Karl Marx Memorial Library
St John’s Gate
This surprisingly out-of-place medieval gate cutting across St John’s Lane is no modern folly, but the real deal. During the 12th...
Museum of the Order of St John
Down-to-earth and welcoming pub, attracting a friendly bunch of relaxed locals for its quirky decor, great music and good times.
Dans le Noir
If you've ever felt in the dark about food, eating in the pitch black might suit you. A visually impaired waiter guides you to your...
Karl Marx Memorial Library information
Lonely Planet review
Clerkenwell has quite a radical history. An area of Victorian-era slums (the so-called Rookery), it was settled by mainly Italian immigrants in the 19th century. Modern Italy’s founding father, Garibaldi, dropped by in 1836. During his European exile, Lenin edited 17 editions of the Russian-language Bolshevik newspaper Iskra (Spark) from here in 1902–03, while he lived in nearby Finsbury. Copies of the newspaper have been preserved in today’s library, along with a host of other socialist literature. Nonmembers are free to look around between 1pm and 2pm.