Is Blackfriars a nice place to live in?

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London from above

Wikipedia gives us the quick following overview of the area: “ Blackfriars is in central London, specifically the south-west corner of the City of London. “

Is the local life vibrant in Blackfriars

There’s always something going on in a vibrant area like Blackfriars. For ideas on activities, check Timeout which updates weekly on local events. We’re including a link to their Blackfriars listings to help you easily find stuff happening soon. A great way to get oriented in a new area is seeing what’s around and where. Our map gathers property price details and other info from this article to give you a snapshot of Blackfriars offerings.

The facilities you might need in Blackfriars

We have compiled for you a list of the different places you might want to check in Blackfriars name before moving in the neighbourhood.

In Blackfriars, what tube and train stations are nearby?

Most prefer transit within a 10-15 minute walk and if there aren’t public connections nearby then this could be something that takes down the price of property or can even deter people from moving in to Blackfriars entirely. Here is a table below so you can see where these connections are for yourself.

Train or tube station name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Blackfriars 179 Queen Victoria Street, London 4.5 440
Farringdon Farringdon Station, Cowcross Street, London 4.3 363
Waterloo East Sandell Street, London 4.2 152
Cannon Street Station Greater, Cannon Street, London 4.2 119
Cannon Street Underground Station Underground Ltd, Cannon Street, London 4.3 94
Blackfriars Underground Ltd, Blackfriars Road, London 4.4 131
St. Paul’s Cheapside, London 4.5 224
Mansion House Underground Ltd Station, Mansion House, 38 Cannon Street, London 4.1 58
Temple Underground Ltd, Temple Station, Victoria Embankment, London 4.1 103
Chancery Lane High Holborn, London 3.9 92
Southwark 68-70 Blackfriars Road, London 4.3 160

Medical institutions in Blackfriars

Blackfriars has 20 medical institutions. These include hospitals, doctors offices, pharmacies and other stores providing medical attention. Here are the details the nearby medical institutions (1000 radius of the area).

Medical institution Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
School of Health Sciences Queen Elizabeth II Wing, 2 Raymond Buildings, London N/A N/A
St Bartholomew’s Hospital West Smithfield, London 4.1 403
Bupa Health and Dental Centre Chancery Lane 123 Chancery Lane, London 3.7 23
MedicSpot Clinic Southwark 9 Upper Ground, London 4 4
Dr Catherine Sykes 1 Snow Hill, London 5 2
London Doctors Clinic Private GP 27 Queen Street Place, London 4.4 54
Body Shaping Clinic Ely Place, London N/A N/A
Community Outpatients Unit 132-136 Metal Box Factory, 30 Great Guildford Street, London 1 13
GP Link 31-35 Kirby Street, London N/A N/A
Roodlane Medical part of HCA Healthcare UK – Bank Clinic 80 Cheapside, London 2.6 12
Russell Square Quality Associates Ltd Ludgate House, 107-111 Fleet Street, London N/A N/A
Harpal Clinic 4 Burgon Street, London 4.7 116
Elizabeth Nugent Temple Chambers, 3-7 Temple Avenue, London N/A N/A
Cannabis Medical Hub 165 Fleet Street, London N/A N/A
Blue Plaque – Christ’s Hospital London 4.4 11
Ayurveda Clinic International House, 24 Holborn Viaduct, London 5 2
St Barts Staff Parking 5 Giltspur Street, London N/A N/A
Europeanbiz Healthcare 7 Bell Yard, London 5 1
Robin Brook Education Centre 19 Giltspur Street, London 5 1
CHGCapitalProjects 30 Cannon Street, London N/A N/A

Schools around Blackfriars

Having an educational institution close by is a great perk when moving. See the list below of schools located in the Blackfriars vicinity and how they relate to property prices.

School Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Nuffield Health City Fitness & Wellbeing Gym 4 Cousin Lane, London 3.6 127
City of London School 107 Queen Victoria Street, London 4.4 93
St Paul’s Cathedral School 2 New Change, London 4.4 45
London Guitar Institute 21 Fleet Street, London 4.9 43
SOB Transport Ltd 35-37 Ludgate Hill, London N/A N/A
Immerse Education Mermaid House, 2 Puddle Dock, London N/A N/A
Inspiring the Future Quantum House, 22-24 Red Lion Court, London N/A N/A
Inspiring Governance Quantum House, 22-24 Red Lion Court, London N/A N/A
Whatson 4 Schoolkids International House, 24 Holborn Viaduct, London N/A N/A
Glisten Training 24 Holborn Viaduct, London N/A N/A
Summer School 24 Holborn Viaduct, Chancery Lane, London N/A N/A
Livery Schools Link 8 Little Trinity Lane, London N/A N/A
Hucklow Summer School Essex Hall, 1-6 Essex Street, London N/A N/A
China Unbound 32 Blackfriars Road, London 5 55
TBS Buchanan House, 30 Holborn, London N/A N/A
Community Solutions for Primary Care Holdings 10 Furnival Street, London N/A N/A
English At Holme Ltd 28 Ely Place, London N/A N/A
LSE Department of Media and Communications Fawcett House, Houghton Street, London 5 1
LSE Summer School Houghton Street, London 4.5 11
MyFamily 7-11 Lavington Street, London N/A N/A

Post offices of Blackfriars

Nearby post offices simplify sending and getting packages. Blackfriars branches also offer services like money orders and insurance along with mail services. Here they are along with their proximity to the area.

Post Office Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Aldwych Post Office 95 Aldwych, London 4.1 188
Farringdon Road Post Office 39-41 Farringdon Road, London 3.3 259
Grays Inn Post Office (Ryman) 24-28 Grays Inn Road, London 4.5 113
Postbox 132 Queen Victoria Street, London 5 5
Royal Mail Box Falcon Point Falcon Point, London 0 0
Royal Mail Parcel Postbox City of London, London 0 0
Penfold post box London 4 2
Post box 86 Chancery Lane, London 0 0
Royal Mail Parcel Postbox 11 Hatton Garden, London 0 0

In the city of Blackfriars, what kind of things are there to do?

What makes the heart of Blackfriars? At Cozee we asked ourselves what would define the culture, the vibe of a given area. We have come up with the following elements so whether you are a foodie or a night bird, we got you covered. Check out the different restaurants, pubs and gyms that exist in Blackfriars to help you decide as to whether to move there or not.

Public houses of Blackfriars

Being Londoners ourselves, at Cozee, we hold a strong bond with our regular visits to the local pub every week. Why should your experience be any different in your new home? That’s why we’ve thoroughly tested and reviewed all the pubs in Blackfriars. While we didn’t get the chance to personally visit each one, we certainly wish we could have. Here’s the curated list of the finest pubs in Blackfriars.

Pub name Name Address Description
Black Friar 174 Queen Victoria Street Blackfriars EC4V 4EG Built in the 1875 but substantially altered in 1905 with the creation of the exquisite facade and specular interior in now a very rare Art Nouveau style. Friars in marble and brass carouse their way around the pubs interior and exterior and the grotto (dining area) is clad in matched Italian marble topped with Romanesque ceiling gold leaf. A sight to behold! A lively city pub welcoming office workers and tourists.
Albion 2-4 New Bridge Street London EC4V 6AA Acquired by Young’s from M&B and added to their ‘pub and dining’ chain after refurbishment. Bare floorboards,sofas, chandeliers etc. The pub had a cider only licence until c.1954 and was probably the last cider house in the City.
Cockpit 7 St Andrew’s Hill London EC4V 5BY Small pub on an old corner site, adapted from one of the Blackfriars Monastery’s gateways and most recently rebuilt about 1865. Its shape recreates that of a cockpit and fighting cock prints adorn the walls. (It was renamed the Three Castles in 1849 when cockfighting was prohibited, reverting in 1970.) Enter by the corner door to a drinking area with a curved bar up a few stairs; galleries above are inaccessible.
Rising Sun 61 Carter Lane London EC4V 5DY Traditional City pub, built in the 1820s. Was named the Hedgehog & Hogshead before reverting back. Not that big, mostly high stools and standing room around the central bar. Restaurant operated by “The Fat Bear” and function room upstairs.
Rudds 148 Queen Victoria Street London EC4V 4BY This pub has a medieval look with beams etc; the name commemorates a nearby castle; some of the remains can still be seen# built by Baynard# a mate of William the Conqueror. The pub has numerous levels and an upstairs games room (pool). A friendly place.
Samuel Pepys Stew Lane , 48 Upper Thames Street London EC4V 3PT The pub is in a 19th Century former Thameside tea warehouse only becoming a pub in the early 1970s. Entry is via a spiral staircase to the loft-style bar and restaurant which includes wooden floorboards, full height windows and exposed brickwork and spectacular river views. Fresh stone-baked pizzas are the speciality, along with pub classics and burgers. Taken over by Shepherd Neame reopened in July 2018.
Shaw’s Booksellers 31-34 St Andrews Hill London EC4V 5DE New unbadged Fullers pub and “eating house” opened early December 1997 in former paper mill premises used more recently as a film set for “Wings of a Dove” which includes a bookshop scene. Spartan in style with bare boards, wooden tables and chairs, wood panelled ceiling and fans, maroon and cream painted walls etc. Wine racks behind bar.
Three Cranes 28 Garlick Hill London EC4V 2BA Former Bass pub, It was an old-fashioned City boozer called the Hatchet, named after the Hatchet Trading Co. who were fur traders based nearby. Renamed after being sold by Greene King The pub was taken over by Harcourt Inns and reopened in December 2017. The ground floor is a pub with one real ale and the two floors above host a restaurant

