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The House of Detention gets its name from its former purpose - as a prison - and there has been a prison on this site since 1616. By the mid-19th century the House of Detention was rebuilt - the series of spooky tunnels and passageways that can be explored today date from its last rebuilding in 1844 - and used as a holding prison for those awaiting trial. The prison was demolished in 1890 to make way for Hugh Myddleton School but beneath the playground an entire underground section of the older building survived and lay undisturbed until the bombs of the Blitz saw it reopened as an air-raid shelter. After World War II it was again largely forgotten until, in 1993, it became a museum. The House of Detention closed its doors to the public in 2000 and part of the building has been redeveloped into flats while Clerkenwell Design Week uses other parts of the building as an exhibition space.

 

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The Zetter Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £125  29% off
St John's Square 86-88 Clerkenwell Road, EC1M | 3 minutes from House of Detention
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49-50 St John's Square, EC1V | 3 minutes from House of Detention
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1 Kings Cross Road, WC1X | 7 minutes from House of Detention
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Clerkenwell Close, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 1 minute from House of Detention
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West Smithfield, Clerkenwell, London EC1A | 9 minutes from House of Detention
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7-9 Woodbridge Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 1 minute from House of Detention
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House of Detention, Guildhall Yard, Off Gresham Street, EC2P | 5 minutes from House of Detention
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House of Detention, 10 Trinity Square, EC3P | 5 minutes from House of Detention
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113-117 Farringdon Road, EC1R | 2 minutes from House of Detention
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Guardian House, 119 Farringdon Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 3 minutes from House of Detention
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Guardian House, 119 Farringdon Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 3 minutes from House of Detention
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ec one Exmouth Market
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41 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 4 minutes from House of Detention
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89 Clerkenwell Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 5 minutes from House of Detention
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31 Clerkenwell Close, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 1 minute from House of Detention
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30-31 Clerkenwell Green, Farringdon, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 2 minutes from House of Detention
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The Buckley Building, 49 Clerkenwell Green, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 2 minutes from House of Detention
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Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, 42 Northampton Road, EC1R | 2 minutes from House of Detention
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Garden Floor, 6 Coldbath Square, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 4 minutes from House of Detention
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The Basement, 49-51 Central Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V | 8 minutes from House of Detention
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7 Clerkenwell Close, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 1 minute from House of Detention
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43 Clerkenwell Green, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 1 minute from House of Detention
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180 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V | 3 minutes from House of Detention
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113-117 Farringdon Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 2 minutes from House of Detention
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7 St John Street, Clerkenwell, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 6 minutes from House of Detention
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The Longroom
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18-20 St. John Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 6 minutes from House of Detention
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Museum of the Order of St John
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St. Johns Gate, 26 St. John's Lane, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 4 minutes from House of Detention
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Peter's Lane, Cowcross Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 6 minutes from House of Detention
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Lagerfeld: The Chanel Shows
Lagerfeld: The Chanel Shows
Exhibitions | Until 20th June 2020 

Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square 5 minutes walk from House Of Detention

Get a glimpse into the unseen world of the late Karl Lagerfeld and his work at one of the world's ...More

 
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Exhibitions | Until 26th July 2020 

Barbican - Curve Gallery 12 minutes walk from House Of Detention

The Barbican Centre presents the first-ever UK exhibition by Nigerian-American artist Toyin Ojih Odutola with a new site-specific installation created ...More

 
Langlands & Bell: Degrees of Truth
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Sir John Soane's Museum 14 minutes walk from House Of Detention

A major new exhibition at Sir John Soane's Museum, Langlands & Bell: Degrees of Truth puts the spotlight on contemporary ...More

 
Arctic: Culture and Climate
Arctic: Culture and Climate
Exhibitions | Until 23rd August 2020 

British Museum 18 minutes walk from House Of Detention

On of the earth's coldest regions, the Arctic and its indigenous peoples, come under the spotlight at a major British ...More

 
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Fortune Theatre 19 minutes walk from House Of Detention

One of the less well-known West End fixtures, this adaptation of Susan Hill's gothic novel has been packing out houses ...More

 
The Play That Goes Wrong
The Play That Goes Wrong
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Duchess Theatre 20 minutes walk from House Of Detention

Presented by the award-winning, international comedy company Mischief Theatre, The Play That Goes Wrong follows the inept and accident prone ...More

 
Hidden London: The Exhibition
Hidden London: The Exhibition
Exhibitions | Until 1st January 2021 

London Transport Museum 20 minutes walk from House Of Detention

Experience an 'abandoned' Tube station and discover stories about Churchill in the Blitz at the London Transport Museum's exhibition, Hidden ...More

 
Untangling the Tracks
Untangling the Tracks
Exhibitions | Until 31st May 2020 

London Transport Museum 20 minutes walk from House Of Detention

The London Transport Museum looks at the history of the Thameslink train line with its new exhibition, Untangling the Tracks. ...More

 
Future Engineers
Future Engineers
Exhibitions | Until 31st December 2020 

London Transport Museum 20 minutes walk from House Of Detention

Explore the world of transport engineering in the Future Engineers gallery, a permanent display at the London Transport Museum since ...More

 
Royal Ballet: The Dante Project
Dance | Until 1st June 2020 

Royal Opera House 21 minutes walk from House Of Detention

The Royal Ballet's resident choreographer Wayne McGregor presents the world premiere of a dance piece inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy ...More

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