Archway Station is in Islington, North London. This is a pretty part of the city with lots attractive Victorian buildings and town houses. Highgate Hill still has a village feel, with many interesting shops, cafes and restaurants. Several famous people have been drawn to live in the area, including Sting, Annie Lennox and George Michael.
There aren’t many hotels near Archway Station itself. However, the wider area offers a good choice of accommodation for all travellers. The University of Westminster has basic accommodation at Furnival House (*), within half a mile of the station. It’s a Victorian building in its own grounds and offers student-type bedrooms with washbasins and desks, and shared bathrooms and kitchens. At the other end of the scale, Argyle Mansions (*****) has a marble entrance leading to a selection of luxury one bedroom flats, which are fully equipped with all mod cons and serviced daily by a maid. If you’re looking for mid-range Archway Station hotel, you could try the other side of the heath, around Hampstead, where there are a couple of 3 star hotels; La Gaffe and the Premier Inn London Hampstead.
Archway Station is in North London, in both Zones 2 and 3. It is on the High Barnet branch of the Northern Line. It’s underneath the Archway Tower, a tall office building completed in 1963. The station first opened in 1907 and was originally called Highgate. It was then a terminus. In the 1930’s, the line was extended and its name was changed, as the next station along the line was to be called “Highgate”. During the digging of the new tunnel, a water pipe was cut and caused a flood.
Archway Station is the nearest to Highgate Cemetery, which opened in 1839. This is London’s most famous Victorian graveyard. It is preserved in an atmospheric, tumbledown state of “managed neglect”. The cemetery is full of beautiful sculptures and mausoleums, as well as being a peaceful place of natural wooded beauty. You can take a tour and hear the stories of the many interesting people who are buried there, including famous names like Karl Marx, George Eliot and Michael Faraday.
Lauderdale House is a nearby community arts and education centre. It is based in one of Highgate’s finest country houses and puts on a variety of performances, workshops and exhibitions.
Hampstead Heath is not too far away. The closest area contains the Highgate Ponds, which are 3 large freshwater swimming pools on the heath – one for men, one for women and one mixed. They were originally dug as reservoirs in the 17th and 18th century, but have been used for open air swimming and diving for around a hundred years. Nude bathing is apparently de rigeur amongst the regulars in the fenced enclosure.
The nearby Whittington Hospital is named after Dick Whittington, the famous Mayor of London, and there is a small statue of his cat outside.
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|1||University of Westminster Furnival House||0.8km|
|2||Five Kings Hotel||1.2km|
|3||Corner House Hotel||1.8km|
|3||Travelodge London Euston||2.2km|
|1||Ifor Evans Hall||2.3km|
|2||Costello Palace Hotel||2.4km|
|3||Central Park Hotel Finsbury Park||2.5km|
|2||London Shelton Hotel||2.5km|
|3||Camden Lock Hotel||2.7km|
|2||Spring Park Hotel||2.7km|
|3||Premier Travel Inn London Hampstead||2.7km|
|2||Grand Parade Apartments||2.9km|
|3||Holiday Inn London Camden Lock||2.9km|