CLERKENWELL – ABOUT THE AREA
Designers and architects from Clerkenwell’s creative community rub shoulders with City professionals and well-to-do foreign students in this smart and sought after area of inner London. It offers the feel of a village community, particularly around Exmouth Street market and Clerkenwell Green, where you can find a wide range of shops and eating places from gastropubs and global street food to top class restaurants. With its close proximity to the City (just five to ten minutes by tube) 15 minutes from the heart of the West End and easy access to Bank and Tower Gateway DLR stations, property in this area is particularly attractive to young and aspiring Londoners. Clerkenwell has a high volume of spacious and modern apartments as well as Georgian and Victorian conversions plus, at slightly more reasonable rates, a variety of well presented, ex public sector housing which is now in private hands. It’s a great place to live, convenient, trendy but not too frenetic – a very good quality of life can be enjoyed in this diverse area of London.
CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK
Noted for its creativity, Clerkenwell is home to more designers and architects per square mile than almost anywhere else in the world and this has given rise to its own design week each May with three days of exhibitions and installations in various showrooms and venues.
CLERKENWELL - TRANSPORT LINKS
Underground and Train Links: To the north of Clerkenwell is Angel Tube on the Bank extension of the Northern Line which gets you into the heart of the City in just five minutes. To the south is Farringdon that links into the Metropolitan, Circle and Hammersmith and City Line. Farringdon also has mainline connections running to Bedford, Brighton, Luton and Gatwick airports.
Buses: Being centrally located, several routes pass through Clerkenwell – these include the 17 (Archway to London Bridge), 38 (Clapton to Victoria), 55 (Leyton to Victoria) 243 (Woodgreen to Waterloo) and the 341 (Tottenham Ikea to Waterloo)
Cycle: Many people have their own bicycles, there is a strong cycling community in the area complimented by several docking stations for Santander Bikes for hire – colloquially known as Boris Bikes.
CLERKENWELL - MARKETS AND SHOPS
Exmouth Market: This is the go-to place for foodies and people who like the variety that independent shops can offer. It’s stuffed full of street food stalls, cafes, pubs and restaurants offering eating experiences from all over the world. Interspersed with these Clerkenwell gastronomic delights you’ll find a wide variety of shops and businesses offering everything from traditional, artisan breads to unusual gifts, a cycle shop where you can get your bike fixed or buy a nice, shiny new one; have your eyes tested, get your hair done, buy nuts and bolts from the hardware store, visit the pharmacist, browse books and take part in literary quizzes or, if you are brave enough, get a tattoo. Best days for food stalls - Thursdays and Fridays. Shops are open Monday to Saturday.
Whitecross Street and Leather Lane Markets: Adjacent to Clerkenwell but not strictly in it, Leather Lane is to the west and Whitecross Street is to the east. The former is described as an old fashioned, traditional London street market catering for nearby workers and residents where they can buy anything from fruit and vegetables to batteries or a rucksack. Whitecross Street is one of London’s oldest markets – over the years it has developed into street food heaven for nearby workers who can pick up lunch with flavours from Morocco to Mexico and everywhere in between. Both these markets operate from Monday to Friday.
Smithfield in the City of London: Smithfield meat market is the UK’s largest wholesale meat market. It opens at 2.00am – no need for you to get there quite that early but before 7.00am is recommended. Open Monday to Friday.
Supermarkets: Waitrose on St John Street; Sainsbury’s Local on Farringdon Road; Tesco Express at Brewnhouse Yard, St John Street; Budgens on Tysoe Street and many others dotted around the Clerkenwell area.
CLERKENWELL – GOING OUT and PLACES OF INTEREST
Foodie Heaven: Clerkenwell really does cater for all tastes from the already mentioned street food experiences to what is believed to be Britain’s first gastropub, The Eagle in the Farringdon Road, plus some of the best independent restaurants offering every cuisine under the sun.
Sadler’s Wells: Enjoy the very best of international and UK dance at Sadler’s Wells where you will be able to see tango, tap, ballet, Bollywood and much, much more.
Nightlife in Clerkenwell: Smooth and sophisticated, Clerkenwell has The Nightjar in City Road where you can enjoy cocktails and live music; The Zetter Townhouse, described as having one of the most unusual and beautiful bars in London, is frequented by hotel residents and outsiders who come together to sip cocktails and eat fabulous food or, for those who enjoy craft beers and wines from small, sustainable vineyards together with good food, you could try the Old Red Cow on Long Lane, near Smithfield market but, if clubbing is more your scene, hop across to nearby Shoreditch where you can really let your hair down.
Barbican Centre: Cinema, theatre and music at the Barbican Centre where you can become a member and take advantage of up to 20% discounts on events
Museum of London: Discover the fascinating history of one of the world’s greatest cities and see how is has evolved over thousands of years into the fabulously successful and diverse powerhouse that it London today – the Museum of London
Sport and Leisure: Finsbury Leisure Centre- Football and squash courts as well at six multi-sport courts, exercise studios and activity rooms. Golden Lane Leisure Centre – offers many activities including swimming and two outdoor tennis courts.
Schools and Colleges in the Area: St Peter & St Paul Primary School (Catholic);
– an independent, family run primary school with a nursery; Charterhouse Square School,
an independent catering for 3 – 11 year olds. For older children there is
The Central Foundation Boys’ School and
The City of London School for Girls – an independent school catering for girls from 7 to 18.
Italia Conti for theatrical arts has a campus on the Goswell Road and the Cass Business School is only a short distance away in Bunhill Row.
AND FINALLY, DID YOU KNOW ... Clerkenwell Green is where Fagin and the Artful Dodger taught Oliver Twist how to pickpocket, Oliver Cromwell once lived in Clerkenwell and the Christmas cracker was invented by Tom Smith in his shop on the Goswell Road.