The Angel is one of the most vibrant parts of north London and is a dynamic hub for shopping, eating & drinking, entertainment and culture. The Angel makes a great place to spend a day, evening or a short break.
Getting to know the Angel
The Angel is an area that welcomes all and has something for everyone. Easy to walk (map) around, the Angel is made up a few key areas:
Upper Street – Upper Street is the main thoroughfare running north to south through the Angel. A mile in length, Upper Street, and the roads leading off it, is home to hundreds of shops, pubs, bars, cafes, restaurants and other interesting businesses. The Business Design Centre is situated immediately to the west of the street, just south of Islington Green. Upper Street is known for it’s exclusive retail offer with numerous fashion, beauty and lifestyle shops. Close to St Mary’s church, are the The Almeida, Little Angel Theatre and the King’s Head Theatre pub. To the north end of Upper Street is Islington Town Hall.
St John Street and Rosebery Avenue – at the south end of the Angel, St John Street and Rosebery Avenue there are a number of large office developments matched by a choice of dining and cultural venues. St John Street itself is home to several wonderful independent restaurants. For “culture vultures” there’s the world-renowned dance venue Sadler’s Wells and also The Old Red Lion Theatre, one of London’s oldest and best theatre pubs!
Chapel Market – to the west of Upper Street lies Chapel Market, one of the capital’s traditional street markets selling everything from fresh fish and fruit & veg to discount homewares and clothing. There are plenty of good value dining options here too including ‘street food’ vendors and cafes. On Sunday’s there’s a great farmers’ market too. Surrounding Chapel Market is a range of high street stores and supermarket
Angel Central – situated between Liverpool Road and Upper Street is Angel Central, the Angel’s main shopping centre. Angel Central is home to a variety of brand name shops, casual dining restaurants and VUE multiplex cinema.
Islington Green – in the heart of the Angel is Islington Green, a lovely tree lined park that is home to an imposing War Memorial. Close to Islington Green is a collection of restaurants and bars. Across Upper Street is the ‘Screen on the Green’ cinema, an icon of the Angel.
Camden Passage – to the south east of Islington Green is Camden Passage. This area is a small collection of streets, including the pedestrianised Camden Passage itself, that is home to a myriad of wonderful independent shops, cafes and restaurants. Camden Passage is renowned for it’s antiques trade, and to this day there are many antique shops and markets stalls.
The Angel is well connected to all parts of London and beyond by all forms of transport:
Underground – The Angel is on the Bank branch of the Northern Line. Travel times from London Bridge approx. 10 mins and from King’s Cross approx. 3 mins.
Rail – The Angel is approximately one mile from King’s Cross / St Pancras International stations.
Bus – The Angel is very well served by London Buses. Route 38 serves London Victoria station and the West End. Route 43 serves London Bridge and the City of London.
Car – The Angel is centred at the junction of the A501 (Pentonville Rd / City Rd) and A1 (Upper St / St John St). On street parking in the Angel is available, but limited. Angel Central Shopping Centre and the Business Design Centre have car parks (chargeable).
Bike – The Angel has Santander Cycle Stations and several ‘bike share’ companies operate in the area.
Walk – The Angel is a 15 / 20 min walk from King’s Cross station and a 20 min walk to the Barbican.
From world-class dance, to cutting edge fringe theatre, The Angel has a good selection of cultural venues that attract thousands to the area each year:
Sadler’s Wells – Rosebery Avenue
020 7863 8000
Sadler’s Wells is a world-leading creative organisation dedicated to dance in all its forms and has a heritage dating back to the 17th Century. The modern 1,500 seat main auditorium hosts large-scale work by the finest national and international dance companies, whilst the adjoining Lilian Bayliss Studio (180 seats) presents small-scale work by emerging artists.
Almeida Theatre – Almeida Street
020 7359 4404
The Almeida is a small theatre (325 seats) with an international reputation. Named after the street in Angel on which it is located and said to be the Mayor of London’s favourite cultural venue, the Almeida presents brave new work; to provoke, to inspire and surprise audiences.
The Old Red Lion Theatre – St John Street
0333 012 4963
The Old Red Lion Theatre is one of London’s oldest and most loved Fringe theatre venues. Located just south of Angel station, the Old Red Lion Theatre is home to exceptional, ambitious and challenging theatre ranging from the world premieres of new plays to acclaimed revivals. Each October, the Theatre is home to the London Horror Festival, the UK’s largest festival of live horror performance.
King’s Head Theatre – Upper Street
020 7226 8561
Located on Upper Street, the King’s Head Theatre (110 seats) was established in 1970 and is one of the most ethically and socially responsible fringe theatres in the UK. Known for its challenging work and support of young artists, the King’s Head produces eight shows a year in-house alongside hosting a myriad of shows from production companies from the UK and overseas.
