Tinderbox Cafe, Angel Islington

Tinderbox Cafe The Angel
Green Sencha
The Tinderbox cafe balcony floats above the entrance to the N1 shopping centre at Angel, Islington.

It’s easy to miss, but the entrance is just past the floating ‘halo’, that looks like a crown of thorns. Go up the stairs at the back of the take-away coffee booth.

The first floor opens into a long, boxy space with lots of different seating areas: diner-style booths, a balcony, a mezzanine, shared tables and even some old leather airline seats.

Halo sculpture outside Tinderbox cafe Angel, Islington
Thorny halo
I have been temporarily living nearby, and Tinderbox has become a regular haunt. The late opening – till 10.30pm at weekends – make it a civilised alternative to the pub after eating out. I also love the huge window with panoramic view of Upper Street. The first time I came here it was snowing. Being late evening everyone was a bit merry – slipping over and having snowball fights. It was like a Brueghal painting, but with red buses.

Tinderbox offer a good range of loose leaf teas from Suki, starting at £2.25. There are samples of each of the leaves in small glasses on the counter.

Teas include English breakfast, chamomile, green and Earl grey. I usually have mint tea if it’s evening, but the green and white tea is also good. It is served in a chunky teapot with china cup.

If you are in the area Tinderbox is a good spot for a cuppa, although my favorite places for tea at Angel are Candid Arts Cafe and Bill’s, which I still love for the massive enamel pot with two tea bags for a bargain £1.95. Itsu do really good tea in glass pots, but I find the and music really annoying and seats designed so you don’t hang around for long.

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Tinderbox cafe,notes
Price of a Cup of Tea, Tinderbox cafePrice of a Cuppa : from £2.25 pot for one
Tea in London, Tea LeafLeaf or Bag : Leaf
Cup of Tea in London, Tea PotCrockery : Chunky infuser pot
Tea shops in London with MusicMusic : background
Cup of Tea in LondonService : Self-service
Best places for tea in London, foodFood : Snacks, sandwiches, cakes etc.
Kitty Blake Little TeapotKitty says: Fantastic view; open late
Address: N1 Islington Parkfield Street, Islington N1 0PS
Website: none

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2 Responses to Tinderbox Cafe, Angel Islington

  1. Rob Smith says:

    Not far from where N1 is now, used to be one of the most fashionable tea gardens in 18th century London, the White Conduit House. Crowds would gather at the gates, eager to get the best seats to be served tea, cream and the house specialty White Conduit Loaves, which were small sweet buttered rolls. People like the poet Oliver Goldsmith visited, and Thomas Lord played cricket there, before moving his cricket club to Marylebone. Fashions change and the White Conduit House was built over in the 1820s. A Victorian pub stands on the site on Barnsbury Road, now a Georgian restaurant.

    You can hear more about Islington’s food history on my walk Islington London’s Larder on February 21st – see http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/5089133736 for details

    • Kitty says:

      This is brilliant Rob – to discover that I am staying yards from a former tea-garden and the original Lord’s is great. I love the Georgian restaurant and have been for tea..will write a quick post – and mention your walk naturally:) Thanks!

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