Our circular walk through historic Clerkenwell starts and ends at Farringdon Station.
1. Leave the station and head up Turnmill Street. Take the first right into Benjamin Street. Walk alongside St John’s Church gardens.
2. Turn left into Britton Street. Just ahead of you is the modern wing of the Goldsmiths Centre, established as workshops and studios for jewellery making, gold and silversmithing. It is funded by the Goldsmiths Company, one of the City’s medieval guilds, set up to control the quality of craftsmanship and protect trade. The Goldsmith’s Centre runs the Bench Café, which is open to the public. Walk up Britton Street, passing the Ochre showroom and the tiny and historic Jerusalem Tavern pub with its wonky green painted paneling and bench seats. The Jerusalem Tavern has had several incarnations around Clerkenwell since the14th century and was the drinking hole of the likes of the writer Samuel Johnson, satirist William Hogarth, actor David Garrick and the young composer Handel on his visits to London. Locally, quart bottles of beer were called ‘Jerusalems.’