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Workshop Coffee Co.

Workshop Coffee Co.

Great coffee and even better banana bread!

Mugen

Mugen

Owned and operated by Japanese ladies, this gem on Cowcross Street opposite Farringdon Station offers quite simply the best selection of sushi and other Japanese food this side of Kyoto!

J & A Café

J & A Café

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

Bourne and Hollingsworth

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...

Exmouth Market

Exmouth Market

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

The Slaughtered Lamb

The Slaughtered Lamb

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

Look Mum No Hands

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.

Sports Bar & Grill, Farringdon

Sports Bar & Grill, Farringdon

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

The Bleeding Heart

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.

The Barbican Exhibition Centre

The Barbican Exhibition Centre

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

Kerbisher & Malt

Kerbisher & Malt

Sustainable and stylish fish and chips that taste fantastic!

Foxlow

Foxlow

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

The Modern Pantry

The Modern Pantry

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

The Wilmington

The Wilmington

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

The Grill on the Market

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!

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Clerkenwell, Barbican, Islington, City, Holborn, King's Cross, Hoxton, Shoreditch, Spitalfields and Bloomsbury

"The name Clerkenwell is taken from Clerks' Well which was a spring where students gathered. Part of the well is still visible and it has been incorporated into a building called Wells Court in Farringdon Lane."

The Barbican Estate's striking architecture defines Clerkenwell and the surrounding areas in the City.

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Clerkenwell offers residents outstanding choice when it comes to the bars and restaurants and all so close to London's financial centre, too!

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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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  1. From the old buildings, the occasional cobbled street to the many great places to eat and drink, Clerkenwell has the sort of character you can't build. You have to wait for it! There is the hustle and bustle around Farringdon station in the mornings, and the buzz outside the pubs at the end of the week. Nowhere quite like it in London.

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Child-friendly activities near Clerkenwell

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

Rhythm for Life EC1 Music Project

Argos
Music, multi-media, arts, crafts, sports, dance, advice, information and support including further education and employment opportunities.

Finsbury Judo Club

insbury Leisure Centre
Having coached Judo to Juniors over the past 30 years. I have found that there are very different approaches to how we can get the message from Professor Kano across to our young Judoka. Kano's view of Judo was quite clear. It was to be a good source of fitness, fun and discipline, rolled into a sport which could be enjoyed safely for all ages. With it roots in Ju-Jit-Su or ( Ju-Jut-Su) as a fighting Art, we find an easy cross over into Kano's Judo. Website

Gymnastics

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

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

St Luke's Centre Children's Craft Club

St Luke's Community Centre
Children will be offered a range of art activities, including painting, collage, sculpture and animation. Website

About Clerkenwell

Clerkenwell is an area of Central London in the London Borough of Islington. Clerkenwell was once known as London's "Little Italy" because of the large number of Italians living in the area between the 1850s and the 1960s. A general revival and gentrification process began in the 1990s, and the area is now known for loft-living young professionals, nightclubs, restaurants and art galleries. It also houses many professional and business offices as an overspill area for the nearby City of London and West End, alongside council housing. Amongst other sectors, there is a notable concentration of design professions around Clerkenwell, and supporting industries such as high-end designer furniture showrooms, with many of London's leading architectural practices located in the area.

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