About the Area
As part of the borough of Islington, The Angel is centrally located in London, England. The unique name for the area is derived from The Angel Coaching Inn, which once served as a hotel for those travelling into London. The building, located at Islington High Street and Pentonville Road, was originally located in another borough but was merged into Islington in 1965. The area begins around Penton Street and Pentonville Road and extends to the end of Essex Road in Dalson, with Upper Street running through the centre of the area. In the days of the inn, the area was riotous and famous for its nightlife, crime, and debauchery. Nowadays, however, it is filled with international restaurants, antique shops and boutiques that attract a wide range of people from the young and trendy to the well-to-do.
Places of Interest
As the namesake landmark, the building known as The Angel dates back to the 13th century. Its first well-known incarnation was around 1665 when it served as an inn for travellers entering the city from the north, where it gained popularity because it was located on the last dangerous stretch of the road leading to London. The building has been rebuilt a number of times and has had incarnations as an inn, a pub and a restaurant, and it is now home to a market research agency. In Charles Dickensí book Oliver Twist, the building is the site of a meeting between the Artful Dodger and Oliver Twist. In other literary history, it is also rumoured that the author and political theorist Thomas Paine wrote parts of The Rights of Man when he stayed at the Old Red Lion hotel. Having made its transition from a rather treacherous area, The Angel is now full of restaurants ranging from Antepliler, which specializes in Turkish food, the Duke of Cambridge, which has a completely organic menu, and Morgan M, a French restaurant with exceptional cuisine. After dinner, there's a varied selection of drinking establishments including The Hanbury Arms pub and The York pub as well as cocktail bars like The Bar with No Name. While Upper Street is a great locale for restaurants, it also serves as the main shopping thoroughfare in the area. However, if it doesn't suit your shopping needs, you can always head to the N1 Islington Shopping Centre which has more than enough stores for everyone to find what they're looking for.
The Underground Station that provides access to the area is Angel, which was originally built in 1901 and revamped in 1992. One of the five Underground stations in London that is named after a pub, it is located at the nexus of Goswell Road and City Road. Located in Zone 1, this stop is just across from the beginning of Upper Street. It is also within a block of The Church of Saint John the Evangelist, the Culpeper Community Garden, Chapel Market, and the Smithfield Meat Market. The former station of City Road is located between Old Street and Angel Street.