Venture to Farringdon and Clerkenwell, and you’re in the City; the ‘original’ London that packs in more history than you’d think you could squeeze into a square mile. Though it’s part of the financial district, restaurants in Farringdon aren’t just for bankers. In fact, diners visit from all over to experience eateries that get their speciality meat and poultry straight from the local Smithfield Market. Much of the area’s cuisine is high-end; concept-driven venues sit side-by-side with traditional, long-established places, not forgetting the area’s many historic pubs.
Talking of pubs, if you’re looking for Clerkenwell restaurants, you’d do well to try The Easton. Decked out in chunky weathered wood and artfully mismatched furniture, The Easton serves comforting favourites like steak and stilton pie, and hand-cut chunky chips.
If you’re feeling more adventurous, choose Dans Le Noir?, which does dining in the dark, French-style. Yes, you really do eat in complete darkness here, which means that your taste senses are heightened and you’ll truly savour this restaurant’s delicious food. They can’t say exactly what they’ll serve you, as it’s a surprise, but it the cuisine is French-inspired. Don't worry – Dans Le Noir? will adapt the menu if you are vegetarian or have food intolerances.