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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.

 

Old, faded advertising slogans painted on buildings are an evocative feature of Clerkenwell and offer a glimpse into EC1’s commercial past. Here’s our guided tour of half a dozen of our local ‘ghost signs.’

 

The Farmiloe Building came alive with Clerkenwell Design Week. Our columnist bids a fond farewell to the event space and film set

 

Below we outline some of the slang to describe London fog over the years, that has made it into our modern day vocabulary. Pea Soup anyone?

 

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