Just down the road from Shoreditch, Clerkenwell is one of the capital’s new cultural hubs. To the north is Sadler’s Wells theatre, where you’ll find the best of international dance – everything from hip hop to classical ballet. Some of London’s culinary heavyweights call Clerkenwell home, too. The Michelin-starred Club Gascon is an obvious highlight, and Exmouth Market has some of the capital’s best street food.
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Housed in two vast Victorian halls, it is the largest meat market in the UK. A third hall, especially for poultry, is a fine example of 1960s English modernism.
Fagin and the Artful Dodger recruited Oliver here, while Lenin and Stalin allegedly plotted revolution over a few pints at the Crown Tavern.
It is a carnivore-focused culinary destination, with restaurants clustered around Smithfield meat market and along Exmouth market.