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Archway London Guide

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You’ll find Archway nestled in between Highgate and Islington in North London. It’s a neighbourhood that’s rapidly growing in popularity in recent years.

In fact, it’s fast becoming a popular place to rent.

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Archway has seen a tonne of regeneration. The N19 hotspot has welcomed dozens of shiny new developments and restored buildings. From swanky new residential blocks to revamped roadways and shop fronts on the high street, Junction Road.

But whilst the high rises in the centre may be putting Archway on the map, the area is also turning heads with renters because of its charming Victorian and Georgian period homes.

What was once a little-known area is fast becoming a microcosm of London. After all, it has:

  • A vibrant mix of homes
  • A varied selection of independent and well-known shops
  • Fast transport links into Central London
  • An abundance of greenery and green spaces

Which makes this neighbourhood an up-and-coming hotspot for North London.

Archway on a map

Archway can be found in the Borough of Islington in North London.

It borders areas like Tufnell Park, Highgate, Holloway and Finsbury Park.

History of Archway, London

Archway gets its name from Hornsey Lane Bridge, which connects Highgate to Crouch End over the A1. In the early 20th century, locals would refer to the area as ‘The Archway’ in reference to the arching bridge over the main road.

Archway’s Tube station was initially known as ‘Highgate (Archway)’ because it was so close to Highgate itself. In 1941 that was switched around to ‘Archway (Highgate)’ before becoming just ‘Archway’ in 1947.

One particular claim to fame for the N19 neighbourhood is that it was the location of the first cable car in Europe! Between 1884 and 1909 a cable car operated between Archway and Highgate.

Who lives in Archway?

Around 31,000 people live in Archway. And the area has had a large Irish population since the 1800s. Navigator Square in the centre of Archway is named after ‘the navigators’; a term given to the Irish road and railway builders who lived locally.

The average age is 33 years old, and many residents are single professionals, couples, or young families.

There’s also a small student population living in Archway. And this is thanks to the North Campus of the London Metropolitan University, which is just a couple of kilometres down Holloway Road.

Renting in Archway, London

Archway has seen a recent revamp in residential homes. Right in the centre of Archway on top of the Tube station that are brand new residential towers – Vantage Point and Hill House.

These luxury build-to-rent developments are prime examples of the standard of renting you can expect to find in Archway.

Vantage Point, for example, comes with a free penthouse of shared facilities – from lounges and games rooms, to workspace and roof terraces. And both buildings come with panoramic views across London.

Archway London Guide

Period homes, terraced houses and converted apartments are available throughout the rest of Archway. Many of these are from the Victorian era and are perfect if you’re looking for something with a bit of history and character.

Wander down Archway’s leafy residential side streets to find a whole host of options.

In terms of price, 1-beds let for around £1,500 per month, 2-beds for around £2,100 and 3-beds for around £2,500.

Larger properties are few and far between. But if you do find them then expect prices of £3,000 upwards.

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Travel from Archway, London

Archway station sits on the back edge of Zone 2. It’s on the Northern Line (the High Barnet Branch) so you can conveniently get one line direct to:

  • Camden Town (5 minutes)
  • King’s Cross (10 minutes)
  • Old Street (15 minutes)
  • Bank (19 minutes)
  • London Bridge (23 minutes)
  • Leicester Square (15 minutes)
  • Tottenham Court Road (14 minutes)
  • Waterloo (21 minutes)

Most places in Central London can be reached in around 20 minutes. So your commute times will be low if you’re living in Archway.

There’s a good bus network in Archway too. The 134 can take you up into Highgate and North Finchley, or down as far as Euston Road. The number 17 could take you to London Bridge and St Paul’s.

And the N20 and N41 night buses both start from Trafalgar Square if you need a late night ride home after a few drinks.

Archway amenities

Archway has a relatively small town centre, but there are still numerous shops, restaurants, cafés and pubs to enjoy.

And if the immediate vicinity of Archway doesn’t solve your need, then you also have nearby Highgate, which is packed with brilliant pubs and independent shops, and Upper Street in Islington, a long high street of pubs, bars and a wide variety of shops.

Both are within walking distance, or a couple of minutes on the bus.

But let’s explore the places you should visit in Archway itself.


St John’s Tavern

Archway London Guide

If you’re looking for classic pub food and a brilliant Sunday roast, then St John’s Tavern is a great choice. It’s a pub that embodies traditional English heritage. Set just a 2 minute walk down Junction Road from the centre of Archway, it’s easy to reach too. It’s a popular choice, so make sure you book in advance.

Address 91 Junction Road, London N19 5QU
Phone 0207 272 1587


Archway London Guide

Right on Navigator Square is the popular sourdough pizza joint, Crudough. And at the time of writing this, they have a rating on Google of 4.8 stars from over 450 reviews. So there’s cleary something great about their dough! Check out their list of pizzas, which includes vegetarian and vegan options. And in the warmer months, take advantage of their garden out back for al fresco pizza.

Address 10 Navigator Square, Archway, London N19 3TD
Phone 0207 272 1672


Archway London Guide

If you can’t get enough Italian food, check out Fabrizio. This restaurante pizzeria is a great choice for everything Italian – pizza, pasta, antipasti, calzone and more. It’s a family-run eatery that’s found it’s way into publications like the Ham & High, Islington Gazette and London Town. Find it just a 2-3 minute walk up Highgate Hill from Navigator Square.

Address 34 Highgate Hill, London N19 5NL
Phone 0207 561 9073
Email info@fabriziolondon.co.uk


Hampstead Heath

Archway London Guide

One of the most iconic green spaces in London has to be Hampstead Heath. And it’s located just 2 miles from Archway. Here you’ll find around 800 acres of open greenery. You’re up high so there are some spectacular views of London. And there are even some ponds that you could take a dip in during hot weather.

London International Gallery of Children’s Art

A great choice if you’ve got a family in tow. The London International Gallery of Children’s Art has exhibitions from all around the world. It also features artwork from local children. The artwork can vary from gardening to food, to even children recreating their perception of their homes.

Islington and Angel

Archway London Guide

These are two of London’s most popular shopping and social destinations. Particularly Upper Street. And luckily, they’re within a couple of miles of Archway and well within walking distance. Here you’ll find boutique independent shops, big high street brands, cosy cafés and enticing restaurants. And in the evening, lively bars, music hotspots and late night clubs.

Moving to Archway, London

Archway used to be the place that people would move to because it was cheaper than Highgate. And whilst it still may be a little cheaper, people are choosing to live here for different reasons.

It’s become one of those prime areas in zone 2 with the perfect balance for Londoners. Whilst it has the charm of the suburbs and the green space to go alongside, it also has great connections into the livelier areas of London for those still looking for their fun fix.

If you’re considering moving to Archway, take a look at the developments we have available in the local area.

Mark Flint

Mark regularly contributes to the Right Rent blog; sharing all the latest news, crafting informative articles and sourcing the very best rental content for our readers.

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