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What's it like to live in Holloway?

What are the pros and cons of living here? Is it a safe area?

Asked on Sep 17 2007, General in London | Report content

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  • I would suggest that you look at the local authorities’ website to see what the crime statistics etc for this area are, this will also give you a guide to house prices and movement of the market within the area. You can also look at the local tourist board website which gives you an up to date overview of the area.

    Answered on Mar 31 2010, Report content
  • 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, Report content
  • I agree with Alex, I've lived just off the Holloway Road for four years now and think the area is great for safety, atmosphere, eating, travel into and out of London by car, tube (several lines), parks, library, shops, resident parking etc etc etc. It is a great place.

    Answered on Dec 1 2010, Report content
  • I agree with the other commentors, I've live just off Holloway Road for a year and a half (at two properties, one on Tollington Way and one just behind Nag's Head) and have found it to be a great area. It's a busy and vibrant place, with lots of nice pubs and cafe's dotted about and all the amenities in easy distance - local shops, restaurants, offies, supermarkets, clothes shops, sports shops, boozers, post office, library, charity shops, you name it! Great travel links, as it's easy to get onto the Picadilly, Victoria and Northern Lines, as well as overground services. Right near Kings Cross, easy walk to Angel, Highgate, Camden etc, loads of decent parks nearby. I know people who say they want to live in Highgate. Why would I want to pay double what I'm paying now to live in Highgate, when I can just hop on the 271 from outside my house and be there in 5-10 minutes? It makes no sense to me! I guess it must be a status thing. Anyhoo, I digress. The one thing that's starting to grate about the area is the constant noise and sirens - this isn't 'cause it's a rough beighbourhood, it's just because Holloway Road and Seven Sisters Road are major roads and are in constant use by the emergency services. Buy earplugs!

    Answered on Aug 29 2012, Report content
  • Hi, We would suggest that you get in touch with local estate agents in order to get some background about the area. You can search for agents using the ‘find agents’ tab on the top of the Zoopla Page. We hope this helps.

    Answered on Sep 27 2013, Report content

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