Clerkenwell Area Guide

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Clerkenwell and City of London Area Guide

This City of London guide provides a swift overview of the area, including the best places to eat and drink, shop, study, its history, council tax rates and public transport connections to the rest of London.

A park bench engraving in the City of London
Property on the side of a canal in the City of London

An overview of The City of London & Clerkenwell

The City of London, commonly referred to as the City or the Square Mile, forms the heart of the trade and finance sector in the UK, rivalling other leading centres, such as New York City, as the finance capital of the world.

Aside from being the place of work for many traders, bankers and other high wage-earners, the City, which includes Bishopsgate, Barbican, Blackfriars, Temple, Liverpool Street, Clerkenwell, Monument, Bank, St Paul’s, Mansion House, Old Street, Charterhouse, among others, is also a fabulous place to live and go out, with no shortage of swanky bars and exclusive restaurants to choose from.

History of The City of London & Clerkenwell

Rich in history, the City has long been a place for traders, dating back to the Roman era when it was a trading port for merchants. At its height, the Roman city had a population of approximately 45,000 to 60,000 inhabitants, compared with a current tally of about 7,000. The City continues roughly to follow the boundaries of Londinium, the ancient Roman capital of Britannia, built  between 190 and 225.

Numerous Roman sites and artefacts are still visible in the City today, including the Temple of Mithras, sections of the London Wall at the Barbican and near the Tower of London, the London Stone, and remains of the amphitheatre beneath the Guildhall.

City of London property

The City of London property market is dominated by purpose-built blocks as well as office and warehouse conversions, but there are also a number of recently and newly built swish apartment blocks coming onto the market to meet rising demand for stylish, contemporary homes in the area. Read More

The number of people buying or renting property in the City of London is rising, reflecting the area’s popularity and longer working hours.

Whether it’s an apartment overlooking the River Thames, situated next to the Bank of England or simply located on any one of the many medieval streets, homes in the City of London are highly desirable and among the most expensive to buy and rent in the world, reflecting their premium location in what is one of the most important cities on the planet. 

Whether you are seeking to buy or rent a home in the City of London, contact one of Green & Co.’s expert sales and letting agents in City. We have a fine supply of homes in City for sale and to let.

Market stall selling fresh bread in the City of London
Parks in the City of London
Moorfields eye Hospital in the City of London
Double decker bus in the City of London
The City of London School is an independent boys school on the banks of the River Thames

Shopping, food and drink in the City of London

What is there not to do in the City? The area is dominated by swanky bars, impressive traditional pubs, grand (and often expensive) restaurants, with most aimed at businesspeople who are not short of a few quid.

Additionally, there are plenty of upmarket coffee shops, sandwich bars, as well as an overabundance of fashion outlets, both independent and branded boutiques, offering anything from trendy fashion to smart office attire.   

Life is fast paced in the city, but there are plenty of museums and other things to do if you want to slow the pace down a bit.

Parks in the City of London

London is one of the world’s greenest capitals, with over 3,000 parks across the city, but there are only a handful of small parks in the Square Mile, with most space dominated by commercial and residential buildings.

Emergency services in the City of London

The City is served by Snow Hill (EC1A), Wood Street (EC2P) and Bishopsgate (EC2M) police stations. There are a few hospitals in and around the the City of London as well as a few specialist hospitals all managed by the NHS, including St Bartholomew’s Hospital (West Smithfield, EC1A), Royal London Hospital (Whitechapel Road, E1) University College Hospital (Euston Road, NW1), St Thomas’ Hospital (Westminster Bridge Road, SE1) and Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (City Road, EC1V).

Transportation in the City of London

Located in zone one of the London Underground system, the City of London offers easy access to the whole of London as well as the rest of the country. There is a plethora of Tube and train stations to choose from, while countless bus services operate routes across London, many of which are 24-hour services. Alternative forms of transport include Barclays Cycle Hire, coaches and river buses on the Thames. 

Local Tube stations: Angel (Northern Line), Bank (Central Line, Northern Line, Waterloo & City Line, Docklands (DLR)), Barbican (Circle Line, Hammersmith & City Line, Metropolitan Line, National Rail), Blackfriars, Cannon Street, Farringdon (Circle Line, Hammersmith & City Line, Metropolitan Line), Liverpool Street (Central Line, Circle Line, Hammersmith & City Line, Metropolitan Line, National Rail), Mansion House (Circle Line, District Line), Monument (Circle Line, District Line), Moorgate (Circle Line, Hammersmith & City Line, Metropolitan Line, Northern Line, National Rail), Old Street (Northern Line, National Rail) and St Paul’s (Central Line).

Nurseries, schools and colleges in the City of London

Barbican Playgroup London
Buffer Bear @ Barts & the London
City Child London
Golden Lane Playgroup London
Leapfrog Day Nurseries London
Newpark Childcare Centre London
The Children’s Centre London
Tower Hill Nursery London
City of London School
City of London School for Girls
Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School
St Paul’s Cathedral School
The Charterhouse Square School

Council tax rates in the City of London

The council tax rate in the City is set by the City of London Corporation. The rate of council tax varies and is dependent on the following valuation bands:

City of London Corporation


Band A
Band B
Band C
Band D
Band E
Band F
Band G
Band H

Council Tax


City of London Summary

If you are looking for a large house with spacious garden in a quiet leafy district, then the City of London is almost certainly not for you. The area, packed mainly with contemporary high-end apartments, appeals predominately to professionals working in and around the heart of the capital who like to work hard and play hard.

Packed full of history, museums, pubs, bars, clubs, restaurants and coffee shops, there is plenty to see and do in what is arguably the most thriving capital city in the world.  

The transport connections are second to none presenting those in need of a break from the rat race an easy escape route. But make no mistake, the lure of the City’s magic will, for most, soon have them coming back!