Portal  

 
 
ADDRESS
88 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 4EH
 
 
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OPENING TIMES
Mon-Fri 12:00-15.00 & 18.00-22:15, Sat 18.00-22.15
 
PRICES
Main courses £15-£20
 

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PortalPortuguese cuisine is a rarity in London, aside from the guilty pleasures of popular chain Nandos. Certainly there is nothing in the city that can compare to Portal, where simple and distinctively Portuguese peasant and fishermen's fare is cooked with enviable flair. Service is cheerful and the food is as comforting and earthy as a Portuguese menu should be, soaked in olive oil and full of shimmering fresh fish. Though it is beautifully presented, the chefs at Portal have resisted the temptation to interfere with the basics, such as the salty intensity of Bacalhau, the sticky delights of custard tarts, the oily crunch of a hot sardine sandwich. A unique restaurant and one that has succeeded in modernising Mediterranean cuisine without sacrificing any of the qualities that make it worthwhile.

 

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Hoxton Overground Station
 
25 minutes walk
 
 
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3 minutes walk
 
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The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £175  37% off
49-50 St John's Square, EC1V | 1 minute from Portal
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   from £83  42% off
St John's Square 86-88 Clerkenwell Road, EC1M | 2 minutes from Portal
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
 
 
 
Thistle City Barbican Hotel
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel   from £48  22% off
Central Street, EC1V | 8 minutes from Portal
Near to the City, and convenient for the The Barbican arts centre and Moorfields Eye Hospital, this hotel is modern, clean and functional. Equipped with its ... More
 
 
 
 
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Sade Restaurant and Bar
London > Restaurants > Mediterranean restaurants
21 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 8 minutes from Portal
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Mirror Room
London > Restaurants > Mediterranean restaurants
252 High Holborn, Holborn, London WC1V | 15 minutes from Portal
Described as "the social hub of Rosewood London", the Mirror Room is one of two restaurants in the new hotel and is the fine dining option ... More
 
 
 
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Eyre Brothers Restaurant
London > Restaurants > Mediterranean restaurants
70 Leonard Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A | 16 minutes from Portal
An exciting and relatively new restaurant that has knocked the socks off the Shoreditch locals since it opened. They thought that their dodgy haircuts and heavy ... More
 
 
 
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London > Restaurants > South East Asian restaurants
86 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | Same location as Portal
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Luca
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
88 St John Street, EC1M | Same location as Portal
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Tinseltown
London > Restaurants > American restaurants
44 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 1 minute from Portal
24 hour dining at this tatty, friendly restaurant renowned for erratic service. The food is perfectly good and there's usually a good atmosphere late at night. ... More
 
 
 
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London > Events > Comedy  Dates: Thursday 25th May and Thursday 22nd June 2017 - 7.30pm
Portal, 56 Farringdon Road, EC1R | 5 minutes from Portal
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London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 19th May to 14th July 2017 - 11am-4.30pm
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London > Entertainment > Live Music
113-117 Farringdon Road, EC1R | 5 minutes from Portal
Housed in an intimately lit Victorian warehouse, The Piano Works is a non-stop live music venue that presents soul, funk, R&B and ... More
 
 
 
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Theatre Delicatessen
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Guardian House, 119 Farringdon Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 6 minutes from Portal
Taking over the old Guardian building in Farringdon and filling it with rehearsal rooms and performance spaces, Theatre Delicatessen not only takes an entrepreneurial approach to ... More
 
 
 
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London > Entertainment > Theatres
Guardian House, 119 Farringdon Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 6 minutes from Portal
Taking over the old Guardian building in Farringdon and filling it with rehearsal rooms and performance spaces, Theatre Delicatessen not only takes an entrepreneurial approach to ... More
 
 
 
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The Werkstatt
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
7-9 Woodbridge Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 4 minutes from Portal
The Werkstatt - meaning workshop in German - is a workshop for international designers and architects to meet, be inspired, play and create. A showcase for ... More
 
 
 
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St Bartholomew the Great
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
West Smithfield, Clerkenwell, London EC1A | 4 minutes from Portal
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
 
 
 
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House of Detention
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Sans Walk, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 4 minutes from Portal
The House of Detention gets its name from its former purpose - as a prison - and there has been a prison on this site since ... More
 
 
 
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Farm Collective
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
91 Cowcross Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 3 minutes from Portal
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
 
 
 
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Lesley Craze Gallery
London > Shopping > Jewellery
34 Clerkenwell Green, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 4 minutes from Portal
Lesley Craze houses contemporary pieces of jewellery design in an interesting gallery shop. A range of materials is used, including both precious and semi-precious metals, and ... More
 
