Caledonian Road is in Holloway, an inner-city area in the north of London. It’s one of the most densely populated areas of London and has a multicultural community. It also has a large student population. It has undergone regeneration in recent years and there are plenty of pubs and restaurants offering a range of cuisines. It's particulary noted for its Ethiopian restaurants. There are several attractions nearby including Freightliners City Farm and the Pleasance Theatre.
There are a few hotels near Caledonian Road Station. The closest ones are budget hotels between 1 and 3 stars. However, this is still the centre of London so prices are higher than in outlying areas. Slightly further away from the station, in the more fashionable and expensive heart of Islington, you will find more upmarket accommodation, including luxury serviced apartments and the 4 star Hilton. Caledonian Road hotels are suitable for travellers arriving from the north of the country, as it is quite close to Kings Cross Station, and those who want to stay near the centre of London without breaking the bank.
Caledonian Road is on the Piccadilly Line in Travelcard Zone 2. It’s in north London, in Holloway. It opened in 1906 and has always had lifts which take passengers directly to platform level. It’s therefore one of the few stations on the underground which has step free access for disabled passengers or people with heavy luggage. Unfortunately, when the station was refurbished in 2005, many of its original features were removed, including the clock tower which is depicted on the wall in the entrance hall.
The Pleasance Theatre is a short walk from the station. This is a 12 year old independent theatre, bringing comedy and drama to Islington. It’s in a former timber store for the London Omnibus Company and you can still see original features from this time including a huge winch by the entrance.
The site of the Metropolitan Cattle Market is nearby. This ran for about a hundred years from the mid 19th century. A pub was built at each corner offering accommodation and entertainment for market goers, and 3 of these remain to this day. The southern part of the site was transformed into sports pitches and Caledonian Park, 18 acres of green space.
Paradise Park is also nearby. It has a number of sports pitches and a large children’s play area. There are lots of trees and shaded benches, which make this a pleasant place to spend a sunny day.
Freightliners City Farm offers a chance to experience a real working farm in action. It was built on wasteland behind Kings Cross Station in 1973. The animals were housed in railway goods vans, from which the farm took its name. It’s a charity and is the only city farm with a non-slaughtering policy. You can see a range of animals including rare breeds of pig, goats, cows, new born lambs and chicks.
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