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My Clerkenwell

An experienced theatrical agent, Alan Brodie represents writers, directors and composers, as well as the estates of famous names who wrote for the stage. He talks about the dramatic highlights of his career, as well as life and work in Clerkenwell.

 

A fashion and design journalist, Zoey Goto is also an Elvis Presley obsessive who’s written a book celebrating the style of The King. She talks about the enduring legacy of Elvis, sleeping in his bedroom and the EC1 impersonator.

 

Chris Smith, the former MP for Islington South and Finsbury, became a life peer in 2005 and was chairman of the Environment Agency until 2014. He talks to Andre Paine about life in EC1, his political legacy and Jeremy Corbyn.

 

International Magic on Clerkenwell Road is a compact shop with a big history in the art of illusion and sleight of hand. Andre Paine visits one of London’s last remaining specialists and learns a few tricks.

 

As the Charterhouse invites visitors to learn about its history, our columnist says our religious heritage is a precious part of the city...

 

The 26-year-old artist has autism and loves animals – everything from foxes in his street to more exotic creatures at London Zoo. He lives with his mum in north Clerkenwell.

 

Clerkenwell is, and always has been, a hand-engraving hub. Katie Treggiden learns about one of the area’s most intricate traditional crafts with the help of established EC1 engravers at the Goldsmiths’ Centre.

 

St James’s, Clerkenwell has a long history involving Benedictine nuns, the Smithfield martyrs and a princess. With this local landmark, built in 1792, being transformed into a Clerkenwell Design Week hotspot, vicar Andrew Baughen guides us around his church.

 

As a new book enlightens us on the history of night-walking in London, Andre Paine explores the nocturnal excursions of local authors – including Dickens and Dr Johnson – and Clerkenwell’s former place of detention for vagrants wandering our streets after dark.