Clerkenwell Area Guide
A guide to Clerkenwell
By RNR Group
Clerkenwell is home to the highest concentration of architectural ﬁrms in the world, and it is easy to see why. With cobbled streets, secret squares and leafy enclaves, the area is oozing with design. The chocolate-box charm of the ivy-covered townhouses is offset by the many factories and warehouses of the industrial revolution that have since become a hub for media and creative companies.
Food and Drink
Aside from its visual allure, with the legendary Smithﬁeld Market at its heart, Clerkenwell is a foodie’s haven. The ﬁrst ever gastropub, The Eagle, is located on Farringdon Road and St John, the brainchild of iconic chef Fergus Henderson, remains high on the list of The World’s Best Restaurants. Other notable gastronomic highlights include Polpo, with its Venetian sharing plate menu, and Sushi Tetsu, where you can watch the chefs work as you sip on your saké. However, it’s not all instagrammable plates and ﬁne dining; there are many cafés and affordable eateries too. Cabbies’ favourite Muratori does a mean egg’n’chips and the wide selection of food-stalls along Exmouth Market ensure even the fussiest eaters leave full. Thankfully there are also plenty of opportunities to dance away any over-indulgence at the bars and clubs around Farringdon.
Equally, if it’s culture you are after, Clerkenwell is rich with options. The area is awash with studios, workshops, boutiques and event spaces, and is even host to its very own annual Design Week. To the north is Sadler’s Wells, London’s leading contemporary dance venue, and the world famous Barbican Centre is nearby offering a range of theatre, cinema, music and arts.
The closest tube is Farringdon, Zone 1, meaning you are also never far away from any other central London ongoings. With its proximity to the City and creative community atmosphere, Clerkenwell strikes a unique balance of fashionable and professional, making it a perfect home for you or your business.