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Location of the Holborn-Clerkenwell area in London

Holborn-Clerkenwell is a district in central London that is in many ways a buffer zone between London's West End and the City of London financial district.


The Great Hall at Lincoln's Inn, Holborn

Holborn has long been associated with the legal professions, notably in the Lincoln's Inn area, and was also a major centre of the old British newspaper industry before the advent of new publishing technology.

Clerkenwell is full of architects and publishers, and as a result many new bars and restaurants have cropped up; the area continues to be a target for more development. The drinking scene varies from family-oriented wine bars to huge clubs and cool underground bars, and it compares well to its more artistic, trendier neighbour, Shoreditch (in the East End).

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By Tube


The district is serviced by the following tube stations, all in Zone 1:

  • Holborn (Central and Piccadilly lines) is at the junction of High Holborn and Kingsway.
  • Chancery Lane (Central line) is the best station for accessing Lincoln's Inn and the other Inns of Court.
  • Farringdon (Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City and Elizabeth lines) is the best station for accessing most of Clerkenwell's nightlife.

By train

A subset of the Thameslink train stations.

1 Farringdon station. All National Rail services are provided by Thameslink, there are trains to Brighton, Bedford, Cambridge and Stevenage. As well as direct connections to both London Gatwick and London Luton airports. Farringdon station (Q800754) on Wikidata Farringdon station on Wikipedia




Gateway to Lincoln's Inn
  • 1 Bunhill Fields Burial Ground, 38 City Road, EC1Y 1AU (entrances on Bunhill Row and City Road; tube: Old Street  NOR ; bus: 55, 205, 243 (among others)). Dawn-dusk. First used to bury bones to make space at St Paul's, it was designated as a burial ground during the Great Plague of 1665. Notable interments include Daniel Dafoe, John Bunyan and William Blake. This small graveyard is a rarity in central London, and seems oddly tranquil in comparison to the nearby bustling streets of the City. Some 120,000 bodies are believed to be buried here: as the inscription reads, it is a burial ground for 'nonconformists'. Notably, Bunhill Fields contains the graves of William Blake, Daniel Defoe and John Bunyan. The watchful eye will notice that the paved way across the field is actually made up of tombstones. Free. Bunhill Fields Burial Ground (Q782140) on Wikidata Bunhill Fields on Wikipedia
  • 2 The Honourable Society of Gray's Inn (Gray's Inn), Gray's Inn Rd, WC1 (tube: Chancery Lane  CEN ), +44 20 7458-7800, fax: +44 20 7458-7801. One of the four Inns of Court in London who hold the exclusive right to call qualified legal professionals to the bar, i.e. to become barristers at law. The grand buildings housing the inns are arranged around lovely green gardens. There are records of Gray's Inns operating from this location since the 14th century. Gray's Inn (Q157412) on Wikidata Gray's Inn on Wikipedia
  • 3 The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn (Lincoln's Inn), Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A 3TL (tube: Holborn  CEN  PIC  or Chancery Lane  CEN ), +44 20 7405-1393, . Like Gray's Inn, one of the four societies of the bar. The wonderful old buildings here are arranged around the open spaces of Lincoln's Inn Fields and a walk around this area will give any visitor a real sense of the history and grand traditions of the legal profession in London. Lincoln's Inn (Q69482) on Wikidata Lincoln's Inn on Wikipedia
  • 4 Myddelton Square Park, Myddelton Sq, EC1R (tube: Angel  NOR ), +44 20 7278-6075. Nice shady park next to St Marks Church. Small children's playground.
  • 5 Royal Courts of Justice, Strand (tube: Holborn  CEN  PIC  or Charing Cross  BAK  NOR ), +44 845 4568770, fax: +44 20 3334-4087. M-F 9AM-4:30PM (Aug-Sep: 10AM-2:30PM). The building holds the High Court and the Court of Appeal, two of the highest courts in the United Kingdom, though only civil cases are heard here. Trials are open to the public, but tourists would probably be more interested in seeing the impressive entrance hall, and admiring the stunning Victorian Gothic exterior. Free. Royal Courts of Justice (Q609835) on Wikidata Royal Courts of Justice on Wikipedia
  • 6 Staple Inn, High Holborn, WC1V 7QH (tube: Chancery Lane  CEN ). See the rare range of Tudor half-timbered buildings. Staple Inn was built in 1585 and served as an inn Inn of Chancery (law school). Most of it escaped both the Great Fire and the German air raids, unlike other buildings in the area. The western end is actually from a different, adjoining building—which was incorporated into the Inn with a unified facade during restoration work in 1936, although the difference can still be seen in the roofing and slightly different style. One of Charles Dickens's homes was on the site and it was featured in his Mystery of Edwin Drood. Staple Inn (Q7600449) on Wikidata Staple Inn on Wikipedia
  • 7 Wesley's Chapel and Leysian Mission, 49 City Rd, EC1Y 1AU, +44 20 7253-2262, fax: +44 20 7608-3825, . Museum: M-Sa 10AM-4PM; Su noon-1:45PM. John Wesley, founder of the Methodist church, laid the foundation stone, preached here and is buried behind the chapel. The site also contains the Museum of Methodism. Free (donations welcome). Wesley's Chapel (Q7983825) on Wikidata Wesley's Chapel on Wikipedia
  • 8 Two Temple Place (Astor House), Two Temple Place, WC2R 3BD (tube: Temple  DIS  CIR ), +44 20 7240 6044, . Only during exhibitions Jan-Apr: M Th-Sa 10AM-4:30PM; W 10AM-9PM; Su 11AM-4:30PM. A former home for William Waldorf Astor, a wealthy American moved to London at the end of 19th century. This Victorian house, built between 1892-1895 by John Loughborough Pearson. is in an eclectic Neo-Gothic style. It's richly decorated from outside, but even more rich and heavily eclectic inside. The building is owned by the Bulldog Trust and it's open to the public during exhibitions. For exact dates/time check with the exhibitions schedule. A café, a shop and a cloakroom are open for visitors during these days. Two Temple Place (Q7859280) on Wikidata Two Temple Place on Wikipedia
  • 9 International Petroleum Exchange, St. Katherines Dock (tube: Tower Hill  DIS  CIR ). One of the world's largest energy futures and options exchanges. The Brent Crude marker which represents an important benchmark for global oil prices is traded here. It also houses the European Climate Exchange, where emissions trading takes place. International Petroleum Exchange (Q15214531) on Wikidata International Petroleum Exchange on Wikipedia


