Author: Julie, 11/05/2016
Angel is an area on the northern fringe of central London, located approximately 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 and is considered a significant commercial and retail centre. Angel straddles the metropolitan boroughs of Finsbury and Islington and takes its name from the former Angel Inn which stood on the corner of Islington High Street and Pentonville Road since the 17th century. Since 1965 the whole area has formed part of the London Borough of Islington in Greater 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 forms a conservation area and the lower portion of Upper Street forms the Angel conservation area. North of Angel is Islington, west is Pentonville, south is Clerkenwell and east is St Luke’s. 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. Despite this, both parts were considered to form part of the town of Islington.
Angel is identified as ‘high street and town centre’ with the main economic activity of the area being retail. Secondary to this is the evening economy, leisure and education. The N1 Centre has a mixture of shops, leisure and entertainment facilities including a cinema, the O2 Academy Islington nightclub, and the City and Islington College just to name a few.
Towards the south of the area 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 the corner of City Road and Islington High Street is Angel tube station on the Northern line of the London Underground. The Islington Tunnel of the Regent’s Canal runs underneath the area from east to west.
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