Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 – Celebrating Nature

The pandemic has seen so many people experience problems with their mental health or found themselves working to support friends and loved ones who are feeling the stress, pressure and uncertainty of lives that have been upended. This May’s Mental Health Awareness Week is the perfect chance to speak out, raise awareness, and help do something positive and important for the cause.

The benefits of the outdoors and exercise on health and wellness have long been established, but with a year of lockdown now behind us, many more have embraced it as support for their mental health. 

Thankfully, Islington boasts some of the best parks, scenery and walking spots in London, and we’re encouraging our locals and visitors from further afield to get out there and get active. Here are just a few potential stops to visit:


Barnard Park is easily accessible to visitors looking for green space with different amenities. To those with children, the park offers a One O’clock Club on a drop-in basis for those with children aged birth to five and the club is also available to rent for children’s parties. 

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At 29 hectares, Highbury Fields is Islington’s largest open space and the ultimate space for a lunchtime walk. On the edge of the park you’ll find  Highbury Leisure Centre which boasts two swimming pools and if that’s not enough, the park also has an amazing history, it is home to the Boer War memorial which was erected in 1905.

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Another one of our favourites is Caledonian Park which is home to a 155ft high Grade II listed Clock Tower which offers a beautiful viewing platform for panoramic views of north London and the City.  Caledonian park is also the perfect picnic spot for friends and families to enjoy with its flower and nature gardens, a small orchard and woodland area.

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The full walk is about 7km (4 miles) long and takes about two to three hours to complete. You can kick off your walk at Highbury & Islington underground station and end it with a nice meal or a little bit of retail therapy at Angel Central. As mentioned by the London Garden Trust, there are numerous things you can explore during your walk. The many green spaces have always been the perfect spots for city-dwellers with its clean air and freshwater spas. In the early 19th century once more houses were needed the country estates were broken up and the second wave of London’s network of residential gardens took shape.


The Regent’s Canal is 9 miles long and the numerous pubs, cafes and restaurants along the way make it the perfect walk for a weekend.. You can start your walk at the London Canal Museum to prepare yourself for what you are about to see and on the way pause at City Road Basin. This is where you can take boat trips, go fishing or simply just relax and watch the world go by. 

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Read more: Angel Central is officially Fitwel!

Angel Central is officially Fitwel

Here at Angel Central we take the health and wellbeing of our community very seriously and put it at the heart of all of the decisions we make – in particular throughout our recent £16 million refurbishment.

This focus has been rewarded with two internationally recognised awards. We are one of only three shopping centres in the world to have achieved a prestigious health and wellbeing award – Fitwel.

The award recognises Angel Central’s commitment to building health for all. The rigorous accreditation process included Fitwel reviewing how the centre provides a space committed to building health for all.

And our bespoke planting and landscaping was certified by BREEAM – a globally recognised sustainability assessment method for master planning projects, infrastructure, and buildings.

Accessibility, daylight, fresh air, green space and walking/ cycling access are key to creating our award winning space for all of us to enjoy.

Furthermore we have added new electric car charging points alongside additional bicycle parking.

Must-have pastel pieces for Spring/Summer

With that warm winter wardrobe hung up and folded away for another year, it’s time to look forward to a palette that is lighter, more comforting, and symbolic of the optimism of spring. Pastels are back, with last year’s catwalks awash with tones of tranquillity and connotations of wellness and self-care; and collections full of mint, lemon and peach looking as beautiful as they sound delicious.
Short dress in airy, woven pima cotton fabric. Low, gathered stand-up collar, V-shaped opening at front with narrow, tasselled ties, and a removable, tasselled tie belt at waist. Voluminous, 3/4-length raglan sleeves with embroidery and narrow elastic at cuffs. Gathered tier at sides of hem for added volume. Unlined.
Short-sleeved shirt in patterned cotton poplin with a turn-down collar, classic front and yoke at the back. Open chest pocket and slits in the sides. Regular Fit – a classic fit with good room for movement and a gently tapered waist to create a comfortable, tailored silhouette.
The ultimate basic T-shirt complete with durability, great design, and versatility. The Paris design team, led by Christophe Lemaire, created a new collection of LifeWear using innovative fabrics and modern designs. A trendy, relaxed silhouette that can be worn by both men and women. The Uniqlo classic T-shirt is simple yet modern.
Add a statement feature to your wall with the art deco-inspired Aurora Blue Glass Wall Mirror, designed to be hung landscape style with a shapely curved design at the top. For a little added colour, this mirror is bordered with blue-toned glass panels.
Designed for the summertime, Monica is decorated with delightful garden blooms in peach, fuschia and baby pink. Her wrap silhouette fastens with buttons to the left, with the matching tie belt adding the perfect finish touch. Garden party coming up? Just swap the white sneakers for a pair of barely-there heels.

