Angel Area Guide
Situated in the London Borough of Islington, Angel is well known for its arts culture and also for its close proximity to many of London’s top business and entertainment districts. The closest tube station is Angel underground station on the Northern line. Waterloo and Tottenham Court Road – both major tube hubs – are close by, meaning the area offers great mobility for businesses needing regular access to the inner city and beyond. Angel covers the post code EC1 and part of N1.
Angel is home to the Business Design Centre, the capital’s most stylish and extravagant exhibition centre, which plays host to dozens of exhibitions and hundreds of conferences throughout the year.
Why do business in Angel?
Proximity to major transport links
Although Angel is not strictly within London’s inner City, its Central London location means it is very close to multiple transport networks. Accessible via the Northern line of the London Underground and a short walk to King’s Cross and St. Pancras International, Angel has good links across the capital, nationwide and even across the continent.
Angel boasts an eclectic, vibrant working environment with an excellent selection of bars and restaurants and a wide variety of cultural, arts and recreational facilities. Having all of this in such close proximity is what gives Angel its unique character.
Islington Business Partnership
A network of over 780 local businesses that champion the needs of businesses in Angel Islington, the IBP provides reliable business support and unique opportunities to meet other like-minded entrepreneurs.
What businesses does Angel suit?
Angel is one of the closest areas to Bank, the heart of London’s financial district. Businesses wishing to locate themselves within reach of one of the world’s largest financial hubs may wish to consider Angel with Central London offices without the inner city tag.
The region’s close links to Waterloo and King’s Cross give businesses in Angel Islington enhanced mobility around London and beyond. Angel is just minutes from Farringdon and Clerkenwell, which is well known for its links to the publishing industry.
"Upper speed" by Fabio Venni is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
Angel tube station is on the Northern Line between King’s Cross St Pancras and Old Street. Whilst Angel itself is only linked to one line, King’s Cross is linked to six underground lines and is the biggest interchange station on the underground network, meaning Angel offers very good mobility around London.
King’s Cross St. Pancras: 4 minutes
Waterloo: 21 minutes
Liverpool Street: 18 minutes
Euston: 8 minutes
Canary Wharf: 29 minutes
Although well known, it can be hard to find a Yo! Sushi (N1 Centre, 39 Parkfield St, London, N1 0PS). This one is pretty big, and offers an array of modern and traditional dishes served using the famous conveyor belt system. Alternatively, check out the Royal Thai Restaurant (52 Caledonian Rd, London, N1 9DP) which offers beautiful Thai food at reasonable prices. There are also a number of popular chain restaurants in and around Angel, such as Wagamama (40 Parkfield St, London, N1 0PS).
Angel’s central location means there are lots of decent pubs for regulars and travelers. The Old Red Lion (418 St John's St, Angel, London EC1V 4JN) is a fantastic pub with a great atmosphere. It has an emphasis on sport – you can call before you visit to check what games are on – and it offers a great beer selection along with traditional Sunday roasts.
Bar-wise, Lark in the Park (60 Copenhagen Street, London, N1 0JW) is independently run and has played host to some great live music acts, and has a beer garden and late license. Also check out The Ruby Lounge (33 Caledonian Rd, London, N1 9BU) which is a trendy bar for younger people with impeccable service.
Freightliners City Farm
Located within Islington, the Freighliners City Farm houses a variety of both rare and common farm animals along with a regular farmer’s market selling everything from cakes and home-made jewellery to clothes. The farm shop also sells beautiful home-grown fruits and vegetables and organic jams.
Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art
The Estorick Collection is the UK’s only museum devoted to modern Italian art. The core of the museum focuses on the Futurist movement, but there are also exhibits dedicated to figurative art and sculpture dating from the last decade of the 19th century to the 1950s.