If you want some history, Clerkenwell has tons. The Crusades, The Knights of St John and the St John’s Ambulance Charity all have their origins on our square. Medieval Turnmill Street is legendary for its notorious reputation and its brothels of the 1580’s becoming the slum of London. Clerkenwell Green is where we were introduced to Fagin, the Artful dodger and Oliver Twist.
Today it’s a different story and Clerkenwell is now home to a creative community, a deserve collection of graphic design, architects, media and fashion houses. At Craft Central across from the salon you can find Artists, Textile’s, Milliners, Jewellers and Wedding Dress designers. The head quarters of the likes of Alexander McQueen, Christian Louboutin and Kurt Geiger can also be found neighbouring the salon.
Cow Cross Street, Exmouth Market and Leather Lane shopping areas are all just a few minutes’ walk from the Clerkenwell salon. The Barbican Arts Centre is approximately a 10 minute walk if you’re looking for the cinema, theatre, various exhibitions and even more restaurants to tie with your visit to the salon. Near the Barbican is one of ERH favourites the Jugged Hare pub and restaurant.
Clerkenwell is very central and roughly twenty minutes from everywhere. Heading south by foot your twenty minutes from St Paul’s, New Change shopping centre and the River. East is the party neighbourhood of Hoxton & Shoreditch. North is Sadlers Wells theatre and Islington’s Upper Street or 20 minutes West take your to Covent Garden and then you have Soho a little further along.
Clerkenwell, Farringdon is perhaps most famous for its amazing eateries and restaurants. Here are a handful of ER staff favourites. We are pretty well connected so ask us for our latest recommendation.
The Zetter Townhouse was runner up for the hottest bar award when it opened in 2011 and is an annex of the Zetter Hotel with 13 extra rooms. The Townhouse has blossomed with its own identity and is one of Clerkenwells best kept secrets. They like you to book even for drinks as it’s so popular. Our favourite cocktail is a Twinkle, Champagne and Vodka so you don’t want too many of them!
The Townhouse 49/50 St John’s Sq, EC1V 4JJ
0207 324 4567
Journalists and foodie bloggers have made Tetsu Sushi thee most difficult restaurant to book in London. It’s a high quality intimate ‘lock in’ dining experience. The seven seater micro restaurant literally pull the curtains and lock the door so your evenings focus is uninterrupted. There is however at least a six month waiting list and the booking procedure is a challenge but it’s well worth the wait. Good luck with that one!
12 Jerusalem Passage, EC1V 4JP
0203 217 0090
One of the very first boutique hotels to pop up in London was the Zetter hotel. With a small modern bar and mid century architecture you need to book ahead as it’s always packed. Resident Chef, Michelin Star ‘Bruno Loubet’ is behind the hotels restaurant. If you’re looking for something different ‘The Grain Store’ serves creative and experimental cuisine.
Malmaison have a beautiful hotel, restaurant and bar just a few minutes walk away. 18/21 Charterhouse Sq EC1M 6AH 0844 693 0656
Also a favourite is the period Georgian Rookery hotel. The Rooks Nest Penthouse has the most amazing views across London.
12 Peters Lane, Cow Cross St, EC1M 6DS 0207 336 0931
Another Michelin Star Chef, Bill Granger has a new restaurant just behind St John’s Sq. Tasty Aussie meets Asian influenced food and moderately priced. Clients rave about the yellow fish curry. It’s thankfully not as busy as his West End restaurant yet, but it no doubt will be.
Ochre is the place to go for interior design inspiration. We are talking high end contemporary masterpieces at the end of Britton Street. So creative and very desirable, it’s like stepping into the World of Interiors magazine.
46/47 Britton St, EC1M 5UJ
0207 096 7372
East of the salon on Clerkenwell Road you can also find Baulthamp, Vitro and Knolfler for more home interior inspiration.
The first of a new wave of restaurants by the Hawksmoor group. It’s not all about steaks this time as everything seems to be deliciously marinated in something sumptuous. Slow cooked or charcoal grilled. Relaxed, comfort dinning and moderately priced.
69/73 St John’s St, EC1M 4AN
0207 014 8070
Professional Women’s Fashion
The Fold London can be found directly below Easton Regal on our Lower Ground Floor. We are told by our clients that you have to go to every department store in London to get the same amount of choice for professional modern women’s attire. Feel free to drop in and say hello when you’re next in the salon. They are an online boutique and love unexpected guests.
84 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1M 5RF
0207 336 7599
It’s a tough contest but the best coffee in Clerkenwell is from Workshop Coffee Co. The coffee will literally blow you away. This artisan coffee house is also teaching Londoners how to eat well in the mornings. They have an excellent brunch. It’s a bit of a give-away when you can order spinach and soda bread that Aussies are behind the healthy menu.
27 Clerkenwell Road, EC1M 5RN
0207 253 5754
The Modern Pantry needs no introduction and has been a landmark in the area for years. In prime position on St John’s Square you feel you’ve been transported out of London whilst you dine. If you can’t get a seat they do have a takeaway pantry with savouries, pastries and experimental salads. Fusion food and always good!
47-48 St John’s Sq, EC1V 4JJ
0207 553 9210
You never leave The Dovetail hungry. They proudly serve the finest Belgium beers available. A regular haunt for the Regal staff and definitely one of the friendliest bars in the area.
9-10 Jerusalem Passage, EC1V 4JP
0207 490 7321
Well worth the walk is Forest. Beautifully restored, reupholstered, reclaimed Scandinavian furniture can be found just ten minutes walk away on Clerkenwell Road. The upholstery is normally modern and quirky, transforming these mid century treasures into stand out pieces. Absolutely gorgeous design and carpentry.
115 Clerkenwell Road, EC1R 5BY
St John’s is another local legend. With a top to tail menu that is both inspired and sympathetic to the old Smithfield Meat Market.
26 St John’s St London EC1M 4AY
0207 251 0848
Also magnets for meat lovers and highly recommended by us are…
57 West Smithfield EC1A 9DS 0207 600 6144
Smiths of Smithfield
67-77 Charterhouse St EC1M 6HJ 0207 251 7950
On the other side of the meat market on West Smithfield is Grill on the Market. A delightful grill and barbecue restaurant with a great atmosphere and gargantuan porterhouse steaks. Not forgetting they also have an amazing wine and cocktail list.
2-3 West Smithfield EC1A 9JX 0207 246 0900
Our quiet square is the home of St John’s Gate. Hundreds of years ago St John’s Square was a huge priory and the birth place of the Knights Templar and a meeting point for Crusaders before they set off for the Middle East. St John’s Ambulance charity is also based across the road from the salon and if you love history you can lose yourself there for hours.
St John’s Gate, St John’s St EC1M 4DA
0207 324 4005