Properties for sale in Angel
Angel Area Guide
Angel in Islington is a unique district of central London dating back to the 1600s. Originally an Inn on the corner of Islington High Street and Pentonville Road, the corner itself was in the parish of Clerkenwell before being merged to form part of the London Borough of Islington.
The Angel Inn was once the first staging post outside the City and became a local landmark that even featured in Dickens’ Oliver Twist. When the Plague swept the capital, many people sought refuge in Angel in the hope of escaping the disease. Known as Lyon’s Corner House from the 1920s until the 1960s, the building is now used for banking and office purposes and the area has a reputation as a centre for arts and culture as much as its charming history.
High profile personalities, actors, artists, media moguls and politicians all call Angel home. Excellent transport connections are a real benefit for residents, and the district is within sight of London’s financial quarter, the City of London, and just a few minutes from London’s West End and theatres.
In spite of its grand Edwardian, Georgian and Victorian architecture, Angel is considered a modern and vibrant place to live and work with a contemporary global character that attracts house hunters looking for a commutable property close to the centre of London. In 2007 businesses in the area established Angel as a business improvement district with a view to enhancing the trading environment, making it safer, cleaner and brighter, and just three years later Angel was voted the Best Town Centre in London.
Approximately 200,000 people live in Islington as a whole and the area is home to a higher proportion of people aged 15 years to 53 years. The demographic profile of Angel residents is largely affluent first time buyers, wealthy professionals (bankers, lawyers, City workers and politicians), childless couples and wealthy international students.
The average property price for a three bedroom property in the area can be as high as £890,000.
Primary schools in Angel include St Martha's Catholic Primary School, Gaywood Community Primary School, Fairstead Community Primary School and Grey Friars Primary School.
Private schools in Hampstead, Highgate or central London are the preferred educational route for many families in the area, however local provision is available from St Aloysius College which is a state secondary school and sixth form exclusively for boys, Central Foundation School and sixth form for boys and Elizabeth Garrett Anderson which is an all girls’ school.
City and Islington College provides further and higher education courses and is situated in Angel. London Metropolitan University is amongst the dedicated higher education establishments in the area.
Angel is very well connected to the rest of London with access to mainline and Tube services via Angel Underground Station. It is on the Bank branch of the Northern Line, between Old Street and King's Cross St. Pancras and is in Travelcard Zone 1.
Pedestrian and cycling routes are accessible, and frequent bus services also connect Angel to surrounding areas.
Air travel links can be picked up at all of the London airports, including London City Airport.
Amenities and Shopping
There are plenty of shops in Angel to cater for most needs, including the smart Upper Street with its national retail outlets, small boutique stores, and the popular N1 Shopping Centre. However, for more charming stores including antique shops and designer clothing boutiques head along to the narrow streets of Camden Passage where there are also a wide range of restaurants
A largely urban area, the green space in and around Angel is limited but there are nice walks alongside the Regent’s Canal and the New River Walk which runs through Canonbury. All of central London’s facilities are just a few minutes away including the West End. Local theatres include the King’s Head, at the back of the eponymous pub in Upper Street, and the fashionable Almeida Theatre in Almeida Street. The Screen on the Green is the nearest cinema. There are a variety of sports and fitness facilities in the vicinity as well as exercise and wellbeing classes.
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