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Guide to Archway

Archway is an inner-city area located in the London Borough of Islington, 3.8 miles north of Charing Cross.

The area is serviced by seven bus routes and an Underground station. The closest Overground station is Upper Holloway. The Archway Road forms part of the A1, which runs all the way from London to Edinburgh.

The Archway area has five parks within one mile of the closest tube station, each of which is perfect for days out and lunchtime picnics. There are also numerous green spaces in between the numerous blocks of the mid-rise residential estates.

Archway is home to Whittington Hospital, which has a number of buildings and specialisations. It was named after Sir Richard Whittington and managed by Whittington Health, which provides both hospital and community health services in the boroughs of Haringey and Islington.

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A wide variety of shops, restaurants and cafes can be found in Archway, and locals are proud of the strong community spirit. The Archway Tavern is one of the area’s most popular pubs, hosting live music concerts every week. The pub is actually where the photograph for the cover of The Kinks’ seminal album Muswell Hillbillies was taken in 1971.

Another pub in Archway, known as The Winchester, is on the Campaign for Real Ale’s National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors. Other well-loved pubs in the area include The Charlotte Despard and St John’s Tavern.

Every Saturday, Archway Market is held in Navigator Square. The market is a popular event and an opportunity for local speciality traders to showcase their goods, which include English and international produce and cuisine, sweet treats, jewellery, books, textiles and crafts.

Archway is also home to The Bomb Factory Art Foundation, a non-profit, independent contemporary art space. It has 12 studios and more than 20 resident artists, ranging from those who have recently graduated in their field to internationally acclaimed prize winners.


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