All New Angel Central

If you’re local to Angel you may have noticed that we’ve been busy having a head-to-toe makeover. Our reimagined centre includes new planting, customer seating, bike storage facilities, an improved alfresco dining experience and lots more!

Far from light as a feather, our 12-tonne iconic angel wing sculpture has also been lifted by 3.5m to accommodate a new footbridge which you can sit underneath and watch the world go by.

Angel Central is committed to providing a sustainable space for everyone to enjoy and is now one of the only three shopping centres in the world to achieve a Fitwel 2 Star Rating. Fitwel is an international prestigious health and wellbeing award; accessibility, daylight, fresh air, green space and walking/ cycling access have been key to creating a Fitwel accredited place. 

We look forward to welcoming you back to the all new Angel Central. Don’t forget to look out for our events and community activities coming back soon!



Welcome back to Angel Central!

Welcome to Angel Central!

Open for shopping, dining, fitness and entertainment

From 17th May, Frame, Vue and indoor dining will open back up! Please follow the latest government safety guidelines when visiting us.









Accessibility update:

  • Toilets and baby changing are open Mon-Sun 10.00am – 7.00pm
  • Lifts are operation
  • Car park is temporarily closed until further notice

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Let’s Get Creative This Half-Term!

Angel Central are excited to team up with The Pop Up Club & Little Angel Theatre to host a series of free online craft workshops this Easter!

Each workshop is hosted by an experienced maker to guide you through each activity.


Watch, Make, Share live workshop with Little Angel Theatre 

Join the Little Angel team in fun, creative workshops to get crafty on your Easter. Watch a fun short story, Make a puppet or craft and Share your creations and bring your creations to life! The perfect holiday activity to get your imagination whirring!

When: Wednesday 14th April @ 10.30am

Details: A simple craft workshop using materials easily found from home.

Sign up: Closed

Suitable for children aged 6-10. 

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Make a Colourful Twine Basket with La Basketry

During this interactive workshop, Tabara N’Diaye of La Basketry will guide you through some of the basics of weaving a coiled basket using twine – how to start your base, join in new material and finishing your project using colourful twine.

When: Tuesday 13th April @ 11.00am

Materials included:  Cotton rope, Jute twine in 2 colours, a needle and peg

Sign up: Closed

Suitable for 10+ years. Scissors and a measuring tape required. Limited to 20 tickets. Book by Wednesday 7th April to get your materials. 

Easter Egg Pom-Poms with Little Dot Love – SOLD OUT!

Join Little Dot Loves for an exciting workshop to make Easter Egg Pom-Poms, using bright yarn and thread, you will learn to make a multi-coloured Pom-Pom. Gather some sticks from outside, decorate and make your own happy!

When: Friday 9th April @ 12.30pm

Materials included: 3 balls of brightly coloured yarn, pom-pom maker, twine, glue, bright card and downloadable instructions

Sign up: Closed

Suitable for adults and children 3 and over, fun for all the family. Limited to 20 tickets.

Easter Cards with Little Dot Love – SOLD OUT

Join us for a fun workshop to make Easter Cards, using bright patterned paper, washi tape and templates, you will make some cards to send to special people. Cut, glue, stick, decorate and make your own happy!

When: Friday 2nd April @ 12.30pm

Materials included: 4x cards and envelopes, selection of washi tape, variety of patterned paper, pom poms, stick on gems, templates, glue and downloadable instructions

Suitable for adults and children 3 and over, adult supervision needed. Limited to 20 tickets. Book by Tuesday 30th March to get your materials. 


Important Workshop Information 

  • Look out for the workshop package in the post and look forward to seeing you for our live workshop!
  • You will receive an email to join the live workshop and a workshop pack in the post to the given shipping address.
  • All workshops will be recorded to watch back for a limited time.
  • We do not hold any responsibility for lost workshop packs or delayed post. We are seeing delays due to COVID-19 but will post packs with due time.

