9 August 2019/ Area guides

Commercial property area guide: Clerkenwell - London

Commercial properties to rent in Clerkenwell.

A historic part of London, Clerkenwell has undergone extensive change over the centuries. Today it is an attractive district, complete with Michelin-starred restaurants, cultural museums and theatre (Sadler’s Wells).

You’ll find Clerkenwell north of the City of London, between Farringdon, Saint Pancras, Angel and Hoxton. Its fairly central location has made it a key place for over 100 years. It once housed the headquarters of the Monastic Order of the Knights Hospitallers of St John Jerusalem and later became a fashionable residential area with spas, tea gardens and theatres. During the industrial revolution, it rose as a hub for printing, brewing, distilling and clock repairs.

Although much has changed in Clerkenwell, many craft workshops continue its industrial traditions.
An array of architects and designers have also flocked to the area. It’s known as a hive for creative industries and even holds its own design week each year.

There’s a lot to attract businesses to Clerkenwell, even beyond its vibrant atmosphere. Its proximity to both Farringdon and Kings Cross St Pancras stations also makes it a well-connected area.

Over the years, Clerkenwell has been home to the likes of Oliver Cromwell, Charles Dickens, Daniel Defoe and Gillian Anderson.



UndergroundThe closest underground station to Clerkenwell is Farringdon. It’s served by the Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines. Angel is a short walk away and is on the Northern line, as is Kings Cross, which also provides access to the Piccadilly, Hammersmith & City, Circle, Metropolitan and Victoria lines.

National RailKings Cross St Pancras is a 20-minute walk from Clerkenwell and provides an extensive number of rail services across the country. Fast direct trains from Kings Cross include those to Leeds, Birmingham, Lancaster, Cambridge and Brighton.

You can also catch the Eurostar from St Pancras to Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Lyon and Lille. It takes less than 2.5 hours to reach Paris from London using the Eurostar.


There are 18 bus stops in Clerkenwell, offering links to many corners of the city. By bus, you can reach Holloway, Chelsea, Waterloo, Brixton, Hackney, Tottenham and more. A number of the routes offer night bus services, including those to Crystal Palace, the West End, Hackney and Woodford.


The Cycle Superhighway 6 runs through Clerkenwell, providing bike-friendly routes across the city. It stretches from Elephant & Castle in South London to Kings Cross in the north.


Heathrow is Clerkenwell’s closest airport, taking just over an hour to reach by public transport. Thanks to Thameslink trains, it’s also possible to reach Gatwick Airport in a similar timeframe. Both airports offer flights to destinations around the world.


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Retail units to rent in Clerkenwell.

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There are more than 11 gyms within the Clerkenwell area, including:

  • PureGym
  • Nuffield Health Fitness
  • Virgin Active
  • Gymbox

Banks and Post Offices

There are four banks in the Clerkenwell area, including TSB, NatWest, Barclays and UBS. 

There are three post offices in the area, two on Farringdon Road and one on Clerkenwell Road.

Supermarkets and shopping centres

  • Waitrose (one supermarket)
  • Sainsbury’s (two small stores)
  • Tesco (three small stores)
  • Co-op Food (one store)

The largest shopping centre is Angel Central, just a 15-minute walk from Clerkenwell. It has a number of shops, a Vue cinema and an O2 Academy live music venue, along with lots of places to eat. The Brunswick Centre is within a similar walking distance and boasts a different range of stores. For a more relaxed shopping trip, Exmouth Market has a few independent retailers, bars and restaurants in the heart of Clerkenwell.

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Meet the neighbours – important Clerkenwell businesses

  • Alexander McQueen
  • Royal Mail Mount Pleasant Sorting Office
  • Kurt Geiger
  • LinkedIn
  • Collective London
  • Urdang Academy
  • WilkinsonEyre
  • Architecture for London
  • Amnesty International
  • Analog Folk


Large offices and co-working spaces in Clerkenwell

Did you know?

  • Clerkenwell is named after ‘The Clerk’s Well’ – a well within the boundary walls of St Mary’s Nunnery, which was supplied by the River Fleet. You can still see it through the window of 14-16 Farringdon Lane.
  • The River Fleet now flows underground and can be heard through a grating on Ray Street, in front of The Coach pub.
  • Vladimir Lenin used to live in Clerkenwell on Percy Circus. It is thought he used to drink at the Crown and Anchor, which is now called The Crown Tavern.
  • It is known as ‘Little Italy’, because there was a time when 2,000 Italians lived in a small area in Clerkenwell.
  • The Monastic Order of the Knights Hospitallers of St John of Jerusalem is a 900-year old charity. St John’s Ambulance Brigade is part of the charitable activities. For a time, its English headquarters were based at the Priory of Clerkenwell.


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