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Farringdon London Guide

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Farringdon London Guide

Nestled between the Barbican and St Paul’s, Farringdon is centrally located and offers easy access to the rest of the city by bus, tube or on foot.Thanks to the Romans and thei ...

Nestled between the Barbican and St Paul’s, Farringdon is centrally located and offers easy access to the rest of the city by bus, tube or on foot.Thanks to the Romans and their dominating London Wall, there continues to be a split through the middle of Farringdon London, creating the two wards of Farringdon Within and Farringdon Without. Despite this, the whole of Farringdon is a fun, smart, vibrant and blossoming area of the capital that has much to offer. The Movebubble offices are in Farringdon so we may be biased, but we’d say this is one of the best areas of London.Home to pubs, restaurants, coffee shops and Fabric -one of London’s most popular clubs, this grown-up version of Shoreditch is a popular place to live and work, attracting more people every day.

On a Map

Farringdon is within the London Borough of Islington.

Getting to Farringdon

Farringdon London

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Farringdon’s central location means it is easy to get to by public transport. Farringdon tube station is served by the Circle, Hammersmith & City, and Metropolitan lines, plus you’re not far from Barbican and stations in Islington.

Cost of Living in Farringdon

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The comparative cost of living in Farringdon depends on whether you’re buying or renting. Sales prices are around a third higher than the rest of London, while rentals are approximately a quarter cheaper. It is considered to be an expensive area to live, but considering the proximity to central London, you’re definitely paying for location.And you won’t have to walk far when you need to buy a new sofa, light fitting or designer rug – Farringdon is full of furniture and homewares stores although you may need to shop around if you’re looking for a bargain.There are some great loft-style apartments in this area thanks to the gentrification of ex-warehouse buildings. These are catching the eyes of young professionals and arty types.Average weekly rental price for a 2 bedroom flat in Farringdon is £620.

Restaurants and Bars in Farringdon

Every week there is a new restaurant in Farringdon exciting foodies and creating a buzz on Instagram. So much so, that we wrote a guide to the top 20 restaurants in Farringdon – check it out for ideas on the best places to eat.There are also some amazing coffee hangouts, bars and pubs in Farringdon that need to be added to your list of places to visit.

Workshop Café

Workshop coffee

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Love good coffee? You have to try Workshop coffee – they pride themselves on sourcing the best possible beans which they then roast and prepare in order for you to enjoy a seriously tasty cup of the good stuff. They sell their coffee at a few cafes across the UK but you can also discover the Workshop experience at their Clerkenwell Road café. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, their vegetarian breakfast options are held with high acclaim.Address: 27 Clerkenwell Road, London, EC1M 5RNPhone: 0207 253 5754

Craft Beer Company

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Like choice when it comes to choosing beer? Well at Craft Beer Company, they offer 37 draught beers so you’ll have plenty to consider when picking your pint. They source beers from across the globe, so there is bound to be a drink to please every taste bud.Address: 82 Leather Lane, Clerkenwell, London, EC1N 7TRPhone: 0207 404 7049

Prufrock Coffee

Farringdon London

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Enjoy a silky latté or a strong espresso at Prufrock café. Their breakfast and lunch menus are full of delicious dishes using locally sourced ingredients and some really interesting flavours. Their top quality beans means you’re guaranteed a fantastic cup of coffee and those who dream of working an espresso machine, you can take one of their certified courses to become the next bearded barista.Address: 23 – 25 Leather Lane, London EC1N 7TE

The Green

A traditional pub with fantastic food, comfortable seating and a great range of drinks behind the bar, The Green offers everything you could possible want from a local. Come on a Sunday for their roast – it is homemade, hearty fare and is perfect with a glass of buck’s fizz.Address: 29 Clerkenwell Green, Clerkenwell, EC1R 0DUPhone: 0207 490 8010

Jerusalem Tavern

Farringdon London

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For a genuine, ye-olde pub experience, head to Jerusalem Tavern for a quiet drink with friends. While many new pubs are trying to get that ‘traditional’ look, this is the real deal with the building dating back to 1720. Owned by St Peter’s brewery, they serve their own real ales – from typical bitters and milds through to more exotic fruit and smoky beers.Address: 55 Britton Street, Clerkenwell, EC1M 5UQPhone: 0207 490 4281 

