London area of Clerkenwell guide

What to do and where to stay in London's Clerkenwell neighbourhood

Clerkenwell used to be a part of London's industrial heartland. Now, the warehouses are home to design agencies and magazines, the factories have become exclusive bars and restaurants, and the slum housing has been turned into exclusive flats for professional twenty-somethings. As the local population moved out, the pubs fund a new way of making money, and many of London's oldest and best gastropubs are in this area, supplied with top quality ingredients by Exmouth and Smithfield Markets. With few tourists and hotels, Clerkenwell can feel a little deserted at weekends ''“ that is until you stumble across the areas around Farringdon and Smithfields, which have been so popular for so long that they've generated their own local economies of bars, shops and restaurants. In the North, Sadler's Wells is London's flagship venue for contemporary dance.

See our recommended nearby Clerkenwell Hotels, Events, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

Clerkenwell Hotels

in or near Clerkenwell
The Zetter Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
St John's Square 86-88 Clerkenwell Road, EC1M
This boutique hotel in trendy Clerkenwell fits right in with the warehouse chic designer feel of the neighbourhood. Mixing vintage chairs with stark modern prints, there's ... More
 
 
 
Thistle City Barbican Hotel
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel
Central Street, EC1V
Near to the City, and convenient for the The Barbican arts centre and Moorfields Eye Hospital, this hotel is modern, clean and functional. Equipped with its ... More
 
 
 
The Rookery Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
Peters Lane, EC1M
Filled with old fashioned touches like wood panelling, old paintings, stone flagged floors, claw foot baths and open fires, The Rookery has plenty of character. And ... More
 
 
 

Clerkenwell Events

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Calvin Lau
London > Events > Exhibitions
The Modern Pantry, 47-48 St John's Square, Clerkenwell, Clerkenwell, London EC1V
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LSO Horn Ensemble And John Alley (Over 5s)
London > Events > Kids Events
LSO St Luke's, 161 Old Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V
A performance of Schumann's Konzertstuck.... More
 
 
 
Music Tech Fest: Occupy Music
London > Events > Business Events
LSO St Luke's, 161 Old Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V
Discussions on the future of the music industry.... More
 
 
 

Clerkenwell Entertainment

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Sadler's Wells
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
Rosebery Avenue, Islington, Clerkenwell, London EC1R
Modern contemporary dance and music performance space. Occupying a site with a long tradition of entertaining Londoners, Sadler's Wells exists to bring the best of national and ... More
 
 
 
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Sadler's Wells Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell, London EC1R
Modern contemporary dance and music performance space. Occupying a site with a long tradition of entertaining Londoners, Sadler's Wells exists to bring the best of national ... More
 
 
 
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The Old Red Lion Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
418 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V
One of London's most famous fringe pub theatres, the Old Red Lion Theatre in Islington was founded in 1979 by Charlie Hanson and is a welcome ... More
 
 
 

Clerkenwell Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near Clerkenwell
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Museum and Library of the Order of St John
London > Attractions > Museums
St. Johns Gate, 26 St. John's Lane, Clerkenwell, Clerkenwell, London EC1M
This 16th century gatehouse was formerly the southern entrance to the Priory of the Medieval Order of St John and contains furniture, painting, silver, coins and ... More
 
 
 
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Magnum Photos
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
63 Gee Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V
The London gallery for renowned photo agency, Magnum. Representing the best in photography, The Magnum Photos selection process for new members is legendary for its toughness. ... More
 
 
 
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Host Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
1 Honduras Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1Y
Host was established in 2005 by Jon Levy, director of foto8, and Adrian Evans, director of Panos Pictures. Photojournalism - from classical black and white reportage ... More
 
 
 

Clerkenwell Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's Clerkenwell
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Lesley Craze Gallery
London > Shopping > Jewellery
34 Clerkenwell Green, Clerkenwell, London EC1R
Lesley Craze houses contemporary pieces of jewellery design in an interesting gallery shop. A range of materials is used, including both precious and semi-precious metals, and ... More
 
 
 
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ec one Exmouth Market
London > Shopping > Jewellery
41 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, London EC1R
Established in Clerkenwell in 1997, EC One jewellery has built up a glittering reputation for its individual, stylish jewellery. Husband and wife team Jos and Alison ... More
 
