Welcome to LDNfashion’s neighbourhood guides in partnership with flexible car-sharing scheme operating in Hackney, Haringey, Islington and the southern part of Waltham Forest.
DriveNow is the convenient and stress-free way to enjoy and rediscover the city you love, without the worry of parking restrictions, tickets or spaces. Follow our guides to make the most of the areas DriveNow vehicles are located in.
1. Early morning breakfast at The Modern Pantry
Fuel up for a day of exploring at The Modern Pantry on St John’s Square. We recommend booking to secure a table in one of the Georgian townhouse’s beautiful light and airy rooms upstairs. There is an extensive selection of coffee, tea and ‘liquid goodness’ to kick start your morning, alongside pastries, cooked breakfasts and fruits, grains and seeds. If you’re visiting Monday to Friday, head to the Pantry Shop at the back of the ground floor café to pick up some homemade jam or relish.
47-48 St John’s Square, EC1V 4JJ
2. Indulge in some history at The Museum of the Order of St John
Located just opposite at St John’s Gate, St John’s Lane is the Museum of the Order of (you guessed it!) St John. Perfect for history buffs, this museum tells the story of an ancient religious military Order, from its origins caring for sick pilgrims in eleventh century Jerusalem, through to its modern-day role with St John Ambulance, the international first aid charity. Entry is free but a donation of £5 is suggested for guided tours.
St John’s Gate, St John’s Lane, EC1M 4DA
3. Caffeine hit at Workshop Coffee’s Clerkenwell Café
Next, pick up a coffee to keep your energy levels up at Workshop Coffee’s Clerkenwell branch just a stone’s throw away on the corner with St John’s Street. These guys have been roasting the best beans in the neighbourhood since 2011, and won Best Independent Café just a year later Café Society Awards. If coffee isn’t your thing, don’t fret – there’s plenty more on offer to eat and nibble.
27 Clerkenwell Road, EC1M 5RN
4. Browse mid-century furniture at Førest London
Now head west down Clerkenwell Road. Meander past Leather Lane and the now-infamous diamond district Hatton Garden and you will happen upon Førest London – a treasure trove of mid-century Scandinavia and Northern European furniture and lighting, founded by collector Eva Coppens. Browse beautiful storage units, ceramics and accessories in this small but perfectly formed showroom.
115 Clerkenwell Road, EC1R 5BY
5. Pick up gifts, cards and other treasures in Space EC1
Turn northeast and amble up Roseberry Avenue and past Mount Pleasant, where you’ll find Exmouth Market. There are a handful of delightful gift shops here, but our favourite has to be Space EC1. From jewellery and baby gifts to stationary and party decorations, it’s bursting with present ideas, whether for yourself or those closest to you. We think Space has the independent spirit that makes shopping on Exmouth Market so enjoyable.
25 Exmouth Market, EC1
6. Pit stop at Pizza Pilgrims
By now we are imagining that you’re getting a little peckish, so why not swing by Pizza Pilgrims for a Napoli-inspired lunch. Don’t be put off if it looks busy – there’s more seating downstairs and service is quick, efficient and conducted with a smile. Outdoor tables are also an option on bright, sunny days.
15 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QD
7. Peruse menswear at Content & Co
Content & Co is one of London’s hottest independent menswear boutiques and this is the second of two stores – the flagship is on Lamb’s Conduit Street in Holborn. Established in 2013, it stocks a curated selection of clothing and accessories from labels including the Alden Shoe Company, Barbour, Champion, Edwin, Filson, Penfield USA and Sandqvist.
30 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QE
8. Check out the jewellery at EC One
A short walk down from Pizza Pilgrims and Content is EC One jewellers. Established in 1997 by husband and wife duo Jos and Alison Skeates, it is both a store and an open-plan workshop – their goldsmiths make bespoke pieces, carry out repairs and re-model customers’ jewellery to suit their wishes. EC One’s collections celebrate the rich jewellery heritage of the area (being just a short stroll from Hatton Garden) and include the work of include Alex Monroe, Zoë Chicco and Clarice Price Thomas.
41 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QL
9. Snack on sliders at The Exmouth Arms
Even though you probably haven’t worked off the pizza yet, stopping by local institution The Exmouth Arms for sliders or a lobster roll is a must while you’re in the area. It’s also the perfect opportunity to take stock, people watch and check off your Clerkenwell to-do list.
23 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QL
10. Cocktail o’clock at Paesan’s underground bar
We can’t think of a better way to round off the day than in one of the booths or caverns of Paesan’s Underground Bar – if you’re not the designated DriveNow driver that is. During the week you can expect a more relaxed vibe, with “chilled tunes, craft beer and classic cocktails Paesan-style.” If you’re there at the end of the week though, expect to find a resident DJ doing their thing until the small hours.
2 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4PX