Sitting on the fringes of the City, Clerkenwell has become a haven for London’s city professionals and young hipsters. Once a hub of industry filled with factories and warehouses, the buildings have now been transformed into offices, hotels, bars and restaurants. Clerkenwell is known as the hub of design these days, with many of London’s top design agencies setting up home in the area. Expect to find a cool crowd in Clerkenwell, with cool restaurants and bars to match. Gone are the old London boozers that lined the streets here, ready to serve thirsty factory workers after a hard days graft. Instead you’ll find a good handful of sleek gastro pubs, all serving local ales and top notch menus using ingredients from the nearby Smithfield and Exmouth markets.