Welcome to Holloway

Holloway stretches out on either side of Holloway Road, the Great North Road or the A1, starting close to the Highbury and Islington roundabout and ending two miles further north close to Archway.

Only four miles from central London, Holloway has Highgate to the north, Highbury and Stoke Newington to the east, Islington to the south and Tufnell Park to the west.

While at one time it was known for the infamous women's prison that has now closed, it has since become recognised for its luxurious new developments and arts scene. It is known as a hotspot for graffiti artists.

It is a far cry from what it was before and is associated with Arsenal Football Club, which has a large presence in the area, thanks to the Emirates Stadium. The stadium is also used for concerts and alike, predominantly in the summer months.

Away from its main road, Holloway has streets of fine Victorian houses that attract young couples and families priced out of areas such as Tufnell Park, Kentish Town and Highgate. 
 
This is the Holloway where Charles Pooter, the social-climbing clerk and hero of George and Weedon Grossmith’s 'The Diary of a Nobody' lived so comically. His Holloway home, The Laurels, Brickfield Terrace has possibly been identified as number one Pemberton Gardens, a road of large Victorian houses in Upper Holloway, where today the residents are more likely to be top City bankers than humble clerks. 

Holloway is often referred to in three different ways:  Upper Holloway, Holloway Proper and Lower Holloway.

In Upper Holloway, the nearby streets are lined with late Victorian houses which adds to the history of the area and is very convenient for commuting to jobs, going out in trendy Upper Street or the buzzing West End.

Holloway has a mix of large, mainly three- and four-storey Victorian houses — most of which have been converted into flats — and estates of social housing. There are two main conservation areas: the Hillmarton conservation area covers the roads around Hillmarton Road, while the Mercers Road/Tavistock Terrace conservation area is in Upper Holloway and are close to the ever popular Yerbury primary school-high on the Ofsted ratings and invariably over-subscribed. 

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Map of Holloway