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J&A Club

J&A Club

Truly lovely gem of a cafe - indoor and outdoor seating with a relaxed charm and scrumptious food.

J & A Café

J & A Café

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

The Museum of the Order of St John Cloister Garden

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.

Sourced Market

Sourced Market

I can get the perfect poached eggs on toast in the morning and then go back in the evening for a bottle of craft beer!

Sushi Tetsu

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.

Terroni of Clerkenwell

Terroni of Clerkenwell

Terroni's on Clerkenwell Road is a charming traditional Italian café and food store offering all the delights of the old country. There is nothing better than an afternoon cappuccino with a delicious pistachio cream filled cannoli!

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 Wilmington

The Wilmington

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

Honest Burgers

Honest Burgers

The Honest Burger cocktails are absolutely fantastic and the staff are exceptionally friendly too!

Exmouth Market

Exmouth Market

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

Bounce

Bounce

A great place to enjoy a drink, food and a good game of ping pong in the founding home of table tennis!

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!

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...

The Dovetail

The Dovetail

Serving the finest Belgian beer in London!

Workshop Coffee Co.

Workshop Coffee Co.

Great coffee and even better banana bread!

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

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

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

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

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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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  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

Nanuk Birthlight Infant Aquatics

Thistle City Barbican Hotel
From birth to six months of age babies will work through various practices to enable them to move in the water and begin to develop their relationship with it.At the same time parents learn the skills to teach their baby to swim and toswim with their baby 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

Swimming Class UK

Soho Gyms Farringdon
Kids swimming lessons are a fun way to become friends with water. This new London swimming school will help your children learn how to swim. Our hands on teaching method will fast track your children to become brilliant swimmers. 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

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

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

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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