Clerkenwell Area Guide
Clerkenwell sits just west of the City, and is characterised by an eclectic mix of pioneering warehouse conversions and Georgian and Victorian houses. Apartments range from high-spec new builds to characterful conversions within warehouses, period houses, and former office and hospital buildings. With its super- convenient location close to the City and West End, it is a thriving area for young, affluent Londoners to live, work and play.
The area has a rich history, from medieval roots and a radical political past to the rich mix of homes and workplaces it offers today. It first became a fashionable place to live in the 17th century, and by the 19th century was a centre for engineering, printing & publishing and watchmaking. It has evolved into a centre for the architecture & design and tech sectors, claiming the most creatives per square mile in the world.
Clerkenwell Green lies at the centre of the old village, although the grass disappeared long ago. Nearby Spa Fields is the largest green space in the area; it has a children’s playground and is popular with office workers. There are many cutting-edge shops, especially for interiors and fashion, in the neighbourhood, and it is also home to numerous places to eat and drink, with markets in Whitecross Street, Leather Lane and Exmouth Market.
The already excellent connectivity will be enhanced when Farringdon becomes a major transport hub with the opening of a new Crossrail station. This central London neighbourhood is within easy cycling or walking distance of the City and West End.