  • 10 Hunterian Museum, 35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A 3PE (tube: Holborn  CEN  PIC ), +44 20 7405-3474, fax: +44 20 7869-6564, . Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM. Inside the Royal College of Surgeons. Exhibitions on the history of surgery, including medicine, natural history and art. The museum was established by John Hunter (1728-1793), the founder of scientific surgery. Free.
  • 11 Islington Museum, 245 St John St, EC1V 4NB (tube: Angel  NOR ), +44 20 7527-3235, . M Tu Th-Sa 10AM-5PM. Local history museum. Islington Museum (Q6084382) on Wikidata Islington Museum on Wikipedia
  • 12 Museum of the Order of St John, St John’s Gate, St John’s Lane, EC1M 4DA (tube: Farringdon  MET  CIR  H&C  ELI National Rail), +44 20 7324-4005, . M–Sa 10AM–5PM. Museum in the former English headquarters of the Knights Hospitaller, covering the history of the order from crusading knights to modern first aid organisation. Free. Museum of the Order of St John (Q6941110) on Wikidata Museum of the Order of St John on Wikipedia
  • 13 Sir John Soane's Museum, 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields WC2A 3BP (tube: Holborn  CEN  PIC ), +44 20 7440-4263. W-Su 10AM-5PM. The former home of architect Sir John Soane, the building has been converted into a museum, displaying some of the objects he collected during his lifetime, including the alabaster sarcophagus of Seti I, and paintings by artists including William Hogarth. There is a display of some of Soane's architectural plans on the upper floor. Be sure to wait in the picture room until the guides open the walls up to reveal further paintings behind. The museum is a little-known tourist attraction, but well worth a visit. Admission free (but you're encouraged to leave a donation), you can walk in on the day. Sir John Soane's Museum (Q2060860) on Wikidata Sir John Soane's Museum on Wikipedia
  • 14 Somerset House, Somerset House, Strand WC2R 1LA (tube: Charing Cross  BAK  NOR ), +44 20 7845-4600. 10AM-6PM. Somerset House is home to three art galleries: The exceptional Courtauld Institute displays a collection of 19th- and 20th-century art, including well-known works by Degas, Matisse and Kandinsky; The Gilbert Collection presents a collection of decorative art; and the Hermitage Rooms, the most recent addition to Somerset House, hosts temporary exhibitions of works on loan from the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg. The central courtyard is filled with fountains in the Summer, but in the Winter, an ice rink is installed, it is very popular, so visitors should book in advance, or expect to wait a long time to skate. £5 (admission fee to each of the three galleries). Somerset House (Q1344889) on Wikidata Somerset House on Wikipedia
  • 15 Novelty Automation, 1a Princeton St, WC1R 4AX (tube: Holborn  CEN  PIC ), +44 20, . Th noon-8PM, F Sa 11AM to 6PM. A home for automated arcade machines. Free entry but need to pay £1 per token to use each machine. 10 tokens for £9 and 33 tokens for £25 (33 tokens are needed to try every machine).. Novelty Automation (Q55098971) on Wikidata Novelty Automation on Wikipedia
  • 16 Postal Museum (Mail Rail), 15-20 Phoenix Pl, . Besides exhibits about the history of the postal service, the museum also has Mail Rail, an operating segment of a former underground railway that used to carry mail to various post offices within London. Visitors can ride a miniature train through the original tunnels. The ride is not for visitors who are large or have mobility problems. The Postal Museum and Mail Rail are in two separate buildings across the street from each other. The Postal Museum (Q3520122) on Wikidata Postal Museum, London on Wikipedia
  • 17 The Perimeter, 20 Brownlow Mews. Contemporary art gallery tucked away in a quiet cobbled mews. Hosts a couple of exhibitions a year, entry needs to be booked in advance. Free.


