Angel, London

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Angel Wings sculpture by Wolfgang and Heron with Price & Myers
Angel is located in Greater London
Location within Greater London
OS grid referenceTQ315845
• Charing Cross2 mi (3.2 km) SSW
London borough
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLONDON
Postcode districtN1
Postcode districtEC1
Dialling code020
EU ParliamentLondon
UK Parliament
London Assembly
List of places
51°31′56″N 0°06′24″W / 51.5321°N 0.1066°W / 51.5321; -0.1066Coordinates: 51°31′56″N 0°06′24″W / 51.5321°N 0.1066°W / 51.5321; -0.1066

Angel is a locality of Islington in Central and North London, England, within the London Borough of Islington. It is located 2 miles (3.2 km) north-northeast of Charing Cross on the Inner Ring Road at a busy transport intersection. The area is identified in the London Plan as one of 35 major centres in London. It is a significant commercial and retail centre, and a business improvement district. Angel straddles the ancient boundary of the parishes of Clerkenwell and Islington that later became the metropolitan boroughs of Finsbury and Islington. It is named from the former Angel Inn which stood on the corner of Islington High Street and Pentonville Road. Since 1965 the whole area has formed part of the London Borough of Islington in Greater London.



The area is named after the Angel Inn, which existed from the 17th century.[1]

Local government[edit]

The boundary of the ancient parishes of Clerkenwell and Islington cut through the area. The southern part of Liverpool Road and the western side of Islington High Street, including the Angel Inn were in the parish of Clerkenwell.[2] Despite this, both parts were considered to form part of the town of Islington. There is a traditional story that a pauper died in Islington and had to be taken to Clerkenwell for burial, which caused the land to be forfeited.[3] The parishes were located outside the City of London. As they became populated suburbs of the city this was reflected in the addition of Clerkenwell in 1604 and Islington in 1636 to the bills of mortality weekly statistical returns.[4] The parishes were governed by vestries and were subject to the Middlesex Quarter Sessions. In 1855 the area became part of the district of the Metropolitan Board of Works and the parish vestries were incorporated as local authorities. In 1889 the parishes were transferred from the County of Middlesex to the County of London. Clerkenwell became part of the Metropolitan Borough of Finsbury and Islington became the Metropolitan Borough of Islington in 1900. The two boroughs were combined in 1965 as the London Borough of Islington in Greater London.


Angel is part of the United Kingdom Parliament constituency of Islington South and Finsbury.


Angel is located 2 miles (3.2 km) north-northeast of Charing Cross on the Inner Ring Road at the northern edge of Central London. The area defined by Islington London Borough Council as the Angel town centre stretches from Islington Green in the north and includes the southern parts of Liverpool Road and Upper Street. In the west it extends to include Chapel Market. South of the Angel intersection it includes the northern part of St John Street. Chapel Market creates a conservation area and the lower portion of Upper Street forms the Angel conservation area.[5] North of Angel is Islington, west is Pentonville, south is Clerkenwell and east is St Luke's.


Angel is identified in the London Plan as one of 35 major centres in Greater London.[6] It is a business improvement district, categorised as 'high street and town centre', known as[7] The main economic activity of the area is retail. Secondary to this are the evening economy, leisure and education. The N1 Centre, a mixture of shops, leisure and entertainment facilities including a cinema and the O2 Academy Islington nightclub, and the City and Islington College are large examples of these categories.[5]


Towards the south is the busy Angel intersection, a road junction between the Inner Ring Road consisting of Pentonville Road to the west and City Road to the east, Islington High Street to the north, Goswell Road to the southeast and St John Street to the south. On Islington High Street is Angel Underground station on the London Underground's Northern line (the station entrance was in a building on the corner of City Road and Torrens Street until the station was rebuilt in the 1990s). The Islington Tunnel of the Regent's Canal runs underneath the area from east to west.


  1. ^ Mills, Anthony David Dictionary of London Place Names. Oxford University Press, 2001. ISBN 0-19-280106-6.
  2. ^ 'The Angel and Islington High Street', Survey of London: volume 47: Northern Clerkenwell and Pentonville
  3. ^ "Islington".
  4. ^ Reginald H. Adams (1971). The Parish Clerks of London. Phillimore.
  5. ^ a b Angel Town Centre Strategy
  6. ^ Mayor of London (February 2008). "London Plan (Consolidated with Alterations since 2004)" (PDF). Greater London Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 June 2010.
  7. ^ London's Business Improvement Districts Archived 25 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine