The lowdown: Clerkenwell
Nestled between the City and the West End, Clerkenwell is a hive of activity during the week but quiet and village-like at the weekend. The annual Clerkenwell Design Week festival showcases both established and new talent, and gets bigger every year.
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Average house prices in Clerkenwell
One-bedroom flat: £702,000
Two-bedroom flat: £1.1 million
Three-bedroom flat: £1.44 million
Average rental prices in Clerkenwell
One-bedroom flat: £2,252 a month
Two-bedroom flat: £2,942 a month
Three-bedroom flat: £3,924 a month
Clerkenwell has a selection of state and private schools. St Alban’s RC in Baldwin’s Gardens and Christopher Hatton in Laystall Street are state primary schools judged to be “outstanding” by Ofsted. St Paul’s Cathedral School is the private prep school that includes a residential choir school for St Paul’s Cathedral. See our full list here.
Top furniture showrooms and good restaurants are two things that distinguish Clerkenwell. You will find kitchen designer Bulthaup and iconic Swiss furniture brand Vitra in Clerkenwell Road, but there are many more, and there is still time to visit the 102 showrooms on display during design week.
Farringdon Tube station is on the Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines. From 2018 Farringdon will be the only mainline station where Thameslink, Crossrail and Tube services meet. Clerkenwell is in Zone 1 and an annual travelcard costs £1,284.
For nose-to-tail eating, there is St John by Fergus Henderson. Bruno Loubet's Grain Store Unleashed at The Zetter Hotel is inspired by a veggie-centric menu at his King’s Cross restaurant. Across the road is Anna Hansen’s The Modern Pantry, and round the corner in Sekforde Street is Granger & Co. See our full list here.
Leisure and the arts
Old Red Lion Theatre in St John Street is the local fringe theatre, while Sadler’s Wells Theatre in Rosebery Avenue is a leading venue for modern dance. The Museum of London is at London Wall.
Clerkenwell is an urban area, although there are a few green spaces, such as in Charterhouse Square and behind St James’s Church.
£1.85 million: in the heart of the city, in Goswell Road, this two-bedroom penthouse apartment has an open-plan reception room/kitchen, a terrace and private lift access.
£2.695 million: arranged over three floors, this three-bedroom terraced home in Chequer Street offers fibre optic mood-lighting, a bespoke kitchen - and five plasma screens including a waterproof one in the spa bathroom.
£5.95 million: this 19th-century, four-bedroom, detached home on Brewery Square has been restored and finished to a high specification. A conservatory, roof terrace and underground parking are among the luxury benefits included with the property.