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A locals' guide to EC1Y

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

Tim Standing

"Shoreditch is to London now, what King's Road was in the '60s."

Andrew Phillips

"The street art on this wall is constantly changing, which makes for a beautiful and rousing walk to work every morning. Expect the unexpected on Great Eastern Street!"

Kayleigh Harvey

What is your favourite place?

Where do EC1Y locals go?

The Barbican Exhibition Centre

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


Amazing food! The service is fantastic and the steak and salmon are out of this world...

Sports Bar & Grill, Farringdon

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

The Slaughtered Lamb

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

J & A Café

The best Irish fry up with real Irish soda bread and Ballymaloe relish!

Ibérica Farringdon

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

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.

The Modern Pantry

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


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.

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 Breakfast Club

Always busy, with great breakfasts throughout the day, as well as lunch and dinner menus.

Ozone Coffee Roasters

Proper coffee in warehouse-style surroundings and food too, served from breakfast through to dinner.


A Mark Hix restaurant with a huge Damien Hurst cow and chicken on display, created specifically for Tramshed! The menu is simple but very tasty!

Sushi Tetsu

Sushi Tetsu is a fantastic and very personable sushi restaurant tucked down a small passageway in Clerkenwell. It serves some of the best sushi in London.

The Dovetail

Serving the finest Belgian beer in London!

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Barbican, Clerkenwell, City, Shoreditch, Hoxton, Islington, Spitalfields, Aldgate, De Beauvoir Town and Holborn

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"At the time of their completion in the 1970s, the tower blocks in the Barbican estate were the tallest apartment buildings in Europe."

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Child-friendly activities near EC1Y

Water Babies

Golden Lane Campus
Aims to give you and your baby the confidence in water and will take your baby all the way from their first splashes in the pool to swimming all by themselves. 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


Golden Lane Sport & Fitness
Gymnastics is one of the most popular junior activities; spaces are in demand as this activity helps children develop physical strength, flexibility, agility, coordination and balance. Our classes and sessions are a great balance of structured learning and relaxed enjoyment, based around the British Gymnastic Association award scheme. Sessions run: Saturday 10:00 - 11:00 (5 - 7years) Saturday 11:00 - 12:00 (8 - 12 years) Website

Islington Boat Club

Islington Boat Club is a watersports leisure and training centre, as well as providing an active youth programme and schools tuition Website

Hoxton Singing Mums

St John’s Church
A community choir for mums in and around Hoxton singing everything from pop songs to show tunes, gospel to rock. No experience necessary, just enthusiasm! Pre-school children welcome, toys & refreshments provided. Open to all mums - even if your kids are at school or even all grown up! Website

Frame's Mums Club

Frame Shoreditch
A full body workout for Mums involving Boxing/Cheerleading/Toning and a whole lot of abs, all done to loud music. Take your little one with you and they can snooze in the pram, play on a mat or run around the room!
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