Having lived in Holloway (N7) for 2 years I'd say it's an excellent place to live and very good value for money! My experience is based on Holloway N7 proper (not Barnsbury N7, or Tufnell Park N7, or Islington N7, or Camden N7, or Hilmarton conservation area or any other name people give the area to hide the fact it's Holloway). The area needs no disguise but does need an explanation............
Holloway seems very safe, with friendly residents on the whole. Having been mugged in one of London's most prestige areas in the past I can assure you things can happen anywhere in a big city!
I've lived all over London in a verity of different areas and when you compare the price v all the facilties here along with its proximity to central London the area represents excellent value!
For my money the area is all about the hidden gems. A Daniel Libeskind structure, the overwhelming grandeur of Penn Road, the striking yet subtle post modern grace of leafy Staveley Close discreetly nudging the Camden Road, the wide avenue of Camden Road itself, the North London understatement of Hilmarton Road, the urban grind of the Holloway Road, high rise bustle of Vision N7's yuppie boxes, the Emirates Stadium, the urban village like terraces of Lorraine Road - really there is a lot to discover here.
the main thoroughfares tend to be deceptive, in that they give the impression of a choked and noisy neighborhood. However the reality is that behind this boisterous veneer is a gem of an area (if you stick to the right parts!).
Facilities galore and everything you could wish for: Waitrose, M&S (clothing & food) Boots, Morrisons, Argos, Superdrug, Holland & Barrett, JD Sport, Mothercare, independent shops and cafes, a market selling speciality items, a car boot sale at the weekend......the list is endless. There's even an independent department store selling nice products like Cowshed, Le Cruset and even boasts a Topshop concession! Not to mention resturants (again from high end like Morgan M to middle of the road) and fast food joints galore including the obligatory McDonalds, BK, KFC.....
Want more? Jump on a tube and head wherever you please. Paris? One stop on the tube and you're at the international Eurostar terminal at Kings Cross. Somewhere more exotic? Stay on the tube a bit longer and get off at Heathrow to board your flight. Upmarket retail therapy on the way? Why not get off at Knightsbridge for a bit of boutique shopping and Harrods. A bit tired after all the running around? Get back on the tube and head to Hyde Park to rest your sore legs - or keep it local and head to Highbury Fields or Hampstead Heath (or the little garden square at the bottom of Penn Road).
In short, you're in close proximity to absolutely everywhere and the ease of getting to where you need to be facilitated by the good old Picadilly line (Caledonian Road or Holloway Road), endless buses, good cycle routes and of course walking if you so choose (Camden in 20 mins, Angel in 20 mins, West End in 30 mins, Highgate Village in 20 mins etc.)
I'm unsure if the area is 'up and coming' as I have no idea what it was like before I moved here - but I dont really care. The bonus points above are why I'm staying!
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Answered on Jul 14 2010,