We'll be building up a list of places of interest local to The Bowler Pub and Kitchen that registered users can rate. This will help visitors to the area find the best places to go and might even provide some inspiration for us locals too. If you want more information on any of these, why not pop in and see us - we might have some further literature, advice or even discount tickets for some of them.
Barbican Centre The Barbican Estate is a residential estate built during the 1960s and the 1970s in the City of London, in an area once devastated by World War II bombings and today densely populated by financial institutions. It contains the Barbican Arts Centre, the Museum of London, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Barbican public library, the City of London School for Girls, forming the Barbican Complex. The Barbican Complex is a prominent example of British brutalist architecture and is Grade II listed as a whole with the exception of the late Milton Court. Milton Court once contained a fire station, medical facilities and some flats and was demolished to allow the construction of a new apartment complex which also contains additional facilities for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Theatre The Barbican Centre is a performing arts centre in the City of London, England, and is the largest of its type in Europe. The Centre hosts classical and contemporary music concerts, theatre performances, film screenings and art exhibitions. Wikipedia Address: Barbican Centre, Silk St, London, Greater London EC2Y 8DS Opened: 1982 Architectural style: Brutalist architecture Phone: 020 7628 3351 Owner: City of London
Clerkenwell Historic Trail
Clerkenwell & Islington Guides Association
Discover the secrets of Clerkenwell and Islington . . .
. . . on guided walking tours in hidden and historic London.
Enjoy a walk with one of the Mayor of Islington’s official guides. The Clerkenwell & Islington Guides Association offers regular weekly guided walks in this unique area ideal for both visitors and residents.
Day Walk Area Starts Wednesdays at 11:00 & Saturdays at 14:00 Radicals, religion and rivers Clerkenwell Farringdon Tube Sundays at 11:00 Murders, monasteries and martyrs Smithfield Barbican Tube Sundays at 14:00 The Angel's delights Islington Angel Tube
Adults £6.00 / Concessions £5.00 / Accompanied children under 14 free
Walks are conducted throughout the year, except for Christmas Day, regardless of the weather. Each walk lasts one and a half to two hours.
The London borough of Islington, on the doorstep of the City of London, presents a fascinating picture of historic and contemporary London. Its streets are studded with markets, theatres and fine architecture. Shakespeare and Dickens feature large in its history, along with Pepys, Lenin and Joey the clown . . .
Special walks are available on request – ask about the John Wesley historic walk, Criminal Islington, Beguiling Barnsbury or Four Theatres and a River walks.
- William Hogarth (1697-1764) when young lived in St John's Gate where his Father ran a Coffee Shop that specialised in Latin
Other places of Interest
oIslington Local History Centre
oMuseum of The Order of St John
House of Detention
infamous, potently atmospheric and cavernous, there has been a prison on the site of the clerkenwell house of detention since 1617. the current vaults date from the victorian prison of 1845. an extraordinary period location and victorian location for events, filming and music videos, stills and more. an event venue your guests are unlikely to forget and a buried treasure of rare period architecture, eerie victorian atmosphere and pure cinematic potential as a film location, photo shoot location or fashion show venue.
Sadlers Well's Theatre
Sadler's Wells Theatre is a performing arts venue located in Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell in the London Borough of Islington. The present day theatre is the sixth on the site since 1683. It consists of two performance spaces: a 1,500 seat main auditorium and the Lilian Baylis Studio, with extensive rehearsal rooms and technical facilities also housed within the site. Sadler's Wells is one of the United Kingdom's foremost dance venues and producing houses, with a number of associated artists and companies who produce original works for the theatre. Sadler's Wells is also responsible for the management of the Peacock Theatre in the West End.
St Pauls Cathedral
St Pauls Cathedral St Paul''s Cathedral, London, is a Church of England cathedral, the seat of the Bishop of London and mother church of the Diocese of London. It sits at the top of Ludgate Hill, the highest point in the City of London. Its dedication to Paul the Apostle dates back to the original church on this site, founded in AD 604. The present church, dating from the late 17th century, was designed in the English Baroque style by Sir Christopher Wren. Its construction, completed within Wren''s lifetime, was part of a major rebuilding program which took place in the city after the Great Fire of London. The cathedral is one of the most famous and most recognisable sights of London, with its dome, framed by the spires of Wren''s City churches, dominating the skyline for 300 years. At 365 feet (111 m) high, it was the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1962, and its dome is also among the highest in the world. In terms of area, St Paul''s is the second largest church building in the United Kingdom after Liverpool Cathedral. St Paul''s Cathedral occupies a significant place in the national identity of the English population. It is the central subject of much promotional material, as well as postcard images of the dome standing tall, surrounded by the smoke and fire of the Blitz. Important services held at St Paul''s include the funerals of Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington, Sir Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher; Jubilee celebrations for Queen Victoria; peace services marking the end of the First and Second World Wars; the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer, the launch of the Festival of Britain and the thanksgiving services for the Golden Jubilee, the 80th Birthday and the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II. St Paul''s Cathedral is a busy working church, with hourly prayer and daily services