  • 1 Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Sq, WC1R 4RL (tube: Holborn  CEN  PIC ), +44 20 7242-8032, fax: +44 20 7242-8036, . Theatre and concert hall. Home of the National Secular Society and the South Place Ethical Society: often hosts lively debates on religion, politics and secularism.
  • 2 Gresham College, Barnard's Inn Hall, EC1N 2HH (tube: Chancery Lane  CEN ), +44 20 7831-0575, . Attend free public lectures, in Barnard's Inn Hall (mostly, but other venues are used as well), renowned historic Inn of Court featured in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations. Gresham College (Q788375) on Wikidata Gresham College on Wikipedia
  • 3 London School of Economics, Conference and Events Office, Houghton St, WC2A 2AE (venues vary within the campus, see individual listings. tube: Holborn  CEN  PIC  or Temple  DIS  CIR ), +44 20 7955-6043. LSE hosts a prestigious public lectures programme, which is nearly always free to attend, but may require a ticket in advance for a lecture by a Head of State or Nobel Prize winner. Usually free. London School of Economics and Political Science (Q174570) on Wikidata London School of Economics on Wikipedia
  • 4 Peacock Theatre, Portugal St, WC2A 2HT (tube: Holborn  CEN  PIC ), +44 20 7492-1593. Booking M-F 8AM-7PM, Sa 10AM-5PM. Owned by LSE, and part of their campus, this theatre is leased to Sadler's Wells as "Sadler's Wells in the West End".
  • 5 Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Ave, EC1R 4TN (tube: Angel  NOR ), +44 20 7863-8000. Leading dance production theatre with an amazing history back to the 1690s. Everything from classical ballet to hip hop. For ballet fans, you have often got a much better chance of securing a ticket here than in the Covent Garden venues. Also attached is the Lilian Baylis Theatre, primarily performances by students.
  • Somerset House Ice Rink, Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA (tube: Charing Cross  BAK  NOR ), +44 20 7845-4600. In the courtyard of Somerset House, this has become a Londoner's favorite, although how it will compete with the newcomers remains to be seen. It is preferable to visit at night, when the Christmas tree is lit up.
  • History of Drinking Tour, +44 844 504 808. Guided walking tours covering the history of Britain's love affair with alcohol. Stops off at 4 attractive pubs over the course of two hours.


  • 1 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QA (tube: Farringdon  MET  CIR  H&C National Rail or Angel  NOR ). M–Sa 9AM–6PM. Area with lifestyle, fashion, health, book and interior shops. Trendy independent shops on a pedestrianised street. Exmouth Market (Q5420461) on Wikidata Exmouth Market on Wikipedia
  • 2 Hatton Garden, Hatton Gdn, EC1N (tube: Chancery Lane  CEN ). This street is the centre of London's jewellery trade and especially famous for diamonds. A lot of dealers and designers to chose from, both contemporary and traditional. Hatton Garden (Q5682158) on Wikidata Hatton Garden on Wikipedia
  • 3 Leather Lane Market, Leather Ln, EC1N (tube: Chancery Lane  CEN ). M–F 10AM–3PM. Not much leather sold here these days but worth a visit for some great cheap finds. Clothing, electrical goods, toiletries and food. Combines well with a visit to Hatton Garden which is in the next street east.
  • 4 Magma Books, 117-119 Clerkenwell Rd, EC1R 5BY (tube: Chancery Lane  CEN  or Farringdon  MET  CIR  H&C  ELI National Rail), +44 20 7242-9503, fax: +44 20 7242-9504, . M-Sa 10AM-7PM. A fine bookshop specialising in the graphic arts, as well as toys, for not-quite-grown-up boys. A good place to pick up foreign design titles, or simply waste an hour browsing through lots of pretty books. A valuable stop for graphic junkies.
  • 5 The Old Curiosity Shop, 13–14 Portsmouth St, WC2A 2ES (tube: Holborn  CEN  PIC ), +44 20 7405-9891. M–Sa 10:30AM–7PM. The original shop immortalised in the Charles Dickens' novel by the same name. Nestled amongst the campus of LSE, it is worth a visit just for the old Tudor design itself. As the name suggests, it sells some oddities and knick-knacks, but mostly shoes these days.
  • 6 Smithfield Market, 225 Central Markets, EC1A 9LH (tube: Farringdon  MET  CIR  H&C  ELI National Rail), +44 20 7248-3151. M-F 3AM-noon. Smithfield Market is London's largest wholesale meat market and hence a great source of fresh meat from Britain and around the world. Additionally, there are many good restaurants in the vicinity.
  • 7 Tesco Express, 1-23 City Rd, EC1Y 1AG. Small, local branch of the supermarket. Starbucks and Eat next door.
  • 8 Waitrose, Cherry Tree Walk Centre, Whitecross St, EC1Y 8NX. Slightly more upmarket supermarket.



Street food

  • 1 Hare Krishna cart, Houghton St. M–F 1–2PM. Shows up on the edge of Houghton St regularly on weekdays offering free vegan food, if you don't mind the sogginess and queue.
  • 2 Whitecross Street Market, 1 Whitecross Street, EC1V 9AB, +44 20 7527-1761. M–Sa 10AM–5PM. Eclectic street-food market.


  • 3 Necco, 52-54 Exmouth Market, +44 20 7713-8575. M-Sa noon-9:30PM. Japanese cafe bar with home-made sushi and a range of bento-box combinations. Friendly staff. Lunch around £6.50.
  • 4 Snak Express, Barbican Tube Station, +44 20 7606-1696. Daily 10AM–5PM. Cheap and wholesome
  • 5 LSE Students' Union bar, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, 1 Sheffield St. They sell tasty lunchtime meals
  • 6 Wright's Bar, Houghton St, Clare Market. Excellent value little cafe with friendly Italian family serving, tasty sandwiches and coffee. Gets crowded with LSE students come lunch.
  • 7 atis Old Street, 145 City Road, EC1V 1AZ, +44 7425 258177, . M–Th 11AM–8PM, F 11AM–4PM. Bowls and salads with ingredients like quinoa, kale, and edamame, striking an impressive balance of healthy, tasty, and reasonably priced. £6–10 (Sept 2020).
  • 8 Mola Cafe, 187 Whitecross Street, EC1Y 8QP, +44 20 7608-0024. Cheery cafe serving breakfast and lunch. £10–15 (Dec 2020).


