Aldersgate / Finsbury / Holborn (EC1)
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- TUBE Angel
- BR,TUBE Barbican
- BR,TUBE Farringdon
- BR,TUBE Old Street
- TUBE St. Paul's
Living in Angel is awesome, very well conected it is really easy to move around and come back fast, we have everything we need from small shops to all the banks, the canal, parks... The environment is fun and safe as well. Suitable sor all ages and backgrounds. It is not cheap but it worth it if you think in the time you save avoiding public transport by taking your bicycle everywhere. All the cool things in London are around.
I find Clerkenwell very well placed - close to City for work yet within walkable distance from West End after late night- I hardly ever use public transport. There are some very good quality restaurants and bars/lounges, street markets, within walking distances to culture venues such as the Barbican Centre, Sadlers Wells, St Pauls, the London Museum, British Museum and my favourite Tate Modern. Have you checked out the historic Old Mytre? Very Lively during the week and quieter at weekends. Only one stop from Farringdon to St Pancras and Kings Cross station for links to Europe on Eurostar and to the rest of UK.
3 words isn't enough. Clerkenwell is a very pleasant place, and generally not loud and crazy, but it is lively, friendly and family-friendly, villagey, leafy, and happenin'.
SPIRIT OF CLERKENWELL
The fa?ade of an old building glimpsed at the end of a cobbled street, a sign swinging in the breeze, the street names that evoke a hidden past, these set the tone, create the mood.
A fashionable 17th Century location, home to Oliver Cromwell, and visited by Londoners who enjoyed the spas based on the natural springs, tea gardens and theatres, Clerkenwell has been an important area of London since the Middle Ages. St John?s Gate, built in 1504, was the south entrance to the inner precinct of the Priory of the Knights of St John, the Knights Hospitallers. During the Industrial Revolution the area was famous for its breweries, distilleries, printers and clock makers and attracted radical thinkers including Karl Marx who lived near Clerkenwell Green.
A notorious past, the traditional character of London is retained in the streets, the old warehouses and the period buildings. Historic, creative and culturally rich, this area has an unmistakable sense of self, a unique identity and a tangible personality.
From Shakespeare to Dickens to contemporary art, music and dance, this area has provided the perfect setting for plays, literature, theatre and music. Today Clerkenwell is alive with culture: Sadler?s Wells is one of the world?s foremost dance venues, the Barbican Centre, home of the London Symphony Orchestra is also one of Europe?s largest arts venues.
A TRADITION OF ENTERTAINMENT
Over four hundred years ago, the Master of the Revels, based in Clerkenwell, was responsible for censoring plays and ensuring they were fit for public consumption. Shakespeare would have made the journey to EC1 to show him his new plays before they were allowed to be performed at the Rose Theatres. At that time the cost was just one penny for standing room, and flags of various colours, black for tragedy, white for comedy and red for history were used to advertise performances.
During the years between 1850 and 1960, Clerkenwell gained the name ?Little Italy? because of the large numbers of Italians living and working in the cloth and watch trades. Since the 19th Century, an annual summer parade brings Italian street life to the area with a spectacular procession filled with colourful floats, banners and streamers.
THE FABRIC OF LIFE
Fabric, in the former Smithfield Meat Market Cold House, has established a reputation as one of the best clubs around. A showcase for underground DJs, electronic music legends, and live acts, Fabric is internationally renowned for its cutting-edge performance programme.
Sadler?s Wells, opened in 1683, welcomed singers, wrestlers, dancers, dogs,
jugglers, tightrope walkers and acrobats. Over three hundred years later, after the theatre had fallen into disuse, it was rescued in the 1930s by Old Vic manager Lilian Baylis, and under her control gained an excellent reputation for opera and dance. The new building opened in1998, the most technologically advanced theatr in London is now the UK?s leading dance house.
Very central (5-10 mins walk to city), 5mins walk to St. Pauls, lots of buses to the west-end and tube station just opposite. Area is busy during the week and has a great selection of restaurants and bars for a good night out
Convenient to go anywhere since it is right in the centre!
Every possible amenity is to hand. From canals to Shoreditch, history of the city and ten minutes to the West End. It is truly an amazing place.
It's an area with a lot of offices, pubs, bars and a few clubs.
Close to tube station, quiet, safe, mature residential community.