Holloway Road may be the gateway out of (or into) London but as the traffic slows down and the pedestrian crossings improve (eg, opposite the Nag’s Head near James Selby) it’s becoming a good place to do your shopping again. And did you know it was the home of the deliberately unfunny (and thus funny) Diary of a Nobody (see book reviews)? Many of the interviews on Islington Faces blog are with people who know this area well. 

Charlie George Legends Tour. Emirates Stadium, Arsenal Football Club, London, 21/7/2014. Credit: Stuart MacFarlane / Arsenal Football Club.

Holloway born Charlie George runs Charlie George Legends Tour at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal Football Club, London (just behind Holloway Road). This pic taken 21/7/2014. Credit: Stuart MacFarlane / Arsenal Football Club.

  • If you want to look at a local website exclusively about Holloway, see Holloway Life which has a huge range of info about the area.
  • For a full list of places in Islington you might enjoy visiting, see Where to go out locally.
  • Don’t forget to take a look at the Emirates Stadium, which is just off Holloway Road. Better still go to a game at Arsenal.
  • And if you want to put the black back into blackberry jam consider joining Gothic Valley WI – and find out more about why Holloway Road is dubbed Gothic Valley – by reading the interview with its founding president Holly Peterson.
Landlord Adrian Clarke: “The Lamb Beer & Liquor is a bohemian place. We’re not a football pub with screens but if you are an Arsenal fan and you come up the side of the road from Highbury we’re the first pub you find. Match days are really busy: lots of guys come in here before the match for a pint.”

Landlord Adrian Clarke: “The Lamb Beer & Liquor is a bohemian place. We’re not a football pub with screens but if you are an Arsenal fan and you come up the side of the road from Highbury we’re the first pub you find. Match days are really busy: lots of guys come in here before the match for a pint.”

PUBS
Ade Clarke, landlord at the Lamb Beer & Liquor – a chilled pub which just happens to be the nearest one to Arsenal on the Holloway side of the Emirates.

RECYCLING & WASTE CENTRE
For insights on what you can recycle, repair, reuse, give away and get collected have a look at the interview with Jean Hughes, recycling and waste minimisation officer.

Bachulal Chotai from ABC Jewellery on Holloway Road: "I've made so many friends." (c) Islington Faces

Bachulal Chotai from ABC Jewellery on Holloway Road: “I’ve made so many friends.” (c) Islington Faces

SHOPS, CAFES & RESTAURANTS
Pick your interviewee then look for the 5 places they love about Islington to find some new places close to Holloway Road that you might want to try. You might see volunteers at Nag’s Head doing a supermarket drive at Morrisons or Waitrose in aid of Islington Foodbank – find out more about what it is and how to help in this interview with volunteer Nann du Sautoy. If you need a watch repaired see if Mr Chotai at ABC Jewellers is open still (after lunch).

  • SPORT
    Find out why Georgina Gray set up a Bikram (hot yoga) studio just behind Holloway tube. The first class is free!
  • Arsenal ’70s legend, Charlie George, was brought up around Holloway. It’s where he honed his early football skills and now runs Legends Tours of the Emirates Stadium.
  • Here’s Russell Selway from Cycle Surgery Highbury explaining why they find Holloway Road stressful. A good read if you are interested in air pollution.

TRAINING
Jennifer Yong runs cooking courses at Genius Social, a few minutes from Holloway tube. The classes make great experience gifts – a skill you can learn and then try again in your own kitchen.

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The long awaited pedestrian crossing over Holloway Road opposite Nags Head.

In Islington Faces interview with architect David Gibson, who is also chair of the Islington Society, he talks about how Holloway Road finally got this long awaited pedestrian crossing opposite Nags Head. Now both sides of the road have busier shops.

MUSIC

  • Meet a fairy spirit who rehearses at St Luke’s, West Holloway and at the piano on St Pancras International station, Alicia Montplaisir.
  • He may be big enough to tour the US, but singer songwriter Frank Turner also bigs it up for Nambucca on Holloway Road

PEOPLE

  • Jeremy Corbyn, MP by Garry Kennard - part of the Holloway Icon series. (c) Garry Kennard

    Jeremy Corbyn, MP by artist Garry Kennard for his Holloway Icon series. (c) Garry Kennard

    Teaching assistant Molly Gorrell Barnes reckons she’s from Holloway & Bristol.

  • Barry Edwards was Islington Mayor from 2013-14.
  • Jane Parker, a skilled photographer and blogger at Jane’s London living in Holloway, talks about her business designing wonderful recycled London treasures  – be tempted by the way a broken clay pipe can become a smoking hot necklace.
  • Buy me once campaigner Tara Button once lost her cat on the top of the Nag’s Head. The cat’s home now!
  • Jeremy Corbyn, MP, allegedly buys his vests from Nag’s Head market.
  • Artist Garry Kennard who also knows about science and writing is also a mountaineer (training on the slopes of Highgate Hill).
  • Traveller Rachel Zatz does Airbnb just off Holloway Road. She tells guests to eat at Amici (now Ekko).

Over to you
Where’s your favourite place on Holloway Road? Have you ever worked there? Have you got some good stories to tell about HollowayRoad’s history like Christopher Curtis? If so do share in the comments – or contact islington faces blog and suggest you are interviewed.  Thanks.