The Good Shopping Guide to Angel Central

How sustainable is your beauty routine and your wardrobe? Now more than ever we’re all trying to make more conscious choices when shopping for new clothes, stocking our bathroom cabinets and filling our makeup bags, but making sustainable choices can be hard especially when you don’t know where to look. Despite the common consensus that sustainable items cost more, we are here to show you that more ethical shopping can be done affordably. Here are some simple swaps you can make today to make sure we can all have a better tomorrow.

  1. Since 2012, The Humble Co. has been leading a small revolution in personal care products – from design and manufacture to humbleness. They translate evidence-based innovations into eco-friendly products that are beneficial for everyone, including underprivileged people living in remote communities. Their 100% sustainable and biodegradable bamboo cotton swabs have naturally coloured cotton tips, are FSC, Nature and Vegan certified plus every Humble purchase goes towards funding projects for the benefit of children in need. 

The Humble Sustainable Cotton Buds

Shop the Humble Bamboo Cotton Swabs from Holland & Barrett here

2. Ethique was founded in New Zealand in 2012 and is on a mission to rid the world of plastic waste. It’s also a certified sustainable business that is proud to be carbon neutral, plastic-free, vegan, palm oil and cruelty-free. Their Pinkalicious shampoo bar is formulated with sweet and tangy pink grapefruit warming vanilla and it’s perfect for normal hair types. Just smooth the bar over wet hair from root to tip 3-4 times, rub in and rinse.

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Shop Ethique Pinkalicious Shampoo Bar For Normal Hair from Holland & Barrett here

3. MUJI was founded in 1980 and manufactures from three perspectives: “Selection of Materials”, “Review of Processes” and “Simplification of Packaging”. They choose materials that take into account the global environment and producers, and eliminate waste in all processes. All of their products are clean and simple, made with quality and the basic necessities of life in mind. Products are produced without frills, excess packaging and damaging dye.


Shop the Home & Living range from Muji here

4. According to the New Standard Institute, fashion is responsible for between 4% and 10% of global carbon emissions, with 150 billion new garments made each year. Important steps towards the reduction of fashion’s footprint on our environment include the reduction of fashion purchases, increased longevity of the items consumers buy and having an understanding of what happens to items of clothing at the end of their life. That’s why H&M came up with their Conscious collection which means the products in this range contain a minimum of 50% of sustainable materials including organic cotton and recycled polyester.


Shop the Conscious – Sustainable Style collection here

5. Rituals develop and evaluate their products based on three pillars; clean, conscious and caring. That means all of their products are clearly formulated, dermatologically tested, consciously selected and developed to inspire their customers to live mindfully. “Rituals don’t just set high standards for their products but also for their processes. From the natural hand & lip care collection and eco-friendly refills to supporting women in Mumbai: their innovation team is working non-stop to pave the way for a more sustainable world,” says Rituals Director of Innovation and Sustainability Niki Schilling.

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Shop The Ritual of Jing from Rituals here


Next read about the 5 Easy Ways To Recreate Luxury Spa At Home

5 Easy Ways to Re-create Luxury Spa at Home

We can all agree that with a lack of social commitments and mixed anxieties thanks to lockdown, this would be the perfect time to check into a luxury spa – if we were allowed to.

A little pampering goes a long way at the best of times and right now it’s more important than ever to be able to feel at zen at least once a week. With the large offering of DIY facial tools, candles and essential oils to choose from, we’ve selected five of our favourite products that you can use to recreate a luxury spa experience in your very own home.

Start your spa session with a hot bath

Start your day surrounded by the scent of cherry blossom and rice milk. This foaming shower gel from Rituals uses unique technology to transform the gel into a silky soft cleansing foam when it comes in contact with water.


Click here to shop the Foaming Sakura Shower Foam from Rituals; £8.50 



Exfoliating not only helps to increase your blood flow it can also increase your collagen production which means stronger and more toned skin. Begin at the ankles and brush in circular motions over the body for at least 5 minutes. This zero-waste bath and shower mitt from Holland and Barrett makes exfoliating easy and is great for sensitive skin.



Click here to shop the Exfoliating Mitt from Holland and Barrett; £4.00


Relax with a delicious hot drink

Pukka Relax tea is a unique blend of calming herbs with amazing soothing benefits. It’s best enjoyed towards the end of the day. The combination of chamomile flower, fennel seed, ginger and marshmallow root help to release any stress and tension that has built up throughout the day.



Click here to shop Relax Herbal Tea from Pukka; £2.99


Feed your skin

Shea butter is known for its intensely nourishing properties. In West Africa it has been used for centuries due to its never-ending list of benefits for hair and skin. 

