Islington has joined a select group of town centres given the UK’s only award for a safe and well-run night out. Islington 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 told the Islington Gazette: “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.
“Islington had lots to offer in terms of nightlife, café culture and shopping” says Alina Banionyte, lettings manager at the Islington branch of lettings agent Edmund Cude. “But it is also a great place to live, with a wonderful community spirit.”