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Clerkenwell, Farringdon & Shoreditch

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Postcode Areas Covered

EC1, EC2, EC3, E1, E2

Our Summary

Our rating of Clekenwell, Farringdon & Shoreditch

Very fashionable and urban areas with lots to do on the doorstep. Great locations if you are looking for an apartment close to the city. Some parts are quite run down.

General Description

Clerkenwell and Farringdon are ideally located in the very centre of London almost between the West End and the City. Both are well connected with public transport though Farringdon more so as its station has both underground and rail connections. Shoreditch is situated directly north of the City of London. It has the benefit of Liverpool St. underground station to the south. All three are very lively and trendy locations being in the centre of London. The areas are very popular with investors, young City professionals wanting to be close to the action, designers, artists and musicians. There is also quite a selection of council housing in the area which adds to the vibrant mix of people living here.

Clerkenwell and Farringdon have, since medieval times, attracted trades such as jewellery and watch making, printing and book binding. Still many of these trades exist in the area in particular the jewellery making in Hatton Garden which is known as London’s diamond district. The area is also known for its background in design and the area is very trendy from the influence, well-known for Design Week which is organised for local designers to take over spaces to display their work. Day to day the area is quite bustling with its good eateries and bars making it popular with a young crowd and the connection of the Crossrail route at Farringdon station is set to make it more so. Smithfield meat market has been established here for over 800 years and brings a constant buzz to the area as the meat trucks unload throughout the night and the traders come off shift as the City starts to wake up. There are still a couple of pubs that are licenced to open their doors early morning to serve these people coming off shift.

Shoreditch has a rich history for entertainment with the first playhouse in Britain being built here in the late 14th century. Nowadays this can still be seen in the vibrant social scene that occurs round the very trendy cafes, bars and restaurants. In the 16th century the textile industry moved in and to this day you have a plethora of fashion with independent designers side by side with more established upmarket brands. The area is also well-known for its art, whether displayed in a gallery or painted on the side of a building.

Travel Times

The areas are well connected by rail with Clerkenwell being a short walk from Kings Cross/ St Pancras and trains to the north. Farringdon station will be on the Cross Rail route that runs east to west through the City and directly to Heathrow and is on the Thameslink line which runs north south, including to Gatwick airport. Shoreditch is not far from Liverpool Street from where you can head out to the North East and Stansted airport. There are also good links to the underground with access to the Northern, Hammersmith and City, Central, Circle, Metropolitan, Victoria and Piccadilly.

From Farringdon to... By Car By Train/Tube
Central London 3 miles, 20 mins  
Heathrow Airport 19 miles, 40 mins  
Gatwick Airport 29 miles, 65 mins 50 mins (direct)

The journey times detailed above By Car are for driving during off-peak times. The By Train / Tube travel is for the fastest journey that you will get at peak-times during the week.

Types of Housing and Pricing

In the heart of Clerkenwell and Farringdon there are many old industrial buildings that have now been converted into residential, loft-style apartments as well as pockets of modern, high end, newer apartment blocks. Just to the north of these are Georgian properties, several which are set around a garden square, a few remain as individual houses but most of which have been converted into apartments. There are some ultra-modern apartment blocks that have been built along City Road. There is also the Barbican development, a post-war, concrete development which though unsightly is very popular due to its location and room sizes. Housing here is slightly more expensive than in Shoreditch.

Shoreditch has a truly urban feel to it with many mixed commercial and residential buildings, in particular within the Shoreditch triangle. Heading out from this you will find many Georgian and Victorian houses, again most of which have been split into apartments or are mixed use. You will also find one of the first social housing developments in the area, Arnold Circus, with its own band stand. The apartments were built in 1896 though many of them are now privately owned. There are also plans for several new developments of apartment blocks in the area.

Clerkenwell, Farringdon & Shoreditch
  To Purchase To Rent
Studio £440,000 - £620,000 £300 - £550 per week
1 bed £475,000 - £1,200,000 £340 - £950 per week
2 bed £540,000 - £1,800,000 £400 - £1400 per week
3-4 bed £720,000 - £3,000,000+ £550 - £1800 per week
5+ bed £2,500,000+ £1200+ per week

The above data represents an average range of property prices in the area. We have excluded extremes of pricing from our data set.


