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Guide To Clerkenwell Bars | Best London Picks
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Guide To Clerkenwell Bars | Best London Picks

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Updated: 9 February 2017
With its excellent array of restaurants and cultural places to go to, it is no surprise that Clerkenwell is home to some of central London’s most renowned boltholes for boozing. Due to the still thriving Smithfield Market, there is certainly no shortage of bars and pubs to try, most of which open early doors in order to serve the traders that work there.
The Cocktail Trading Company | © Alice Burns
The Cocktail Trading Company | © Alice Burns

Located in the basement of Ask For Janice, a popular bar and restaurant, The Cocktail Trading Company has opened its second branch after the success of its Carnaby Street location. The drinks on this menu will delight drinkers with their creative flair. As well as being packed with delicious ingredients, these signature swills are presented in the most bizarrely fantastic ways.

The Cocktail Trading Company, 50-52 Long Ln, London, UK, +44 20 7427 6097

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The Zetter Townhouse

This beautiful Georgian townhouse is situated on the historic St John’s Square. Known for its quirks, the Townhouse is home to an award-winning, atmospheric cocktail lounge, a charming place for a tipple. Try the Secret Garden, a delicious concoction of rose liqueur, Eau de vie d’Eglantine and Jacques Picard Champagne.

The Zetter Townhouse, 49-50 St John’s Square, London, UK, +44 20 7324 4550

In true modern day London style, this neighbourhood has a hint of Brooklyn, here existing in the cool haunt that is The Fourteenth Colonie. With everything from a fantastic cocktail menu to a list of over 45 different beers from the USA and UK, this bar has all of the ingredients for an enjoyable drink with friends. Sit back in the airy warehouse inspired space and salivate over their outstanding selection of American whiskies, but be careful – this place will have you wanting to stay until late!

The Fourteenth Colonie, 45-47 Clerkenwell Rd, London, UK, +44 20 7253 4924

Craftily hidden above The Exmouth Arms, a bustling pub on Exmouth Market, 5CC is an eclectic cocktail bar with a distinctive atmosphere. The crowd that gather here are as cool as the cocktails that are served which range from espresso martinis to strawberry tipples.

5CC, Exmouth Arms, 23 Exmouth Market, London, UK, +44 20 3664 6454