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88 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 4EH
 
 
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OPENING TIMES
Mon-Fri 12:00-15.00 & 18.00-22:15, Sat 18.00-22.15
 
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Main courses £15-£20
 

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PortalPortuguese cuisine is a rarity in London, aside from the guilty pleasures of popular chain Nandos. Certainly there is nothing in the city that can compare to Portal, where simple and distinctively Portuguese peasant and fishermen's fare is cooked with enviable flair. Service is cheerful and the food is as comforting and earthy as a Portuguese menu should be, soaked in olive oil and full of shimmering fresh fish. Though it is beautifully presented, the chefs at Portal have resisted the temptation to interfere with the basics, such as the salty intensity of Bacalhau, the sticky delights of custard tarts, the oily crunch of a hot sardine sandwich. A unique restaurant and one that has succeeded in modernising Mediterranean cuisine without sacrificing any of the qualities that make it worthwhile.

 

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The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £285  38% off
49-50 St John's Square, EC1V | 1 minute from Portal
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
 
 
 
The Zetter Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £275  34% off
St John's Square 86-88 Clerkenwell Road, EC1M | 2 minutes from Portal
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
 
 
 
Club Quarters St Pauls Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £88  29% off
24 Ludgate Hill, EC4M | 11 minutes from Portal
This neat and simple hotel gets all the basics right. The prices are sensible, the rooms are simply and attractively decorated, there's a decent little bistro, ... More
 
 
 
 
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Sade Restaurant and Bar
London > Restaurants > Mediterranean restaurants
21 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 8 minutes from Portal
Mediterranean Cuisine... More
 
 
 
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Mirror Room
London > Restaurants > Mediterranean restaurants
252 High Holborn, Holborn, London WC1V | 15 minutes from Portal
Described as "the social hub of Rosewood London", the Mirror Room is one of two restaurants in the new hotel and is the fine dining option ... More
 
 
 
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Rocket Holborn
London > Restaurants > Mediterranean restaurants
36-38 Kingsway, Holborn, London WC2A | 16 minutes from Portal
Situated in the midtown area of Holborn on the floor below the Club Quarters Hotel, Rocket Holborn offers an interesting fusion of Italian, Mediterranean and Californian ... More
 
 
 
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Pho
London > Restaurants > South East Asian restaurants
86 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | Same location as Portal
Supermarket or upmarket? Opinions are divided over this Vietnamese eatery; it’s not too busy a weekends yet but as word gets round lunchtimes are getting packed, ... More
 
 
 
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Luca
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
88 St John Street, EC1M | Same location as Portal
Isaac McHale, Daniel Willis and Johnny Smith, the team behind The Clove Club, are responsible for Luca, an Italian ... More
 
 
 
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Tinseltown
London > Restaurants > American restaurants
44 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 1 minute from Portal
24 hour dining at this tatty, friendly restaurant renowned for erratic service. The food is perfectly good and there's usually a good atmosphere late at night. ... More
 
 
 
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The Piano Works
London > Entertainment > Live Music
113-117 Farringdon Road, EC1R | 5 minutes from Portal
Housed in an intimately lit Victorian warehouse, The Piano Works is a non-stop live music venue where in-house musicians take centre ... More
 
 
 
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Theatre Delicatessen
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Guardian House, 119 Farringdon Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 6 minutes from Portal
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, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 6 minutes from Portal
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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St John's Cloister Garden
London > Attractions >
St John's Lane, EC1M | 1 minute from Portal
A hidden public garden within the 16th century Museum of the Order of St John.... More
 
 
 
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Cowcross Yards
London > Attractions >
Cowcross Street, EC1M | 2 minutes from Portal
Nestled between Cowcross Street, Britton Street and St John Street, and a stone's throw from Farringdon Station, Cowcross Yards was ... More
 
 
 
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Crypt On The Green, St James'
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Clerkenwell Close, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 3 minutes from Portal
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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Farm Collective
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
91 Cowcross Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 3 minutes from Portal
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
 
 
 
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Smithfield Market
London > Shopping > Markets
West Smithfield, Clerkenwell, London EC1A | 4 minutes from Portal
For tenants of Smithfield Market getting up in the dark is the nothing out of the ordinary; with the market opening at 4am these hard ... More
 
 
 
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Nicholas James
London > Shopping > Jewellery
16-18 Hatton Garden, Holborn, London EC1N | 7 minutes from Portal
A trip to Hatton Garden is a rite of passage for any newly engaged couple but it can also be a confusing one. With so many ... More
 
 
 
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Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings
London > Education > Cookery Courses
Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, 42 Northampton Road, EC1R | 7 minutes from Portal
Featuring six catering stations, a demonstration bench and a communal dining table, B&H Kitchen , the cookery school from Bourne & Hollingsworth Group, guides Londoners ... More
 
