Commercial Property Area Guide: Lower Holloway - London
Holloway is an area of the London borough Islington in central/north London. Split into two neighbourhoods, Lower Holloway is generally defined as the area to the south west of Holloway Road. Green spaces like Paradise Park and Caledonian Park are popular with residents during warm summer days, while spots like The Pleasance Theatre boast fantastic indie entertainment for any weather.
Holloway, in general, is popular with people who work in arts, media and literature, as it’s close to central London (where many notable businesses in these industries are based). Both areas of Holloway also boast a more urban, creative feel than surrounding neighbourhoods, typified by the area’s popularity with local street artists.
The area was once home to Holloway Prison before it closed in 2016. Notable buildings now include the National Youth Theatre and the Rock Tower church, a grand, domed place of worship. Recently, the area has also undergone extensive development, with exclusive commercial buildings popping up around Caledonian Road. So, if you’re in the market for a Lower Holloway base for your business, you might find one of these new additions fits the bill perfectly.
Find out everything you need to know about living and working in Lower Holloway.
Getting from A to B in Lower Holloway
There are three underground stations in Lower HollowayCaledonian Road and Holloway Road stations are both on the Piccadilly line, while Highbury and Islington station, at the edge of the district, is served by the Victoria line. The latter can take you to Walthamstow Central to the north, or as far south as Brixton, stopping at major destinations like Oxford Circus and transport interchange King’s Cross St Pancras. The first two can take you as far north as Cockfosters, or as far west as Heathrow and Uxbridge on Piccadilly’s two different lines.
Two railway stations are within easy reach of Lower HollowayHighbury and Islington station sits just off Highbury island and you can catch both Overground and National Rail services from there. Caledonian Road & Barnsbury station is also served by a number of Overground services. If you need to travel further afield, King’s Cross St Pancras is just 11 minutes’ tube ride away.
Four airports are easy to get to from Lower HollowayStansted and Luton Airports are around an hour’s drive from Lower Holloway, while Heathrow Airport, ideal for those catching long-haul flights, is around an hour and 15 minutes by road or rail. London City Airport is also relatively nearby, taking about 45 minutes to get to by road, for short-haul and domestic flights.
The A1, Holloway Road, is one of the area’s main transport routesThe A503 is also a major road and can take you down to Camden Town and Kentish Town. Caledonian Road, too, is a popular thoroughfare and sees lots of traffic by foot, rail and road during the working week.
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Lower Holloway has lots of facilities for its residents to use.
There are 5 gyms in Lower Holloway, including Better Gym, Energie Fitness and Islington Tennis Centre + Gym.
How many banks and post offices are in Lower Holloway?There are two banks in Lower Holloway. There is one Lloyds Bank, close to the border with Highbury Fields, on Holloway Road and one Barclays Bank, just off Seven Sisters Road.
There is one post office in the area, just off Holloway Road (though technically in Upper Holloway) close to Drayton Park.
Lower Holloway has branches of many major supermarketsYou’ll find two Tesco Express, one just off Holloway Road and one just steps from Caledonian Road underground station. There is also a Sainsbury’s local on Caledonian Road.
Lower Holloway is a primarily residential area but, as it borders Holloway Road, it’s close to lots of high street shops and independent retailers. Dorothy Perkins, The Works, B&Q and Holland & Barrett are just some of the brands that you’ll find along the long stretch of road. There are also a number of shops along Caledonian Road, including trade stores such as Toolstation and Plumbase.
Commercial real estate agents operating in Lower Holloway
Stiles Harold Williams
The Workplace Company
Montagu Evans LLP
Realla has plenty of exciting properties in Lower Holloway – take a look at a few
Here are a few of the businesses based in Lower Holloway
Energie Fitness Gym
The Mackenzie Practice
Love Creative Marketing
Offices in Lower Holloway
Interesting facts about Lower Holloway
The UK’s first sexual health clinic was set up in Holloway by Marie Stopes. The clinic opened its doors in 1921 and offered free advice to all married women about contraceptive methods.
Holloway Prison, which was built in 1852, was home to Oscar Wilde during his period of incarceration. There, he penned ‘The Ballad of Reading Gaol’.
Despite its name, Royal Holloway University is not in the district. Instead, you’ll find it further south in the Bloomsbury area of London.
Holloway is one of the most densely populated areas of London, with roughly 40,000 people per square mile.
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