London area of Farringdon guide

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

Who would have thought that an area known for Fabric and London’s premier meat market (no pun intended) would become such a desirable location for city types, wedged as it is between St Paul’s, the Barbican and the wilds of North London beyond. Farringdon is one of those places that just became trendy; clubs, bars and restaurants moved in and even the ancient site of Smithfield with its unglamorous history of gruesome executions and livestock and meat trading has acquired an air of 'raw' cool. Its Victorian market buildings preside over the locality and, as the day dawns, buyers and sellers mingle with the 4am traffic of weary clubbers wending their way home. Being in range of some of the freshest meat and produce in London, the area has attracted a number of gastronomic types, who have turned the market's environs, especially around Charterhouse Street, into a hub for yummy nosh-ups. Try leather-and-brickwork warehouse restaurant Smiths of Smithfield for a morning fry-up or a juicy steak. There are plenty of hotels nearby to be within walking distance of Farringdon's brilliant nightlife.

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

Farringdon Hotels

in or near Farringdon
The Zetter Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
St John's Square 86-88 Clerkenwell Road, EC1M
Found in the trendy neighbourhood of Clerkenwell, The Zetter Hotel provides stylish boutique accommodation within a converted Victorian warehouse. With 59 rooms, each individually designed and ... More
 
 
 
The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
49-50 St John's Square, EC1V
Located nearby to trendy neighbourbood Farringdon, The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell has been affectionately named the Great Aunt of the original Zetter Hotel. Within the Georgian townhouse, ... More
 
 
 
Crowne Plaza Kings Cross
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
1 Kings Cross Road, WC1X
Halfway between the City and the west End, the Bloomsbury area is an oasis of calm in the very heart of the capital. It's a lovely ... More
 
 
 

Farringdon Entertainment

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Theatre Delicatessen
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Guardian House, 119 Farringdon Road, Farringdon, London EC1R
Taking over the old Guardian building in Farringdon and filling it with rehearsal rooms and performance spaces, Theatre Delicatessen not only takes an entrepreneurial approach to ... More
 
 
 
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Theatre Delicatessen
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Guardian House, 119 Farringdon Road, Farringdon, London EC1R
Taking over the old Guardian building in Farringdon and filling it with rehearsal rooms and performance spaces, Theatre Delicatessen not only takes an entrepreneurial approach to ... More
 
 
 
Craft Central
London > Entertainment > 33-35 St John's Square, Farringdon, London EC1M
Promoting original craft and design is the purpose of this not-for-profit organisation established over the last 25 years. Craft Central have a number of workspaces, workshops ... More
 
 
 

Farringdon Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near Farringdon
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Crypt On The Green, St James'
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Clerkenwell Close, Farringdon, 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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House of Detention
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Sans Walk, Farringdon, London EC1R
The House of Detention gets its name from its former purpose - as a prison - and there has been a prison on this site since ... More
 
 
 
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The Werkstatt
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
7-9 Woodbridge Street, Farringdon, London EC1R
The Werkstatt - meaning workshop in German - is a workshop for international designers and architects to meet, be inspired, play and create. A showcase for ... More
 
 
 

Farringdon Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's Farringdon
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Lesley Craze Gallery
London > Shopping > Jewellery
34 Clerkenwell Green, Farringdon, 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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Leather Lane Market
London > Shopping > Markets
Leather Lane, Farringdon, London EC1N
This down to earth market in Leather Lane is what traditional London street stalls should look like. A bit scruffy it may be but you never ... More
 
 
 
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Farm Collective
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
91 Cowcross Street, Farringdon, 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
 
 
 

Farringdon Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near Farringdon London?
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Giant Robot
London > Restaurants > American restaurants
45 Clerkenwell Road, Farringdon, London EC1M
Serving brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks from 10am till late seven days a week, Giant Robot in Clerkenwell is the latest incarnation of cocktail bar Match ... More
 
 
 
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Giant Robot
London > Restaurants > American restaurants
45 Clerkenwell Road, Farringdon, London EC1M
Serving brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks from 10am till late seven days a week, Giant Robot in Clerkenwell is the latest incarnation of cocktail bar Match ... More
 
 
 
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Dans Le Noir?
London > Restaurants > French restaurants
30-31 Clerkenwell Green, Farringdon, Farringdon, London EC1R
French-eclectic cuisine eaten in total darkness.Dining without the distractions, Dans le Noir? is basically just what it says it is - dinner "in the black". Emphasising ... More
 
 
 

Farringdon Pubs

The best pubs in or near London Farringdon.
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Crown Tavern
London > Nightlife > Pubs
43 Clerkenwell Green, Farringdon, London EC1R
Hideaway snugs where Stalin and Lenin held secret meetings and real ales make the Crown Tavern a popular ... More
 
 
 
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The Three Kings
London > Nightlife > Pubs
7 Clerkenwell Close, Farringdon, London EC1R
Tucked away down a Clerkenwell backstreet next to the graveyard of St James Church, The Three Kings is popular with the locals and a real find for ... More
 
 
 
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The Hat & Tun
London > Nightlife > Pubs
3 Hatton Wall, Farringdon, London EC1N
There's a return to tradition with the takeover of The Hat & Tun pub by Tom and Ed Martin (owners of nearby pubs The Well and ... More
 
 
 

Farringdon Nightlife

Farringdon clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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Ghost Farringdon
London > Nightlife > 113-117 Farringdon Road, Farringdon, 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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Bleeding Heart Bistro
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
Bleeding Heart Yard, off Greville Street, Farringdon, London EC1
Set in an attractive cobbled courtyard, this candlelit bistro/wine bar is a taste of an older, more civilised world. Uniformed French waiters glide unobtrusively between tables ... More
 
 
 
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Bleeding Heart Tavern
London > Nightlife > Bars
Bleeding Heart Yard, off Greville Street, Farringdon, London EC1N
As the less formal sister of the Bleeding Heart Restaurant, the Tavern has kept the brand's warm welcome, slick service and top nosh intact while presenting ... More
 
 
 

Farringdon Leisure

Farringdon 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, Farringdon, 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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Spa Fields Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Northampton Road, Farringdon, London EC1R
A busy park in Islington beside the Three Corners Centre youth centre and Adventure Playground, the 2.02 acre Spa Fields include a children's playground, tarmac ... More
 
 
 
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Urban Golf
London > Leisure > Golf
12 Smithfield Street, Farringdon, 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
 
 
 

Farringdon Education

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London Wine Academy
London > Education > Evening Classes
Garden Floor, 6 Coldbath Square, Farringdon, 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
 
 
 
ATC Ltd
London > Education > Arts and Drama
16 Clerkenwell Close, Farringdon, London EC1R
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Rainbow Language in Business
London > Education > Language Courses
Gate House, St John's Square, Farringdon, London EC1M
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Farringdon Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near Farringdon.
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Museum of the Order of St John
London > Business > Venue Hire
St. Johns Gate, 26 St. John's Lane, Farringdon, London EC1M
The Museum of the Order of St John tells the story of the St John's Ambulance from within a 16th century gatehouse which was formerly the ... More
 
 
 
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Bleeding Heart Yard
London > Business > Venue Hire
Bleeding Heart Yard, off Greville Street, Farringdon, Farringdon, London EC1N
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The Rookery
London > Business > Venue Hire
Peter's Lane, Cowcross Street, Farringdon, London EC1M
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