The best restaurants in London

Comprising the area between Smithfield and Exmouth markets, there's an awful lot of promise tucked away in these back streets. But it's fairly easy to wander around the Farringdon area looking for that place that's a cut above the rest. But don't worry - here's where to find the best restaurants in Clerkenwell...

 

Anglo
Address: 30 St Cross Street, London EC1N 8UH
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Anglo has been set up by Mark Jarvis, ex head chef of the Bingham in Richmond. The aim for Anglo is to create accessible modern British fine dining. That's an a la carte meal at lunchtime and a single set menu in the evening. Expect inventive food with a British twist.

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bleedingheart
Address: Bleeding Heart Yard, 19 Greville Street, London EC1N 8SJ
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Bleeding Heart is a Farringdon institution and the main place for French dining in the area. Come here for classic French food with a modern touch and a vast amount of wine supplied by their wine cellar.

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Breddos Clerkenwell
Address: 82 Goswell Rd, London EC1V 7DB
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They've been a fixture of Street Feast for many a year, but now Breddos have opened their first restaurant. Expect tacos, tostadas, tortilla-based Mexican pizza tlayudas and more.

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caravanex
Address: 11-13 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 4QD
What We Know:

This is the original Caravan, where they built a reputation of creating some of the finest brunches in town. And with a roastery under their belt - expect great coffee too.

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Foxlow
Address: 69-73 St John Street, London EC1M 4AN
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This is from Hawksmoor's Will Becket and Huw Gott. There will be lesser known cuts of meat on the menu such and Executive chef Richard Turner has also been hard at work on the menu coming up with treats such as Six-hour Bacon Ribs and Eight-hour Beef Shortrib.

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Hix Oyster and Chop House
Address: 37-37 Greenhill Rents, Cowcross St, Farringdon, London EC1M 6BN
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Mark Hix's restaurant was much anticipated by foodies and critics alike, but the most interesting thing about the reviews for his first independent venture was how different an experience dining there was for his friends, the well-known critics, versus the internet critics. Time will tell if Hix's two-tiered customer service (his friends versus the general public) will continue to fill his restaurant.

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Luca
Address: 88 St John Street, London EC1M 4EH
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The folk behind the ever-popular Michelin-starred Clove Club are opening their second restaurant. This time it's an Italian restaurant with British produce in Clerkenwell.

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Morito
Address: 32 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QL
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Moro has long been one of London foodie's favourite restuarants. Now Sam and Sam Clark have opened a tapas bar serving up exquisite small plates with ice-cold glasses of fino.

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Moro
Address: 34 - 36 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QE
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Back in 1997 when Moro first opened, Exmouth Market was still a scruffy Clerkenwell street and this restaurant with its implausibly good looking bar staff and open kitchen was the second most exciting thing to happen to the area food-wise since The Eagle threw open its doors. Run by the marvellously-monikered Sam and Sam Clark, it's still turning out great food in a room that's packed every day of the week. Grab a glass of sherry up at the bar, or nab one of the more sought-after window tables and enjoy a lazy, boozy afternoon here.

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otto
Address: 182 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8EW
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Want to be looked after to within an inch of your life? Well, this is the restaurant you come to. Properly old-school French, Otto's has carved out a niche for itself because of a serious bit of kit called the duck press. This dish sees the breast sliced, then the rest of the duck (bar the legs) pressed in the special screw press giving a juice to which Cognac and duck liver are added before it's poured over the rare slices which finish cooking in the sauce. Both very rich and very pricey but, by all accounts, like nothing else in town.

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Palatino
Address: 71 Central St, London EC1V 8AB
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This is the latest from Stevie Parle (Dock Kitchen and Craft) and sees him taking on the melting pot of Roman cuisine. Expect pizza, pasta and a whole lot more.

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St John
Address: 26 St John Street, London EC1M 4AY
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Fergus Henderson's renowned restaurant, many critcs' favourite in London, with its specialisation in "nose to tail" eating is a must visit for anyone looking for the very best in modern British cooking.

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Sushi Tetsu
Address: 12 Jerusalem Passage, London EC1V 4JP
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The tiny Sushi Tetsu is both one of the best sushi restaurants in town and also one of the hardest to get into. With only half a dozen seats inside, each item served to you will be almost a work of art. This may well ruin other sushi restaurants for you...

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The Modern Pantry
Address: 47-48 St John’s Square, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4JJ
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Anna Hansen's journey to the Modern Pantry took in two Peter Gordon restaurants - The Sugar Club and The Providores, both known for their inventive fusion cuisine. So it's no surprise that the menu here is peppered with unusual food pairings, not to mention plenty of ingredients you'll probably need the waiter to illuminate you on.

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