Welcome To Clerkenwell - All The Best Spots In EC1 For Brunch, Brews And Business Meals

The postcode we love for work, life and culture

By Sharmadean Reid

11 October 2021

ith more and more businesses based in the historic Clerkenwell area of London - see Depop, Appear Here, Fanbytes and of course, The Stack World HQ - we’ve created a round up of the best places in the area to make the most of your hybrid work life balance. From The Barbican to Farringdon, here are some of our EC1 faves...

Morning Brew

Granger & Co in Clerkenwell - our premier spot for breakfast meetings. With its chic interior and menu that expands beyond just egg on toast (the corn fritters are banging!) your clients will forgive the 9am meeting time.

Prufrock Coffee - the best coffee, pastries and quick eggs on toast.

Powerhouse Coffee - Utilian interior to smash out a presentation without distraction and sushi to go.

Mouse Tail - Delicious coffee and amazing artisanal antipasti.

Granger & Co bathroom selfies

For a long lunch

Commuters are spoiled for choice with some of London’s most legendary restaurants on our doorstep.

St. JOHN Bread and Wine - Fergus Henderson's classic (get the bone broth soup to keep flu at bay).

Luca - Italian to die for - favourite of Appear Here CEO Ross Bailey

Brutto - Newest addition to the block from Russell Norman. Florentine food and great wine.

Sessions Arts Club - a beautiful restaurant and rooftop bar set in a crumbling 18th century courthouse in Clerkenwell.

Fare Italian - Fresh pasta and big tables for team meals

The Eagle - The OG Gastropub of London with an honest and delicious menu - Good for small groups.

The Quality Chop House - Meat Lovers rejoice, the best cuts are here and the sister deli restaurant - get a booth with your work wife,

Iberica - Creative and classic Spanish fare in airy restaurant with vintage decor and white-painted brickwork. Amazing Beef shin tapas.

Moro - Get the private dining room (seats 8) and have a working lunch at the classic Moro.

Fare Italian

Cafe Style

Kin Street Food- Stripped-back Pan-Asian street food cafe with exposed bricks, wooden boards, wines and artisan teas.The Best calamari you’ll have!

L Terroni & Sons - Home-cooked breakfast, lunch and snacks in a cosy Italian cafe with a deli counter, open since 1878.

Bodega Rita's - home of London's best deli sandwiches paired with natural wines and snacks.

Scotti's Snack Bar - try perfectly cooked sandwiches and good bacon. You will be offered delicious coffee or great tea.

Bodega Rita's - London's best deli sandwiches

Afternoon Stroll

When 3pm hits and you have Zoom fatigue, take your next call on a walk or simply take time out to meditate at these local spots. The City of London is famed for it’s small, well kept gardens.

The Barbican Conservatory - Book in advance and be prepared to be immersed in a brutalist jungle.

St Bartholomew's Gatehouse - Wander into the Church gardens, founded in 1123 as a priory, with ornate interiors, CofE services and a cloister cafe

St Alphage High Walk - Our micro version of the NY Highline takes you around the stunning Barbican Estate.

Millennium Bridge - Walk straight down Blackfriars Road and head towards the River Thames and just breathe.

Postman's Park - Park named for its popularity as a lunch spot for Post Office workers, with a memorial to local heroes.

Christchurch Greyfriars Churchyard - Ruins of an old church site in the middle of the City.

The Charterhouse - Former monastery built in 1348, now home to an almshouse, with gardens, a chapel & a small museum. Our fave well kept and quiet garden.

Afternoon stroll? Head to Millennium Bridge

Post Work

The Winemakers Club - Wine shop and bar in bare-brick vaults, offering select international bottles and sharing plates. - Ideal for a philosophical chat with your workmates.

Barbie Green - Relaxed Aussie cafe for all-day eats with huge windows opening on to the ruins of London Wall. Great for cocktails

The Ned - The best dining, drinking and live music on the Ground Floor or Rooftop cocktails for Members.

Ciao Bella - If you score an outside seat at this legendary Italian restaurant, you’re lucky.

Fabric London - Celebrating 22 Years of raving.

Jerusalem Tavern - Tiny historic pub with very large glasses of red and homemade bar snacks.

Wilhelmina's Lounge at The Zetter Townhouse - The lounge is a sumptuous and intriguing place, feeling more like the private residence of a most beloved and eccentric Great Aunt. Great for intimate drinks,

Morito - the younger, vibrant sister to our favourite, Moro, is great for Spanish and North African small plates.

The Stack HQ hosts a monthly office drinks party for members to meet and network within the creative and start-up industries. Add your profile to the app for free today and become a premium member to attend events!

Morito - Exmouth Market

The Cute Streets where you feel like you’re on holiday...

Exmouth Road - Food, shopping, coffee and more

Leather Lane - for more food.

Lamb’s Conduit Street - Food, shopping and more,

Hatton Garden - Alighieri is our fave - a collection of jewellery inspired by Dante Alighieri's 'Divine Comedy'; hand-crafted in Hatton Garden.

magCulture - An ever-changing selection of 600 magazines, and deliver internationally from their London shop.

Magma Books - Design and graphics-oriented store that also sells stationery, T-shirts, prints, lights and toys.

H’onu Nail Bar on Clerkenwell Road - for a gel manicure and pedi.

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Leather Lane for lunch

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