The cobbled streets of Clerkenwell

Although renowned as a creative hub in London, the area of Clerkenwell is a village within the mammoth capital. It's cobbled streets, bijou bars and quirky shops give it a unique character and relaxed atmosphere that you'll find in few places in the city, nor beyond.

Head to St John's Square for upmarket cocktails and swanky bites, or for something a little more budget-friendly, Smithfield Market where you can eat like a king on just a few pounds.

Dine in the dark

Clerkenwell is famous as a hive of culinary offerings, and that's probably why the founders of Diner Dans le Noir chose the area for their concept restaurant. Here you'll have a "unique sensory experience", as you eat your dinner in complete darkness, served upon by waiters, or "guides", who wear night vision goggles.

The experience aims to heighten your other senses... and perhaps the common sense is to take a bib.

Explore London's Italian Quarter

With St Peters Italian Church as its nucleus, the area around Clerkenwell Road, Farringdon Road and Rosebery Avenue are known as Little Italy because of its growing population of working-class Italians in the 18th Century.

Planning a trip to Clerkenwell? Travelodge London Central Covent Garden Hotel is just a mile away, or Travelodge London Central Euston Hotel is ljust a 10-minute drive.