Angel cafe guide

Angel has a long association with cafes. Even in the pre-speciality days there was Crowbar in the 90s, a cafe so far ahead of its time it had a menu painted on the wall. Then there were the likes of Tinderbox with their airplane seats and four Starbucks squeezed into a stretch a few hundred yards long.


Alex MacIntyre does things a little differently. His Shoreditch cafe (now closed) was extremely popular and innovative in design and function. Then his Old Street coffee bar (with the emphasis on bar) Relax It’s Only combined an emphasis on cocktails with coffee. Now his cafe at Angel has opened with the emphasis on great coffee and creative food options. The superb coffee is from Modern Standard via a state-of-the-art Modbar espresso machine and the rarely seen in the UK Alpha Dominche Steampunk for filter coffee and tea. Teas are from Good & Proper.

428 St. John Street, EC1V 4NJ

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The CoffeeWorks Project

Early Angel pioneers CoffeeWorks deserve massive credit for plugging away and improving the quality of their coffee even though they have always been popular enough that they could have chose to sit on their laurels. Now a mini-chain of three cafes, CoffeeWorks serve the best of Has Bean filter and espresso with fresh daily food created in their on-site kitchen.

96-98 Islington High Street, Islington, N1 8EG

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Saint Espresso

When Mornington Crescent’s cosy neighbourhood Leyas Cafe announced a second site, few imagined a coffee shop this attractive and state of the art. It’s a beautiful space with pride of place given to the black custom Strada. The coffee rarely disappoints and they rotate roasters so it can be fun to see what they have. They have library of teas from Lalani & Co and certainly have one of the best tea services in town.

Angel House, 26 Pentonville Road, N1 9HJ

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Giddy Up Angel

Hot on the heels of pioneers CoffeeWorks in 2012 came Giddy Up, Angel’s own coffee cart – always good for a chat and Square Mile coffee in the relaxed setting of the small patch of former common land known as Islington Green.

Islington Green, Islington N1 8DU

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Brown Bear

Hidden away on Cross Street is Brown Bear named after the owner’s dog. It’s cozy, friendly and warm and serves Coleman coffee but we’ve heard some mixed reports about coffee. Let us know how it is. We did hear rumours of a peanut butter cup frappe last summer!

41 Cross St, London N1 2BB

More London neighbourhood cafe guides:

West London Cafe Guide

The City Cafe Guide

Peckham Cafe Guide

Oxford Street Cafe Guide

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