Clerkenwell Area Guide

UK Area Guides

Clerkenwell, Central London


Living in Clerkenwell

The neighbourhood of Clerkenwell was historically notable enough to have merited mentions in Shakespeare's sonnets and Oliver Twist, and today retains those charms while having a modern appeal. Ideally situated for City workers, and itself home to a thriving design industry, Clerkenwell is a trendy neighbourhood with no shortage of ancient pubs and chic new coffee shops and everything in-between.  




Perhaps not so much a single community as groups of communities, like the Smithfield market workers or City University students. 


Clerkenwell is a relatively safe part of London. The crime rate ranges from average to high around Farrindon. 


Parking in Clerkenwell can be difficult. It's a urban part of London. The rate of car ownership here is about half that of London.  


Clerkenwell is an interesting area - because many of its visitors throughout the week who work nearby but live elsewhere, a lot of the neighbourhood is shuttered at the weekend. However, there are pubs about, and some even open at 6am to serve those who worked the night shift at Smithfields meat market. Clerkenwell is also located within walking distance of areas with more on in the wee hours. 

Family Friendly

Most of the accomodation in this neighbourhood is flats, rather than family homes. It's not especially green. Families tend to move further out to Finsbury, while young City professionals live in Clerkenwell.

Pet Friendly

There is not a great deal of green space in Clerkenwell, and much of the accommodation in the neighbourhood is flats, rather than houses. This wouldn't be an especially good place to raise a pet.


Clerkenwell is very central, and you can walk to the City, to the Thames, to the East End or West End. Transport connections include Farringdon Rail/Underground and Barbican (Hammersmith & City, Circle, and Metropolitan Lines), Angel (Northern Line - Bank branch), Chancery Lane (Central Line), and even nearby King's Cross St Pancras.