Neighbourhood: A Guide to Archway’s Hotspots

A Guide to Archway’s Hotspots 

An urban neighbourhood with a community feel. That’s the best way to describe Archway. 

While it may be surrounded by the more fancy and well-known areas of Highgate, Islington and Camden, Archway has carved out its own reputation as a place to eat, drink, work and socialise. 

Named after the original Archway Bridge, which was designed by renowned architect John Nash, Archway has a rich history. 

According to folklore, it was where, on his way out of London, Dick Whittington heard the bells of St Mary Le Bow which convinced him to return to the city. There’s even a monumental stone and statue of Whittington’s cat at the foot of Highgate Hill.

Today, Archway is a popular spot for professionals and young families. 

Its travel links are a major pull. Jump on the tube and you can be in King’s Cross in 10 minutes, Bank in 18 minutes. 

It’s also a short drive from the beautiful, green spaces of Hampstead Heath and Regent’s Park.

But Archway itself has much to offer, starting with its array of bars, pubs and restaurants. 

Hampsted heath

St John’s Tavern is a classic British pub, serving modern craft beers and traditional cask ales as well as an impressive wine list. It’s also a popular food destination thanks to its top-class menu and mean Sunday roasts.

The Archway Tavern is another great craft beer pub. The site has housed pubs since the 1700s and the latest incarnation, following a recent refurbishment, is proving popular with locals. Watch out for its theme nights and live music events. 

Another local favourite is The Oak and Pastor. This hidden gem of a pub serves a wide range of beers (bottled and on tap), wine and cocktails. As well as its weekday menu, it’s also the place for a delicious sunday roast. And it’s beautiful beer garden is perfect for those lazy afterwork summer drinks.

If you want a slightly different vibe, head to Owl & Hitchhiker. Describing itself as a ‘funky pub’, it serves a wide selection of homemade food, craft beers, wines and spirits. The menu is made up of authentic Caribbean dishes and pub classics, so there’s something to suit all tastes.

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If you’re after a brunch spot, one of our favourites is Bread and Bean. You have to try their buttermilk pancakes! This cosy cafe serves homemade cakes, fresh sandwiches and strong coffee. The perfect place to catch up with friends or grab your morning pick-me-up. 

Another must-visit coffee spot is Cricks Corner. Loved by locals, this small, quirky cafe has become something of an Archway institution, with its pastries, cakes and infamous baps. 

But there’s more to Archway than its great food and drink spots.

Waterlow Park is the ideal place to take a stroll, read your book or have a picnic with friends.  This haven of green space comprises 26 acres of gardens. It also has bookable tennis courts, netball courts, a petanque pitch and two playgrounds. 

Highgate Park

For history fans, there’s the famous Highgate Cemetery where many notable people are buried, including Karl Marx whose monument attracts visitors from all over the world. Choose a self-guided tour and explore the cemetery at your own pace, or opt for a guided visit. 

Finally, there’s LUX, an international arts agency which offers regular public screenings, talks, exhibitions and other events. 

Of course, if you’re after a coworking space in the area for you or your team, look no further than Riley Studios. Opening in early 2023, this is flexible workspace like you’ve never seen before. 

Offering hotdesks, zoom rooms, collaboration spaces and a full range of amenities, Riley Studios has everything entrepreneurs, freelancers and remote workers need to get a day’s work done.

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