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The Angel

The Angel is the one of the most vibrant town centres in North London. Set within the London Borough of Islington, the Angel has always been a place of trade dating back to its origins in the early 17th Century.


A BID (Business Improvement District) is a geographical area in which local businesses have voted to invest collectively to improve the environment for commercial activity. An organisation – such as angel.london – is then formed to deliver these improvements, answerable to a board of local business people.

Those services are identified and requested by those member businesses, who pay a levy to fund them. They are additional to those already provided by the police and local authority. Services may include extra safety, cleaning, environmental improvements, or member benefits.

Every five years, members vote to continue the BID for another five years. The BID at the Angel was established in 2007, voted in again in 2011 and 2016.

WHAT IS angel.london?

angel.london is the organisation that runs the Business Improvement District in the Angel. Covering 45 streets and representing over 600 businesses, our mission is to create a sense of place to encourage inward investment and attract business. Our thriving town centre offers commercial advantage for business owners and occupiers and an enjoyable and secure place to work, live and visit.

In 2007 businesses in the Angel voted overwhelmingly to set up a BID to improve the trading environment. The ideas were simple – making it safer, cleaner and brighter. In 2011 they voted for us to continue with our work, and in 2016 they again voted resoundingly for us to continue.



angel.london understands the problems facing our businesses as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and will, at the discretion of the board, apply the following rules for 2020/21:

For businesses which have continued trading for the duration of the coronavirus crisis –  the 1% of the Rateable Value (RV) levy rate will apply as before and bills will be issued. These businesses will be able to access immediately the full range of services the BID offers.

For businesses with a rateable value of £86,000 or above which were forced to close for part or all of the lockdown period – levy bills for six months only at 1% of the RV will be issued in September. These businesses too will be able to access the full range of BID services immediately at this rate.

For businesses with a rateable value below £86,000, and which have been forced to close for all or part of the lockdown period – no levy bills will be issued during the current year. If, however, any business in this category wishes to access our recycling service, they will be asked to pay a contribution of half the 1% of their RV and will, additionally, be encouraged to have a waste contract with Islington Council Waste Services to reduce carbon emissions.


The liability for the BID levy falls on the person who pays the business rates. Landlords of empty properties are liable, as are any new business ratepayers coming into the area during the term of the BID.


Your’e in control
You decide and direct how BID money is spent

Businesses decide and direct how BID money is spent
We are run by a Board representative of the wide variety of business sectors and sizes at the Angel

Safer streets
A range of initiatives to keep the Angel secure

We oversee a range of initiatives, from online 'Watch' groups to training for workers to ensure that the Angel is a safe place for all.

Marketing the Angel
Increasing awareness

By increasing footfall and higher potential consumer spend we’re place-shaping the Angel as one of London’s most popular destinations, to work, live or visit

Seven free recyling services
Seven days a week - because we care

Many recyclers save more than their BID levy. Don't be left out.

Happier workers
Improved attraction of high quality staff

Our cool places to shop, lunch, and relax after work are often cited by employees as good reasons to work here

Look local
Higher potential consumer spend

A strong local economy means a strong local economy
Who’s on your doorstep who can meet all your business needs, from services to a local workforce. Contact us and we’ll put you in touch.

Free advice
Planning and environmental issues

Before you start, take advantage of our local knowledge and experience

Clean up
Fly-tipping or graffiti outside your business

We’re your one-stop-shop for improving the environment
Tell us about it and we aim to remove it the same day

Smarter social responsibility
We’re determined that everyone benefits

We’re creating a united and cohesive town centre, improving things for all. Focus your giving on your local charities and communities, meet them face to face. We can broker links for any mentoring or volunteering you’d like to give.




2019 Islington in Bloom Best Retail Street or Area//2018 London in Bloom Silver Award//2016, 2015 Purple Flag accreditation for a safe, interesting and well-managed night economy// 2015 Met Police Outstanding Team Achievement of the Year for Reduction in Crime // 2015 nominated for Collection Crew of the Year Award at the Awards for Excellence in Recycling & Waste Management // 2014 nominated for Collection Crew of the Year Award at the Awards for Excellence in Recycling & Waste Management // 2017, 2014 London in Bloom Silver Gilt // 2013 London in Bloom Silver Gilt // 2012 London in Bloom Gold Award // 2012 Met Police Commissioner’s Award for Excellence in Total Policing // 2011 London in Bloom Gold Award // 2010 London in Bloom Silver Gilt // 2009 London in Bloom Silver Gilt // 2008 London in Bloom Town & City Centre Award