I have always had a fondness for Clerkenwell and for good reason too – there’s so much history here. St John’s Gate was originally the entrance to the Knights of St John, a monastic order set up during the Crusades to care for the ill on their travels to the Holy Land. They were known as the ‘Hospitallers’ but were disbanded by Henry VIII in the 16th Century during the reformation. Their good work continues to this day with the Order of St John, providing volunteer First Aid throughout the world.
Just across Clerkenwell Road, is St John’s Square, an attractive and peaceful square with restaurants and cafes. It’s also home to the Priory Church with its tranquil herb gardens and 12th Century Crypt.