About The Area

Clerkenwell Area Guide

Clerkenwell is a historic neighbourhood located in the London Borough of Islington. It boasts a rich and varied past; it has seen previous incarnations as an area of monastic importance and as an affluent residential area. It was changed extensively by the industrial revolution and became a centre well-known for breweries, distilling and the printing industry. Clerkenwell also contanis some of the most memorable landmarks in Islington from the imposing St. John's Gate to the charming Smithfield Market.

Today, Clerkenwell is a cultural centre for up-and-coming professionals who enjoy its vast selection of bars, restaurants and night clubs. The district is also known for its commercial properties, acting as a spill over area for the City of London and the West End which have become relatively saturated.

If you’re looking to rent office space in London, Clerkenwell is a logical choice.

Clerkenwell has superb transport links, essential if you employ a workforce that resides across or outside the area. Farringdon operates out of Clerkenwell itself, and is serviced by the Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City, and Circle line. It is also a mainline station operating between Brighton and Bedford. King’s Cross St Pancras (the busiest station on the underground) lies just outside Clerkenwell, along with Angel, Chancery Lane and Barbican.

Liverpool Street: 8 minutes

Waterloo: 33 minutes

Euston: 16 minutes

Office workers need a variety of restaurants on offer, for lunchtimes, general dining and special occasions. Clerkenwell offers all three. Many of London’s top Michelin starred restaurants are situated around Clerkenwell, offering classic cuisine paired with exquisite wines. They are relatively expensive, but the immaculate presentation, wonderfully rich food and impeccable service make the experience well worth the money.

Clerkenwell also has a selection of reasonably priced yet interesting offerings. In recent years, it has become known for its ‘gastronomic’ public houses, serving top-quality cuisine without sacrificing the atmosphere of the traditional British pub environment. There are also a number of local and relatively unknown restaurants that have developed cult followings due to their traditional flavours and emphasis on good quality service. For lunch there are both the regular chain companies but also some independent cafes with unique selling points such as ethically and locally sourced produce.

Fine Dining

Club Gascon, 57 West Smithfield, London, EC1A 9DS
St. John, 26 St. John St, London, EC1M 4AY
Potemkin, 144 Clerkenwell Road, London, EC1R 5DP

Eating Out

The Larder, 91-93 St. John St, London, EC1M 4NU
The Chancery, 9 Cursitor Street, Holborn, London, EC4A 1LL
Cock Tavern, East Poultry Avenue, London Central Markets, London, EC1A 9LH


The Clerkenwell Kitchen, 27-31 Clerkenwell Close, London, EC1R 0AT
La Cucina, 2 Cowcross Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC1M 6DR

Office workers appreciate a vibrant night life. Clerkenwell has a great selection of local pubs, upbeat bars and nightclubs, so whether it’s a quiet drink after work or an exciting Friday night out there will be something special on offer. There is an extensive range of pubs of all atmospheres (from modern refits to old style), cocktail lounges, combined bars and clubs, and massive ‘superclubs’ that dwarf most city offerings.

Fluid, 40 Charterhouse Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC1M 6JN, great Fabric warm up bar, oriental-themed cocktail lounge that occasionally shows independent film.

Fabric, 67-77A Charterhouse Street, EC1M 6HJ, Fabric is certainly one of London’s hottest clubs, with floor-buried speakers and a host of international talent.

Lifthouse, 85 Charterhouse Street, Clerkenwell, London, a 3 floor venue situated close to Fabric, offering a welcome blend of dining, drinking and clubbing until the early hours.

Clerkenwell’s history means it offers a selection of great free attractions, so your workforce will always have something new to visit or do.

Exmouth Market

One of Clerkenwell’s hidden treasures. Since the mid 1990s, it has experienced rapid regeneration, shrugging off its reputation for seediness to become a vibrant avenue of restaurants, clubs and bars, along with independent record and book shops. The street market has also been reinstated, boasting local and well-known food retailers and a variety of independent traders. Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, London, EC1

Smithfield Meat Market

Is another local feast, where produce has been traded for over 800 years. Contrary to most inner London markets, which have relocated due to rising costs, Smithfields has received extensive modernisation such as access points for lorry unloading. Interestingly, one of the historic cold store houses of the meat market now hosts popular Clerkenwell night club Fabric. Charterhouse Street, London, EC1A 9PQ

St John’s Gate

Built in 1504, St John’s Gate is representative of Clerkenwell’s monastic past. It was built as an entrance to the Priory of the Knights Hospitallers, formed in 1080 to provide care for pilgrims journeying to the Holy Land. The museum inside charts the history and activities of the organisation. Samuel Johnson himself worked within St John’s Gate. St John's Lane, London Borough of Islington, EC1M 4DA

The Clock Room

Clerkenwell was historically known for clock making and was linked to the Merciful Company of Clockmakers, one of the Livery Companies of London. Located a short walk just outside Clerkenwell, The Clock Room belongs to the Clockmakers, and houses the most extensive collection of clocks, watches and timepieces in existence. Guildhall Library, London, EC2P 2EJ.