  • 9 Blue Lion, 133 Gray's Inn Rd, WC1X 8TZ (tube: Chancery Ln  CEN  or Russell Sq  PIC , opposite the ITN building). Offers good food in an easy pub atmosphere.
  • 10 My Old Dutch, 131-132 High Holborn. Pancake house. Offers £5 for any pancakes, but only on Monday. Nice selection of Dutch and European beers. £4–10.
  • 11 Tinseltown, 44-46 St John Street, EC1M 4DF (tube: Farringdon  MET  CIR  H&C National Rail or Barbican  MET  CIR  H&C  ELI ), +44 20 7689-2424. M-Th noon-5AM; F Sa noon-4AM; Su noon-3AM. Halal American-style diner, serving burgers, steaks, and grilled meat. Good for Muslims on a budget and hungry, early-morning clubbers. Burger and side dish from £6.99.
  • 12 Carnevale, 135 Whitecross Street, EC1Y 8JL, +44 20 7250-3452, fax: +44 20 7608-2504, . M–F noon–3:30PM, 5:30–11PM; Sa 5:30–11PM. Small vegetarian restaurant with integral deli. Main meal £12.50.
  • 13 The Green, 29 Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0DU (tube: Farringdon  MET  CIR  H&C National Rail), +44 20 7490-8010, . Easygoing gastro-pub with good quality, reasonably priced lunch menu, and tapas in the evening. £10-15 mains.
  • 14 Isolabella, 45 Red Lion St, WC1R 4PF (tube: Holborn  CEN  PIC ), +44 20 7405-6830, . Italian restaurant.
  • 15 J+A Café, 1-4 Sutton Lane, EC1M 5PU, +44 20 7490-2992, . M–F 8AM–6PM, Sa Su 9AM-5PM. £10-15 hot meal.
  • 16 Moro, 34-36 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QE (tube: Angel  NOR  or Farringdon  MET  CIR  H&C National Rail), +44 20 7833-8336, . M-Sa 12:30-11:20PM (2:30-7PM tapas only). Offering North African/Spanish cuisine and serving the best tapas in the city. While there are endless options for meat eaters, there are also some tasty delights for vegetarians. Mains £18.50.
  • 17 Polpo, 3 Cowcross St, EC1M 6DR, +44 20 7250-0034. M–Sa noon–11PM; Su noon–4PM.
  • 18 Smiths of Smithfield, 67-77 Charterhouse Street, EC1M 6HJ, +44 20 7251-7950. M-F noon-3PM, 6-11PM; Sa 6-11PM. Grade II listed four-floor restaurant in Smithfield Market. Opening hours listed are for top-floor restaurant and terrace. Ground floor cafe and bar open longer hours: M-F 7AM-5PM; Sa Su 9:30AM-5PM. Main meal from £16.
  • 19 Daddy Donkey, 50b Leather Lane, EC1N 7TP, +44 20 7404-4173. M–Sa 11AM–8PM, Su 11AM–4PM. Mexican restaurant with a simple menu of mix-and-match burritos.
  • 20 Pham Sushi, 159 Whitecross St, EC1Y 8JL, +44 20 7251-6336. Two locations, one at 159 Whitecross St and one at 5 Moor Lane, EC2Y 9AP.
  • 21 The George, 213 Strand, WC2R 1AP, +44 20 7353-9638. Established in 1723, not much of the decor has changed in this traditional English pub, where you can order happily inexpensive, tasty food.





