We have spent several lovely Sundays strolling around the general area of Clerkenwell/Smithfield, just south of Angel and about a 30 minute walk west of where we live in Hoxton. There are some great eating places in the area and on one stroll we found out about a couple of walking tours operating in the area. The walks and museum we went on/to seem largely undiscovered so I thought I might put together a little itinerary in the hope of encouraging others to explore the area.
My recommended Sunday in Clerkenwell
There's no time for a leisurely brunch spent reading the papers as you'll need to be at Barbican tube station by 11am to meet your lovely tour guide from the Clerkenwell and Islington Guides Association. Barbican station is a quick 10 minute walk from the Modern Pantry and about 18 minutes from Exmouth Market (Caravan opens at 10am on a Sunday whereas Gail's Artisan Bakery opens at 8am, so you may want to go to Gail's if you're trying to make the 11am walk). If you've only got time for a coffee, perhaps duck into Look Mum No Hands for a cup of Square Mile coffee.
Our guide for the walk was Peter and for £6 each he guided 11 of us through the Smithfield area on the Murders, Monastries and Martyrs tour. The tour was very well run and moved at a suitable pace. Peter was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining.
We'll definitely be going on more walks in the area and sending our visitors from Australia along. (By the way, there's also a tour of Smithfield meat market run by the City of London at 7am on the third Thursday of each month. We went last week and it was excellent. The tour costs £8 and you need to book. It's really fascinating and you can grab a coffee at Dose Espresso afterwards)
The walk finished at 12.45pm so if you missed the brunch option perhaps head to The Modern Pantry, The Zetter or Exmouth Market (I recommend Caravan, Gail's Artisan Bakery and Moro, but Morito and Medcalf also look great) for lunch - you'd want to have booked for lunch where you can. You're also near St John Bar and Restaurant Smithfield here which may be a good lunch option, but when we walked past a couple celebrating their wedding anniversary were just leaving and told us they had been disappointed in the roast pork main course (I'd wait and go to St John Bread and Wine at Spitalfields instead).