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Angel Area Guide
Property for sale or rent in Angel N1, EC1

 

The Angel was originally an inn near a tollgate in the Great North Road, and it’s believed that Thomas Paine of Rights of Man fame stayed there. The original Angel was rebuilt as a coaching inn in 1819, and is mentioned in Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist.

In fact the whole area seems to have been long known for its hostelries, as it was actually a rural resort for Londoners and a place where many vegetables were grown to feed the capital’s populace. By 1716 there were 56 ale-house keepers in Upper Street, and if you broaden the definition out to pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants, there must be at least that many on the same street now.

You’ll find everything you need to furnish your property too, from antiques to new furniture designers or junk shops, in and around Camden Passage. Angel is also well served with supermarkets and a market on Chapel Street. There are small pub theatres, the Almeida (which practically qualifies as West End with the quality of its theatre productions and casts), plus the world-famous Sadler’s Wells.

Until thirty or forty years ago, Angel was poor and rundown; now it’s one of London’s most thriving and fashionable areas, helped by its excellent location. Past residents include Sir Walter Raleigh, Edward Lear, Douglas Adams, Joe Orton and William Hogarth. More modern inhabitants include Colin Firth, Jim Broadbent, Peaches Geldof, Dido and Jimmie Carr. Tony Blair also used to live there; Boris Johnson still does.

Open space is limited, although Highbury Fields is not too far away. However in just about all other aspects – location, housing, culture, shopping and general vibrancy – Angel is hard to beat.

Properties in Angel

Angel is full of splendid properties, including a wealth of magnificent Georgian townhouses, as well as numerous conversions and some fine new developments too. Gardens are often particularly impressive by London standards.  Other areas in Islington, including Barnsbury, Canonbury and Highbury, are similar, although with less in the way of commercial property.

Its proximity to both the City and the West End also makes Angel attractive to companies with a foot in both worlds, and there are many small to medium media companies in this area too. As well as conversions and purpose-built office space, there are a good number of converted warehouses. The Business Design Centre houses many small companies, along with numerous large-scale exhibitions.

Buying or renting in Angel – useful information

Transport links – Angel is well placed for both the West End and the City. Angel Underground is on the Northern Line (and has the third-longest escalators in Europe), and other nearby tubes include Old Street, Holloway Road, Caledonian Road and Highbury & Islington, with the latter also serving mainline trains. King’s Cross is not far away either, and there are plenty of buses.  Mainline stations include Essex Road and Canonbury. For more details, see Transport for London

Schools – Once a byword for failure, Islington schools have improved beyond all recognition, particularly the secondary schools. There are also several colleges. For more information, see the School League Tables

Places of interest in Angel – Camden Passage • Chapel Market • Sadler’s Wells • Almeida Theatre
• Business Design Centre • Union Chapel

Local Authority – Islington. Details of amenities, council tax rates and more are on the Islington Council website
Find out more about property in Angel

Outlet Estate Agents offers a good selection of property of all types and sizes for both sale and rent in Angel. For current property, see properties for sale or to rent in Angel

In addition, anyone with property to rent or for sale in Angel or elsewhere in Islington or in the N1 or EC1 postcodes is welcome to contact us.

You may want to also have a look at some of our property guides in nearby areas, including:

King’s Cross Property Guide    
Shoreditch Property Guide     
Camden Property Guide 
Finsbury Park Property Guide

For further information on living, buying, selling, renting or letting in Angel, please contact us

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