Located off the ever-hip Upper Street, Angel Central Shopping Centre (formerly known as The N1 Centre) has a vibrant and stylish collection of shops, cafes, restaurants, cinemas and music venues under its roof.
Whether you want to watch the latest movies and share a family-sized popcorn snack, or dine out for two on something more extravagant, Angel Central offers you that choice.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas so here’s a helping hand on all the seasonal celebrations happening locally, including some fab events at Angel Central and a new meet up point – the Jagerhaus – before or after shopping.
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There are plenty of films to see this Christmas with your family including: Paddington 2; Wonder – an adaptation of a much-loved book about a boy with a facial deformity who starts at a mainstream school, starring Julia Roberts and a super cute scruffy dog; Daddy’s Home 2. Star Wars fans late on Wednesday 13 December to see the first screenings, just after midnight for a special double bill of Star Wars: The Force Awakens followed by the new release, Star Wars: the Last Jedi (advance booking recommended). On December 22 Pitch Perfect 3 –remember the Bellas – is released. There’s nothing like a movie and popcorn to cheer up the dark days of winter.
Sunday 3 December, 7-9pm
Tickets £30-£12, under 18s £5
Conductor Simon Halsey leads the carols sung by 300 people on stage, including LSO’s Community Choir and LSO Discovery Choirs, plus 2,000 in the audience. Now in its fourth year for many this is the chance to get the Christmas season started.
Angel Central, 21 Parkfield Street, N1 0PS
Monday 23 November – Saturday 23 December
This year enjoy a German-themed Christmas in the Jaegerhaus, a wooden chalet serving hot mulled drinks, beer and meals that has popped up in Angel Central. Hungry shoppers can try hearty German favourites such as Bratwurst (sausage), Krakauer (long smoked sausage) and Gulasch (stew) as well as English seasonal food treats. Angel Central can’t wait to try the German strawberry beer, mulled cider and their soft drinks. More at: website & Facebook.
1 December – 28 February
02 Academy, Angel Central, N1 0PS
It’s party season. Check out the calendar so you don’t miss a band you’d love at the O2 Academy. Angel Central has picked out a couple of highlights – every Saturday night it’s Club de Fromage’s pop parties. Saturday 16 December it’s Burn Down the Disco for an indie Christmas set. Sunday 31 December get your new year’s eve started at the Diamond NYE from 10pm.
King Henry’s Walk Garden
Saturday 9 December, 11am-3pm
Community event with singer/author John Hegley leading the King Henry’s Walk song at 11.30am
Ends 31 December
Nominate the greatest novel of the 20th century (1900-1999), eg, To Kill a Mockingbird, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Rebecca or another title? Head to an Islington library and get voting. CHECK Details at local libraries here: Website – Twitter.
Saturday 18 November – Sunday 31 December
Tickets £36.50 – £10 (group discounts)
This Christmas you shall go to the ball watching the classic rags to riches tale of Cinderella. The show on Saturday 2 December, 2.30pm is a relaxed & dementia friendly performance. Book on 020 8985 2424, hackneyempire.co.uk.
There are also pantos/shows for the family at Islington theatres including:
Tuesday 12 December, 2-9pm
Activities from £1 to £5
Come and have a go at Christmas crafts, decoration or candle. Also hear the Culpeper Choir’s Winter Solstice Show at 7.30pm. Meet Father Christmas, £4. The Café will be open for mulled wine, mince pies and hot drinks. To join the Christmas wreath workshops, £25, and make your own personalised wreath using traditional techniques at 1.30-3pm and 6–7.30pm book in advance email@example.com or tel: 020 7609 0467.
Holy Trinity church, Sloane Square, SW1X 9BZ
Saturday 16 December
£20 (reserved) £15 (unreserved)
Stay on the 19 bus and you can hear Islington Choral Society (ICS), which has 150 members, perform Haydn’s choral masterpiece, the Nelson Mass, conducted by Islington-resident Michael Waldron. Ideal if you’ve had enough of Christmas carols (is that actually possible #onlyonceayear). Info website. Plus an interview with Michael on Islington Faces here.
Islington Green, Upper Street, N1 8DU
Sunday 17 December, 5-7pm
Celebration of the Jewish Festival of Lights, Chanukah. Watch the ceremonial lighting of the Menorah, hear the London Klezmer Quartet and storytelling, see fire performances and enjoy savoury and sweet treats from Adafina/1070 Kitchen. There’s even a Firewalk Challenge, the chance to walk barefoot on burning embers to raise funds for Chabad Islington. More info here.
Little Angel Theatre, 14 Dagmar Passage, N1 2DN
Thursday 21 December from 6.45pm
Adults £24, children (1-16 years) £16, plus booking fee
Fundraiser for Little Angel’s community engagement programme, with Barb Jung, hosted by Kate Williams. More info here.
Little Angel Theatre Studios, Sebbon Street Community Centre, Sebbon Street, N1 2EH
1-24 December, various times
Sunday 17 December, relaxed performance
Children (1-15) £12.50, adults £10.50
Ideal for three to nine year olds and their families which starts with a viewing of Twas The Night Before Christmas and then a chance to get crafty on Santa’s elf production line. Website.
St Mary’s, Upper Street
Saturday 9 December, 11am-4pm Christmas Fair
Sunday 10 December, 4-5pm Big Family Carols with Christingle
Tuesday 12 December, 1.05-1.45pm Lunchtime Carols
17 December, 6-7.15pm Candlelit Carol Service
More details including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services here.
St John’s The Evangelist, 39 Duncan Terrace, N1 8 AL
More details including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day mass here.
9 December – 27 January
Tickets, various prices
Matthew Bourne is back at Sadler’s Wells with what promises to be another amazing ballet, this time Cinderella set during the Blitz.
And for the 20th year The Snowman is taking up its traditional residence at The Peacock (nearest tube Holborn) from 23 Nov -31 December. Website.