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Things to do in Clerkenwell

Clerkenwell is a young, fashionable and desirable place to live. London’s so-called “gastropub capital”. Follow our Clerkenwell taxi driver’s guide and you’ll get the inside scoop on where all its best spots to eat, drink and relax in are.

Ask a Londoner just where Clerkenwell is and the response will often be riddled with “umm”s and “errr”s, until somebody eventually points a finger in the vague direction of central to east-ish London. One of the reasons for this slight knowledge gap seems to be down to the fact that Clerkenwell’s surrounded by slightly better known areas such as Farringdon (has a train station), Angel (has a tube station) and Old Street (is impossibly trendy).

But pay it a visit in its own right and you’ll soon see that Clerkenwell has just as much to shout about as its noted neighbours.

The first thing you’ll notice about Clerkenwell is just how pretty it is. A perfect corner of historic London complete with cobbled streets, slaloming alleyways and of course the Victorian Smithfield Markets.

The area was originally named after a local parish clerk’s well (makes sense, right?). But after years, the well was lost. It wasn’t until 1924 when construction work began on a local office that it was eventually rediscovered; perfectly preserved in a chamber under the building. Today the building bears a plaque to commemorate the eponymous water pit (you can find it at 14-16 Farringdon Road).

But there’s a lot more to Clerkenwell than just its history. As more and more creative and tech based offices moved into the area, so has the demand for quality places to eat, drink and socialise risen. In fact, in 1990 The Eagle pub on Farringdon Road became the site of London’s very first gastropub.

And as we all know, it wasn’t long until others followed suit. Which is why, today, Clerkenwell is often referred to as the ‘home of the gastropub’.

Addison Lee have been providing London with safe, comfortable and prompt Clerkenwell cabs since 1975. Which means we like to think we known a thing or two about the place. Follow our Clerkenwell area guide to uncover the best restaurants, pubs, gastropubs and bars the district has to offer.

Your Clerkenwell taxi doesn’t have to be a gamble. Addison Lee cabs are London’s safest and most reliable private hire car service. Let’s start your next journey together.

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