Clerkenwell, Shoreditch and Hoxton combine loft-living with urban grit, making this area one of the most creative corners of the city. Artists, designers and dot-com entrepreneurs throng start-ups on Old St. and galleries, studios and clubs on Redchurch St., Rivington Place and Hoxton Square. Jay Jopling's White Cube gallery at 48 Hoxton Square pioneered conceptual contemporary art spaces, and Sadler's Wells is London's leading contemporary dance venue. Working-class Exmouth Market keeps the area grounded, with independent shops, tattoo parlors and an authentic pie and mash shop. London's non-conformists are buried in local Bunfill Fields cemetery, including writer and spy Daniel Defoe (1731) and poet William Blake (1827).
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Getting Around London
The best way to get around London is using public transportation and taxis. Poor parking availability and legendary traffic makes driving tricky, and Americans may find it challenging to drive on the opposite side or the car and road. Gatwick Express is the fastest train service from Gatwick to Central London. Trains run daily directly into London Victoria train and tube station starting at 4:35 a.m. and 5:20 a.m., then run every 15 minutes from 5:50 a.m. until 12:35 a.m. with the last trains leaving at 12:50 a.m. and 1:35 a.m. Fares: 1st Class £26 (Single), £50 (Return); Express Class £17.90 (Single), £30.80 (Return). Heathrow Express is the fastest train service from Heathrow to Paddington Station. Trains run from 5 a.m. until midnight from Heathrow. The standard single fare is £20 and standard return costs £34.
Nearby Airports
  • London Heathrow Airport-LHR
  • Gatwick Airport-LGW
Airport Taxis
  • £45-£83-Heathrow to Central London, depending on time, tariff, and traffic
  • £78-£98-Gatwick to Central London, depending on time, tariff, and traffic
Things to Do and See Near Clerkenwell
  • London Eye
  • British Museum
  • Big Ben
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Tower of London
  • Tate Modern
  • London Zoo
  • Natural History Museum
  • Tower Bridge
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Hyde Park
  • London Bridge
  • Globe Theatre
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Saatchi Gallery
  • Palace of Westminster
  • St Paul's Cathedral
  • Marylebone
  • Middle Temple
  • Covent Garden