London Games Festival: Ensemble Installation Coming To Angel Central

London Games Festival’s Ensemble is being displayed in the Angel Central Piazza from Thursday 23rd February – Wednesday 15th March! Ensemble, curated by Sharna Jackson with photography by Joshua Fray, showcases UK video games talent from Black, Asian and underrepresented ethnicities. It champions game makers and industry influencers from a broad spectrum of roles and a wide variety of backgrounds.

Led by Games London, and supported by PlayStation and Mayor of London, Ensemble spotlights and showcases inspiring stories in the workforce to promote diversity, advocate for new voices, and change perceptions.

Ensemble launches and refreshes each year at London Games Festival, with a programme that includes a touring exhibit, talks and workshops, representation and a network of new voices. The current installation at Angel Central is the last chance to see Ensemble 2022, so don’t miss out!

  

Images from London Games Festival

Spend Your Weekend At Angel Central

It’s Friday afternoon, the working week is nearly over and you’re searching for unique and exciting weekend plans. From browsing in award-winning fashion, beauty and homeware stores, to scrumptious food, cocktails and crazy golf experiences, Angel Central is the perfect place in the heart of Islington to enjoy your well-deserved weekend.

 

Window shopping

Begin the day with some window shopping. It’s just as fun as actual shopping, but a great way to get inspired and plan your next purchase. Check out the latest fashion trends at H&M, Uniqlo and MUJI, and if you’re lucky, you may spot something that you just can’t walk away from. 

 

Food, food and more food

With so many incredible options to choose from, dine with your loved ones and satisfy your appetite at Wagamama. Enjoy an abundance of fresh crunchy vegetables to nourish you, plus spices, sauces and steaming broths to ignite your tastebuds. 

With scrumptious desserts, fresh juices, hot drinks, wine, sake and expertly crafted asian beers too, Wagamama’s simple balanced soul food is made freshly everyday at Angel Central.

 

Crazy golf experience

Birdies is an unforgettable experience, perfect for rounding up friends for a fun game on its bright, electric, mind-bending courses. The indoor mini-golf course is a unique, fun-filled experience with a great selection of drinks, cocktails, and mocktails.

Image by Owen Billcliffe

 

If mini-golf isn’t your thing, try another unique and active experience at Frame. Here, you can dance, exercise, and get fit in a fun and inclusive environment. Frame offers a variety of classes for all levels, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced dancer.

 

End the day with a bang

For a fantastic experience, visit Vue in Angel Central to catch the latest blockbusters. Pick a movie, sit back, and relax in complete comfort with plush recliner seats.

Angel Central. Photo by Joas Souza

If a movie night isn’t on the cards and you’re looking for live entertainment, why not catch a show at the 02 Academy? It has a reputation for hosting amazing live shows and club nights, making it the perfect place to dance the evening away at a late-night event.

 

We can’t wait so see you soon at Angel Central. You can find our opening times here.

 

Valentine’s Day Gifts For Those At The Centre Of Your Universe

This Valentine’s Day, feel the joy of finding the perfect present to make your loved one’s world go round. From thoughtful tokens of affection to grand gestures that will sweep them off their feet, Hotel Chocolat’s Valentine’s chocolate gifts have been lovingly created by their talented chocolatiers. Whether you’re looking for adorable hand-piped chocolate characters or sophisticated hampers, Hotel Chocolate have got Valentine’s chocolate treats to show your loved one just how much you care this February 14th.

Made with Love Chocolate 

£35.00

 

Each of the 30 chocolates in this collection has been handpicked with love by Hotel Chocolat’s talented chocolatiers. Featuring 10 irresistible recipes, Made With Love is the perfect gift for someone special. Whether you present them to your partner, treat a friend, or simply fancy a little self-care indulgence, these opulent delights are sure to leave your recipient feeling all warm and fuzzy. 

 

Straight from the Heart

£42.00

For an all out statement of love, surprise your special someone with Hotel Chocolat’s Straight From The Heart Valentine’s Chocolates. These chocolates are beautifully arranged in a heart-shaped box, so they arrive ready to give to your loved one. From tipsy Pink Champagne truffles to elegant Praline Oysters, this splendid collection encapsulates the spirit of Hotel Chocolat. Indulgent, high-cacao, and always divine, these chocolates were crafted to be cherished and remembered.

 

Unbelievably Vegan H-Box

£14.50

Are you looking for the perfect gift for the cacao-loving vegan or dark chocolate devotee in your life? Your search is over. Let us introduce you to Hotel Chocolat’s Unbelievably Vegan* H-Box. With 14 of vegan favourites, it’s the ideal all-rounder when it comes to flavour-packed chocolates rich in ethically sourced cacao.

