Clerkenwell is a thriving area filled with luxury apartments and lofts converted from a bygone age of breweries, gin distilleries, printing works and clock and watch makers. Since 1996, when Hurford Salvi Carr was the first Estate Agent to open an office in the area, Clerkenwell has transformed into a creative and fashionable hub of London. Artists, designers, architects, writers and publishers moved into the area, followed almost immediately by property developers and good restaurants. The area stretches from the Angel to the north to Smithfield Market to the south and from Hatton Garden across to Old Street.
The headquarters of ‘The Guardian’ and ‘The Observer’ were on Farringdon Road until 2008 when they moved to Kings Cross. Smithfield Market has bought and sold meat for over 800 years making it one of the oldest markets in London. There are a number of traditional pubs, close by and, those of which serve Smithfield Market meat workers are allowed to open their doors at 6.00am. Bunhill Fields, the local cemetery, is the final resting place of some of England’s most famous people such as the poet William Blake and author, Daniel Defoe who wrote “Robinson Crusoe”.