Widely regarded as London’s jewellery quarter and the hub of British diamond trading, Hatton Garden is nestled in the heart of Holborn, within the London Borough of Camden. Some 300 jewellery businesses work out of Hatton Garden, with dozens of shops representing the largest cluster of jewellery retailers in the country.
Intertwined with the raft of jewellery merchants, retailers and repairers is a mixture of amenities and office space that’s home to an increasing number of creative businesses in the media and publishing sectors.
Given its relatively central location, just off Clerkenwell Road, Hatton Garden is well-connected to mainline rail and underground services. The area is a short tube journey to the West End and is equally close to the capital’s financial district. In short, this historic area still maintains much of its character and charm that dates back to medieval times.
What businesses does Hatton Garden suit?
As already mentioned, Hatton Garden used to be solely geared towards the jewellery industry, but is fast becoming a home to all types of creative businesses due to the area’s proximity to traditional publishing hubs such as Clerkenwell.
However, it’s the more contemporary creative media businesses that are gravitating towards Hatton Garden too, with the likes of internet news and entertainment network BuzzFeed setting up home here also.
With less than a ten-minute walk to a mainline London railway station, Hatton Garden has strong links into and out of the capital. Farringdon station is only ten minutes away, while Chancery Lane tube station on the Central Line is only a five-minute stroll.
In fact, Hatton Garden is within a 15-minute walk of five Underground lines, as well as London Overground and National Rail services from Farringdon and regular bus services from King’s Cross St Pancras and Waterloo Station:
- Farringdon – 15 min walk
- King’s Cross St Pancras – 25 min walk
- Chancery Lane (Central Line) – 5 min walk
- Holborn (Piccadilly Line) – 10-15 min walk
- Farringdon (Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan Lines) – 10-15 min walk
- King’s Cross St Pancras (Victoria, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Piccadilly and Northern Lines) – 25 min walk
- King’s Cross St Pancras – Bus #46 from Stop D (disembark at Chancery Lane Station, Stop C)
- Waterloo – Bus #521 from Stop H (disembark at Holborn Circus)
There are a number of excellent restaurants and bistros within walking distance of Hatton Garden that offer a gourmet experience, perfect for entertaining prospects and clients. From cosy and friendly public houses such as Ye Olde Mitre and One Tun, which blends tradition with mouth-watering Thai cuisine, to fine dining establishments notably Anglo Restaurant and the Bleeding Heart Restaurant, there is something that caters for all needs nearby.
For a little Spanish flair, Iberica offers top-quality tapas at reasonable prices, while for those with a palate that leans towards Asian flavours, Tajima-Tei and Anjoy Kitchen offer informal Japanese and Vietnamese dining experiences.
Hatton Garden’s proximity to Holborn and the West End makes it an excellent location to start an evening, with a number of quaint watering holes and cocktail bars dotted around EC1.
Barsmith is a short walk east of Hatton Garden onto St John Street and offers a warm and vibrant ambience and a plethora of home-grown infused cocktails to devour. Similarly, 5CC on Farringdon Street is an equally interesting cocktail bar with a friendly atmosphere and environment that’s ideal for business networking.
For something a little more fun – for a team night out perhaps – take a short walk to Mount Pleasant and visit the PimpShuei Barcade, with its retro 90s arcade machines, bar snacks and great-value drinks that’s perfect for a Friday night after a busy and rewarding week in the office.
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Charles Dickens Museum
One of London’s most cherished novelists and social commentators, Charles Dickens remains ingrained in everyday culture. This museum features the world’s leading collection of material surrounding Dickens and his life, from paintings and manuscripts to rare edition novels; it’s a must-see for anyone in the area.
Museum of London
With more than a million objects and artefacts, the Museum of London paints the most impressive picture of our capital city from prehistoric to present day. With free entry, it’s an excellent way to spend an afternoon to get under the skin of London’s cultural history.
Restored back in 2006, this corner of Clerkenwell is an area now brimming with cafes, boutiques, restaurants and outdoor drinking establishments overlooking the Exmouth Arms from which the location earnt its name.
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