 

Free Kids Activities This February Half Term

Want to get in the mood for World Book Day? Dive into the pages of your favourite books this February half term with free family fun provided by Little Angel Theatre. Join the team on the 17th, 18th & 19th February, where they will be bringing our best loved stories to us at Angel Central. Please note these workshops are aimed at families completing the activity together. Children will need to be accompanied by an adult for these sessions.

 

Storytelling Superstars
This half term we’re flying off to the magical world of Neverland. Join us in the Feel Good Hub as we sing with the mermaids, dance with the fairies, play with the lost boys, and maybe fight a pirate or two through our sensory storytelling session. Suitable for ages 6-18 months.

 

Literary Legends
Follow us down the rabbit hole as we take a step into Wonderland. Drop into the Feel Good Hub to make crafts that leave you feeling mad as a Hatter! Come and make Alice in Wonderland inspired crafts good enough for the Queen of Hearts. After you visit us you’ll be full of creative ideas that you can recreate at home. Ideal for children aged 4-10 years.

Local Choir Raises Funds At Angel Central For St Mungo’s

There’s been an incredible atmosphere in Islington this festive season, helped along by the beautiful sounds of Christmas carols filling the Angel Central Piazza! Recently, we were joined by a local choir raising funds for St Mungo’s, a homelessness charity working directly with people sleeping rough, in hostels and at risk of homelessness.

Throughout December, we’ll be joined by a range of choirs and carols singers at Angel Central. Stay tuned on our socials or website for other exciting news and updates!

The Best Place For Last Minute Christmas Shopping

Left your Christmas shopping a little last minute? Discover an incredible range of local makers, creators, and other small businesses, brought to you by the Sustainable Market at Angel Central. From luxury soy candles to unique art, find the perfect gift for a loved one this festive season at our Christmas-themed market, open until Christmas Eve. 

 

SAY HELLO TO THE TRADERS
RoxyRara

RoxyRara is a bespoke baking boutique that specialises in couture, one of a kind, cakes. Everything is designed, baked, and handmade to your specification, using only the finest ingredients – perfect for weddings, christenings, birthdays, in fact, any occasion!

 

Lesley’s Sauces

Run locally by Neil and the family, Lesley’s Sauce have been serving their local community of football fans for over 10 years. Using traditional seasoning and recipes, the Jerk Kitchen brings to you the best of the Caribbean’s most loves foods including, mouth-watering jerk chicken, the national favourite curry goat and fresh, juicy homemade patties. They are now spreading their love for quality Caribbean food across London. Check out the range of Lesley’s sauces at Angel Central and bring the flavours of the Caribbean to your kitchen.

 

Smoothees

Smoothees Limited produces ready-to-drink juices without any preservatives, additives, colouring, flavouring and sugar. Their business mantra is promoting healthy drinking, daily. Smoothees are made from a variety of fruits and vegetables, and contain just that – fruits and vegetables. Smoothees are vegan-friendly, gluten-free and organic. Their cold-pressed juices are nutritious, refreshing and delicious – try them today at Angel Central.

 

This weekend will be the last of our markets in 2022, and we’d like to thank all everyone who’s traded at and supported this year’s Sustainable Markets. Stay tuned for 2023 dates on Instagram or via our website. If you would like to apply for a stall, please drop our team an email at info@angelcentral.co.uk.

Puppy Yoga Is Returning To Angel Central

Puppy yoga is the ultimate puppy therapy experience! You will be joined by a litter of puppies who are all getting ready to venture off to their new homes. Each puppy yoga class will start off with puppy cuddles and individual photo opportunities! You will then carry on with some gentle yoga movements and breaks. The class will finish off with everyone on their backs lying down on their yoga mat with a puppy placed on their tummy for extra relaxation.

Puppy yoga is beneficial for the puppies as it allows them to socialise with new people in different environments, creating less separation anxiety when they officially go off to the new homes. From a wellness perspective, it is great for attendees too as it allows you to take a moment out of the day to unwind and relax from the everyday stresses of work and life.

Tickets are released every Thursday for the following weekend. Please check Puppy Yoga London’s website each week as they may release tickets at different times each week. Puppy Yoga London don’t release tickets further than one week in advance which has allowed all attendees to have a much better chance of getting tickets. To book a ticket for Puppy Yoga London’s upcoming sessions at Angel Central, click here.

