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21 May, 2024 -

Exploring the vibrant streets of Angel, one cannot help but be drawn to its hub of excellent independent businesses that add unique flair and character to its streets. At the BDC we love supporting local businesses, and encourage all our visitors and tenants to venture around the area to see what it has in store.

Upper Street Angel Islington

From quirky boutiques to relaxed entertainment, the local businesses here in Islington offer practical solutions and delightful escapes. Here are some of the independent businesses in North London that we think are well worth a visit. Not only do they promise an enriching local experience but also embody the spirit of the local community we call home. 


Deploy is one of the many businesses in North London and this image shows a rack of clothing

Located in the heart of Angel, Deploy is not just a clothing store but a fashion experience that champions sustainability – and is a certified B-Corp just like us. With a focus on ethical practices, this boutique shop curates versatile garments that appeal to the conscious consumer.

Each piece is crafted to offer functionality and style. Whether you need a last-minute outfit tweak or an entirely new ensemble, Deploy offers style and sustainability in one chic package. It’s the perfect place to support a greener planet and a more fashionable you.

Located: 338 City Road, London EC1V 2PY

After Noah

A picture of staff outside After Noah

Stepping into After Noah is like wandering into a treasure trove of the past. Whether you’re a collector of rare finds or in search of a memorable gift, After Noah offers a delightful shopping experience that harks back to a bygone era.

If you feel you’re missing something from your exhibition stand at one of our events or trade shows or want a fancy trinket to spruce up your office space as one of our tenants, this charming family-run business is crammed with an eclectic mix of vintage and new furniture, toys, and gifts. That’s all ready and waiting for you.  Plus with the business now a B-Corp too you can rest assured that you are supporting a business that takes sustainability and ethical practices seriously. 

Located: 121-122 Upper St, London N1 1QP

Upper Street Hardware

Shopfront of the Upper Hardware Store  

For locals and visitors alike, Upper Street Hardware is a cornerstone of the Angel community. More than just a hardware store, it’s a place wrapped up with a true neighbourhood spirit,

where friendly advice and service meet every DIY need. Whether you’re looking for a specific tool or some home improvement tips, the knowledgeable staff are always ready to assist. 

With their enthusiastic claim that “if we don’t have it you don’t need it” you can be assured that it’s the go-to spot if you are at one of our many exhibitors and find yourself in need of any last-minute supplies to set up your stand or make adjustments.

Located: 204 Upper St, London N1 1RQ

Upper Street Bookshop

A pile of books at Upper Street Bookstore in Angel

Need a break from the bustle of the exhibition? A haven for book lovers, the Upper Street Bookshop offers a peaceful retreat, with shelves brimming with both literary classics and contemporary hits.

This quaint bookstore is a cultural gem, perfect for finding inspiration or solace within the pages of the shop’s curated collection. It’s a must-visit for anyone looking to recharge or those who love to lose themselves in stories, and a perfect place to find your next great read.

Located: 42 Upper St, London N1 0PN

The Bill Murray

Angel comedy club Bill Murray

The Bill Murray isn’t just a bar; it’s an institution in Angel, known for its vibrant comedy scene. Home to Angel Comedy Club, this venue offers nightly shows featuring up-and-coming talents alongside household name comedians.

With its welcoming atmosphere and a strong sense of community, The Bill Murray is the perfect spot to unwind, laugh, and enjoy a night after work. It embodies the spirit of Angel, making it an essential visit for anyone looking for a good time.

Located:  39 Queen’s Head St, London N1 8NQ

Ray Stitch

One of the independent businesses in North London Ray Stitch

Ray Stitch is a refreshing boutique which boasts a beautiful collection of crafting supplies ranging from an extensive array of fabrics, sewing patterns, to dainty haberdashery essentials. 

They also offer engaging sewing workshops that cater to both beginners and advanced crafters. An artistic reprieve to learn new skills and meet new people, Ray Stitch is an ideal spot for innovative visitors to find inspiration or pick up a unique souvenir that reflects the creative spirit of Angel.

Located: 66 Essex Rd, London N1 8LR 

Each of these businesses in North London reflects the distinctive charm of Angel, making them indispensable parts of the local community. Whether you’re preparing for an event, looking for last-minute solutions, or in need of relaxation after a busy day, Angel’s independent businesses warmly welcome all. 

Make sure to stop by and discover the personal touches that make each of these places truly special during your visit to the Business Design Centre. 

We love giving our recommendations on the best places in Angel and showing the all independent businesses in North London. So take a read of where we think you should drop by on your lunch break or to find out about the best coffee shops in Angel, to make the most of your visit. 

To learn more on what’s happening at our venue in the coming months, check out our What’s On page.

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