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Clerkenwell and surrounding areas

A locals' guide to Clerkenwell and surrounding areas

"This inspiring mosaic in Angel reminds me every day to do what I love!"

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"I love the buzzy urban feel of EC1 and knowing that I am within touching distance of all that is happening..."

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Where do Clerkenwell and surrounding areas locals go?

The Barbican Exhibition Centre

A quirky but intimate spot for live plays and music events. Home of London Symphony Orchestra!

The Slaughtered Lamb

Great atmosphere, live bands, excellent wine! Sometimes you see the cast of Eastenders and Ed Sheeran in here.

The Grill on the Market

Steak, cocktails and very good fajitas... If you're a member you can even get 50% of food and 2-4-1 drinks!

The Wilmington

Just down the road from Sadler's Wells Theatre, this exceptional gastro pub is packed before a show - and rightly so.

Exmouth Market

Amazing fresh food for all tastes. Charming, especially at night. A great place to relax in the sun.

The Bleeding Heart

Tucked away down an alleyway that is reputedly the site where Lady Hatton was found murdered in the 17th century, this collection of restaurants offers amazing French cuisine in a quaint surrounding.


Quirky interiors and crazy cocktails, this restaurant-cum-club is great for a number of different occasions.

The Modern Pantry

Great brunch/lunch spot and really fresh food. Worth booking as people come especially to Clerkenwell to eat here.

New Culture Revolution

Off the beaten track. Amazing dim sum and very good value for money.


The most sophistication you can find between two kebab shops on a roundabout. A speakeasy-style cocktail bar underneath the adjacent shops, serving the best cocktail creations in town.

Look Mum No Hands

A great concept for anyone who loves cycling. Full-time mechanics working upstairs that can help with flat tyres and answer any questions about bikes, as well as a great outdoor area to sit and bask in the sun with a coffee and food.

Ibérica Farringdon

A great spot for tapas right by Farringdon Station, with good value, super tasty food and a buzzy atmosphere.

The Museum of the Order of St John Cloister Garden

A wonderful quiet garden for people in the know and ideal to sit in on a summer's day. Make sure you also take time to find the entrance to the original crypt, a wonderfully thematic space with tombs dating back hundreds of years.

Bourne and Hollingsworth

You may have to book really far in advance, but the brunch with bottomless cocktails is definitely worth the wait! Make sure you try the French toast with clotted cream, berries and honey...

Sports Bar & Grill, Farringdon

Every sport on multiple wide screens and great burgers. The champagne cocktails are to die for!

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"Clerkenwell owes its name to Clerks' Well, which was only rediscovered in 1924 in the basement of a building on Farringdon Lane."

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After school Pottery Class

The 1A Centre
Our after school Pottery Class is a lot of fun and makes use of our fantastic facilities at 1A Arts. We have a pottery studio, complete with kiln, allowing kid's to explore their creativity. Colleen is our very talented pottery tutor and always makes it a fun experience! Website

Short Tennis

Golden Lane Sport & Fitness
Our popular Junior Tennis sessions are based on the Spanish system called "Street tennis" and are run by qualified LTA coaches. This runs at Golden Lane Sport and Fitness for ages 5-8 years. Tennis helps develop speed, leg strength, body coordination, agility and balance at a physical level as well as discipline, sportsmanship and competition at a mental level. Website

Parent and Toddler Drop in for the under 5

Bedford House
Bedford House is a really good resource for the under five's community in Central London. Even if you do not live close enough to utilise the facility regularly, keep it in the back of your mind for a day trip to do the British Museum. Website

Stop Motion Animation(7-14 years)

The 1A Centre
How would you like to tell stories, make characters, experiment with different materials and create short animated films? Well that's exactly what you can do at our Stop Motion Animation class! Then you can take home a DVD of your films to show your friends and family! Website

31st Islington Scout Group

Hanover Primary School
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ZUMBA KIDS Dance and Fitness Classes

Pulse Dance Studio
The ZUMBA Kids programme is the ultimate dance-fitness party for young ZUMBA stars aged 4-11. It features age-appropriate music and moves that get kids moving to the beat, allowing them to be themselves and dance like no one's watching! £25 for 5 weeks/£6 per class for drop-ins payable on the door. Website

Singalong with Harriette

Church Hall
Harriette Ashcroft is one of the hidden gems of London. Guitar and vocals. Trained at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, She has work with Shared Experience, Theatre de Complicite and the Peter Hall Company. As a professional community musician her songs and stories have been performed by members of the London Symphony orchestra. She has received grants form the Arts council to develop her work . Website
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