Exmouth Market

Clerkenwell is a trendy area known for modern design, quirky shops, high-end restaurants and one-off cafes. While lunchtimes are very popular at Exmouth Market with its 20 different street food stalls, night times for 800 years have come alive in the historic Smithfield Market, the largest wholesale meat market in the UK, soon to be home of the Museum of London. As producers sell through the night, they are surrounded by bustling night life and some of the city’s most iconic venues.  

The ancient medieval parish of Clerkenwell is now host to some of London’s best contemporary dining haunts and shops. Islington Council has teamed up with to launch Shop Local Islington, an online directory to help residents find independent shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants, markets and service providers in the borough. Whether through your phone or in one of our Covid-19 safe spots, come explore the best this historical gem has to offer. 

For other great resources on the area, please check out below:

Follow the LGBTQ+ social history of the Clerkenwell, Farringdon, and other Islington areas through the local Heritage Trail. 

Read about the longer history of Clerkenwell 

See Conde Nast’s local’s guide to Clerkenwell  

Check out the exciting social enterprise projects in the area through Better Space 

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