 

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Join Us At Angel Central For Fun Kids Craft Workshops This December

Come and join Little Angel Theatre for a bucket full of festive fun. Little Angel Club presents perfect holiday activities at Angel Central for the family to get together and do something a little different this Christmas. Join our team on Saturday 3rd, 10th and 17th of December in the Feel Good Hub!

 

Shuffling Penguins 10:00-10:45 am
Join us for an interactive sensory session for your little ones. This session aimed at babies and toddlers is an exploration through a special snowy story filled with songs and lots of sensory interaction. It’s a great chance to interact and play with your child as they slip and slide through the winter world. This activity is designed for ages 6 months to 2 years with a parent. To book your place please email info@angelcentral.co.uk.

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Little Elves 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Come and get to work as a Little Elf and make a perfect present for Mum or Dad. We’ll have a different craft in the piazza each week, with a special winter theme. Craft away and make something special for Christmas Day! This is a drop-in craft session which can take from 10-30 minutes. Different craft activities are available for children aged 4 – 10 years.

Your Christmas With Angel Central

It’s that time of year again, and what another incredible year it has been! From sustainability-driven ‘Christmas Community Forest’ initiatives, to our Feel Good Festival in October, it’s been an exciting year to say the least. Now, as the nights draw in and temperatures begin to fall, we’re looking ahead to Christmas and the New Year beyond, with plenty to look forward to and shout about! Here’s what you can expect to find at Angel Central this festive season…

 

The Big Christmas Lights Switch On

Join us at Angel Central on Thursday 24th November from 4:30pm for our Christmas Lights Switch On! Here’s the line up for the evening:

16:30 – 19:00 – Free drop-in craft sessions with Little Angel Theatre

16:30 – 16:45 – Sing and dance along with Anna, Elsa & Olaf from Frozen

17:00 – 18:30 – Live music from Ruby & The Rhythms

18:30 – Countdown to lights switch on with Father Christmas & The Snowman

18:40 – 19:00 – Live music from Ruby & The Rhythms

 

Capture your moment

There will be plenty of opportunities to pose for a picture with Father Christmas, The Snowman, and Anna, Elsa & Olaf at the Christmas Lights Switch On Event. Or, why not capture a special moments with your friends or family on our magical selfie stations around Angel Central? Don’t forget to tag us in your festive snaps on Instagram!

 

Sustainable Market 

Discover a selection of wares from London-based ethical and sustainable businesses, as well as the best in local crafters and makers, each with their unique sustainable spin. The Sustainable Market will be open from 4 – 8pm on Thursday 24th November.

Additional Sustainable Market dates across the festive periods are:

Saturday 19th – Sunday 20th November

Saturday 26th – 27th November

Saturday 3rd – 4th December

Saturday 10th – 11th December

Saturday 17th – 18th December

Thursday 22nd December

Friday 23rd December

Saturday 24th December

Stay tuned on our socials for more exciting updates, news and giveaways this festive season!

 

H&M Opens Today With New Home Concept At Angel Central

H&M puts store sustainability, experiential services and customer experience at the heart of their new Angel Central store which opens on Friday 28th October at 10am. The store offers a world leading interior look and feel for the brand, including the much-awaited introduction of H&M HOME, new click and collect lockers and self-service checkouts.

Founded in Sweden in 1947, H&M opened its first U.K. store in 1976. Over forty years later, H&M’s U.K. and Ireland portfolio has grown to include more than 200 stores. H&M continues to lead the transition to circular, climate positive fashion. These values will be built into the foundation of the new Islington store which offers H&M’s Garment Collection and Recycling service. Launched in 2013, H&M’s Garment Collection and Recyling scheme allows customers to donate any unwanted clothes and textiles, by any brand, whilst shopping in-store. All donated items are recycled with 0% going to landfill.

To encourage customers to use their Garment Collection programme, H&M offer Conscious Points in addition to a digital voucher. The H&M garment collecting scheme is just one example of the many projects H&M has implemented to lead the change towards 100% circularity.

Christopher Clare, Expansion Manager for H&M U.K. & Ireland, continues: “We are beyond excited to bring our much-loved H&M HOME concept to our Angel Central store and customers. We always listen to our customers when designing new stores and considering concepts and services. So, not only will customers be able to enjoy new curated collections and spaces were style, creativity and culture are celebrated, but they can access new services which put our customer shopping experience first. We cannot wait to welcome our Angel Central customers to the store today!”

Check out the new H&M store at Angel Central, and enjoy 20% from Friday 28th October – Sunday 30th October!