Islington given award for its nightlife

Islington has won an award for its "safe" nightlife

Islington has won an award for its "safe" nightlife - Credit: Archant

Islington has joined a select group of town centres given the UK’s only award for a safe and well-run night out.

The popular nightlife spot is now flying the Purple Flag – similar to the award for a good beach – after a rigorous inspection of the area’s pubs, bars and streets day and night.

Judges were impressed with the “exceptional breadth and quality to offer all types of people, and quality in the public realm,” and they praised the Angel AIM Business Improvement District (BID) and the Angel Police Team for their efforts in understanding businesses in making the area safe.

Angel AIM director Christine Lovett said: “We are proud to have achieved Purple Flag. It recognises the efforts of bars, pubs, restaurants and venues striving to make a better night for residents and visitors.

“It also reflects how well businesses are working towards Islington Council’s priority of managing the impact of nightlife – and the fact that the Angel has finally dropped off London’s Top Ten Crime Hotspot list is a lot to do with how our Angel Police Team are working with licensees.”

It comes as even more licensees are joining the Pub Watch scheme set up in November.

Patrick Donnelly, of Slim Jim’s Bar in Upper Street and deputy chair of our Pub Watch, said: “We are happy to pay towards the BID because the police and clean teams keep the Angel safe and clean for local residents and visitors – and this has made all the difference to being awarded Purple Flag.”

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“We’re hoping this boosts visitor numbers – although we can’t rest on our laurels because we will be assessed every year,” adds Christine Lovett.

Angel AIM Business Improvement District manages the Angel on behalf of businesses. For more information visit