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Clerkenwell bars and pubs

Read Time Out's list of the best pubs and bars to visit in Clerkenwell

Jonathan Perugia

From the heavily decorated interior of the Zetter Townhouse, to the bottle-lined walls of Vinoteca, there are plenty of interesting bars to explore in Clerkenwell. Sip American-themed cocktails at Giant Robot, or slurp on a hearty ale at Gunmakers, as well as checking out these bars and pubs...

Bars and pubs in Clerkenwell

Zetter Townhouse

The decor at Townhouse embodies a ‘more is more’ philosophy. Every square inch of surface area is occupied by something lovely, as if a couple of eccentric collectors moved from a country manse and felt compelled to fit all their possessions into two rooms.

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Clerkenwell

Craft Beer Company

Something is most definitely brewing in London – beer is making a quiet and classy comeback. Usually synonymous with long-established locals and males of a certain age, real ales and proper lagers are finding their way into cooler quarters.

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Farringdon

Vinoteca

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The original Vinoteca in Farringdon is full to-heaving most nights, so it’s no surprise they have kept their winning formula for this second branch: it’s a wine shop as well as a restaurant, the visual focus being the full-wall display of wine bottles.

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Farringdon

Green

Not to be confused with the nearby Green Tavern, this classy, food-oriented corner venue looks like a typical neighbourhood pub, but takes a distinctly continental approach to proceedings.

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Clerkenwell

Giant Robot

Recommended

The building that formerly held Match EC1 was revamped in 2010 by Match supremo Jonathan Downey, and in pretty fine style. Lined with brick walls and a handsome tin ceiling, Giant Robot pulls off the neat and unusual trick of feeling both industrial and cosy, and the split-personality nature of the decor extends to the food and drinks.

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Farringdon

Jerusalem Tavern

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The Jerusalem is both fabulously historic and a complete fabrication. Although the premises date from the early 18th century, the current shopfront wasn’t added until 1810 and the place didn’t open as a pub until the 1990s.

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Farringdon

Gunmakers

‘The finest ale and eating house in Clerkenwell’ says the board outside – and the Gunmakers does present a very good case. One of many gastropubs in the area, the Gunmakers also operates as a bar, with plenty of natter around the cosy front room.

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Clerkenwell

Three Kings of Clerkenwell

It's claimed the royal trio of the name turns out to be Elvis, Henry VIII and King Kong, a suitably eccentric trio for this most excellent of pubs, although in truth the building predates the first and latter by more than 100 years.

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Clerkenwell

Old Red Cow

The old red cow herself, if she wasn’t apocryphal, probably didn’t have a pleasant visit to this pub’s manor – Long Lane was an ancient cattle route to Smithfield meat market. You can see the cupolas, domes and reliefs of London’s temple of butchery through the front windows of this refurbed Victorian site, which no longer uses its antique ‘Ye Olde’ prefix and has turned its focus to serving very good beer.

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Farringdon

Bleeding Heart Tavern

Upstairs: a buzzy bare-brick space with elaborate carved-wood bar and close-packed tables heaving with shirts-and-ties. Downstairs: a demure, even dowdy, dining room with spacious booths sporadically occupied by a quieter, older crowd.

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Farringdon

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Madeleine L
Madeleine L

Paesan should be in this. Cocktails and food to die for! ask them for a banoffee cocktail.