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Holloway's Heyday – The Oxford Street Of The North – a walking tour

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Holloway

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N7 9SU

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This is a time-travelling guided walk taking us back to a time when Holloway was a highly respectable neighbourhood – an area for the upwardly mobile, as perfectly parodied by the character of Mr Pooter in George and weedon Grossmith's A Diary of a Nobody.

On this walk we'll go back to a time when high streets looked beautiful; a time when shops had curved windows, polished brass, hand-painted signage, immaculate window displays and staff in white aprons. Imagine too, palatial variety theatres, gin palaces, tea rooms, banqueting halls and the early labyrinthine department stores. Specifically, let’s go back to the era when the Nag’s Head area of Holloway was affectionately known as “The Oxford Street Of The North”.

Perhaps you live in Holloway and think it’s convenient for travelling to work. Perhaps you live elsewhere and think N7 is just somewhere you drive through on the way to another place. Well, stop a minute and consider those connections, because in the late Victorian to Edwardian period those same transport networks enabled the area to sparkle as a rival to the West End.

On this 90-minute walk you will find out how the Nag's Head area of Holloway Road evolved from a muddy thoroughfare flanked by farms and pasture land into a go-to shopping district with top-end entertainment.

This part of the A1 boasts many firsts in transport and shopping. You will learn how one store was described as “The Fortnum & Mason of North London” and another was bigger and better than its Oxford Street counterparts.

Today's Holloway may not be as visually impressive as it was 125 years ago but it’s still got a plenty to offer – hints of the historical gems are hiding in plain view just waiting to be appreciated.

Don’t just pass through – come and see the district in a different light.

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The specific meeting point will be on your ticket

Please note that online sales end one hour before the tour commences.
For last-minute bookings or updates please call me prior to the tour start time on 07941 475003.

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Also check out my Art Deco Holloway walk which covers the same area in the 1930s

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Scroll down to the bottom see my other walks which include:
• Art Deco (Holloway/Arsenal)
• Ghostsigns (Hand-painted wall ads in Holloway/Islington)
• Bygone Brands & Businesses (Upper Holloway)
• Pubs and Taverns of Holloway Rd (short and long tours available)
• The Only Way Is Essex Road (historical innovations and highlights)
• Green and Pleasant Islington (open spaces and hidden places)

Coming soon – The Pubs and Taverns of Upper Street, Islington


FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

There is no minimum age.
Children under 6 are welcome at no charge.
However, please note that all children up to age 15 must be accompanied by an adult – one child per paying adult.

Where exactly does this tour start?

Details of the meeting point will be on your ticket.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Please don't waste time and resources printing out your ticket.
I will have a list of attendees on the day, although it would be wise to make a note of your booking reference

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

In cases of illness or unforseen circumstances involving no-shows I will be happy to transfer your booking to another walk on another date. However, you might be able to offer your ticket to a friend ... please see the next question...

Is it OK if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

This is fine – just email me and let me know the name of the person who will be taking your place.

Is this tour suitable for wheelchairs?

The walk will be mostly on standard shopping pavements and as such should not pose any problems further to those experienced on an average high street.


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email: jane@janeslondon.com
Mobile: +44(0)7941 475003

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