 
 
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Farm Collective
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
91 Cowcross Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M
Its location opposite Smithfield Market is a very appropriate spot for the Farm Collective to set up shop. Working with select farmers and small producers, this outlet ... More
 
 
 

Clerkenwell Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near Clerkenwell London?
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The Well
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
180 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V
Everything about our meal at this superb gastropub in Clerkenwell was brilliant, from the towering pint'o'prawns ordered to start, to the grins plastered over our faces ... More
 
 
 
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The Peasant
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
240 St John Street, Clerkenwell, , Clerkenwell, London EC1V
The Peasant is really two different eateries under one roof. Downstairs is a crowded and cheerful gastropub, with a menu of substantial tapas and platters. Upstairs ... More
 
 
 
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Goswell Road Coffee
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
160-164 Goswell Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1V
Goswell Road is in the heart of Finsbury full of media companies and dodgy council estates. Just the right mix for Street Coffee, so come ... More
 
 
 

Clerkenwell Pubs

The best pubs in or near London Clerkenwell.
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The Well
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
180 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V
Everything about our meal at this superb gastropub in Clerkenwell was brilliant, from the towering pint'o'prawns ordered to start, to the grins plastered over our faces ... More
 
 
 
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The Peasant
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
240 St John Street, Clerkenwell, , Clerkenwell, London EC1V
The Peasant is really two different eateries under one roof. Downstairs is a crowded and cheerful gastropub, with a menu of substantial tapas and platters. Upstairs ... More
 
 
 
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The Hat & Feathers
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
2 Clerkenwell Road, Clerkenwell, Clerkenwell, London EC1M
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Clerkenwell Nightlife

Clerkenwell clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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Ghost Farringdon
London > Nightlife > 113-117 Farringdon Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R
Most people's gripe about South Ken's graffiti chic venue Ghost INC is that it would be better suited to the edgier East End than the haughty ... More
 
 
 
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Vinoteca
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
7 St John Street, Clerkenwell, Clerkenwell, London EC1M
Wine bars in the UK were given a bad name in the 1980s but places like this show us how it should be done. Both the ... More
 
 
 
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Fabric
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
77a Charterhouse Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M
Built on the site of a Victorian meat cellar, Fabric continues to boast the most sensational line-ups in the capital. Its global reputation is founded on ... More
 
 
 

Clerkenwell Leisure

Clerkenwell gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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My Chocolate Workshops
London > Leisure > Activities
Hatton Square Business Centre, 16-16a Baldwin Gardens, Clerkenwell, London EC1N
Immerse yourself in a world of chocolate with this mouth-watering workshop. You will discover how chocolate is processed from bean to bar. Sample a variety of ... More
 
 
 
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Urban Golf
London > Leisure > Golf
12 Smithfield Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1A
OK, so you may not be able to soak up the rays on this indoor course but it’s a brilliant idea that has been stylishly executed. ... More
 
 
 
Virgin Active
London > Leisure > Fitness
333 Goswell Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1V
Fitness club.... More
 
 
 

Clerkenwell Education

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LSO St Luke's
London > Education > Professional Training
161 Old Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V
This gorgeous 18th century Grade I listed Hawksmoor church is one of a number of London churches which has, in recent years, been converted into a ... More
 
 
 
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London Wine Academy
London > Education > Evening Classes
Garden Floor, 6 Coldbath Square, Clerkenwell, London EC1R
One day workshops, offering a friendly no-nonsense approach to teaching about wine, suitable for everyone from beginners to experts. Courses take place at the following venues: Atlas PH, ... More
 
 
 
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City Journalism
London > Education > Professional Training
106 Bunhill Row, Clerkenwell, London EC1Y
City’s Print Journalism course is recognised as the best in London. Although places like Goldsmith’s are trendier, City is respected in the industry thanks to a ... More
 
 
 

Clerkenwell Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near Clerkenwell.
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Crypt on the Green
London > Business > Venue Hire
Clerkenwell Close, Clerkenwell, London EC1R
The Crypt on the Green, underneath St James Church in Clerkenwell, is on the site of the first nunnery to be built in London dating back ... More
 
 
 
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The Rookery
London > Business > Venue Hire
Peter's Lane, Cowcross Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M
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