Clerkenwell

From its world-class cuisine to its trend-setting style, Clerkenwell characterizes good taste.

This central London neighborhood’s inner beauty matches its fashionable exterior. Reputed as one of the city’s must-go gastronomic destinations, Clerkenwell’s Michelin starred restaurants, historic pubs, and all-night bars attract healthy crowds who enter hungry and leave happy. This neighborhood is more than foodie-friendly—theatre and design are hot commodities in Clerkenwell. Known for its great entertainment options and stylish thinkers, Clerkenwell strikes a candid balance between opulently hip and decidedly professional.

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On the Map

Clerkenwell is bordered by Holborn, St. Luke's, St. Pancras, Bloomsbury, The West End, Islington, City of London, LB of Islington, and LB of Camden

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

The London Eye: 40 minutes on the tube
The Tower of London: 21 minutes on the tube
Heathrow Airport: 85 minutes on the tube
Gatwick Airport: 45 minutes by tube and train
Kings Cross: 22 minute walk
National Gallery: 30 minutes on the tube

The Pinnacle of Hip

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Clerkenwell is the creative hub of London.

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Architecture studios, contemporary showrooms, and design houses uphold the neighborhood's ahead-of-the-trends reputation.

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The studio of the late, illustrious fashion designer Alexander McQueen is located on Clerkenwell Road. If that isn't avant-garde, nothing is.

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Exposed brick exposes Clerkenwell's cooly repurposed aesthetic.

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The area is hip and popular among creative types and has many converted warehouses similar to Soho and Tribeca in Manhattan. There are wonderful restaurants and gastropubs on both Exmouth Market and St. John Street."

Hip Locations

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Clerkenwell might not claim but so many meters of land, but the neighborhood is not short on modern markets, cafes, coffee shops, or restaurants.

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Sample a pastry or check out Leather Lane's weekday farmers' market.

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It's a popular spot for locals at lunchtime.

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As is Exmouth Market, which sets up for the lunch rush Monday through Friday. Reserve some time from noon to 3 pm, and sample food from over twenty artisanal pop-up stalls.

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If you missed the market, don't despair.

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Permanent restaurants, shops, and parlours surround the area.

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In Clerkenwell, they take their coffee seriously.

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There's even an entire department devoted to it.

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Have a seat.

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You'll like it here.

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Fine restaurants, quality food stores, cafés and designer shops align on Exmouth Market, a lovely pedestrianised street. (The street's loved by many; it's even reviewed on Yelp.)"

Hip Styles

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Between Exmouth Market's independent shops and the recycled styles that treasure-hunters can find at Leather Lane, shopping and dressing in this neighborhood are salient vocations.

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Clerkenwell is considered to be one of London’s hippest and most historic locations."

Hip Libations

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Clerkenwell's pub goers and style connoisseurs share something in common–each display a penchant for the handcrafted.

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The neighborhood's various taverns and pubs entice their customers to sample specialty beers, seasonal ciders, and homemade soft drinks.

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Friday nights are especially energetic in Clerkenwell.

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It's not uncommon to find groups of architects gathered around frothy pints and fish and chips.

Sadler's Wells Theatre: Showcasing International Dance

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Sadler's Wells Theatre dedicates itself to celebrating international dance.

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From contemporary ballet to critically-acclaimed flamenco performances, the theatre presents dance in all forms.

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A Conscientious Community in Central London

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Small businesses share their front doors with upstairs apartments in Clerkenwell.

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Boutique shops and design studios sell their wares from the ground floors of well-kept brick buildings. Find fashion designer Andrew Majtenyi's store in Clerkenwell.

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Or some of the tastiest snacks and treats at its neighborhood cafes.

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Finsbury's Town Hall no longer serves as the center for public decision-making, but it still brings the community together.

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The Art Deco space commonly hosts weddings and events.

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Timely buses and rentable bicycles keep Clerkenwell connected to the rest of the city.

Green Urbanity

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Green trees and quiet plazas keep Clerkenwell from feeling grey.

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Please, take a moment for yourself.

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You deserve it.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Rebecca Duke has been working as a photographer for the last decade, after attending Central St Martin’s in London. Her work focuses on people, interiors and travel and has been published in The Sunday Times, Elle Decor and Conde Nast Traveller. Rebecca travels frequently for her work but loved working in her hometown of London for this project. London’s friendliness about this work took this ‘true Londoner’ by surprise.

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