Pubs and bars

Photograph of the exterior of a pub surrounded by barrels
Ye Old Mitre


  • 1 Betsey Trotwood, 56 Farringdon Rd (tube: Farringdon  MET  CIR  H&C ). Live music in the cellar every Friday. Venue is like a very small dungeon, but they know what is good music.
  • 2 The Craft Beer Company, 82 Leather Ln, EC1N 7TR (tube: Farringdon  MET  CIR  H&C  or Chancery Lane  CEN ), . M–Sa noon–11PM; Su noon–10:30PM. One of RateBeer's Top 50 bars in the world, and only one of two in the UK (see CASK Pub & Kitchen in Pimlico for the other). Famous for its vast selection beers: cask, keg and bottle.
  • 3 Crown Tavern, 43 Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0EG (tube: Farringdon  MET  CIR  H&C ), +44 20 7253-4973. M–F noon–11PM; Sa Su 10AM–11PM. A large, traditional pub, rebuilt in 1815 but claiming a history on this site back to 1641. In good weather, outdoor tables in the square can be pleasant. London legend claims that Stalin and Lenin first met in this pub, in a back room (under the "Conspirators' Clock") in 1903.
  • 4 The Dovetail, 9-10 Jerusalem Passage EC1V 4JP, +44 20 7490-7321, . M-Sa noon-11PM. Small Belgian bar serving Belgian beer and Belgian food.
  • 5 Fluid, 40–42 Charterhouse St, EC1M 6JN (tube: Barbican  MET  CIR  H&C ), +44 20 7253-3444. Tu W 7PM-midnight, Th-Sa 9PM-2AM. A stylish loosely Japanese themed bar upstairs (they serve sushi), with a more spread out dance floor down a spiral metal staircase. Plenty of sofas everywhere, although on the weekends you will have to get down early to slump in a chair. Bottled beers £2.90+, cocktails £6+. Free entry, except F Sa 9-10PM £3, after £5.
  • 6 Fox & Anchor, 115 Charterhouse St, EC1M 6AA (tube: Barbican  MET  CIR  H&C ), +44 20 7250-1300, . M–Th 7AM–11PM; F 7AM–midnight; Sa 8:30AM–midnight; Su 8:30AM–10PM. Independent traditional pub quite close to the Barbican. Beers are often served in pewter tankards for the extra traditional touch. Six rooms are available for those who want to sleep where they drink (or just near the Barbican). Great atmosphere but it can be a little more expensive than average, especially the food and lodging.
  • 7 Horseshoe, 24 Clerkenwell Cl, EC1R 0AG (tube: Farringdon  MET  CIR  H&C ), +44 20 7253-6068. Irish pub where they play live Irish music every Thursday at 8PM (check it on the net!). But, be there in due time, else you risk house full!
  • 8 Jerusalem Tavern, 55 Britton Street, EC1M 5UQ (tube: Farringdon  MET  CIR  H&C ), +44 20 7490-4281. A converted Georgian coffee shop, which sells the Norfolk beer, St. Peters. The building is from the 1700s, remodelled in 1810, and it was converted in the 1990s, making this both a new and an old pub. The interior is a little small so, while well worth a visit, after 5PM on weekdays it gets quickly flooded with City workers.
  • Zetter Town House on St John's Square: see Sleep for the madcap "Great Aunt Wilhelmina" cocktail bar.


  • 9 Cafe Kick, 43 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QL (tube: Angel  NOR  or Farringdon  MET  CIR  H&C ), +44 20 7837-8077. M-Sa 11AM-11PM; Su 11AM-10:30PM. Hidden down a backstreet away from the busier parts of Clerkenwell, lies a cosy little bar crammed with several table football machines, and a good selection of cocktails. In the summer people spread out onto the pedestrianised street and chat in the sun. Happy hour 4-7PM daily.
  • 10 Water Rats Pub, 328 Gray's Inn Rd, WC1X 8BZ (tube: King's Cross  MET  NOR  PIC  CIR  VIC  H&C National Rail), +44 20 7209-8747. Has regular live bands.


  • 11 Cittie of Yorke, 22 High Holborn, WC1V 6BS (tube: Chancery Lane  CEN ), +44 20 7242-7670. M–Sa noon–11PM. The interior gives the impression of being a historic relic but it was only built in 1924 (although there have been other pubs on the site since 1430). Lack of authenticity aside, it really is an impressive and atmospheric pub, a grade II listed building and on CAMRA's national inventory of historic pub interiors.
  • 12 The Knights Templar, 95 Chancery Ln, WC2A 1DT (tube: Chancery Lane  CEN ), +44 20 7831-2660. M–W 8AM–11PM; Th F 8AM–11:30PM; Sa 11AM–5PM. Part of the JD Wetherspoon chain. The building is the former Union Bank and it has nice high-vaulted ceilings with black pillars. The drinks range includes a range of often changing guests beers.
  • 13 The Penderel's Oak, 286–288 High Holborn, WC1V 7HJ (tube: Holborn  CEN  PIC ), +44 20 7242-5669. Su–Th 8AM–midnight; F Sa 8AM–1AM. Part of the JD Wetherspoon chain. The open-plan, L-shaped ground floor bar is known for a varied selection of guest beers (but poor Wi-Fi). The basement bar is actually part of the Lloyds No. 1 chain, with background music and a different atmosphere.
  • 14 The Shakespeare's Head, 64-68 Kingsway, WC2B 6BG (tube: Holborn  CEN  PIC ), +44 20 7404-8846. M–Th 8AM–midnight; F 7AM-1AM; Sa 8AM-1AM; Su 8AM–midnight. Part of the JD Wetherspoon chain.
  • 15 The Square Pig, 30-32 Procter St, WC1V 6NX (tube: Holborn  CEN  PIC ), +44 20 7691-3144. M–F noon–11PM. Can be pricey and crowded too, but that's because it's used for large language-exchange and online meet-ups.
  • 16 Ye Olde Mitre, 1 Ely Ct, EC1N 6SJ (tube: Chancery Lane  CEN  or Farringdon  MET  CIR  H&C ; down a narrow alley between Hatton Gdn and Ely Pl), +44 20 7405-4751, . M–F 11AM–11PM. Called the hardest to find pub in London. A small but historic and award-winning pub; it dates to 1586 and marked the boundary between the gardens of Christopher Hatton and the Bishop of Ely. Parts of the Tudor pub remain, although it was rebuilt in 1757 and partially altered in 1781 and 1930; now a Grade II listed building. It's tied to Fuller's brewery, so it has their usual range plus a few unusual guests. Only open one weekend in the year, to coincide with CAMRA's Great British Beer Festival in August.
  • 17 Ye Old White Horse (The Horse), 2 St. Clements Ln, WC2A 2HA (tube: Holborn  CEN  PIC ), +44 20 7242-5618. M-Sa 11AM-11PM. Great little Victorian pub adjacent to the LSE campus. The Horse is one of the last remaining little boozers of its kind; a true throwback. Warm, welcoming, well-preserved interior, well-kept real ales, and a low-priced selection of sandwiches and pub meals make this place worth a visit while passing through Holborn.

