From local landmarks to foodie treats – discover a new spot on your doorstep, or reconnect with a refurbished favourite.
It’s always been a place of change – from 1884 until WW1 there was a cable car from Archway Tavern up to Highgate, now it’s the 271 and 210 bus. There’s also been a fancy cinema, built in the style of an Arabian palace, which was knocked down to become the ugly Archway Tower (now having a facelift). And what we know as Archway tube used to be called Highgate. By summer 2017 the Archway gyratory will be gone, and in its place a new public square. Don’t wait until the makeover before visiting these Archway favourites:
3 FOR FOOD SHOPING
Try the Saturday Archway market (pictured above), just by St John’s Grove/Holloway Road, with fresh veg, food stalls and renowned bookseller. At Junction Road pick up your dinner at Archway Fresh Fish & Seafood or get it ready cooked at Archway Kebab House.
3 FOR GIFTS
The pink-fronted Map Gift Shop on Junction Road, is perfect for cards and presents, then pop into Deli Junction for a foodie treat, such as Tottenham cheese. On Archway Island search for exciting finds at the well-stocked Second Chance charity shop.
COFFEE OR CUPPA
Cross to the island to try Fiona’s homemade breakfasts, healthy lunch or tasty cakes at the Archway Café with its lovely garden.
STAND AND STARE
Love the view from Archway Bridge on Hornsey Lane over the collapsed tunnel that became Archway Road. The bridge inspired Nicky Hornby’s novel (now film) A Long Way Down. But please resist jumping – not every suicide gets talked down, as one man did in 1969, by famous Goon, Peter Sellars.
Locals rave about pizzeria Il Mio Mosaic and its backyard – regulars refer to it as ‘Garden Paradiso’.
Try Sunday lunch at the recently refurbished (summer 2015) St John’s Tavern. Or go to Oak & Pastor for real ale, sharing platters and 2-4-1 pizzas every Monday.
MacDonald’s is not far from the spot where the Medieval leper colony and hospital were built in 1473 to be a long way from Londoners. This is 100 years after a disgruntled youngster heading home hears London’s bells peeling “turn again Dick Whittington” – he eventually becomes Lord Mayor of London. Avoid like the plague.
Sign up for a free Archway loyalty card for changing offers at local businesses.
BEST FOOT FORWARD
Go for an Archway guided walk.
BOADICEA TO BLAIR
Read Essential Islington by Pamela Shields (Sutton Publishing, 2000).