What’s a cake without icing? We’ve worked so hard getting the infrastructure of the Angel right and we want to show it to its best advantage – Christmas lights, summer flowers, and a loyalty card are designed to show off what we’ve got, attracting visitors and creating a bustling, lively town centre in which businesses can thrive.



One swallow may not make a summer, but our flower baskets certainly do. We’ve won Best Town Centre Awards for the last seven years running, praising (amongst other things) our horticultural prowess.

We are delighted that businesses contribute towards the flower baskets. We’ve even had a big (green) hand in Islington winning London in Bloom’s Gold award for Borough of the Year


Angel Christmas lights have become the talk of the town. We’re still one of the few high streets which believes in putting the sparkle into festive and insists on lighting up the Angel, creating a magical atmosphere to attract revellers and shoppers.
Over the years, businesses have made generous donations towards our Christmas lights from Chapel Market to Camden Passage, and also to lighting up the nine trees outside St Mary’s Church in Upper Street between October and March.


Businesses who have relocated to Angel say an interesting and lively environment is important in staff retention. Their employees love the rich culture, wide choice of restaurants, and lively bars and pubs. Our recently commissioned footfall survey says Thursday is the new Friday – it’s busiest after work. Friday is busiest for late nights out, and on Saturday the Angel is busiest 7-8pm.


7/7 years we’ve entered London in Bloom and won awards
increase in safer countdown crossings
more waste coffee grounds recycled in 2015

By providing hanging baskets in the BID area, and the enhancement of the public realm with additional cleansing, also year round events has made a key contribution to this amazing award. Business involvement is key to success in London in Bloom and the partnership between Islington Gardeners, the council and BID businesses helps us achieve that.

Manager Andrew Bedford, Islington’s Parks & Open Spaces Manager.