Clerkenwell is a name that should ring a bell with literature buffs since it often pops up in the works of Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, and William Makepeace Thackeray. This neighborhood has always been a place where creatives thrive. Today, it has a vibrant population of young designers and professionals. Apartments in this area are typically modern and up-to-date and they offer beautiful views of London’s skyline.
Since it's just a quick commute into the heart of the city, this area is generally quiet during the week since its population heads to work. On the weekends, however, it comes to life with bustling markets, exotic restaurants, and packed bars.
There are tons of dining options in the area. There are dozens of restaurants and a constant stream of new ones opening their doors here. Polpo, Sushi Tetsu, and St. John Bar and Restaurant are some of the best in the area. For those who love to cook, you'll find some of London’s finest markets. You can get great organic food, meat, and produce at Exmouth Market, Whitecross Street Market, and Leather Lane Market.
Sadler’s Wells Theater is one of the best contemporary dance venues in the world and it sits right in Clerkenwell. Half a million people come here each year to see the shows. There is a healthy scene for theater and music as well.
Since the area is very metropolitan, you wouldn’t expect to find green spaces, but Spa Fields is a busy park with a playground amidst the greenery. It gets packed during lunch hours and weekends.
The City: 1.3 miles / 10-20 minutes by car / 20 minutes by transit / 25 minutes by foot / 10 minutes by bike
Canary Wharf: 4.5 miles / 20-35 minutes by car / 35 minutes by transit
Southwark: 2.9 miles / 15-35 minutes by car / 20 minutes by transit / 15 minutes by bike
Westminster: 3.2 miles / 15-40 minutes by car / 30-35 minutes by transit / 20 minutes by bike
Shoreditch: 1.3 miles / 10-15 minutes by car / 15 minutes by transit / 25 minutes by foot / 10 minutes by bike