Once home to medieval religious orders such as the Knights of the Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem, Clerkenwell later became an epicenter of the industrial revolution in the capital and, subsequently, of political radicalism (a young Joseph Stalin is said to have met a young Vladimir Lenin at the Crown Tavern pub in Clerkenwell Green). The monks are long gone—so, too, the communists—and the neighborhood's warehouses and factory floors are now home to cutting-edge design agencies, new media start-ups, and übertrendy apartments. With its fashionable boutiques, bars, and restaurants, Clerkenwell can be a pleasant place to while away a few hours. Like its neighbor immediately to the east, the City of London, this area can be quite deserted on weekends.
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A charming pedestrianized thoroughfare where trendy clothing stores, bookshops, jewelers, gift shops—even a tattoo parlor—all jostle for space with Exmouth…Learn More >
Museum of the Order of St. John
This fascinating museum tells the story of the Knights Hospitallers of St. John, from the Order's 11th-century Crusader origins in…Learn More >