Farringdon Area Guide

UK Area Guides

Farringdon, Central London


Living in Farringdon

Farringdon is a historic part of London. Its eponymous station was opened as the terminus of the Metropolitan Railway - the world's first underground line - and Smithfield meat market, which has been in operation since medieval times. Sandwiched between trendy Clerkenwell and the City, Farringdon has a great deal of office space, but also has several independent shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues, including Sadler's Wells theatre. For chic urban living, especially for those City commuters, Farringdon is hard to beat. 




Farringdon attracts all types, from young City professionals to students and everything in between. The vibrant areas, such as Exmouth Market, are popular with groups of young adults. 


The neighbourhood of Farringdon, as it's known today - the area surrounding the station, north of the historic boundaries - inclodes parts of several electoral wards in multiple boroughs. The worst crime rate is that of the City. The City of London fares poorly in crime rate, in part because there is such a relatively high proportion of crimes to residents. Worth bearing in mind, however, is that over 300k people commute into the City daily, as well as an influx of tourists and visitors. The largest percentage of crime type in the City is various types of theft. Other areas that get factored in, such as Holborn and Covent Garden, also have a higher proportion of late-night destinations and tourist populations, which brings attendant crime tupes. 


Parking around Farringdon can be difficult. It's a urban, built up part of London. The 2011 census stated that there were 0.4 cars per household in the City of London - half of the Greater London rate - and the same goes for Clerkenwell.  


One of London's most popular clubs - Fabric - calls Farringdon home. There are also numerous hip and trendy bars, pubs, and restaurants, though you may find some of them close fairly early and at the weekends. It's fairly easy to get to other areas that are more renowned for late-night spots. 

Family Friendly

There are fewer children in this area than in London as a whole. Housing is mostly flats, and there is very limited green space in the area. The area has a lot of appeal to young professionals, and the mean age is 33 years old, with fewer children in the area than in London as a whole. Many of the attractions and entertainment and dining options are geared to adults. 

Pet Friendly

This area has very limited green space, with almost 30% less open space than London as a whole, and most of the housing stock is flats. 


Farringdon Station offers access to the Circle, Hammersmith & City, and Metropolitan Lines, as well as National Rail services. Barbican is nearby, too. There are some buses, as well as some bus routes that operate 24/7. Farringdon is not the most cycle-friendly area in London, and there are some places where traffic is an issue, but 2011 Census data suggest more people cycle to work who live here than Londoners in general.