The inner-city district of Holloway in the London Borough of Islington was historically a main cattle driving route from the north to Smithfield Market, and some believe the name Holloway originates from Hallow, referring to the road’s significance as a pilgrimage route to Walsingham. The A1, which passes through Holloway, grew from the Great North Road at Highgate Hill built by the Bishop of London and claiming tolls by 1318.
The Nag’s Head area is at the core of Holloway and is named after a pub, which closed in 2004, while the area has been developed into a shopping centre with over 225 shops as well as restaurants and pubs. Nearby is the Emirates Stadium, home to Arsenal Football Club, which attracts thousands of fans each week. Famous residents have included Shirley Bassey, John Lyndon from the Sex Pistols, Kate Winslet, Lily Allen and Boris Johnson.
Food and drink is well catered for in the area but, if you’re looking for that something a bit special, hop over to Archway Market, which takes place 500 yards from Archway Tube Station on the Holloway Road every Saturday 10am-5pm. As well as fresh veg, cheese, artisan coffee, fruit juice and smoothies, you’ll find quality second hand books and vintage and modern homeware and body products among other treats.