Angel, located in the heart of the borough of Islington, at the North of London centre, is aptly named. Less known from tourists compared to Notting Hill or Kensington, this area is mostly frequented by Londoners. They meet up over there to enjoy the large number of restaurants, bars and shops the neighbourhood offers. A theatre (Almeida) that offers excellent entertainments, and some little boutiques give Angel an atypical character in London, with a village-like atmosphere.
The area is very much appreciated by young professionals working in the City (2 underground stations form Moorgate and 3 stations from Bank), and in the new Tech City, located near Old Street (1 station from Angel).
Even though Upper Street, the main street which extends from Angel tube station to Highbury & Islington station, is quite busy and noisy, the other small streets are pretty much quiet.
The advantages of the area:
– Some lovely walks alongside Regent’s Canal, East of Upper Street
– Farmer’s market on Chapel Market each Sundays
– The proximity of King’s Cross St Pancras station with a large number of tube and train lines, plus the Eurostar (1 tube station away from Angel)
Note that this charming and dynamic area can be quite expensive: £1’800 pcm to rent a one-bedroom flat. However, the recent and modern buildings in Angel enhances the offer of rental properties in the area and confirms Londoners’ keen interest for this very attractive neighbourhood!