The inn at Holloway mentioned by Samuel Pepys in 1661 as the Sign of the Woman with cakes in one hand and a pot of ale in the other was the Mother Red Cap, Upper Holloway, (Footnote 65) which existed in the 1630s. (Footnote 66)
From: British History Online
Source: Islington: Social and cultural activities. A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume VIII, Patricia Croot (1985).