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’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
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.
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 5RN
Phone: 0207 253 5754
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 7TR
Phone: 0207 404 7049
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
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 0DU
Phone: 0207 490 8010
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 5UQ
Phone: 0207 490 4281
Things to Do in Farringdon
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 0DU
Phone: 0207 253 1485
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 2TD
Phone: 0203 657 6525
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
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
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 6HJ
Phone: 0207 336 8898
Have we missed your Farringdon favourite? Let us know in the comments below and we'll add to our list of places to visit.