Restaurants

Blackfriars has a range of different eateries. This is important for someone who is moving to an area who wants to be able to eat out and not cook every day. The below table gives you an overview of what options you have.

Restaurant Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Hyatt Regency London Blackfriars 19 New Bridge Street, London 4.3 1240
Premier Inn London Blackfriars (Fleet Street) hotel 1-2 Dorset Rise, London 4.3 2413
Mercure London Bridge 71-79 Southwark Street, London 4.3 1440
Premier Inn London Southwark (Bankside) hotel 34 Bankside, Park Street, London 4.3 497
The Mad Hatter Hotel, Southwark 3-7 Stamford Street, London 4.3 1337
OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie Barge House Street, London 4.3 4326
Premier Inn London Southwark (Tate Modern) hotel 15 Great Suffolk Street, London 4.3 857
Novotel London Bridge 53-61 Southwark Bridge Road, London 4.3 2343
Gaucho Chancery Lane 125 Chancery Lane, London 4.3 754
Swan London 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London 4.3 3048
The Table Café 83 Southwark Street, London 4.3 1988
Madison Rooftop Terrace One, New Change, London 4.3 8885
The Refinery 110 Southwark Street, London 4.3 1747
Club Gascon – French Michelin Starred Restaurant 57 West Smithfield, London 4.3 429
The Thirsty Bear 62 Stamford Street, London 4.3 1448
Bounce Farringdon 121 Holborn, London 4.3 3749
Goodman City 11 Old Jewry, London 4.3 1259
Ping Pong Bow Bells House Bow Bells House, 1 Bread Street, London 4.3 828
Paternoster Chop House 35 Old Bailey, London 4.3 1898
Manicomio City Restaurant 6 Gutter Lane, London 4.3 399

Gyms and leisure centre in the area of Blackfriars

Working from home means more gym time for many. With chains like EasyGym and PureGym, it’s easy to stay fit in Blackfriars.

Gym Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Nuffield Health City Fitness & Wellbeing Gym 4 Cousin Lane, London 4.3 127
CrossFit Central London 56, 57 Ewer Street, London 4.3 115
Gymbox Farringdon 12a Leather Lane, London 4.3 663
Virgin Active 200 Aldersgate Street, London 4.3 514
Fitness4Less Southwark 23-29 Great Suffolk Street, London 4.3 259
Fitness First 95 Queen Victoria Street, London 4.3 202
The Ring Boxing Club 70 Ewer Street, London 4.3 89
Colombo Centre 34-68 Colombo Street, London 4.3 173
Adrian’s Transilvania School of Krav Maga Bankside Health Club, 110 Southwark Street, London 4.3 1
PureGym London Waterloo 11-15 Brad Street, London 4.3 234
Anytime Fitness 1, priory court, Pilgrim Street, London 4.3 132
Prohab Performance 21 Ludgate Hill, London 4.3 2
Rena Health & Leisure 10 Godliman Street, London 4.3 117
Sweaty Betty Unit SU11, New Change, London 4.3 9
The Gym Group London Holborn Circus 1 Thavies Inn, Holborn Circus, London 4.3 263
Energy Yoga 4 Foster Lane, London 4.3 41
London City Physiotherapy Lower Ground, 63 Queen Victoria Street 4.3 28
Exerceo Colombo Centre, Colombo Street, London 4.3 38
PureGym 20 Little Britain, London 4.3 240
South Bank Yoga Colombo Street, London 4.3 N/A