Things to Do in Farringdon

Marx’s Memorial Library

For people interested in Marxism, head to this incredible lending library that houses over 40,000 books on the subject. You can go on tours of the library every Tuesday and Thursday at 1pm to learn more about the building and collection. You can sign up to one of their Marxist education courses to get a better understanding of Karl’s theories.Address: 37a Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0DUPhone: 0207 253 1485

Bounce Ping Pong

Farringdon London

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Pizza, a pint, and little white bouncy balls – sounds like your kind of fun? Bounce is a pizza restaurant that also has a collection of Ping Pong tables on which you can challenge your mates to an after-work game, or compete in a Bounce competition. As we reported in a previous post, they sometimes hold special events such as Ping Pong dating. This is a fun place to come with friends to enjoy a night out with a little bit of action.Address: 121 Holborn, London, EC1N 2TDPhone: 0203 657 6525

Smithfield Market

Farringdon London

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Smithfield has a fairly dark history involving a lot of blood and gore. It has been the location for many bloody executions of political rebels and heretics, including Sir William Wallace. It has also been, and continues to function as, a wholesale market where you can buy every cut of meat you can imagine. Originally built in the 19th century the market is the only remaining wholesale market in operation since medieval times.This is the place to come for fresh meat, poultry and provisions and we recommend you get in early to get the best selection. The market is only open on weekdays from 2am (arrive by 7am to find most of the stalls open) and closed over the weekend. You can also take a guided tour of the market to learn about its fascinating history.Address: Smithfield Markets, EC1A 9LH

Exmouth Market

Thanks to restoration work in 2006, Exmouth Market has been transformed into a great place to shop and visit in Farringdon. It is home to independent design and art shops, furniture stores and some really great cafés and bars. There is also a street food market where you can grab a delicious and cheap lunch during the week.Address: Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, EC1R 4TL

Fabric

Farringdon London

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Over the years, Fabric has seen some of the world’s best DJs hitting the decks and it continues to be one of the most loved clubs in the UK. Featuring all of the latest and greatest names in electro, house, techno and more, this is the place to come for a great night out on the dance floor.Address: 77a Charterhouse Street, London, EC1M 6HJPhone: 0207 336 8898Have we missed your Farringdon favourite? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll add to our list of places to visit.

As content manager for Movebubble, it’s my job to be an expert on renting and London. Being a writer (Journalism BA Bournemouth University) with a passion for food and the arts, I definitely have my dream job! I love exploring the city and researching the latest information and news to bring to our readers. I love getting recommendations from readers on their favourite spots in London so if you have one, let us know in the comments!

Comments ( 2 )

  1. The Best Places to Live in Central London | Movebubble's Guide
    […] Farringdon: Though one might assume Farringdon would not be a fun place to live, what with its plethora of business sectors and suits pounding the pavements all hours of the day, the central location, walkable access to businesses and the major districts and a general ‘buzz’ to the area means Farringdon is an overlooked residential area for many. A central location – wedged in between Barbican and St Pauls, no less – comes with a lofty price tag though which goes some way in explaining the potential oversight. Farringdon has enjoyed its own share of youth migration though, with the renovated warehouses and industrial spaces being turned into flatshares and (still expensive) lofts for the young, artsy types. The likes of Fabric – yes, that Fabric – being based in Farringdon, as well as Smithfield Market has helped revamp Farringdon’s image as a place to live as well as work. […]
  2. ReplyRichie
    Farringdon is such a conundrum to me. On the one hand the old architecture is exhilarating, has brilliant pubs and bars, and easily the best coffee i've ever had; but on the other, i can't stand the the traffic and the fact its dead on the weekend when all the office workers get away on the plethora of trains that come through the station.Farringdon could be fantastic if they stopped that ridiculous anachronism (the meat market) and then pedestrianised the huge roads that surround it. Then it really would be a desirable place to live. I suspect that its in the pipeline - but then again it has been on the cards for years. I really do hope that the new Museum of London and the redevelopment of the market turn this area into the phenomenal success that it's crying out to be. Also build more home for people so its not a dead zone on the weekend. Having said that i hope/suspect that the new cross rail station will flood the place with life - currently its so far (in travel time, if not in distance) from the west end that its just never gets busy enough to feel alive.

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