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.
Islington, once a neglected inner city spot up until the 1980’s has grown into one of the most sought after postcodes by both residents and visitors alike for its rich, upmarket and thriving culture. Today, it is one of the capital’s most fashionable places to live with a mixture of bars, restaurants, shops and clubs in the midst of breathtakingly beautiful 19th century terraces.
Councillor Terry Stacy, Former Leader of Islington Council says, ‘I honestly think Islington is one of the best places in London – we’ve got it all- great bars, top-notch food and great local shops. Plus with fabulous parks, and a great cultural vibe thanks to many local theatres, a world-renowned dance venue and fascinating museums, there really is something for everyone. I get around borough a fair bit, but I’m always surprised and delighted when I discover a new hidden gem. While it contains some well-known local establishments, I’m positive you will also discover something new that you wish you’d known about sooner.’
Here are 10 interesting facts about Islington you (probably) didn’t know about.
2. It has been the home to Arsenal FC for a 100 years. Before Arsenal arrived in Islington in 1913, the former stadium ‘Highbury’ was the grounds for a non-conformists priests training college and the present ground ‘The Emirates’ where the team plays now was a rubbish processing plant and industrial estate.
3. The King’s Head Theatre and Pub in Islington is the first pub theatre founded in England. It has been in existence since the days of Shakespeare.
4. One of the lesser-known yet interesting facts about Islington is that the Angel Tube Station in Islington has the third longest escalator in Europe at 60m/197ft, with a vertical rise of 27.5m after Västraskogen in the Stockholm Metro at 67m/220ft and Kamppi station in the Helsinki Metro at 64m/210ft.
5. Islington is home to the UK’s leading dance house ‘Sadler’s Wells’, for the best of international and UK dance and ballet.
6. ‘The Angel, Islington’ on the British version of the Monopoly board was included as a result of the licensees of the Monopoly board game meeting up for tea at the Lyon’s Corner House, formally known as the Angel Inn.
7. It was home to former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair before his move to 10 Downing Street. He is still referred to as the ‘Islington Man’ by the media.
8. Granita, the restaurant in Upper Street, Islington which closed in 2003 was the setting for the ‘1994 Blair-Brown Deal’ between the former Home Secretary Tony Blair and the former shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown.
9. Islington was the very first London Borough to receive fresh water via a forty mile canal from Hertfordshire to the New River Head reservoir in Amwell Street in Clerkenwell. The reservoir supplied London with fresh water until 1990 when the Metropolitan Water Board replaced it with deep mains. You can still view part of the river from Canonbury Road where it has been converted into an ornamental walk.
10. The last of our interesting facts about Islington is the two famous prisons- Pentonville prison for men and Holloway prison for women are located in Islington. A number of suffragettes, including Emmeline Pankhurst and Emily Davison, were incarcerated at Holloway prison.
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