About the Area
Located in the Central London borough of Islington, Clerkenwell is a trendy and upscale neighbourhood with a rich history. The medieval well for which the area is named ("Clerk's Well") was famously re-discovered in 1924, and is now only partially visible, as it was incorporated into a building called the Well's Court in the 1980s. Historically, Clerkenwell was home to the Monastic Order of the Knights Hospitallers of St John of Jerusalem, who had their headquarters at the Priory of Clerkenwell. Later, the neighbourhood became known as the "Little Italy" of London, as it was home to the majority of London's Italians, as well as a number of Jews. This area was also known in the past for being the centre for London's watch making and watch repairing businesses. Today, Clerkenwell is home to young professionals, including a number of media specialists, and also holds a few remaining Italian and Jewish quarters. Businesses in the area include banks, investment firms, asset management firms, accountants, and solicitors.
Places of Interest
One Clerkenwell landmark that may seem familiar to many people is St. Bartholomew the Great Church on West Smithfield. That's because this church was featured in the major Hollywood films Shakespeare in Love and Four Weddings and a Funeral. Other famous landmarks in the area include Turnmills and Fabric, which are two of London's most popular nightclubs. At these trendy joints, celebrity sightings are not uncommon. Clerkenwell also holds the reputation of being home to some of the best restaurants in London. Some top picks are: Moro (Mediterranean) in Exmouth Market, Cafe du March (French) on Charterhouse Street, Clerkenwell Kitchen (British) on Clerkenwell Street, and the Modern Pantry (Modern European) in St. John's Square. Nightclubs aside, there are also good pubs in the area including the Slaughtered Lamb, which regularly hosts live music. In terms of banks, there is a Barclay's on Charterhouse Street, as well as a Nat West on Aldersgate Street. Another important place of interest in the Clarkenwell area is Smithfield Market, which is the largest wholesale meat market in the UK.
From the underground, Clerkenwell can be accessed from either Barbican tube station or Farringdon tube station. Both of these stations are on the Circle, Metropolitan, and Hammersmith & City Lines. For bus transport, there is a bus stop at the corner of Clerkenwell and St. John Streets, which serves routes 153, 243, 55, N35, and N55. In terms of driving, Clerkenwell is part of the congestion zone, which means that motorists must pay a fee to drive in the area. That being said, there are a few car parks around the Clerkenwell area off of Farringdon Road, and street parking is also available. Clerkenwell Street is the main thoroughfare for the area, and can be easily reached from Farringdon and Goswell Roads to the north, Aldersgate Street from the South, and Theobalds Road from the west. Cycling or walking to the area are also good options, and there are a number of Barclay's Cycle Hire stations conveniently located throughout the Clerkenwell district.