Museums & Galleries nearby

The vitality of a region is shaped by its residents who live, work, and engage with one another. Exploring an area through art offers a fresh perspective. If you’re considering relocating to Blackfriars, we highly suggest exploring the local galleries, museums, and cultural establishments. These venues offer delightful experiences, especially on weekends.

Museum name Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Museum of London 150 London Wall, London 4.6 15338
Somerset House Strand, London 4.5 1477
Dr Johnson’s House 17 Gough Square, London 4.4 285
Hunterian Museum The Royal College of Surgeons of England 38, 43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London 4.7 740
The Clink Prison Museum 1 Clink Street, London 4.1 1900
Bankside Gallery 48 Hopton Street, London 4.5 247
Tate Community Garden Park Street, London 4.5 23
Guildhall Art Gallery Guildhall Yard, London 4.6 1400
London’s Roman Amphitheatre Guildhall Yard, London 4.6 338
The Courtauld Gallery Somerset House, Strand, London 4.7 1516
Wellington Temple Stairs, Victoria Embankment, London 4.3 45
Kirkaldy’s Testing Works 99 Southwark Street, London 4.7 59
The Courtauld Shop Somerset House, Courtauld Institute of Art, Strand, London 4.4 72
St Bartholomew’s Hospital Museum NB this is NOT Barts Pathology Museum, North Wing, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, West Smithfield, London 4.5 82
JKComputersUKAfrica 6 Friar Street, London N/A N/A
St. Anne Blackfriars 5 Friar Street, London N/A N/A
Blackfriars Rotunda 2 Blackfriars Road, Greater, Blackfriars, London N/A N/A
National Submarine War Memorial 8 Victoria Embankment, London 4.5 56
Oldest London Plane Tree In London 130 Wood Street, London 5 3
Barts Heritage St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, West Smithfield, London 4.7 7

Are there a lot of supermarkets in Blackfriars?

Finally we wouldn’t like to let you down on where to do your grocery shopping in Blackfriars. Although solutions like Ocado, Amazon or other delivery services can be a great replacement, knowing if a grocery store is nearby the place you are about to live in is a big plus. Please find below the grocery stores in Blackfriars.

We weren’t able to find any supermarket in this area. If we were wrong, tell us in the comments the name and address of your local supermarket or grocery store. We’ll amend this page

Parks and green spaces in Blackfriars

One of London’s greatest features are the large green spaces that cover the surface of the city. Check below if Blackfriars is a good fit for you. Be it for a simple walk or for a casual summer picnic.

Park Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Postman’s Park King Edward Street, London 4.6 1142
Carter Lane Gardens Saint Paul’s Churchyard, London 4.4 101
Cleary Garden Queen Victoria Street, London 4.4 99
Elm Court 1 Pump Court, London 4.3 6
Festival Gardens Saint Paul’s Churchyard, London 4.6 183
Tate Community Garden Park Street, London 4.5 23
Smithfield Rotunda Garden West Smithfield, London 4.2 103
Whittington Gardens London 4.3 95
St Mary Staining Oat Lane, London 4.5 4
St Pancras Church Garden Pancras Lane, London 4.6 9
Bernie Spain Gardens South Bank, London 4.4 488
Middle Temple Gardens 3 Middle Temple Lane, Temple, London 4.7 82
Christchurch Greyfriars Church Garden King Edward Street, London 4.6 184
St Ann Blackfriars, Ireland Yard London 4.4 5
Playhouse yard 75 Carter Lane, London N/A N/A
St Ann Blackfriars Church Entry London N/A N/A
Inner Temple Gardens London 4.7 153
Rennie Garden Blackfriars Road, London 4.2 5
Distaff Lane Garden Distaff Lane, London 4.7 6
Living Wall – New Street Square 6 East Harding Street, London 5 3

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What do you think about Blackfriars?

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