit with young locals. It’s easy to see why they come. From the copper lamp fittings to the...

Things to do in Upper Holloway

Shaolin Temple UK

Shaolin Temple UK

It's not every day you get the chance to train with a genuine Shaolin, but Shi Yanzi is a thirty-fourth generation fighting monk sent by the Abbot of the...

Bars and pubs in Upper Holloway

St John's Tavern

St John's Tavern

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

There’s no denying St John’s Tavern is a slick operation. The charmingly refurbished saloon bar is light and cheerful, while the huge adjacent dining hall...

Star

Star

There's a firm foodie feel to this attractive old boozer tucked away in the backstreets just south of Highgate Cemetery. The seasonal produce is all...

Tufnell Park Tavern

Tufnell Park Tavern

  • 2 out of 5 stars

The area between Tufnell Park tube and Holloway Road is a long-standing restaurant desert. The refurbed Tufnell Park Tavern, now owned by the Handmade Pubs...

North Nineteen

North Nineteen

  • 3 out of 5 stars

Don’t be deterred by the anonymous name and the drab housing blocks that surround North Nineteen: this is a gem of a makeover. The main bar adds a fireplace, a...