Once a residential location for influential Londoners including Oliver Cromwell, the industrial revolution brought breweries, printing, watchmaking and other craft workshops to Clerkenwell. This heritage lives on, and these days the area is a design destination and has more design companies or creative businesses and architect firms per square mile than anywhere else in the world. Consequently it's become a bit of a mecca for young and trend conscious professionals to live.

There's been a livestock market in Smithfield for some 800 years, making this one of the oldest parts of London. Consequently there's a variety of property here, from 17th century properties around the market to listed inter and post war estates, like the Barbican. The vast majority of properties are flats or apartments, many of which are located in impressive contemporary developments. Brewhouse Yard, Dance Square and Kingsway Place are some of the best, while beautiful terraced Georgian and Victorian townhouses can be found on City Road and Chequer Street. There are also some 1960s estates – like Spa Green and Golden Lane, which are listed ­– and Victorian warehouse conversions. The picturesque flats in Brewery Square and Granville Square are highly sought after, as are the new mews houses on gated River Street.

Clerkenwell: Lunch & After Work

Eating:

Polpo is rightly classed as one of the best in the Capital.

The Eagle What is often claimed to be the first gastropub, on Farringdon Road is still going strong.

Markets:

Exmouth Market is located in the heart of Clerkenwell, along a street lined with trendy cafes and restaurants like Caravan and Moro.

Smithfield Market is the largest wholesale meat market in the UK. For the true Smithfield experience, visit early in the morning as the traders set up shop.

Whitecross Street Market is popular with City workers looking for a tasty takeaway lunch.

Clerkenwell: Transport

Tube:

Farringdon station is the closest Tube station to Clerkenwell, although Angel, King’s Cross, Chancery Lane and Barbican stations are all nearby. Farringdon is in Zone 1 on the Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan Lines. The other stations provide access to the Northern, Piccadilly, Victoria and Central Lines.

Rail: 

As a major hub of teh City Thames Link line which serves commuters from Brighton through to Luton.  As of 2019 the New Elizabeth Line opens West and East London and further beyond.

Bus:

Clerkenwell’s central location means it has many bus routes running through it. These include the 17 (to London Bridge), 38 (to Victoria), 55 (to Oxford Circus) and the 243 and 341 (to Waterloo/Wood Green and Waterloo/Northumberland Park respectively), which are both 24 hour services.

Road:

A short drive from the A1, meaning locals can be on the M1 in just half an hour.

Cycle:

It’s just a 15 minute cycle to either London Bridge or Oxford Circus. There is a strong cycling community in the area, with some locals campaigning for a ‘Cycling Boulevard’ between Old Street and Bury Place running along Clerkenwell Road.

Getting away:

For a quick break, workers can reach London City airport in half an hour by car or 50 minutes by public transport. Luton Airport is also easily accessible with Thameslink trains taking you there in under 40 minutes.

 

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