The best restaurants in London

Comprising the area between Smithfield and Exmouth markets, there's an awful lot of promise tucked away in these back streets. But it's fairly easy to wander around the Farringdon area looking for that place that's a cut above the rest. But don't worry - here's where to find the best restaurants in Clerkenwell...

 

Anglo
Address: 30 St Cross Street, London EC1N 8UH
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Mark Jarvis's modern British fine dining restaurant in the heart of Farringdon serves up seasonal, inventive food from a pared back dining room. It, deservedly, won critic plaudits from the get go.

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berber-shwarma
Address: 46 Exmouth Market, Farringdon, London EC1R 4QE
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This is an offshoot of Josh Katz's Berber & Q, and is something of a cut-down version of the main restaurant. Here you can find a combination of mezze, hummus and plenty from the grill - including the lamb shawarme of course - as well as rotisserie chicken. And make sure to hang around for their desserts.

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bleedingheart
Address: Bleeding Heart Yard, 19 Greville Street, London EC1N 8SJ
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Bleeding Heart is a London institution. Come here for classic French food with a modern touch and a vast amount of wine supplied by their wine cellar. Choose between the bistro or the tavern - and the private dining spaces are particularly atmospheric.

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Breddos Clerkenwell
Address: 82 Goswell Rd, London EC1V 7DB
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This was street traders-turned restaurateurs Breddos first restaurant. It serves up excellent tacos, tostadas, tortilla-based Mexican pizza tlayudas and more. Don't forget to give their mezcal list a try as well.

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caravanex
Address: 11-13 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 4QD
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This is the original Caravan, where they built a reputation of creating some of the finest brunches in town. Having their own coffee roastery means the coffee are second to none.

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clerkkitchen
Address: 27 - 31 Clerkenwell Close, Farringdon, London EC1R 0AT
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This neighbourhood cafe in Clerkenwell is blessed with a hidden courtyard terrace which is a good-to-know alfresco option in this area. As for the food, they serve up ethically-sourced organic produce taking inspiration from both European and Californian cafes and a small regularly changing menu.

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hammer
Address: 171 Farringdon Rd, Farringdon, London EC1R 3AL
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Hammer and Tongs specialises in serving up South African braai(aka barbecue). So expect meat, fish and vegetables cooked on a wood-fired grill, not to mention some local specialities including biltong, Cape Malay curry fish, braaibroodjie and more. And yes, there will be a lot of South African wine on the menu.

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Hix Oyster and Chop House
Address: 37-37 Greenhill Rents, Cowcross St, Farringdon, London EC1M 6BN
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Mark Hix's restaurant does what it says on the tin - serving up super fresh seafood and quality cuts of meat. The dining room is pretty small, making this perhaps the cosiest place in Hix's restaurant empire.

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Luca
Address: 88 St John Street, London EC1M 4EH
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This Clerkenwell restaurant is from the team behind Michelin-starred and World's 50 Best restaurant The Clove Club. An Italian restaurant using British produce it's split between a more casual cafe at the front and more formal dining in the restaurant at the back.

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macellaio
Address: 38-40 Exmouth Market, Farringdon, London EC1R 4QE
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Macellaio RC have a few sites across London where the main event is the steak, and you'll see plenty of this hanging in the restaurant. It's all Italian-style steak from a female Fassona breed. There is some pasta available too - but you'll really need to be trying as much from the grill as possible to do the place justice.

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Morito
Address: 32 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QL
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Moro has long been one of London foodie's favourite restaurants - think of this as Sam and Sam Clark's sibling tapas bar to the original - serving up super small plates with ice-cold glasses of fino.

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Moro
Address: 34 - 36 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QE
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Back in 1997 when Moro first opened, Exmouth Market was still a scruffy Clerkenwell street and this restaurant with its implausibly good looking bar staff and open kitchen was the second most exciting thing to happen to the area food-wise since The Eagle threw open its doors. Run by the marvellously-monikered Sam and Sam Clark, it's still turning out great food in a room that's packed every day of the week.

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otto
Address: 182 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8EW
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Want to be looked after to within an inch of your life? Well, this is the restaurant you come to. Properly old-school French, Otto's has carved out a niche for itself because of a serious bit of kit called the duck press and its fans are legion.

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Palatino
Address: 71 Central St, London EC1V 8AB
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This Clerkenwell restaurant from Stevie Parle sees him taking on the melting pot of Roman cuisine. Expect pizza, pasta and a whole lot more with a menu that changes seasonally.

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St John
Address: 26 St John Street, London EC1M 4AY
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Fergus Henderson's renowned restaurant, which just turned 25, is many critics' favourite in London. Its focus on "nose to tail" eating makes it a must visit for anyone looking for the very best in modern British cooking.

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Sushi Tetsu
Address: 12 Jerusalem Passage, London EC1V 4JP
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The tiny Sushi Tetsu is both one of the best sushi restaurants in town and also one of the hardest to get into. With only half a dozen seats inside, each item served to you will be almost a work of art. This may well ruin other sushi restaurants for you...

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eagle
Address: 159 Farringdon Rd, Farringdon, London EC1R 3AL
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The Eagle in Clerkenwell is often credited as the first modern gastropub - with restaurant-quality food being served inside a pub. Many years down the line, it's still a reliable spot for a good meal, serving up a seasonal menu in a faintly ramshackle pub. The steak sandwiches are some of the best in town.

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green
Address: 29 Clerkenwell Green, Farringdon, London EC1R 0DU
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In a quiet part of Clerkenwell, The Green comes from the same people who also run The Culpeper in Shoreditch. Either take it easy in the pub downstairs or head up to the first floor restaurant and you'll find the pub serving modern British food from an ever changing menu. Also look out for a Sunday lunch where they concentrate on Beef Wellington and one key roast dish.

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The Modern Pantry
Address: 47-48 St John’s Square, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4JJ
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Opened by Anna Hansen and now run by her head chef, Robert Mcleary, this is a place for inventive fusion cuisine. Look for unusual food pairings, not to mention plenty of ingredients you'll probably need the waiter to expand on.

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peasant
Address: 240 St John St, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4PH
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This Clerkenwell pub has a long history in Clerkenwell and may only be second in line to The Eagle when it comes to pubs that went "gastro". Settle in downstairs for more traditional pub fare, or head to the upstairs restaurant if you're after something a little more fancy.

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