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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 Slaughtered Lamb

The Slaughtered Lamb

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

Workshop Coffee Co.

Workshop Coffee Co.

Great coffee and even better banana bread!

J & A Café

J & A Café

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

Foxlow

Foxlow

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

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!

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.

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!

Nightjar

Nightjar

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.

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!

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.

Kerbisher & Malt

Kerbisher & Malt

Sustainable and stylish fish and chips that taste fantastic!

Exmouth Market

Exmouth Market

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

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!

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

"Great St Bart's is a church on West Smithfield and was used in the filming of a number of well known films, including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Robert Downey-Jr's Sherlock and The Other Boleyn Girl."

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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Tim Standing

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

Josh Walsh

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

Andrew Phillips

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What locals say about EC1

  1. A very central location without the overwhelming buzz of London's tourist hotspots.

  2. 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.

  3. Stunning views, an oasis of calm and culture within walking distance to most of the City.

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About EC1

EC1 is the postcode district in East Central London incorporating the areas of Clerkenwell, Farringdon, Hatton Garden, Finsbury Estate (west), Finsbury, Moorfields Eye Hospital, St Luke's, St Bartholomew's Hospital and Bunhill Fields. EC1 is split further into the following smaller postcodes of EC1A, EC1M, EC1N, EC1P, EC1R, EC1V and EC1Y.

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