Celebrating National Illustration Day with Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration

Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration has announced National Illustration Day, a new initative to celebrate the pictures that are essential to our lives and the people who make them.

To celebrate the very first National Illustration Day, Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration are setting up a pop-up illustration studio at Angel Central on Friday 24th – Sunday 26th November. Drop in and create your own illustration with Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration! No booking required, just drop in.

🗓️ Friday 24 November 2023
Drop in 11:00 – 16:00

🗓️ Saturday 25 November 2023
Drop in 12:00 – 16:00

🗓️ Sunday 26 November 2023
Drop in 12:00 – 16:00

(ID: Illustration of a big pencil with the text ‘I am an illustrator’, ‘#NationalIllustrationDay‘ and the Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration logo.)

Join Us For The Final Weekend Of The Angel Central Food Fest

Food, glorious food! What an incredible month we’ve had at Angel Central, celebrating a range of incredible brands and foodie favourites at this year’s Food Fest. From unique sampling experiences with local producers and award-winning brands, to inspiring workshops hosted by thought leaders and creatives, Islington has come Together in Taste this October.

And it’s not over yet! Join us this weekend for the final few days of the Angel Central Food Fest. Expect incredible tasting experiences from DIRTEA and Oakberry, local brands and small business owners at the Angel Central Sustainable Market, plus a range of foodie-focused workshops and masterclasses.



DIRTEA will be offering a sampling experience in the Angel Central Piazza and an exclusive Mushroom Masterclass with DIRTEA’s co-founder, Simon Salter on Friday 27th October. DIRTEA was founded in 2021 by the Mushroom Brothers, Simon and Andrew Salter, who set out to bring mushrooms to the masses and spread the incredible benefits of fungi.

DIRTEA provides the purest and most potent adaptogenic mushroom powders and super blends on the market which can elevate focus, energy, sleep, immunity and joy! With products stocked in Selfridges, Holland and Barrett, Soho House, Planet Organic, Daylesford and Oliver Bonas, DIRTEA sits between the intersection of wellness and lifestyle.


Oakberry are on a journey to make açaí known and appreciated all over the globe. Oakberry’s organic açaí bowls with unlimited toppings are now part of the healthy lifestyle of millions of people in many countries, becoming even more present amongst health-conscious individuals. Fancy giving these açaí bowls a try? Oakberry will be joining us in the Angel Central Piazza for one final sampling experience on Sunday 28th October. The Oakberry team will also be hosting a unique unique açaí bowl crafting workshops from 10am- 1pm

Sustainable Market

Join us on Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th October for the Angel Central Sustainable Market, from 11am – 6pm. The Sustainable Market features a selection of London-based ethical and sustainable businesses, crafters and makers, all with their unique sustainable spin, and all available in one place. Discover a range of foodie favourites, artisan bakes, sustainable coffee, plus unique homeware and fashion brands, across both Saturday & Sunday.

Barnacle Brothers

Based on the Isle of Wight, Barnacle Brothers Botanical Rum is distilled with hand foraged botanicals harvested by its co-founders along the Isle of Wight’s coastline, as well as two species of organic seaweed. Barnacle Brothers will be giving away tasters, making cocktails, and serving their rum with a range of premium mixers on Sunday 29th October from 12pm – 6pm.

Free Kids Workshops

Celebrate the Food Fest at Angel Central this October half-term with Little Angel Theatre. Join the team on the 27th, 28th and 29th where they will be bringing some fantastic food-themed craft workshops and sensory storytelling sessions to Angel Central.

The Angel Central Food Fest: Islington Comes Together In Taste

The Angel Central Food Fest is a two week event bringing together a diverse selection of unique food and drink offerings, delicious experiences and exclusive offers, all in one place. The Great British Bake Off winner, David Atherton, will be just one of the guests joining the incredible lineup of restaurants, retailers and foodie favourites in Islington from Saturday 14th October to Sunday 29th October.

David Atherton will be hosting two free interactive workshops for kids at Angel Central on Tuesday 24th October and Thursday 26th October from 10am to 11.30am. The award-winning TV personality has a passion for healthy food and making it accessible to all. In David’s workshops, attendees will learn to draw and write their own recipes and are invited to sample a range of delicious treats.*

Angel Central will also be hosting two Sustainable Markets, creative workshops with Little Angel Theatre (27th– 29th October), and unique tasting experiences from local producers and national brands, including Oakberry, Fresko and Simply Roasted.