St. Luke's

  • 18 Old Fountain, 31 Baldwin Street, EC1V 9NU (tube: Old Street  NOR ), +44 20 7253-2970. M-F 11AM-11PM; Sa Su noon-11PM. Local CAMRA Pub of the Year 2011. This traditional pub is best known for its large and varied beer selection, often from local and micro-breweries, both cask and bottled.


  • 19 Fabric, 77a Charterhouse St, EC1M 6HJ (tube: Farringdon  MET  CIR  H&C ), +44 20 7336-8898. Th-Sa times vary (check listings). A massive club (think cathedral scale) that provides a more underground version of Ministry of Sound and hosts some of the biggest names in dance music, from Goldie to David Holmes to the Scratch Perverts. There are always big queues, so get down early if you can. Entry £12-18, discount for NUS. Fabric (Q1390710) on Wikidata Fabric (club) on Wikipedia
  • 20 The Nightjar, 129 City Road, EC1V 1JB (tube: Old Street  NOR ), +44 20 7253-4101, . Su-W 6PM-1AM; Th 6PM-2AM; F Sa 6PM-3AM. Speakeasy-style cocktail bar. Regular live music fitting the prohibition era theme. Entry W Th £5, F Sa £7. Cocktails from £9.
  • 21 Sosho, 2 Tabernacle St (tube: Old Street  NOR ), +44 20 7920-0701. Tu noon-midnight; W Th noon-1AM; F noon-3AM; Sa 7PM-4AM; Su 9PM-6AM. Sosho is a former photographic studio and warehouse space converted into a two floor restaurant, bar, lounge and club with a 24 hour licence, midway between the city and central Shoreditch. Sosho is light and airy during the day time, candle lit and loungey in the evening. Serve carefully sourced and proper food, with world class cocktails and great music on one of East London's best sound system. With a 24 hour licence it is a late night drinking and DJ bar during the week and a cutting edge clubbing venue at the weekend.
  • 22 McQueen, 55-61 Tabernacle St (tube: Old Street  NOR ), +44 20 7036-9229.



There are not too many hotel options in this district and visitors are better off looking in neighbouring Bloomsbury.


  • 1 LSE Vacations (London School of Economics). LSE offers residences to the general public during spring, summer, and winter student vacation periods. There are seven sites in central London. Single from £32, twin from £50, triple from £64.
  • 2 Swinton Hotel, 18-24 Swinton St, WC1X 9NX (tube: King's Cross  MET  NOR  PIC  CIR  VIC  H&C ), +44 20 7837-1451, . Good value bed and breakfast in the north west of the district. From £55.


