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FIELD GUIDE: CLERKENWELL

Insiders guide to the home of Condor 

Leggero 2016 in white blue

 

 

Welcome to our neighbourhood. Clerkenwell links London's 'city' district with shopping and entertainment haven, the West End. The home of Condor Cycles since 1948, Clerkenwell claims to have the first ever gastropub and you'll find Smithfield meat market is slap bang in the centre of the area. In our opinion it is one of the most attractive areas with historic buildings and green spaces nestled next to modern London. Perhaps that's why so many architects are based here.

Where to drink in Clerkenwell
Prufrock Coffee, Leather Lane

Some of the best coffee in London. Prufrock is home of a World Barista Champion. The espresso is perfect, and guest beans slow-brewed in an Aeropress are always of excellent quality. There is plenty of space to sit and chat, plus they offer barista training and latte art workshops at weekends.

23-25 Leather Lane, EC1N 7TE

If you can't get a seat in Prufrock head down to the Department of Coffee, across the road on Leather Lane. 

 

The Dovetail, Jerusalem Passage

Stocking only the finest hop-based beverages, The Dovetail is the place to try one of Belgian's 100 most popular beers. Sup on a Flandrian favourite or taste a dark Trappist brew and take yourself right back to the road side of a Spring Classic. The Dovetail has monthly Belgian beer tastings, and workshops to match beers with with food.

9 Jerusalem Passage, London, EC1V 4JP

 

The Zetter, St. John's Square

In décor alone the Zetter Townhouse hotel is exceptional: every surface has something old and lovely on it, like an eccentric collector’s country house.
Drop in for a drink at the bar and soak up the Victorian vibes.

49-50 St John's Square, London EC1V 4JJ

PruFrock Coffee

The Dovetail

 

Where to lunch in Clerkenwell
FALAFEL WRAP Best Vietnamese baguette
Falafel wrap at the Mediterrean Food Bar

It is easy to miss this red painted eatery amongst the lunchtime bustle on Leather Lane. There will often be a queue but it's quick moving and worth the wait. The chunky wrap is just £2.50 and will easily fill a hole. It is a grab and go kinda place and there isn't much seating.

21 Leather Lane, London, EC1N 7TE (open weekdays, closes around 3pm

Baguette at Banh Mi Bay

The best baguette outside of Paris. If you love a sandwich then try the Vietnamese version, a Banh mi. Literally yards from Condor, Banh mi Bay is a celeste painted eatery which serves up a light baguette with char-grilled pork or marinated beef, and stuffed with crunchy pickled carrot and fresh coriander.

4-6 Theobalds Road, London, WC1X 8PN

 

Where to get sweet things
Beas of Bloomsbury, Theobalds Road

Bea's have recently expanded and you can find their cafes throughout London, but the small cake shop on Theobalds Road is still the best, not least because it's the source of all those spectacular gateaux and special occasion cakes. The busy, and sometimes noisy, kitchen and bakery occupies the rear half of the space. The service can be frosty but your heart will soon melt when you sink your teeth into a brilliantly moist cupcake, one of their double dipped doughnuts, or a blondie (a white chocolate brownie). 

44 Theobalds Road, London, WC1X 8NW

 

 

Terroni of Clerkenwell, Clerkenwell Road

We love this place because it is like being back at the Condor factory in Italy or visiting our friends at Campagnolo. Stuffed with plenty of Italian flare, they've been selling Italian delicacies since 1878 including moreish and rather naughty Sicilian cannoli, a deep fried pastry stuffed with chocolate or cream.

138-140 Clerkenwell Road, London, EC1R 5DL

 

 Beas of Bloomsbury

 

Where to go in Clerkenwell

The Walks Grays Inn Road

Charles Dickens home
Grays Inn Gardens, Theobalds Road

The Inn’s gardens (shown above) are known as ‘the Walks’ and are one of the largest privately owned gardens in London. A beautiful space to eat lunch, the Walks are open to everyone during the week until 2.30pm.

 

Charles Dickens Museum, Doughty Street

The home of London's most famous author, he called the place "my place in town" and it was where he wrote his famous novel, Oliver Twist. The museum is a few streets away from Condor and gives you a glimpse of how the writer lived and worked. The tall town house features a mixture of reconstructed rooms, original furniture, fittings and kitchens.

48 Doughty Street, London, WC1N 2LX

Clerk's Well

Clerkenwell took its name from the Clerks' Well on Farringdon Lane. In the Middle Ages, the London Parish clerks performed annual mystery plays there. Part of the well remains visible, incorporated into a 1980s building called Well Court. It is visible through a window of that building on Farringdon Lane. Access to the well is managed by Islington Local History Centre and visits can be arranged by appointment.