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The Quality Chop House

Farringdon area guide

The best places to eat, drink and kip in lively Farringdon

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Sandwiched between Clerkenwell and the City, Farringdon is a popular after-work drinks destination. And to be fair the pubs are pretty decent around here. But don't limit yourself to the watering holes - this part of town is a world class food hub too, from the much lauded St John's (don't take your veggie first date here) to tiny tapas bar Morito and the atmospheric Quality Chop House. It's also the home of Smithfield Market - one of the largest meat markets in Europe and the little-known (and only occasionally open) Barts Pathology Museum. Plus for visitors to the city, it's a charming - and vibrant spot to stay. And a good alternative to well-trodden Soho or Covent Garden

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