 
 
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LSO St Luke's
London > Education > Professional Training
161 Old Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V | 8 minutes from Portal
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 | 8 minutes from Portal
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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Urban Golf
London > Leisure > Golf
12 Smithfield Street, City, London EC1A | 6 minutes from Portal
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
 
 
 
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London Dance Academy
London > Leisure >
The Basement, 49-51 Central Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V | 6 minutes from Portal
London Dance Academy is a dance studio in the middle of the City, five minutes' walk from Old Street and Barbican, which offers dance classes and ... More
 
 
 
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Spa Fields Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 7 minutes from Portal
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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The best pubs near London Portal.
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Jerusalem Tavern
London > Nightlife > Pubs
55 Britton Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 2 minutes from Portal
It’s teeny-tiny and, no, there aren’t enough seats, but the Jerusalem Tavern still provides a cosy nook to devour a rare breed of delicious ales. London’s ... More
 
 
 
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Fox & Anchor
London > Nightlife > Pubs
115 Charterhouse Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 2 minutes from Portal
This renovated traditional pub in the heart of Clerkenwell has been serving the traders of nearby Smithfields Market for years. Under the Malmaison umbrella - the ... More
 
 
 
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The Hat & Feathers
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
2 Clerkenwell Road, Clerkenwell, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 3 minutes from Portal
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The Longroom
London > Nightlife > Bars
18-20 St. John Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 2 minutes from Portal
Situated in the heart of Clerkenwell, next door to St John and Smithfield Market, The Longroom specialises in craft beers, salt beef and gourmet sandwiches. Described ... More
 
 
 
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Simmons Farringdon
London > Nightlife > Bars
105 Charterhouse Street, EC1M | 3 minutes from Portal
The rapidly expanding Simmons Group has cracked the code when it comes to running a successful drinking spot with its bars (13 and counting) opening up ... More
 
 
 
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Vinoteca
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
7 St John Street, Clerkenwell, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 3 minutes from Portal
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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Museum of the Order of St John
London > Business > Venue Hire
St. Johns Gate, 26 St. John's Lane, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 1 minute from Portal
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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The Rookery
London > Business > Venue Hire
Peter's Lane, Cowcross Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 3 minutes from Portal
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Haberdashers' Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
18 West Smithfield, City, London EC1A | 5 minutes from Portal
Opened by the Queen in 2002 and designed by Sir Michael Hopkins and Partners Haberdashers' Hall was the first new livery hall in the Square Mile ... More
 
 
 
 

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Nye Thompson; Insulae: Of The Island
Exhibitions | Until 4th April 2021 

Barbican Centre 7 minutes walk from Portal

A video installation of British coastal waters captured by drone, contemplating the impact of island geography on national identity in ...More

Nubya Garcia
Concerts | On 29th October 2020 

Barbican Centre 7 minutes walk from Portal

The London-based jazz saxophonist, composer and bandleader incorporates dub reggae, cumbia, afrobeat and neo-soul with Caribbean and Latin America influences ...More

Ling Tan: Playing Democracy
Exhibitions | Until 4th April 2021 

Barbican Centre 7 minutes walk from Portal

Artist Ling Tan explores social structures and collective responsibility in a multimedia installation comprising a giant two-player game of Pong....More

Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer
Exhibitions | Until 3rd January 2021 

Barbican Centre 7 minutes walk from Portal

Film, photography and material from across dancer and choreographer Michael Clark's career plus his collaborations across visual arts, music and ...More

Jean Dubuffet
Jean Dubuffet
Exhibitions | Until 17th January 2021 

Barbican Art Gallery 7 minutes walk from Portal

As part of the year-long Inside Out series, the Barbican Art Gallery presents a major exhibition on French artist Jean ...More

 
Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory
Exhibitions | Until 24th January 2021 

Barbican Centre 7 minutes walk from Portal

The first UK display of the Nigerian-American artist's work, comprising pastel and charcoal drawings that explore an imagined ancient myth, ...More

Frozen the Musical
Frozen the Musical
Theatre | Until 5th January 2021 

Theatre Royal Drury Lane 20 minutes walk from Portal

Disney's hit film Frozen goes from screen to stage when the magical world of Arendelle is recreated at the newly ...More

 
Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella
Theatre | Until 12th December 2020 

Gillian Lynne Theatre 20 minutes walk from Portal

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The Woman In Black
The Woman In Black
Theatre | Until 27th March 2021 

Fortune Theatre 20 minutes walk from Portal

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
Theatre | Until 2nd May 2021 

Duchess Theatre 20 minutes walk from Portal

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

 
 
 
 
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