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Our area guide to Archway gives you a quick overview of the neighbourhood from its properties, public parks, local schools, council tax, public transport links to shopping and going out. Postcodes covered by this area guide include, N19

Archway Overview
Archway gradually adopted its current name when a prominent bridge was constructed nearby. A tunnel was originally planned for the Highgate bypass but this failed due to repeated collapses. Instead a high, multi-arched road bridge constructed across this. The road over the bridge is Hornsey Lane and it connects the villages of Highgate and Crouch End. The current bridge dates from 1893; the original 1813 bridge was demolished in 1901.

Highgate Hill, the road from Archway to Highgate village, was the route of the first cable car to be built in Europe. It operated between 1884 and 1909.

As the area at the base of the steep hill to Highgate, and the nearest point at that time served by public transport other than the cable car, upon the arrival of the Northern Line underground in 1907 the station constructed to serve the area was named Highgate (now Archway tube station), as had been the destination for tram services. The present-day Highgate tube station is about a mile and a half to the north.

It is said that it was at Archway that Dick Whittington heard the Bow Bells ringing and returned back to London, and his name is given to the Whittington hospital, at Highgate Hill. Outside the hospital is a small statue of Whittington's Cat.

Guide to Archway transport links:

  • Trains
  • King's Cross (National Rail)
  • King's Cross Thameslink
  • London Kings Cross
  • Upper Holloway
  • Tubes
  • Archway (Northern Line) (Zone 3, Zone 2)
  • Kings Cross St Pancras (Circle Line, Hammersmith & City Line, Metropolitan Line, Northern Line, Piccadilly Line, Victoria Line, National Rail) (Zone 1)
  • Tufnell Park (Northern Line) (Zone 2)

Council Tax Rates

Archway is represented by Islington Council which holds the responsibility for delivering services in your area.