Education in the UK is compulsory for children between the ages of 5 and 16. Many state-funded schools offer a nursery class from age 4 and independent nursery from as young as 6 months. There is also a choice of both state and independent schools that offer higher education to age 18.

The Local Authorities (LAs) for the area are Islington and Hackney and they are responsible for state-funded schools, including their admissions.

There are few schools in the area due to the number of families living here but of those that are most perform well.

To view a map showing schools in the local area, please click the button below. Each school on the map can be clicked to show further information, including OFSTED ratings, exam results, age ranges and number of pupils.

Schools Map


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  • Ranked in Top 10%
  • Requires Improvement
  • Secondary
  • Oustanding
  • Inadequate
  • Primary and Secondary
  • Good
  • Independent School

We can help you to get round the nuances of the British schooling system with our school search services. We offer a range of programmes, from basic consultancy with one of our education specialists, to detailed reporting on every suitable school for your child or children, through to fully accompanied school inspections where we take you to see your top school choices.

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Local Authority, Taxation and Crime Rates

Islington Council and Hackney Council are the administrative authorities responsible for the local area. They levy an annual charge known as ‘Council Tax’ for local services such as waste collection, street lighting, police and fire services. You should expect to pay Council Tax whether you are renting or buying.

The police authority for the area is the Metropolitan. For non-emergency calls to the police, phone 101.

Your local Member of Parliament (MP) is elected by their local constituents to represent their interests and concerns in the House of Commons.

A good source of information for crime rates in the area is ‘Illustreets’. The website has a great interactive map which provides detailed local statistics, including standards of living.


Being in Central London you are not far from anything in these areas but in particular have easy access to the West End and also a short tube ride will take you to Westfield shopping centre. Clerkenwell has a fantastic selection of food shops, markets and restaurants and Farringdon is home to Smithfield meat market. There is also an array of designer furniture shops located on and around Clerkenwell Road. Shoreditch caters more for the fashionista with many independent clothes designers as well as high street brands with stores in the Shoreditch triangle area as well as the famous clothes market, Spitalfields, and Box Park. To the north there is Kingsland Road which is fast becoming a very trendy place to shop.

Exmouth Market is actually a collection of shops that sell foods and trinkets amongst other things.

Smithfield Market is the largest meat market in the UK and is over 140 years old though a market has been held on the site for over a thousand years.

Spitalfields Market is a 350 year old market for arts and crafts, clothes and jewellery.

Boxpark is a quirky shopping mall made from shipping containers offering a variety of fashion.

Leather Lane Market is a traditional market with stalls offering everything from handbags to freshly to greetings cards.

There are five main supermarkets chains in the UK: Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose. However, they now face competition from other brands such as Aldi, Lidl, The Co-Op and Marks & Spencer. Most offer on-line shopping facilities as well as Ocado, which is the only completely online grocery retailer in the UK, that offers Waitrose quality produce.

Waitrose and Marks and Spencer offer higher quality produce with prices reflecting this. Sainsbury’s and Tesco offer good value for money for a weekly family shop and Asda, Morrisons and The Co-Op are competitively priced with a larger range of budget everyday items. Aldi and Lidl are German brands that stock produce typical to the UK. They are often referred to as discount stores and offer fewer products.

As part of our Home Search Programme, we will orientate you around your target areas and show you where the nearest shopping centres and supermarkets are.

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Leisure Facilities

Finsbury Leisure Centre has a gym, exercise studios, outdoor football pitches, squash courts, and a multi-sports hall.

Ironmonger Row Baths is a newly restored gym with 2 pools, exercise rooms and original Turkish baths!

Barbican Cinema is part of the Barbican Arts Centre and shows films that range from mainstream to independent.

Electric cinema is an indulgent single-screen cinema with bar and velvet armchairs and tables showing mainstream and Indie films.

Local Attractions

The Sadlers Wells Theatre - a world famous dance venue featuring tango to hip hop, ballet to flamenco and Bollywood to contemporary dance.

The Museum of London tells the wonderful rich history of the city.

The Barbican Centre is a performing arts centre hosting musical concerts, theatre performances, art exhibitions and film screenings.

Clerkenwell Design Week – annual event showcasing the best of local and international design.

Brick Lane – a street best known for its curry houses and now home to Brick Lane market.

Hatton Garden is London’s Jewellery Quarter, home to many master goldsmiths and jewellers and commonly known for its diamond trade that dates back to medieval times.