These two areas of central London, essentially occupy the same geographical space.
Farringdon is known for the Station which has an over ground and underground station, which has also been chosen to be one of the new hubs for the Queen Elizabeth line (Cross rail 1). As a result, Farringdon will be the only Station which provides both underground and overground services and which also traverses through (north/south) London. All other main line stations within London are Terminus stations.
Farringdon station is to offer a new shopping complex to augment the current local offering.
Adjacent to Farringdon Station is Smithfield Market, known for the buying and selling of meat. Smithfield is undergoing a redevelopment scheme of part of the market.
The rest of the area, for the purposes of this, we will call Clerkenwell, is formed of mixed office and residential buildings. The majority of the area comprises offices and former warehouse buildings, many of which have been converted or demolished to create residential flats. The warehouse offering is unusual to a very few parts of London, and Clerkenwell is the most central of all of them.
The housing stock is very mixed. Britten Street, provides some attractive houses opposite post millennium apartment buildings. The area is truly mixed with the principal roads being St. John’s Street, Exmouth Market, Cowcross Street and Leather Lane.
The area now boats some of the best restaurants in London. The mix of office and residential works well. However, the absence of a true high street and now definable green outside space (Clerkenwell Green is a paved area of cobbles with car parking) means that the typical village atmosphere is not clearly felt. However, ardent locals may disagree.
St. John’s Square
The Museum of London