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Now in its fifth year Clerkenwell Design Week is an intellectual feast showcasing established and emerging design talent in an historic setting. Visitors will undoubtedly work up an appetite pounding the cobbled pavements but luckily this creative hub, said to be home to more architects per square mile than anywhere on the planet, gives equal time to gastronomy. Craft your culinary experience with this selection of Clerkenwell’s best food and drink destinations.


Despite its name this Antipodean stronghold is a permanent fixture on Exmouth Market, a thriving street in the centre of Clerkenwell. Founded by New Zealander Miles Kirby, formerly head chef at Providores in Marleybone, the open plan venue houses a restaurant and bustling bar. Java junkies take note: the basement has been converted into a roaster. The food menu is diverse with squid pancakes (accompanied by Japanese brown sauce and seaweed salt) sitting comfortably alongside spicy pork filled honey glazed gypsy buns. Food options change daily as ingredients are seasonal.

11-13 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QD

Workshop Coffee Co

The beans mean business at this coffee-centric cafe. As they are expertly sourced and roasted onsite customers are guaranteed much more than an ordinary cup of joe. Exposed brick is balanced by flower arrangements and a living plant wall, creating a spacious, light feeling. As for food the rare breed hamburger in a brioche bun with comté cheese, chipotle mayonnaise and fried ratte potatoes is standout as is the toasted banana bread with date and orange jam and espresso mascarpone at brunch.

27 Clerkenwell Road London, London EC1M 5RN

The Modern Pantry

Head chef Anna Hansen creates simple, modern, fusion fare in this glass-fronted establishment on St. John’s Square. The New Zealander was awarded an MBE in 2011 for services to the restaurant industry. Despite descriptions that may bewilder, the dishes themselves deliver fully on flavour. The menu changes often, as it follows the seasons, but if available try the sugar-cured prawn omelette with green chilli, spring onion, coriander and smoked chilli sambal.

For Clerkenwell Design Week, The Modern Pantry will be offering delegates a complimentary glass of prosecco with lunch and dinner bookings.

48 St John's Square, London EC1V 4JJ

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Zetter Townhouse

The Cocktail Lounge at the Townhouse is a collaboration between famed London bartender Tony Conigliaro and chef Bruno Loubet. Located over the cobbles of St. John's Square it has been fashioned as a private residence belonging to an imagined great Aunt named Wilhemina. Taking this into consideration, Conigliaro's cocktails are also inspired by the area's gin distilling past. Both The Master At Arms, a delicious ruby-coloured drink inspired by Wilhemina’s putative transgressions with a ship’s captain or The Flintlock, a showstopper containing gunpowder, are highly-recommended.

49-50 St John's Square, London EC1V 4JJ


This American-style restaurant, cocktail and oyster bar specialising in seafood and steaks, continues to reel them in. Meat prep is taken seriously as steaks are cooked to perfection in a pricey Spanish josper charcoal oven. Named after a district in Brooklyn the venue’s bare brick walls and red booths enhance the New York-feel. The dining room is in an old drill hall and warehouse that looks out on to St. John's Garden.

Redhook are offering a 20% reduction to CDW delegates during the festival.

89 Turnmill Street, London EC1M 5QU

Giant Robot

Part of The Rushmore Group which also owns Redhook and Soho's celebrated speakeasy Milk and Honey, this bar/cafe/deli/diner has a winning split personality. The menu and atmosphere tend to change depending on the time with coffee and Italian-American food by day and American-themed cocktails taking centre stage at night. Visit for a relaxed atmosphere, great drinks and stylish yet cosy decor.

45-47 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1M 5RS

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One of Exmouth Market’s most established venues and a pillar in the close-knit community, Moro was founded by married couple Sam and Sam Clark in 1997. After travelling around the Southern Mediterranean they came back with experience and understanding of the region’s flavours. They serve quality Spanish/North African food cooked simply but effectively. Their little sister tapas bar, Morito, is also worth a visit, though always buzzing. (If you go for dinner, expect a wait.)

Moro offer a free glass of Tio Pepe sherry with every meal for all Clerkenwell Design Week delegates.

34-36 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QE

Cafe Kick

The clue is in the name at this football-loving landmark. Established in 1997, now with an offshoot in Shoreditch, Cafe Kick is top of the league when it comes to fun and European nostalgia. There are regular table-football tournaments and they serve Estrella Damm, Nastro Azzuro, Super Bock and Sagres as well as tapas and cheese boards. The flags that line the walls are joined by football memorabilia and bank notes from all over the world donated by loyal customers over the years.

Happy hour is every day from 4-7pm - bottles of house beer for £2 and all cocktails of the month reduced to £4.85.

43 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QL

St. John

Opening in 1994, this is the original site for Michelin-starred chef Fergus Henderson's St. John restaurant. In a swine of the times, Henderson pioneered the philosophy of nose-to-tail eating, serving simple offal-based dishes and emphasising his lack of concept. The current trend for locally-sourced seasonal eating and Britain’s widespread passion for farmer's markets owes much to Henderson and St. John.

Their menu is “a daily work in progress” which means that they won’t go online until 11am for lunch and 5pm for supper. The roast bone marrow and parsley salad however is both permanent and delicious.

26 St John St, London, London EC1M 4AY

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Situated across from the formerly infamous Smithfield Meat Market, this restaurants brings a breath of Argentinian air to the creative hub of Clerkenwell. Embracing the meaty history of its surroundings, Beef Empananda and Chicken Liver Pate are mouthwatering starters found on the menu, while a traditional Sirloin or Corn-fed Chicken is sure to leave you a satisfied guest at the Gaucho Smithfield.

A complimentary glass of wine is waiting for every Clerkenwell lanyard holder.  

93A Charterhouse Street, London EC1M 6HL

The Dovetail

A whiff of Belgium in Clerkenwell. Expect classic dishes like Moules et Frites as well as gourmet sausages and Waterzooi and Beef Carbonnade, a Belgian take on a traditional beef stew. All dishes are accompanied by a vast choice of the countries most popular export: beer. Slightly hidden away in the Jerusalem Passage just off Clerkenwell Road, its harder to stumble upon, yet also to leave.

Clerkenwell lanyard holders awaits a special luch offer.

9-10 Jerusalem Passage, London EC1V 4JP

Kurz & Lang

German heritage down to the non-existent bone, Kurz & Lang are offering delicious and freshly made Bratwursts according to the traditional recipe. Watch the ultimate street food snack being grilled to order, enjoy it straight up or with a side and take it away if you have too much too see to have a sit down meal.

Lanyard owners will enjoy a 15 percent discount on food and drink, inlcuding alcohol.

1 St. John Street, London EC1M 4AA