Holloway, North London, has undergone a major facelift in the last few years. What was once a not so desirable part of London is now an area people are fighting to live in and socialise in. It is made up of Upper and Lower Holloway, however, the area is generally known as just Holloway. The area itself is a bit of a tale of two halves. Turn left out of the tube station and you’ll see that part of the area hasn’t seen so much re-generation and is a bit more residential. Turn right and that’s where most of the buzz is happening. Holloway Road runs through the centre of the district and it’s there you will find most of the restaurants, shops and things to do.
INTERESTING THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT HOLLOWAY
It’s home to the Emirates Stadium & Arsenal FC.
Until 2016, it had the largest women’s prison in Europe, Holloway Prison.
London Metropolitan University has a campus in Holloway.
It’s very multicultural.
WHERE TO EAT/DRINK IN HOLLOWAY
Since the regeneration, lots of great restaurants and cafes have opened up in Holloway. Here are a few suggestions are great places to eat and drink:
Homemade Italian pizzeria. What makes them unique is the variety of different slow-fermented doughs they use including a wholemeal and an unusual black charcoal. Features on my Best Pizzas in London list.
An unassuming and small Korean restaurant that does some of the best-fried chicken around. Cash only.
A play on the nearby area of ‘Highbury’, Piebury Corner serves proper pies with mash and a beer to wash it down. They are only open on match days when Arsenal are playing.
A cosy coffee shop that does a fantastic all-day brunch.
Simple Chinese restaurant specialising in Shan Xi street food like pork/beef burgers and noodles.
Malaysian laksa bar serving big bowls of homemade, fiery, creamy laksa noodles and rice dishes.
TOP 5 THINGS TO DO IN HOLLOWAY
Holloway is home to Arsenal FC or the ‘Gunners’ as my family likes to call them. It seats 60,704 people and is the fourth largest stadium in England. Arsenal play here when they are at ‘home’ but it has been used for ‘friendly’ matches between other international teams. If you want a season ticket, the waiting list currently sits at 40,000 people!
The North London Buddhist centre offer a wide range of activities to promote health, happiness and well being within the context of Buddhist core values of awareness, kindness and generosity. They offer classes and courses which you can find here.
Miki’s are a lovely cafe in Holloway offering sweet and savoury crepes as well as smoothies and coffees, The real star of the star is their milkshakes or ‘freak shakes’ as they call them; named for their freakishly insane amount of chocolate, cake and ice cream. I imagine a freakishly insane about of calories too.
At Vivien of Holloway, you can find a huge selection of stunning 1940s and 1950s dresses with an authentic vintage charm. It was founded in 2000 by a lady called Vivien who started selling her handmade 1950s clothes and accessories at a shop in Kensington Market when she was just 18 years old.
London Cookery School runs Dim Sum classes, Korean kitchen classics and sushi classes. Take part in one of their classes and you will be guided through by expert tutors who show you how to make great dishes at home.
TRANSPORT IN HOLLOWAY
Holloway has great transport links!
It has its own tube station which is on the Piccadilly Line and is just a 13-minute tube ride from central London. It also is just a 10-minute walk away from Highbury and Islington Station which has the Victoria line running through central London and the south and the overground running to East London. The bus service is very frequent and serves to other North London areas like Camden, Archway, Highgate and Angel as well as East London areas like Bank, Old Street and Clerkenwell.
HOTELS IN HOLLOWAY
With Arsenal Football ground so nearby, you’d think there would be a ton of hotels in Holloway but surprisingly there are hardly any. Luckily, Holloway is in very close proximity to Kings Cross (about a 10 min tube ride) where there are plenty of budget and non-budget hotels available.
I hope you enjoyed your tour of Holloway!
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