  • 3 The One Tun Pub & Rooms, 125 Saffron Hill EC1N 8QS (west side of Farringdon Station), +44 20 7405 1521. Check-in: 15:00–22:30, check-out: 00:00–11:00. Smart pub with Thai cuisine and rooms. B&B double £150.
  • 4 Hotel Strand Contiental, 143 Strand, WC2R 1JA (tube: Temple  DIS  CIR ), +44 20 7836 4880, . Excellently-located on south side of the Aldywch, straddling Westminster and the City. While it could be noisy at night and it appears small and grimy from the outside, there is a superb Indian restaurant on the 2nd floor. From £70.
  • 5 MiNC Eagle Court, Eagle Court, 10-11 Britton St, EC1M 5QD (tube: Farringdon  MET  CIR  H&C ), +44 20 7397-1325, . Studio, one and two bedroom service apartments. Very modern and nicely appointed. From £99.
  • 6 The Hoxton, 199 High Holborn, WC1V 7BD (100 yards west of Holborn Tube station  CEN   PIC ), +44 20 7661 3000. Lively modern hotel, some rooms are very small. They have another branch in Shoreditch. B&B double £220.


  • 7 Malmaison London, 18-21 Charterhouse Sq, EC1M 6AH (Tube: Barbican  MET  CIR  H&C ), +44 20 7012-3700, . Around £200.
  • 8 Rosewood Chancery Court London, 252 High Holborn, WC1V 7EN (Tube: Holborn  CEN  PIC ), +44 20 7781-8888, . Try this hotel for a very upscale experience. It is in an older building that has been beautifully renovated (formerly HQ of Pearl Assurance). There is high-speed internet, but the charge is £15 per day. The hotel is air-conditioned. The staff is very helpful. A great experience, if you can pay the rates. From £204.
  • 9 The Montcalm Royal London House, 22-25 Finsbury Sq, EC2A 1DX (Tube: Moorgate  CIR  H&C  MET  NOR ), +44 20 3873 4000, toll-free: +44 800 2888 100, . Spa hotel with spectacular rooftop bar-restaurant offering view over the skyline. Comfy rooms with all mod cons. Professional, unobtrusive staff. From £180.
  • 10 The Rookery, 12 Peter's Lane, Cowcross St, EC1M 6DS (Tube: Farringdon  CIR  H&C  MET ), +44 20 7336 0931, . Groaning with antiques, an atmosphere that more recalls a private gentleman's club than a hotel. No dogs. B&B double from £270.
  • 11 The Zetter Hotel, St John's Square, 86 Clerkenwell Rd EC1M 5RJ, +44 20 7324 4444. Business hotel in a Victorian warehouse, good restaurant. Stylish but sensible (for something wacky, try their townhouses adjacent and in Marylebone). Assistance dogs only. B&B double £300.
  • 12 Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell, 49 St John's Square EC1V 4JJ (next to The Zetter), +44 20 7324 4567. Offbeat hotel, the concept is that it's the home of dingbat "Great Aunt Wilhelmina". Gets good reviews for comfort and service, and it looks like the old lady could knock a few back - the splendid cocktail bar is open W-Sa 12:00-23:00, reckon £12 a snort. (Their similar townhouse in Marylebone is styled for "Great Uncle Seymour"). Assistance dogs only. B&B double £250.

Stay healthy

  • 1 Portmans Pharmacy, 5 Cherry Tree Walk, Whitecross St, EC1Y 8NX, +44 20 7638-0067. M–F 9AM–6:30PM; Sa 9AM–5PM.



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Routes through Holborn-Clerkenwell
Bloomsbury-SohoCovent Garden  W  E  The CityEast London
Mayfair-MaryleboneBloomsbury-Camden ← north side of loop ←  W  E  → north side of loop → The CityContinues on south side of loop
WestminsterCovent Garden ← south side of loop ←  W  E  → south side of loop → The CityContinues on north side of loop
WestminsterCovent Garden  W  E  The CityEast London
Hammersmith and FulhamBloomsbury-Camden  W  E  The CityEast London
North LondonBloomsbury-Camden  W  E  The CityEND
BloomsburyIslington  N  S  The CitySouth London
Westminster-Mayfair-MaryleboneCovent Garden  W  N  BloomsburyNorth London
Mayfair-MaryleboneSoho/Covent Garden  W  E  East EndEast

Routes through Holborn-Clerkenwell
WatfordIslington  NW  S  The City
PaddingtonCovent Garden  W  E  The City

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