CLERKENWELL RESTAURANTS & BARS
THE QUALITY CHOP HOUSE
A restaurant, wine bar, butchers and shop, selling a range of British meat and fresh produce (with fab beef sandwiches on a Friday).
The cooking here is ‘Moorish’, encompassing the encyclopaedic delights of Spanish, North African, Syrian and Turkish cuisine. Recognisable plates like simple mezze platters or yoghurt cake with pistachio and pomegranates abound, but so do the inventive dishes that have kept Moro on the pedestal for over two decades. If the restaurant is fully booked, try the smaller sister venue, Morito, next door.
THE JERUSALEM TAVERN
Stop at one of the city's oldest pubs for a pint or two during your walk around this gorgeous neighbourhood. You will definitely find a beer brand you have never heard of before.
ASK FOR JANICE
Offers seasonal sharing plates using British ingredients longs with a great selection of beers, cocktails and wine. This is the right place for lazy brunches and long lunches at weekends.
A Michelin-starred French restaurant near Smithfield market.
THE MODERN PANTRY
Ingredients from the Middle East, Japan, the Mediterranean, Britain and Australia come together in fabulous dishes to be found no where else.
Located in an old bacon-smoking factory, it features a menu of British classics along with a meticulous list of St John wines.
St John takes places of pride in London’s restaurant scene. Its emphasis on zero-fuss, English cooking and waste-free snout-to-tail dining has rightfully won it much repute. If there is one dish not to miss, it’s the bone marrow with salt and parsley on toast: simple, affordable and extraordinarily good. Out front is a spacious bar area for anyone who wishes to pop in a for just a casual bite and a drink.
THE BLEEDING HEART
Tucked away down an alleyway that is reputedly the site where Lady Hatton was found murdered in the 17th century, this collection of restaurants offers amazing French cuisine in a quaint surrounding.
BOURNE AND HOLLINGSWORTH
You may have to book really far in advance, but the brunch with bottomless cocktails is definitely worth the wait! Make sure you try the French toast with clotted cream, berries and honey...
TERRONI OF CLERKENWELL
A charming traditional Italian café and food store offering all the delights of the old country.
SPORTS BAR & GRILL
Every sport on multiple wide screens and great burgers. The champagne cocktails are to die for!
The Eagle is inbetween a pub and a raucous taverna. The open kitchen dishes out mainly Mediterranean plates and in very helpful portions, with the daily-changing menu scrawled on the blackboard by the counter. Tables (except for early lunchers and diners) are unreserved so do expect a slight wait on Friday and Saturday nights.
This seven-seat sushi bar is famously one of the hardest tables to secure in London – it has just two seatings per night, and reservations can only be made by phone on Mondays between 11am and 2pm. But the effort is worth it. This is arguably the freshest and most authentic sushi experience in the country, served either à la carte or omakase style whereby the chef makes the selection.
The courtyard café on Sutton Lane is a calming, quaint location for a hearty breakfast, a lazy brunch or afternoon tea with homemade cake. Across the courtyard is also a discrete bar that makes for a welcome break from loud pubs.