Working in Clerkenwell
Clerkenwell has been a place of creativity and a highly sought after residential location for hundreds of years. Highly sought after residential location. (Former residents include Oliver Cromwell!) Today, it’s a mecca for professionals in the design industry. Clerkenwell is one of the oldest parts of London - Smithfield livestock market has been there for over 800 years.
Although many of the buildings are residential, Clerkenwell is home to a number of commercial properties too. It’s often cheaper to rent a workspace here than it is in other City of London locations like Bank and Liverpool Street. In fact, it’s even possible to rent a desk in a private office for as little as £250 (see this characterful and customisable workspace).
- 10 flexible workspaces to choose from in Clerkenwell
- Desk rates start from ~£100 for coworking and ~£250 for private offices
- Offices are design-conscious to reflect the area’s reputation
HQs in Clerkenwell
Clerkenwell is a dynamic business environment with good transport links. It’s filled with creative businesses, architecture firms and furniture showrooms. The Government recently named Clerkenwell as the site of a new East London hub for technology-based businesses. It also has a thriving social scene - just visit one of its popular gastropubs in the week!
Local Transport Links
Although there is no “Clerkenwell” tube station, you’re never more than about 10 minutes walk away from an option. The following stations border the Clerkenwell area:
- Old Street
King’s Cross St Pancras is also within walking distance, connecting the area to the rest of the UK and Europe via National Rail Services and the Eurostar network.
What to See, Do & Eat
Exmouth Market is a cultural landmark and is popular with local businesses and residents alike. It boasts a number of independent gift and design shops and you’ll find anything from tools to fine wines there. It’s also home to a diverse range of over 20 restaurants, each specialising in different cuisines from around the world. For instance, Bun Cha specialises in Vietnamese food, Morito serves tapas, and Brill dishes out coffee and bagels.
Leather Lane hosts a weekday market that’s been in operation for 400 years. It’s a popular lunchtime spot with workers and there’s a great community vibe. There’s certainly no shortage of gastropubs either: check out The Green on Clerkenwell Green or The Peasant on St John Street.
Did you know…
- 41-42 Cloth Fair, built-in 1614, is the oldest house in the City of London.
- In 1718, the Artist William Hogarth opened his first engraving business on Long Lane.
- A few pubs are licensed to open at dawn to serve workers finishing the night shift at Smithfields meat market.
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