Clerkenwell
Clerkenwell
4.5

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The area
Neighbourhood: Islington
How to get there
  • Farringdon • 4 min walk
  • Barbican • 7 min walk

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4.5 of 5 bubbles18 reviews
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Liz
London, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Clerkenwell Design Week was fun despite the rain. An intriguing opportunity to see inside the Old Session House, the Karl Marx Museum, St James's church and a modern stone building opposite on Clerkenwell Close, and St John's Square with a small courtyard behind. But even when over the area is still fun to explore.
Written 23 May 2024
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK2,948 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Clerkenwell is a small area of London which has some really lovely buildings. There are some nice churches and arches into the city of London.

There's also quite a few little shops and restaurants in the area to visit. It's well worth visiting on foot to see some of the detail in the buildings.

The nearest main station is Farringdon which is served by the Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines. It is also served by Thameslink and Elizabeth lines so it is really easy to reach from different parts of the South East of England.
Written 18 July 2023
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TERRAvelista
London, UK18,016 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This is an area that under went a huge regeneration in the last 20 years with more being built as you pass through here.

We walked the other day on the way to the Postal Museum, which I highly recommend you to visit, as we came from Farington tube station, until now having lots of new buildings being built near it.

Everything looks more clean cut, safer and more elegant and from the intersection of Faringdon with Clerkenwell road you have a good view of other tall buildings in the distance, near the river!!!

What I also like here, is that the facades of the old buildings have been kept, where the buildings were of historic value and could be rescued, so you have some great historic pubs where you can have a pint or good meal, thus competing with the new trendy and very cheap restaurants that are in abundance in the area towards the City. Avoid it in the rush hour, Mon to Fri after 4pm, as the tube stations are a nightmare and might dampen your great experience walking these amazing historic streets.
Written 19 October 2019
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Nicholas H
London, UK20,431 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Friends
Walking routes round Clerkenwell are usually only a couple of miles, but this district is packed with historic and interesting sites. The list is endless, but it includes St Bartholomew’s Hospital, the magnificent church of St Bartholomew the Great, Smithfield Meat Market, Charterhouse Square, The Charterhouse, the William Wallace Memorial, Spa Fields, Saffron Hill, Ely Place, Cloth Fair, the St John Gatehouse and Museum and Clerkenwell Green. The area is packed with restaurants, pubs and cafes. It’ll take a whole day to do justice to visiting it and even then you’ll run out of time to see it all.
Written 10 September 2019
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Rashmi C
London, UK19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
Great place and surprisingly great food. I had the fish dish with a herb crust - cooked to perfection
Written 8 May 2019
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hgoldman77
hgoldman77144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018
Staying here is a way to experience the real London as Londoners might live it. Workplaces for creative tech, media and light manufacturing companies, plenty of inexpensive ethnic restaurants, including a daily street-food festival, walking distance to a subway and City of London sights. A short taxi ride or Underground jaunt to anywhere you want to go.
Written 19 November 2018
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futtock21
London, UK16,407 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Solo
Things historic: the well after which this area is named was rediscovered in 1924; home of the Medieval Knights Hospitallers of St. John; gateway and crypt: now St. John ambulance HQ; St. John Street has some of the best restaurants in London: St. John (Fergus Henderson's nose to tail eating); the Eagle (London's first gastropub and still going strong); Henry IV Part 2: Falstaff joked about Justice Shallow's youthful exploits with a prostitute on Turnmill Street (today has a Spanish restaurant); three prisons were here: Bridesmill, Coldbath and New Prison; Old Street Magistrates' Court (now closed: remembering appearing as a young lawyer in front of a Magistrate with piles squirming on his heavily cushioned bench); Old Street high-tec hub; St. Luke's high-spec LSO concert venue; Clerkenwell Outrage of 1863 when Fenian (Irish Republican) terrorists escaped prison and killed local people held hostage. Farringdon station (the only station in Clerkenwell but what a station: two underground lines; Thaneslink N-S through the City; Crossrail E-W coming soon ...
Written 2 June 2017
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nellielim
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4,048 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Family
This central London neighbourhood is reputed as one of the city's must-go gastronomic destinations. The Michelin starred restaurants, historic pubs and all night bars attract crowds here. As well as foodie-friendly establishments, this area is also known for its entertainment and art.
Written 22 May 2017
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T_Hotel_Inspectors
London, UK784 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Solo
So central is clerkenwell , but many buildings which are frequented by young people & startup business attracted re-designed pubs, and the graphic art community
The lack of train station makes it more quiet, but generally worth the resataurant trip
Written 28 April 2017
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RWandSW
Greater London, UK1,881 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Friends
A charming area away from tourists with many nice restaurants and bars/pubs; I used to work in the area and still like visiting, especially when socialising with former colleagues.
Written 18 September 2016
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