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Living in Archway: Where to Go & What to Do - Essential Living

Living in Archway: Where to Go & What to Do

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From classic pubs to brunch spots, there’s no shortage of cosy hangouts to visit when you’re living in Archway. Living in this corner of North London, you’ll be spoilt for choice whether you’re looking for somewhere to meet your friends, a quiet corner to do some work, or a nice restaurant for a date night.

Simply wander down Junction Road and you’re sure to find a spot to suit your mood. So, if you’re already living in Archway or thinking of moving there, here are the best places to go.

Bread & Bean

Bread and Bean, living in Archway

For exceptional coffee and a friendly atmosphere, Bread & Bean will soon become your regular. Pop by to try their coffee blends, with a weekly rotation of independent roasteries from around the world. For something even more thirst-quenching, try their fruit and veggie smoothies or homemade fresh juices.

The little café is a nice spot to catch up on some work and watch the comings-and-goings along Junction Road. Or meet up with a friend and enjoy the brunch menu and daily cakes.

Find at 37 Junction Rd, Upper Holloway, London N19 5QU | Follow @breadandbean37

500 Restaurant

500 Restaurant, living in Archway

Indulge in the authentic tastes of Italy at 500 Restaurant. The ever-changing seasonal menu utilises the very best of fresh, flavoursome ingredients. All dishes are prepared on the day, from homemade breads and gnocchi, to ravioli and seafood pastas.

You need to sample their choice of desserts before you leave too. Expect classic tiramisu, dark chocolate mousse, panna cotta and more. If you have a more savoury tooth, opt for their Italian cheese board to end your meal, with a good glass of red wine on the side.

Find at 782 Holloway Rd, Upper Holloway, London N19 3JH | Follow @500restaurant

Archway Market

Archway Market, living in Archway

Pick up your groceries at Archway Market on a Saturday. Just next door to Archway Station (and Vantage Point), the marketplace is conveniently located in the heart of the area — a convenient spot for anyone living in Archway. From locally grown produce and meats from British farmers to freshly baked pastries and cakes, there’s always something to tempt your palate.

You’ll also find a host of homewares and trinkets — perfect if you’re looking for an alternative gift or something to decorate your apartment. Be sure to pick up a colourful flower bouquet or pot-plant when you visit too.

Find at Navigator Square, Archway, London N19 3TD | Follow @archway_market

Owl & Hitchhiker

Owl and Hitchhiker, living in Archway

If you’re looking to fix your brunch cravings, Owl & Hitchhiker offer bottomless brunch every Saturday. Savour your choice of pancakes, avocado on toast, and eggs galore, plus Bloody Marys and Mimosas for refreshment.

Otherwise, pitch up any day of the week and expect all your favourites on the menu. The alternative pub on Holloway Road specialises in vegan junk food with everything from a beefless burger and fishless tacos to sweet treats. But they also serve plenty of meat options responsibly sourced from local farmers. The venue hosts a busy events calendar with stand-up comedy, quiz nights, live music, and performances, so there’s always something going on.

Find at 471 Holloway Road, Archway, London N7 6LE | Follow @owlhitchhiker

Ally’s Kitchen

Ally's Kitchen, living in Archway

Café bistro Ally’s Kitchen creates a fusion of modern cuisine influenced by flavours from around the world. The menu is curated using local produce, offering an authentic homemade dining experience. Visit for breakfast or brunch to enjoy a mix of dishes including a Full English (vegetarian and vegan alternatives available too!).

On the counter you’ll find plenty of freshly baked pastries and cakes to tempt your sweet tooth. Or pick up one of their sourdough breads or baguettes on-the-go. The café also host themed dinners and bottomless brunches with your choice of bubbly or wine.

Find at 6 Navigator Square, Archway, London N19 3TD | Follow @allyskitchenlondon

Lost Boys Pizza

Lost Boys, living in Archway

Named after the cult ‘80s vampire flick, Lost Boys Pizza on Junction Road is a must-visit for pizza and cocktails if you’re living in Archway. Choose from their selection of stonebaked pizzas, including plenty of vegetarian and vegan flavours, all with names inspired by the film.

The film theme doesn’t stop there though. Inside, the restaurant is decked out in full ‘80s grunge, with a poster-plastered ceiling of stills from the film, strings of fairy lights, and hidden trinkets dotted about that give a nod to the film.

Find at 141 Junction Road, Archway, London N19 5PX | Follow @lostboyspizza

Del Parc

Del Parc, living in Archway

Vibrant tapas restaurant Del Parc serves up a mix of Spanish and North African inspired dishes. Dine with friends to properly enjoy the restaurant’s vast choice of sharing plates. From artisan bread and marinated vegetables, to tortillas and deli meats, there’s something to suit everyone. Check the weekly specials board for even more options.

Inside, the restaurant’s cosy atmosphere is complemented by an immersive soundtrack of music from around the world. It’s the perfect atmosphere to chill with friends over good food and a glass of wine.

Find at 167 Junction Road, Archway, London N19 5PZ | Follow @delparc

St John’s Tavern

St John's Tavern, living in Archway

Classic North London pub St John’s Tavern is the place to go if you’re looking for a good pint or traditional pub grub whilst living in Archway. Visit on Sundays for their roast menu including a selection of wines and cocktails to complement your dish.

Every other day of the week you can expect a rotating menu of classic British food, including beer-battered haddock with chips and chargrilled rump steak. To top things off, be sure to try their menu of puddings, cheeses and dessert wines.

Find at 91 Junction Road, London, N19 5QU | Follow @stjohnstavern

Cricks Corner

Cricks Corner, living in Archway

Relaxed and trendy brunch spot Cricks Corner offers a no-nonsense brunch menu and plenty of good coffee. Enjoy one of their bacon baps or classic avo on toast with speciality coffees and loose leaf teas from London producers.

The chilled vibe of the café makes it a good place to catch up on emails. Or browse their collection of coffee-related items, cards, and prints by local artists for an alternative gift. Be sure to pick a bottle of their homemade Cricks ketchups before you leave too.

Find at  80 Dartmouth Park Hill, London N19 5HU | Follow @crickscorner

The Lord Palmerston

The Lord Palmerston, living in Archway

With its traditional Victorian pub decor alongside modern influences, The Lord Palmerston is an elegant pitstop if you’re looking for a hearty meal. Relax at winter in front of the open fireplace or lounge in one of the leather armchairs enjoying a menu of gastropub food.

Using the best of seasonal British produce, the pub serves all your favourites from burgers and steaks to fresh salads and cheese boards. Visit on a Sunday for roast dinners with all the trimmings. Check the events calendar for their regular quiz nights and alcohol masterclasses.

Find at 33 Dartmouth Park Hill, Highgate, London NW5 1HU | Follow @palmerstonpub

The Best of Archway

There’s always something going on in Archway. Make the most of the area’s abundance of cafés, restaurants and pubs close by. You can be at the very heart of the area in our luxurious Vantage Point apartments on Junction Road, just 1 minute walk from the Tube station.

Have we missed your favourite spot in Archway? Let us know @EssLiving.


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