Throughout the Angel Central Food Fest, there will also be a range of exciting restaurant offers and promotions in the centre, such as Birdies, who are challenging visitors to embark on ‘The Spice is Nice Burger Challenge’. From Tuesdays to Thursdays throughout October, you can enjoy three cheeseburger sliders, each slathered in three different levels of Cheeky Burger house hot chilli sauce for £12. If you manage to eat all three within 10 minutes, you will receive a free drink!**

Adam Cummins, centre manager at Angel Central, added “For our third festival at Angel Central, we are focusing on something we all know and love, food. The aim is to bring together our local community for a fortnight of incredible food and drink. We have made all of the events free so everyone can join in on the celebrations. We’re really looking forward to a jam-packed half term in the centre, including David Atherton’s interactive kids workshops, which will encourage healthy eating and inspire children and young people to enjoy the art of food.”

Stay in the know and view our full events programme here.

*Food intolerances cannot be catered for

**Terms and Conditions apply, see in-store for detail.

Angel Central Wins 1st Place In Islington In Bloom’s 2023 Awards

We’re absolutely thrilled to have won the Gold Award and 1st Place for ‘Best Blooming Business’ in Islington In Bloom‘s 2023 awards.

This year is the 20th anniversary of Islington in Bloom. Islington is one of London’s most densely populated boroughs with the least amount of green space. Islington in Bloom’s aim is to be cleaner, greener, and healthier, and their gardening competition is a great way for the community to reimagine our shared spaces together and make this happen.

The award ceremony was a brilliant evening full of inspiring conversations with members of the community. Winners and runners up were presented with their prizes by Cllr Gary Heather, Mayor of Islington. Here’s to another incredible year for Islington!

Wow’s The Hope Brigade Exhibition Opens At Angel Central

Introducing The Hope Brigade Exhibition by WOW, now open at Angel Central. The Hope Brigade is a photography series profiling incredible women working at the forefront of their fields in 10 essential areas from conflict to climate justice, from 10 countries.
Featuring emerging photographers from Beijing to Brisbane, this exhibition is curated by WOW – Women of the World Festivals across the world, in partnership with Google Arts & Culture.
The exhibition tells a story of global feminism and charts the progress that has been made so far, offering hope and encouraging others to continue fighting for gender equality.

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

We’re back! Join us at Angel Central for fun kids craft workshops this summer.

Free Bookable Kids Workshops- Every Saturday in August 

Celebrate the summer this August with free family fun provided by Little Angel Theatre. Join the team every Saturday throughout August where they will be bringing the entertainment to us at Angel Central.

Please note these workshops are aimed at families completing them together. Children will need to be accompanied by an adult for these sessions. We have two sessions for different age groups running on all dates.



Saturday 5th August and 19th August 

Suitable for ages 6 months-2 years, with a parent / 10:00-10:45am

Bring your little angels to Angel Central for a gentle and stimulating sensory storytelling session for babies and toddlers and their grownups to tell a story about the joy of summer-time. Get your sunhats and sunglasses on, because we’re all going on a summer holiday! Limited places – booking is necessary.

To book your place please email info@angelcentral.co.uk 




Saturday 12th and 26th August

Suitable for ages 6 months – 2 years, with a parent / 10:00-10:45am

Bring your little angels to Angel Central for a gentle and stimulating sensory storytelling session for babies and toddlers and their grownups to tell a story about going on a camping holiday with your friends. Pack your tent, roll up your sleeping bags and get ready to slumber under the stars – we’re going camping this summer

To book your place please email info@angelcentral.co.uk 


Free Kids Drop In Sessions – Every Saturday In August

Please note these workshops are aimed at families completing them together. Children will need to be accompanied by an adult for these sessions. We have two sessions for different age groups running on all dates.



Saturday 5th and 19th August 

Ideal for children aged 4 to 10 years / 12:00-3:00pm

I scream, you scream, we all scream for icecream! Summertime wouldn’t be the same without ice lollies and ice cream. Join us in the afternoon where we will be making ice-cream and icelolly puppets to take home. Will yours be a Knobbly-Bobbly, a Twister or just Fab?

Please note this is a dropin craft activity and children will need to be accompanied by an adult. No booking required. 



Saturday 12th and 26th August 

Ideal for children aged 4 to 10 years / 12:00-3:00pm

In the summer we love nothing more than tucking into a box of strawberries when we watch the Wimbledon tennis finals, or as part of the perfect picnic. Come and make a delicious strawberry puppet to take home. These cute little berries are super sweet-just as a ripe strawberry should be

Please note this is a drop-in craft activity and children will need to be accompanied by an adult. No booking required.


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Islington Festival of Music and Art This July

Born out of local garden concerts organised after lockdown in the summer of 2020, the Islington Festival aims to recreate the community spirit that inspired us during that time. The Festival brings people together to experience high-quality live music and art, in different venues throughout the Borough of Islington.

At Angel Central, there will be an exciting new photography exhibition coming up in partnership with The Islington Storyteller / @Islington_London, where you can see how Islington has changed throughout the years. Throughout the year and a half after starting the curation of ‘Islington_London’, their editor, Ana, met and chatted with dozens of locals, each with a unique story to tell. It seemed unfortunate that very few people had the opportunity to discover the multitude of hidden gems our neighbourhood is lucky to have.

