Clerkenwell Tour: Visit Clerkenwell for a day of Culture, History and Design Inspiration

Clerkenwell is a neighbourhood steeped in historical legacy dating as far back as the 11th Century, but now it stands boldly as a destination in its own right. Clerkenwell's charm lies in its ability to seamlessly blend the old and the new, as its heritage merges with the ever-changing urban landscape.

Boasting incredible architecture and a buzzing atmosphere, this quirky little quarter perched above the valley of the River Fleet is now renowned for its rich architectural heritage, innovative design studios, and an abundance of creative inspiration.

In the 19th century, Clerkenwell was known as one of the most impoverished and crime-ridden areas of London, but now, many centuries later, has transformed into a thriving hub of creative businesses, interior designers, artists and architects. It is not difficult to see why Clerkenwell has been said to host a greater concentration of creative businesses, interior designers, and architects than anywhere else in the world.

Planning a Clerkenwell Showroom tour and need some inspiration? Look no further – here we’ll outline the must-see attractions on the Clerkenwell route. Our brand-new showroom, located just a hop from Farringdon Station, showcases the most innovative solutions for the modern workplace and is the ideal first stop and meeting place. Drop off your belongings in a HotLocker for the day and head out to explore!

Discover Design Delights

Clerkenwell has become an epicentre for creative industries. With a plethora of design studios and showrooms, all nestled beneath the architectural marvels of the Barbican. Clerkenwell is synonymous with cutting-edge design, making it a thriving hub for architects, clients, and designers. Take the opportunity to visit the numerous design studios and showrooms that call this neighbourhood home. From bespoke furniture to innovative lighting solutions, you'll find a wealth of inspiration and creativity around every corner. Engage with passionate designers, learn about the latest trends, and witness first-hand the fusion of traditional craftsmanship and contemporary design.

Feast on Hidden Gems

Beyond the well-known landmarks and after you’ve finished exploring your selected Clerkenwell Showrooms, be sure to look out for all of the hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Take a leisurely stroll through the picturesque Clerkenwell Green for some respite nestled amidst the bustling streets. Uncover the secrets of the tucked-away passages and alleyways, where charming pubs, independent boutiques, and quaint cafes await.

For those seeking a unique lunch experience, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Whitecross Street, Leather Lane and Exmouth Market host vibrant food markets where you can sample international dishes. From Italian, Ethiopian, Turkish to Thai, these bustling markets offer a variety of cuisines, perfect for a special weekday lunch experience.

If you’re looking for an inspirational atmosphere in which to enjoy your lunch, feel free to head back to our showroom and immerse yourself in creative ambiance as you savour your meal-  the perfect setting for discussions, brainstorming sessions, and moments of quiet in our array of Pods. Our showroom showcases industry-leading furniture solutions, providing a comfortable and stylish setting to relax and recharge. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn about the New Landscape for Work, gaining insights into the evolving trends and dynamics shaping the modern workplace.

Explore Clerkenwell’s Architectural legacy

Venturing out in the afternoon of your Clerkenwell Showroom Tour, make sure you take time to visit the iconic St. John's Gate, a striking Tudor-style structure that once served as the entrance to the priory of the Knights of St. John. The Barbican stands as a testament to the beauty of Brutalist architecture. Its imposing presence adds to the allure, attracting creative minds from around the globe. And don’t forget to visit the awe-inspiring Smithfield Market, one of London's oldest markets, known for its stunning Victorian architecture.

Clerkenwell is more than a historical treasure trove; it’s also at the forefront of modern architecture and design. Immerse yourself in the contemporary architectural landscape by exploring recent developments that have reshaped the neighbourhood. From award-winning office spaces to sustainable residential projects, witness the fusion of innovation, functionality, and aesthetics that define Clerkenwell's architectural scene today.

Culture of Collaboration

Clerkenwell's architectural significance extends beyond its physical structures. The neighbourhood fosters a sense of community among architects, clients, and designers. Take advantage of your visit to attend industry events, exhibitions, or even architectural walking tours organised by local professionals.

At the end of your day, head back to our showroom to grab you bags, stop in for a tipple and don’t forget to have a play on our model – the perfect activity to help build your new landscape for work.

Whether you seek inspiration, networking opportunities, or simply wish to indulge in the beauty of the built environment, Clerkenwell offers an unrivalled melting pot of creativity, where ideas flourish, collaborations thrive, and the magic of design comes to life.

We look forward to seeing you at our new London Design Centre soon!