This Luxury Size Shea Butter from L’Occitane will not only last you ages but its fluid formula will soothe feelings of skin tightness. Best used after showering or bathing. An essential product during cold months. 


Click here to shop The Rich Shea Butter Body Lotion from L’Occitane; £40


Rest and reset

As we all know, sleep is essential to wake up feeling energized and alert but did you know it’s also essential for repairing the skin? The Overnight Reset Serum from L’Occitane will help transform your skin with its amazing ingredients which include Marjoram and Acmella Oleacera. Together these ingredients help activate gene expression functions, relax muscle tension and help to smooth the appearance of fine lines and expressions lines.


Click here to shop The Overnight Reset Serum from L’Occitane; £50 for 30ml

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

After a year of social distancing, mask wearing, and generally keeping yourself to yourself wherever possible, we can all feel a little out of practice when it comes to sharing. Love in the time of lockdown can feel hard to keep hold of, but that’s why it’s so important to keep sharing it. Whether you’re digitally dating, jumping on the family video chat, or painting the living-room red with all the single ladies and lads; this Valentine’s everyone is invited. Here are some ideas to help you share the love.


For her
Accessorize Love Wash Bag

Nothing says you’re spreading the love like embroidering it on a beautiful wash bag – the perfect little gift for someone in your life who could do with feeling pampered and spoiled.



For him
L’Occitane Eau de Toilette

You might not be able to glam up and hit the town this Valentine’s Day, but that’s no reason not to look, feel, and smell your best. Bring a splash of class to someone’s lockdown with great gift sets from L’Occitane.

For the fitness lover
Frame Gift Card

Suggesting someone get fit can be a minefield, be careful you don’t offend! But maybe you can both join forces and power-up together, with Frame offering classes that range from fun party vibes to high intensity full-on fitness.



For the friend with sweet tooth
Hotel Chocolat Hamper

Now you’ve got the fitness sorted, your loved ones can enjoy some guilt-free treats! Hotel Chocolat has packages and bundles big and small, so you can say “treat yourself” in the most delicious way possible.


For the person you haven’t seen for a while
Typo Gin & Lemon Card

Raise a glass to your digital squad and surprise with a little reminder that you’re thinking of them, adding a touch of the personal and physical to those Friday Zoom drinks. Alcohol-free options also available from Typo.

School’s In!

School’s In!

One parent wonders how maths could have changed in the last 20 years, while the other frantically Googles “Where were the Romans from?” Homeschooling is back, and many are pondering a simple question: who will teach the teachers? We’ll leave the curriculum up to the schools and the excellent new resources from the BBC, but here are a few ideas on how to make the most of the other extra time you now have with the kids. 


Learn Together

Now as both parent and teacher, you will be expected to know the answer to any question – you are the fount of all knowledge. If that sounds a little too daunting, perhaps choose to learn together, and choose subjects that you’re all into! There is a world of educational videos and apps online, covering everything from science and history, to music and language. We love Backyard Science and the NASA channel on YouTube, but there are many, many more. Don’t think of it as the kid’s learning from home – maybe it’s time for you to go back to school!


Get Crafty

Channel your inner Tony Hart, Neil Buchanan, or similarly beloved TV that this writer is now too old to recognise. Art will brighten up any home, and working on it together with your kids will give it a – ahem – rustic charm that can’t be bought from a store. Typo has craft kits that let all ages and abilities create wall-worthy artwork, while Flying Tiger is giving away loads of colouring sheets and DIY templates from their website. Please ask permission from your significant other before getting out the glue gun.



Joe Wicks might have the P.E. class sorted, but that doesn’t mean you can’t turn exercise into a family activity. Kids will miss the social side of sport and keeping fit, with activities like football, dance, swimming and hiking all sadly on pause. Now is the time to form your own team, Team Family! Show them your best yoga, HIIT, and Zumba moves, with online classes available from Frame throughout lockdown. Get everyone in on the act, with even the smallest children proving useful as additional resistance during weights sessions.



Instil in your children a lifelong love of food, or put yourself off pasta for the rest of time. There’s no more traditional and wholesome family bonding activity than cooking, though there’s plenty of ammunition for a fight should a foodie falling-out occur. Keep the harmony, and give them a head start in the home economics classes by discussing nutrition, balanced diets, and diverse food from around the world. Try everything and find out their favourites – you might have the next Junior Masterchef on your hands.