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A locals' guide to EC1

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

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

What is your favourite place?

Where do EC1 locals go?

The Modern Pantry

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

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 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.

Foxlow

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

Honest Burgers

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

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.

Sports Bar & Grill, Farringdon

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

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

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

The Wilmington

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

The Barbican Exhibition Centre

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

Workshop Coffee Co.

Great coffee and even better banana bread!

Exmouth Market

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

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

What do you love about EC1?

Why do you find EC1 a great place to live?

Gabriel

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

December 2015

Ed

"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."

December 2014

Local resident

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

September 2012

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"Possible inspiration for Dickens' Lady Havisham, Hatton Place resident Lady Lewson despite owning a large rambling house, occupied just one room and told her servants never to move anything. Obsessed with catching a cold, she ordered that none of the windows should ever be washed fearing that they would break and let in germs!"

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Child-friendly activities near EC1

Mini Moles babies group

Museum of London Shop
Learn, play and explore together. Website

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

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

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
  1. 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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