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Curious name, this one. It comes from the Derek Jarman film The Angelic Conversation. Jarman lived opposite for a while. The pub itself is much older, though, dating back to the reign of George IV (whom it was originally named after).
It's no Angel. At least in the evenings, this can be a big, brash, noisy sort of pub. The main bar is certainly one of the better options close to Angel tube station, if nothing too remarkable. But head upstairs and you'll find yourself in a very different environment. This cosy, comfortable drinking space comes with plenty of candle-lit tables and a ceiling that looks like it was nabbed from a Lombardy church. The basement loos are also a bit barmy, with an unexpected water feature and live Radio 4 while you pee (at least, there was on our visit). Food options are pricy (so, too, the drinks), but well presented, with plenty of options for both veggies and meaties.