For this reason, it felt only natural to create a space for sharing special things about Islington and nearby areas. Alongside ‘Islington_London’, The Islington Storyteller explores some of the most unique stories about our neighbourhood.

Launching in the lead-up to the festival, the exhibition will stay open throughout the festival’s duration and is FREE to attend.

Join Us At The Corner Shop: Lone Design Club’s New Pop-Up At Angel Central

Lone Design Club (LDC) invites you to join us at ‘The Corner Shop’, where they’ll be showcasing an innovative collection of sustainable fashion and lifestyle brands across four weeks.

Lone Design Club is cutting through the noise of a saturated fast‐fashion market and shaking up the conventional shopping experience by challenging traditional retail offerings both in the UK and internationally. Presenting a new immersive shopping experience, Lone Design Club is blurring the lines between consumers online and in‐store purchasing experiences. Their pop-up at Angel Central, kicking off The Do Good Festival, features an expertly curated collection of cutting-edge fashion and beauty brands that are sure to captivate and inspire.

RSVP to their series of brand launch parties, workshops, designer-led experiences and more to take you behind the scenes and into the world’s of these future thinking, next generation brands.

Open to press, media, industry AND shoppers alike, discover unique + one-of-a-kind product, meet the designers behind the brands, join one of their exclusive daily events and highly sought after designer-led experiences. Brand presentations will return with the most exclusive shows, you won’t find anywhere else. Giving customers exclusive access to new collections, one off pieces and showcasing brand new designers. Go deeper behind the brand and immerse yourself into the world of the designer.

What to Expect:

  • One of a kind products from 60+ of the most exciting independent fashion, accessories and lifestyle brands
  • Discover designers with a circular, transparent and ethical focus
  • Attend LDC’s designers’ new collection presentations and showspaces
  • Meet the designers in-store daily and hear the stories behind the brands
  • Join a series of events and experiences in-store weekly
  • New immersive retail experience


Join Us This Weekend For The Angel Central Sustainable Market

We are incredibly proud to play host to the Sustainable Market at Angel Central. At its core, it provides a stage for London-based ethical and sustainable businesses, crafters and makers to interact with visitors, building lasting connections that serve to form stronger and wider communities in and around Angel.

For this series of The Angel Central Sustainable Market on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May, we will be joined by an assortment of local vendors all with a unique sustainable spin.

This upcoming Saturday brings Holimystic and Present Your Joy to Angel Central, alongside many other exciting stalls. Present Your Joy produces their fossil-free soy candles locally, helping to keep transport to a minimum and thus carbon cost. Holimystic provides us with exquisite hand-crafted jewellery made using ethically sourced gemstones for those lovers of all things holistic and mystical.

Sunday 14th May’s market brings Shana4CupNCakes, the perfect antidote to those Sunday scary’s. The Islington-based artisan cupcake maker creates beautifully baked commissions for clients across London and will be preparing a range of carefully crafted cakes for your own enjoyment.

Alongside our other Sunday stalls, we will be joined by Sabine Gerth and her bespoke leatherwork bags and accessories. Her intricate handmade designs use the highest quality leathers, embellished by her own hand painted pattern work, making them the perfect one-off gifts for loved ones.

Hosted in the outdoor piazza each month, the market is open Saturday and Sunday 11:00-18:00.

Fun Activities For The Easter School Holidays At Angel Central

The Easter school holidays are well underway. Are you looking to keep the little ones entertained? We’ve pulled together a range of fun activities available for the whole family at Angel Central.


Family ticket at Birdies 

If you’re after mini golf, good times, and an all-round brilliant, alternative thing to do in London, look no further! Let the mind-bending, visually ridiculous crazy courses at Birdies, Angel Central, take you away to a world of unbridled fun, complete with a drool-worthy menu from Cheeky Burger. So bring the squad and load up on family quali-tee time for £25 for two adults and two kids.


Celebrate Mario on the bench at Wagamama

Heading to the big screen at Angel Central this weekend? Celebrate Mario on the bench. Hop down to wagamama on your way to mushroom kingdom. Enjoy the classic steamed buns or oyster mushroom vegan chilli squid – there’s sides made for sharing with the whole squad!



Mini Mornings at VUE Cinema

Fancy seeing the best kids films and family films with both adult and child tickets from only £2.49 per ticket? Mini Mornings run every Saturday and Sunday morning from 10am, plus every day in the school holidays (with availability likely to change depending on when your child’s holidays occur). Showing kids movies and new kids films, Vue’s Mini Mornings ensures fun in the cinema for all the family. From fantastical adventures to hilarious animations that’ll make the whole family laugh, join VUE this Easter Holidays.