Neatly nestled between Islington and Highgate is where you will find Archway, a North London neighbourhood that is growing in popularity by the day. Regeneration has been the name of the game in N19 over the past few years, with a plethora of shiny new residential developments popping up as a result.
But it’s not all flashy high rises in Archway - there is a selection of charming period homes that includes Victorian delights and Georgian marvels. A new public square has replaced the much-derided gyratory roundabout, and the area has benefited from investment of around £12.5m.
What was once a slept-on neighbourhood is fast becoming a microcosm of London with an eclectic mix of properties, independent and chain shops, and a vibrant area with excellent transport connections to other parts of the capital.
On a Map
The name Archway refers to the Hornsey Lane Bridge, which carries the minor road from Highgate to Crouch End. Many residents born in the early 20th century refer to the area as “The Archway”, as an archway separated the area from the bridge it was first named after.
The local tube station was initially referred to as “Highgate (Archway)” because of its proximity to the N6 postcode, before being named “Archway (Highgate)” in 1941 and then just “Archway” in 1947. The route between Archway and Highgate was the place of the first cable car in Europe, which operated from 1884 to 1909.
Who lives in Archway?
There are around 31,000 residents in Archway, and the area is historically known for having a large Irish population. The average age is 33, with many of the locals made up of single professionals and young families. There is also a small student population in the area, thanks to its proximity to London Metropolitan University’s North Campus.
Renting in Archway
The redevelopment of Archway has seen several new residential homes constructed, including ultra-modern developments. Vantage Point and Hill House are two luxury Build to Rent developments with all the trimmings, with the latter offering panoramic views across the capital.
Period homes and conversions, many of which are from the Victorian era, are available for those looking for something with a bit of history. They can be found on leafy residential roads like Hornsey Lane and Tavistock Terrace.
A one-bedroom property in Archway fetches around £1,670 per month, two-bed homes achieve in the region of £2,200 and three-bed properties rent for around £2,500. Four and five bedroom properties are rare but expect to pay between £3,000 and £4,000 per month for ones that do come on the market.
The tube station in Archway is on the High Barnet branch of the Northern Line and is conveniently named after the area. There are direct stops to Hampstead, Camden, Angel, King’s Cross, Bank, Leicester Square, Tottenham Court Road and Charing Cross.
There is a good local bus network, with the no.17 going to London Bridge and St Paul’s, the no.135 stopping at Tottenham Court Road and the n0.390 going to Oxford Street and Notting Hill. Archway’s Zone 2 location gives it an advantage over nearby Zone 3 Highgate, thanks to lower travel fares.
Archway is a relatively small neighbourhood, but there are shops, restaurants and pubs to enjoy. However, residents have plenty of entertainment options in nearby Highgate and Islington, which are just a stone’s throw away.
If you have a weakness for Italian food, head to Fabrizio’s Restaurant - a family-style eatery that has featured in the Islington Gazette, Ham & High and London Town. They even have a mobile pizza party option that sees the chef come to your venue and cook up wood-fired pizzas.
Address: 34 Highgate Hill, London N19 5NL
Head to Ally’s Kitchen for local homemade cooking in a relaxing, interior designed setting. They do breakfast, brunch, wines and drinks. Scrambled or fried free range eggs on sourdough toast is a particular favourite.
Address: 6 Navigator Square, Archway, London N19 3TD
St. John’s Tavern is a restored pub that embodies English heritage and comes with a menu featuring Sunday Roasts and classic pub grub. A hit with locals and tourists, head to St. John’s Tavern for the quintessential British pub experience.
Address: 91 Junction Rd, London N19 5QU
One of London’s most iconic open spaces is located around two miles from Archway. Enjoy over 790 acres of open space, local wildlife and green spaces as far as the eye can see. There are even ponds to take a dip in, weather permitting of course.
Popular with families, the London International Gallery of Children’s Art features displays and exhibitions from all over the globe as well as local artwork from youngsters. Exhibitions vary from gardening and food to children recreating perceptions of their home.
Islington and Angel
Islington and Angel are two of London’s most popular areas and are both within a couple of miles from Archway. Expect to find lively bars, music venues, boutique shops and designer stores. The tube from Archway to Angel takes less than 15 minutes.
Moving to Archway
Historically, people moving to Archway have done so as a cheaper alternative to Highgate. But regeneration over the years has seen it become a prime area for those who want excellent travel connections, a strong local community and a variety of property types to choose from.