Archway Area Guide
Archway is an area of North London in the London Borough of Islington, a great transition point for those tired of the city but not quite ready for full-time suburban. It has excellent transport links and the majority of the properties for sale in Archway are from the Victorian era, with some quite imposing houses set around Highgate Hill.
House prices in Archway are currently significantly lower in comparison to its North London neighbours, which makes N6 a popular choice among first-time buyers. Plans drawn up by Transport for London to upgrade the road infrastructure are set to embellish the appeal of the area.
Archway adopted its current name when a high, multi-arched road bridge was constructed in the area, across the Highgate bypass. The road over the bridge is Hornsey Lane and it connects the Highgate and Crouch End neighbourhoods. The current bridge dates from 1893, with the original 1813 bridge demolished in 1901.
Did you know that London had a cable car much earlier than the Emirates one in East London? Highgate Hill, the road from Archway to Highgate village, was the route of the first motorised cable car to be built in Europe. It operated between 1884 and 1909. It is said that it was at Archway that Dick Whittington heard the Bow Bells ringing and returned back to London, and his name is given to the Whittington hospital at Highgate Hill. Outside the hospital is a small statue of Whittington's cat.
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Bars and restaurants
Archway is home to a respected selection of venues, including The Lion, The Archway Tavern, The Whittington & Cat, The Oak and Pastor, The Florin and The St John’s Tavern on Junction Road (the latter of which is a gastropub with great food and excellent customer service). Many residents also travel up the hill to The Highgate and The Flask. Harman is a recommended restaurant on Holloway Road serving mouth-watering Mediterranean food with Turkish overtones, while 500 is a gem of an Italian restaurant on the Holloway Road - a frontrunner for an award in the latest Waitrose Good Food Guide. Several of the local coffee shops have a loyal following, especially the cool Bread & Bean on Junction Road.
Commuting from Archway
Home movers love Archway because of its transport links that connect the neighbourhood with the rest of the capital. With numerous bus services serving North and Central London, and its own Underground station on the Northern line, Archway is a commuters' delight Archway also benefits from good road connections, sitting at the junction of four principal roads leading to adjacent boroughs and close to the M1 motorway.
Fitness and fun seeking residents flock to Archway Leisure Centre – its central location by many of the bus stops and the Tube station makes it particularly convenient. The swimming pool is much loved by children for its sloping beach, flume and two spa pools, while the gym, steam and sauna facilities are well used by Archway's adults.
There are also a number of parks in the area that are popular with families; Archway Park and attractive Waterlow Park are closest, while Highgate Woods, Parliament Hill and Hampstead Heath are all a short drive away, with buses frequently serving each park. The Archway Tavern on Archway Road is a popular spot noted for its music events and those with rhythm (or a willingness to learn) can head to the Latin Groove Lounge Club on Archway Close.
Property for sale in Archway
Those not quite ready for the budgets of Highgate Village will find exceptional value for money and character in Archway, with swathes of neat Victorian terraced homes. Estate agents in Archway agree it's the larger of these period properties that are most desired, especially those that fall in the Whitehall Park Conservation Area. Prospero Road, Parolles Road and Cressida Road are some fine examples of the red brick and white render façades. Don't dismiss the ex-local authority flats for sale in Archway - their values are set to soar as the neighbourhood's improvements pick up pace.