Little Angel Theatre – Dagmar Passage
020 7226 1787
Tucked away behind St Mary’s Church on Upper Street, the Little Angel Theatre is a home for puppetry and is dedicated to creating and sharing inspiring stories to ignite the imaginations of the youngest minds. As well as producing its own shows, the Little Angel Theatre welcome puppetry companies from the UK and overseas to perform on its stage. Watching a show in this intimate venue is a pleasure to behold.
Screen on the Green – Upper Street
Part of the Everyman Group, the Screen on the Green is one of capital’s most loved cinemas. Opened in 1913, making it one of the oldest continuously running cinemas in the UK, the Screen on the Green is an icon of Angel with its neon façade and traditional features. The cinema hosts an array of special events and screenings including live Q&As and film festivals.
The Angel is a shopper’s paradise and a perfect place for a bit of retail therapy!
Upper Street is the Angel’s main retail thoroughfare; towards the north of Islington Green the street is home to a host of quality fashion, beauty and lifestyle stores.
Camden Passage, to the east of Upper Street, is a ‘must-visit’ for any visitor to the Angel. The Passage, and small streets leading off it, is home to a myriad of wonderful independent shops selling everything from beautiful cards and gifts, to clothing and artisan food. Camden Passage is historically famous for its antiques shops and these are still to be found here. Antique & vintage markets that take place on different days throughout the week support the wonderful retail in the Passage. (www.camdenpassageislington.co.uk)
Angel Central (www.angelcentral.co.uk) shopping centre is located between Upper Street and Liverpool Road; the centre is home to a good collection of high street brand stores. Further high street shops and supermarkets can be found in the streets around the Angel Central shopping centre.
Chapel Market is one of the capital’s traditional street markets selling everything from fresh fish, fruit & veg and plants to bags, home wares and ladies’ clothes. There’s always a great buzz in Chapel Market, especially in the morning as the market traders set up their stalls for the day.
From fine dining to street food, coffees and cocktails to traditional London pubs, the Angel has something to satisfy the appetite of any visitor! For committed ‘foodies’, the Angel has a number of high quality restaurants serving cuisine from around the world.
For daytime dining, the Angel has an array of options; whether it’s a breakfast bagel or lunchtime burrito there’s something to tickle the tastebuds of any peckish person!
For an evening meal, the Angel sparkles with choice; Upper Street (sometimes referred to as ‘Supper Street’ due the number of restaurants on it!), St John Street, Camden Passage, Theberton Street and Islington Green are all dining hotspots.
If you’re looking to ‘wet your whistle’ the Angel is blessed with everything from independent coffee shops and Japanese tea houses to cocktail bars and traditional pubs.
If you are looking to refresh your body and mind, the Angel offers a great range of businesses to help you do so:
Wellbeing and Fitness – From pilates to physio and swimming to step classes, the Angel can get your body in the perfect shape. Memberships health clubs include Virgin Active on Goswell Road and Nuffield Fitness & Wellbeing Gym on Essex Road.
Hair Salons – From traditional barbers on Theberton Street and Chapel Market, to high-end salons in St John Street and along Upper Street, the Angel caters for all styles and budgets.
Day Spas and Beauty Retailers – The Angel is the perfect place to get pampered; Islington High Street, Camden Passage and Upper Street are home to a range of day spas. Meanwhile, Upper Street (to the north of Islington Green) is home to a cluster of beauty brand retailers.
Staying and Playing in the Angel
The Angel has a number of accommodation options for those who want to stay in the area:
Hilton London Angel Islington – situated right next to the Business Design Centre, this large hotel has all the amenities you would expect from a Hilton Hotel.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London – Islington – located on Pentonville Road, the DoubleTree has over 100 guest rooms and is home to the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse.
Premier Inn London Angel Islington – positioned beside the Angel Central shopping centre and close to the Business Design Centre, this family friendly 3 star hotel is perfect for a business or leisure visit to the Angel.
The Alma Rooms – The Alma is a pub located on Chapel Market and has a small number of studio apartments above the pub. Each studio has wooden floors, double-glazing, small dining area and kitchenette.
The Angel is a great place of a night out with a selection of live music and entertainment venues:
O2 Academy Islington – located above the Angel Central centre, the O2 Academy hosts a wide range of live music, comedy and club nights.
Angel Comedy Club – hidden above the Camden Head pub on Camden Passage, the Angel Comedy Club has free comedy shows seven days at week. Get there early to ensure a seat!
The Lexington – situated on Pentonville Road, The Lexington is one of north London’s best pub music venues, hosting a calendar of live gigs and themed party nights.
VUE Cinema – on the first floor of Angel Central centre, VUE is a multi-screen cinema showing all the latest blockbuster films.
Lucky Voice – on Upper Street opposite Islington Town Hall, karaoke bar Lucky Voice has a number of private rooms where you can sign your heart out with up to 15 of your friends.
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