Neatly nestled between Islington and Highgate is where you will find Archway, a North London neighbourhood that is growing in popularity by the day.
What was once a slept-on neighbourhood is fast becoming a microcosm of London with an eclectic mix of properties, independent and chain shops, and a vibrant area with excellent transport connections to other parts of the capital.
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Until the 18th century the area was mostly rural, but after the urban expansion of London in the second half of the 19th century it became extremely built-up. Since the 1830s Archway has had a large Irish community. Many Irish people worked in building railways and roads and became known as navigators. After World War 2, the Irish community formed in the area continued to get bigger as the newly-opened Whittington Hospital recruited nurses from Ireland. Although immigration from Ireland has slowed down, the Irish influence can still very much be seen in the area, pubs such as The Mother Red Cap and The Floirin and the supply of Irish newspapers in local newsagents as well as the pedestrian precinct called Navigator Square which is named after the Irish navigators.
Archway, like a lot of inner north London, experienced fast growth in the early 1900s and quickly became an important local shopping centre.
During World War 2, parts of Archway experience intense bombing due to its proximity to King’s Cross railway station.
However since then there has been a lot of development in the area and it is now home to many artists and people who work in the media, including many journalists, writers and professionals working in film and television.
If you’re someone who needs plenty to see or do then you will be delighted with Archway.
From football to comedy, there are a plethora of things that will keep you entertained!
Arsenal F.C. – Emirates Stadium
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Are you an Arsenal fan or simply interested in watching a Premier League team in a world class stadium? Then going to watch Arsenal F.C. is what you should be doing!
Any lovers of contemporary art that would love to see the works of emerging artists from the late 20th and 21st century need to go to 176 Gallery. The gallery is a converted 19th century Methodist chapel, which makes an interesting juxtapositions with the experimental art. Working with emerging artists and presenting three major site-specific exhibitions per year, exhibitions work both with the building and the Collection as their starting point.
You can digest whatever art you’ve just seen over cakes, tea and coffee which are provided at the gallery.
Hampstead Heath is the wildest of London’s parks, it has fields to run in, long grass to roll in, woods to hide in and most famously, ponds to swim in! If you want to get away from city life whilst still being in the city, you must visit this park.
If you need some belly laughs and are a lover of stand-up comedy, then Jester Jesters Comedy is the place to be!
There is new stand-up comedy material every Wednesday night upstairs at The Oak and Pastor, 86 Junction Road, a few mins from Tufnell Park or Archway station. Come and watch and/or sign up and perform.
A hard to miss building, boasting a variety of colours on the windows of its modern exterior, this residence offers a variety of value shared flats for students. Close to a number of bus routes and underground stations, the accommodation is ideal for those looking to make the most of their stay with the residence being only a short distance away from a number of iconic London landmarks and entertainment venues.
Located on Islington’s Holloway Road, on the border of zones 2/3, the residence is an ideal accommodation for students who want to experience as much of London as they can.
The residences main room type is an en-suite room. En-suite rooms offer residences their own private bathroom, study area, double bed and personal space for storage.
What they say
Really, we are very happy with our room at the residence. James in the residences team has helped us with all aspects of our booking and we would like to say, big thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!!
Dmitriy and Maria, two students from Russia: Residence booking
“We have been working with London Homestays for over 5 years. With their support, we have managed to achieve a high level of customer satisfaction. We strongly recommend London Homestays to anyone who’s looking for quality, reliability and exceptional customer service.”
Alex Fernandes, Accommodation & Visa Compliance Manager, Malvern House London
“Having worked with them since 2013, I can state that London Homestays have always taken care to match our students with suitable host families. They have a very friendly yet professional approach to their work. Our students have enjoyed staying at their homestays. Overall, students say that their host families are attentive and welcoming.”
Carl Roberton, Principal, Stafford House School of English
“We at Burlington School have worked with London Homestays since 2014, and I professionally know the team since 2009 when I worked for another company in the education and accommodation industry. Having had the opportunity to work with London Homestays since the company started operations in London, all of the enquiries have been dealt with in a dedicated and timely manner, the team members are customer-oriented and always provide an exceptional accommodation experience to our students. I have no hesitation to recommend London Homestays as excellent accommodation providers and business partners.”
Eliane Tomasi, Accommodation & Welfare Officer, Burlington School
“LSC Stanton has been working with London Homestays since 2011 and we are very pleased with the quality of accommodation and service they give to us. We have a good relationship with the team and they are always on hand to deal with any last-minute requests.”
Nick Bray, Managing Director, London Study Centre
“Cooperation with London Homestays is always great! We highly appreciate proactive approach and effort to ensure the best possible services for our groups. We always had a great clean accommodation, friendly family and smart local organisers. Students of our groups were satisfied and they enjoyed staying in London very much. We would like to recommend this agency. The whole team is very kind.”
Miroslava Foltýnová, Owner, CK Bus Tours
“We offer internships in London to European students and looked for a reliable partner to provide accommodation to our candidates. We have been very happy with the services provided by London Homestays, as have our candidates, as they have always received quickly information on families, the possibility to book a room in a short delay and also a good quality of families. I would recommend without any doubt this agency. The team is very professional, efficient and friendly :). We hope to send new trainees soon!”
Stéphanie Frassanito, Program Manager, Work Overseas
“Our school from the Czech Republic has had great experiences with London Homestays. They are one of the only hosting agencies who would accept our very young guests (under 12). The host families were generally welcoming, kind, and accommodating. The service provided by the coordinator Kate O’Connor and other admin staff is second to none.”
Kate Powers, Vice Principal for English Studies, Sunny Canadian International School
My homestay host Debra transformed my stay into the most amazing experience of my whole life!
Florian, student from Belgium: Homestay booking in Zone 3
My stay with my host family makes my time at UK much more fun and exciting! Life is happening!
Bao, student from China: Homestay booking in Zone 4+
It was an amazing experience, I’ve found a new home where I feel as comfortable as I do in my own home!
Laura, student from France: Homestay booking in Zone 2
Shanghai Chelsea International Consulting (SCIC) has worked with Home from Home many times and they have provided a very professional service.
Chan Sen, Director at Shanghai Chelsea International Consulting
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