 
 
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Smithfield Market
London > Shopping > Markets
West Smithfield, Clerkenwell, London EC1A | 4 minutes from Portal
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
 
 
 
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B&H Kitchen
London > Education > Cookery Courses
Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, 42 Northampton Road, EC1R | 7 minutes from Portal
Featuring six catering stations, a demonstration bench and a communal dining table, B&H Kitchen , the cookery school from Bourne & Hollingsworth Group, guides Londoners ... More
 
 
 
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LSO St Luke's
London > Education > Professional Training
161 Old Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V | 8 minutes from Portal
This gorgeous 18th century Grade I listed Hawksmoor church is one of a number of London churches which has, in recent years, been converted into a ... More
 
 
 
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London Wine Academy
London > Education > Evening Classes
Garden Floor, 6 Coldbath Square, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 8 minutes from Portal
One day workshops, offering a friendly no-nonsense approach to teaching about wine, suitable for everyone from beginners to experts. Courses take place at the following venues: Atlas PH, ... More
 
 
 
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London > Leisure > Golf
12 Smithfield Street, City, London EC1A | 6 minutes from Portal
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London Dance Academy
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The Basement, 49-51 Central Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V | 6 minutes from Portal
London Dance Academy is a dance studio in the middle of the City, five minutes' walk from Old Street and Barbican, which offers dance classes and ... More
 
 
 
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Spa Fields Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 7 minutes from Portal
A busy park in Islington beside the Three Corners Centre youth centre and Adventure Playground, the 2.02 acre Spa Fields include a children's playground, tarmac ... More
 
 
 
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Jerusalem Tavern
London > Nightlife > Pubs
55 Britton Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 2 minutes from Portal
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
 
 
 
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Fox & Anchor
London > Nightlife > Pubs
115 Charterhouse Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 2 minutes from Portal
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
 
 
 
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The Hat & Feathers
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
2 Clerkenwell Road, Clerkenwell, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 3 minutes from Portal
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The Longroom
London > Nightlife > Bars
18-20 St. John Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 2 minutes from Portal
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
 
 
 
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Vinoteca
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
7 St John Street, Clerkenwell, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 3 minutes from Portal
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
 
 
 
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7 Tales
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"Restaurateurs the world over could learn a thing or two from Jason Atherton when it comes to what makes a great restaurant bar," says ... More
 
 
 
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Museum of the Order of St John
London > Business > Venue Hire
St. Johns Gate, 26 St. John's Lane, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 1 minute from Portal
The Museum of the Order of St John tells the story of the St John's Ambulance from within a 16th century gatehouse which was formerly the ... More
 
 
 
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The Rookery
London > Business > Venue Hire
Peter's Lane, Cowcross Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 3 minutes from Portal
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Crypt on the Green
London > Business > Venue Hire
Clerkenwell Close, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 3 minutes from Portal
The Crypt on the Green, underneath St James Church in Clerkenwell, is on the site of the first nunnery to be built in London dating back ... More
 
 
 
 

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Mathematics Can You Make You Fly' by Dr Carola-Bibiane Schonlieb
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Exhibitions | Until 27th May 2017 

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An exhibition of the work of the renowned Textile Artist, the late Gilda Baron. The work exhibited shows her distinctive ...More

The Japanese House: Architecture and Life After 1945
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Barbican Centre 7 minutes walk from Portal

In 2017, the Barbican hosts the first major UK exhibition on Japanese domestic architecture from the end of the Second ...More

 
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Museum of London 7 minutes walk from Portal

Blast Theory present a series of newly commissioned short films in this interactive exhibition....More

Lady Lucy: Portraits for Services, Gifts and Favours
Exhibitions | Until 24th September 2017 

Museum of London 7 minutes walk from Portal

A participatory art project, asking members of the public to offer a service, gift or favour to another museum visitor ...More

LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists
Concerts | On 23rd May 2017 

Barbican Centre 7 minutes walk from Portal

Senior musicians from the Guildhall School take to the Barbican stage before LSO concerts with free performances of complementary repertoire....More

London Symphony Orchestra: Mahler Symphony No 9
Concerts | On 23rd May 2017 

Barbican Centre 7 minutes walk from Portal

The commanding presence of Bernard Haitink on the podium combines with London's Symphony Orchestra for a performance of this powerful ...More

Picture This: The Music Photography Of Sheila Rock
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View the legendary photographer's work from Barenboim to U2 and from Rattle to Siouxsie Sioux....More

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Guildhall Art Gallery 9 minutes walk from Portal

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