London area of Smithfield guide

What to do and where to stay in London's Smithfield neighbourhood

Known best for its centuries-old meat market, Smithfield is an area of London drenched in history. In medieval times Smithfield was both the Trafalgar Square and Wembley Stadium of its day, its grassy meadows used for public gatherings, sporting occasions such as jousting tournaments, fairs and even executions (William 'Mel Gibson' Wallace was hanged, drawn and quartered here in 1305). A short walk from St Paul's, the Grade II listed Victorian covered market still provides central London's butchers, shops and restaurants with meat on a daily basis, opening from 4am till 12noon. Nowadays, Smithfields is an edgy nightlife destination with bars, clubs and restaurants such as Smiths, Fabric and St John all exceedingly popular. Until 2002 the area hosted the annual midnight Miglia Quadrato car rally and since 2007 there has been an annual bike race known as the Smithfield Nocturne.

See our recommended nearby Smithfield Hotels, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

Smithfield Hotels

in or near Smithfield
The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
49-50 St John's Square, EC1V
Located nearby to trendy neighbourbood Farringdon, The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell has been affectionately named the Great Aunt of the original Zetter Hotel. Within the Georgian townhouse, ... More
The Zetter Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
St John's Square 86-88 Clerkenwell Road, EC1M
Found in the trendy neighbourhood of Clerkenwell, The Zetter Hotel provides stylish boutique accommodation within a converted Victorian warehouse. With 59 rooms, each individually designed and ... More
Club Quarters St Pauls Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
24 Ludgate Hill, EC4M
This neat and simple hotel gets all the basics right. The prices are sensible, the rooms are simply and attractively decorated, there's a decent little bistro, ... More

Smithfield Entertainment

in or near Smithfield
Craft Central
London > Entertainment > 33-35 St John's Square, Smithfield, London EC1M
Promoting original craft and design is the purpose of this not-for-profit organisation established over the last 25 years. Craft Central have a number of workspaces, workshops ... More

Smithfield Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near Smithfield
St Bartholomew the Great
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
West Smithfield, Smithfield, London EC1A
St Bartholomew the Great is a historic church founded in 1123 and the oldest parish church in the City of London. Features include the pre-Reformation octagonal ... More
Museum of London
London > Attractions > Museums
150 London Wall, Smithfield, London EC2Y
Experience the real flavour of London life from the prehistoric to present day when you visit the Museum of London, a modern ... More
Slaughterhouse Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
63 Charterhouse Street, Smithfield, London EC1M
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Smithfield Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's Smithfield
Smithfield Market
London > Shopping > Markets
West Smithfield, Smithfield, London EC1A
For tenants of Smithfield Market getting up in the dark is the nothing out of the ordinary; with the market opening at 4am these hard ... More
Farm Collective
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
91 Cowcross Street, Smithfield, London EC1M
Its location opposite Smithfield Market is a very appropriate spot for the Farm Collective to set up shop. Working with select farmers and small producers, this outlet ... More
London > Shopping > 70 Long Lane, Smithfield, London EC1A
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Smithfield Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near Smithfield London?
S&M Cafe
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
50 Long Lane, Smithfield, London EC1A
If you know what you want from a meal and what you want is good old, British sausages and mash then look no further than this ... More
Dose Espresso
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
69 Long Lane, Smithfield, London EC1A
Using organic milk and responsibly sourced coffee supplied by the Square Mile Coffee Roasters, Dose offers a welcome pit stop if you're in the vicinity of ... More
Il Boteglio Restaurant
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
60 Long Lane, Barbican, Smithfield, London EC1A
Italian Cuisine... More

Smithfield Pubs

The best pubs in or near London Smithfield.
The Old Red Cow
London > Nightlife > Pubs
71 Long Lane, Smithfield, London EC1A
One of the oldest pubs in Smithfield, The Old Red Cow has stood on this spot on Long Lane since the year dot. Steeped in history, ... More
Fox & Anchor
London > Nightlife > Pubs
115 Charterhouse Street, Smithfield, London EC1M
This renovated traditional pub in the heart of Clerkenwell has been serving the traders of nearby Smithfields Market for years. Under the Malmaison umbrella - the ... More
Jerusalem Tavern
London > Nightlife > Pubs
55 Britton Street, Smithfield, London EC1M
It’s teeny-tiny and, no, there aren’t enough seats, but the Jerusalem Tavern still provides a cosy nook to devour a rare breed of delicious ales. London’s ... More

Smithfield Nightlife

Smithfield clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
The Longroom
London > Nightlife > Bars
18-20 St. John Street, Smithfield, London EC1M
Situated in the heart of Clerkenwell, next door to St John and Smithfield Market, The Longroom specialises in craft beers, salt beef and gourmet sandwiches. Described ... More
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
7 St John Street, Clerkenwell, Smithfield, London EC1M
Wine bars in the UK were given a bad name in the 1980s but places like this show us how it should be done. Both the ... More
Fabric Nightclub
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
77a Charterhouse Street, Smithfield, London EC1M
Built on the site of a Victorian meat cellar, Fabric continues to boast the most sensational line-ups in the capital. Its global ... More

Smithfield Leisure

Smithfield gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
Urban Golf
London > Leisure > Golf
12 Smithfield Street, Smithfield, London EC1A
OK, so you may not be able to soak up the rays on this indoor course but it’s a brilliant idea that has been stylishly executed. ... More
Postman's Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
King Edward Street, Smithfield, London EC4M
Bounded in by surrounding office buildings, Postman's Park's appeal lies in what it symbolises as much as how it looks. Located just north of St Paul's ... More
Malmaison London
London > Leisure > 18-21 Charterhouse Square, Smithfield, London EC1M
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Smithfield Education

in or near Smithfield
Museum of London Access & Learning
London > Education > Evening Classes
London Wall, Smithfield, London EC2Y
Courses in history, archaeology and creative writing... More
Rainbow Language in Business
London > Education > Language Courses
Gate House, St John's Square, Smithfield, London EC1M
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Smithfield Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near Smithfield.
Butchers' Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
87 Bartholomew Close, Barbican, Smithfield, London EC1A
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Haberdashers' Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
18 West Smithfield, Smithfield, London EC1A
Opened by the Queen in 2002 and designed by Sir Michael Hopkins and Partners Haberdashers' Hall was the first new livery hall in the Square Mile ... More
The Rookery
London > Business > Venue Hire
Peter's Lane, Cowcross Street, Smithfield, London EC1M
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