Angel, a district of London named after an 18th Century inn that features briefly in Oliver Twist (I had always wondered why it was called that), is now a rather chic area of Islington, just east of Kings Cross. Set in a pleasant and undemanding area, hotels in Angel are most noticeable to tourists for the surrounding collection of fashionable and unique shops and cafes which occupy an area called Camden Passage, just north of the station. Of particular note is Paul A. Young, in my opinion London’s finest chocolatier, and creator of the renowned Marmite chocolate truffle (though the Mayan Citrus is a personal favourite). Well worth going out of your way for.
Most Angel Hotels are clustered to the West around King’s Cross, which is the area’s major transport hub as well as home to the British Library. If it’s essential to stay in the area, the four star Hilton Islington is a dependable bet. Situated next to the Business Design Centre, the hotel is a quiet, modern building with an expansive, airy restaurant.
In a very similar vein, the Jurys Inn Islington is close to the station, modern and professional, though at three stars is slightly cheaper and slightly less well-appointed than the Hilton. The one star Swinton Hotel in Kings Cross is a good last-minute option, situated close to the station and set in a London town house. Its sparse bedrooms don’t offer much in the way of aesthetic pleasures, though.
Angel Station is on the Northern Line, between Kings Cross and Old Street.
If you’re staying in the Islington area and fancy a breakfast which
will really set you up for a day of exploring, the best choice is
undoubtedly The Rosemary Branch. A lovely spacious pub just north of
trendy Shoreditch, The Rosemary Branch boasts a powerful All Day
Breakfast that blows most pubs out of the water. Bounteous, wholesome
and supremely filling, it is also replete with surprising flourishes,
most notably a mustard-accented butter which seems like it shouldn’t
work, but ultimately transforms humble toast into one of the Full
English’s most memorable aspects. All the more traditional features are
also found in abundance, and cooked to a masterful level, with special
praise reserved for the bacon and sausages, which have a fresh,
barbequed flavour. As well as the varied and surprising menu, The
Rosemary Branch is also home to an ambitious small theatre venue
upstairs, past highlights of which include modern and classical
theatre, ballet and pantomime.
Angel tube station not only serves the area of Angel but also the wider area of Islington. There is much going on and things to see and do in this vibrant part of London.
First of all, the area has a few good theatres that are well worth a mention. The Almeida Theatre, located just off Upper Street, is a studio theatre that also puts on an annual summer festival of contemporary opera music and theatre. The King's Head Theatre, the first pub theatre in the UK, is also in Islington as is Sadler's Wells Theatre, the latter of which focuses on all types of dance performances.
Football fans might also make trips to Islington, being as Arsenal's home The Emirates Stadium is located there too. As you will see below, the Angel Islington is also a good place to go on a night out.
Angel, Islington is a vibrant, fun area with lots of bars and pubs. There is also a decent range of restaurants and eateries.
Uniquely enough, there is Afghan cuisine on offer in Islington at the Afghan Kitchen, and there are many other types of unique cuisine on offer, from Asian at OQO to Brazilian at Rodizio Rico. Other options worthy of note include the "Yo! Sushi" Restaurant and the Hamburger Union, which serves some of the finest gourmet burgers in all of London.
There is also a great range of watering holes in Angel too. You can catch gigs at the Islington Academy, or just take in a quiet drink at a pub such as The Castle. There are also cool late-night bars, such as The Elbow Rooms and the EQ Bar, and nightclubs such as Electrowertz and The Mission Room to dance the night away in.
Finally, for those looking for something a bit more familiar, there are also chain bars, such as the Slug & Lettuce and Lloyds No 1 Bar in the area.
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