Area Guide

City Area Guide

Pure City is situated in Barbican and is within walking distance to the centre of the London’s financial district. Famed for its multiculturalism, the area serves as the urban backdrop to some of the more fashionable and bohemian parts of the East End. Filled with a variety of cool local coffee shops, pubs and restaurants, it’s certain that there is something for everyone and none of it will be too far away.

To get you familiar with your new local neighbourhood and its’ surroundings, we’ve put together this handy guidebook to give you some key travel information, local hotspots and tips on living in London.


Exmouth Market (Around 10 minutes’ walk from Pure City)

A refreshing antidote to the chain stores and restaurants of the high street, Exmouth market is the place to go for inspiring food, drink, and shopping. With lights strewn overhead and peppered with food stalls, this area is picturesque and a great place for a stroll. Be sure to get there early as things tend to sell out!

Brick Lane (15 minutes by bus 55 to Hackney Road)

A microcosm of London’s shifting ethnic patterns, the area itself is now extremely popular with London’s edgy and artistic crowd, here you will find galleries, restaurants, markets and festivals throughout the year. Brick Lane is also known for its many authentic curry restaurants, although do your research before you visit as there can be great variation in quality.

The Old Truman Brewery (15 minutes by bus 55 to Hackney Road)

91 Brick Lane houses a vibrant market where up-and-coming designers set up shop every Sunday selling a unique variety of clothes, handbags and jewellery. There are also vintage clothing stores and chic boutiques dotted around the area along with many creative businesses, helping to give the area a unique forward-thinking vibe. There are also a handful of bars and restaurants here, so it’s a perfect place to waste a few hours on an afternoon.


Queen of Hoxton (20 minute walk or catch the 55 or 153 bus)

Nestled between the northeast corner of London's main financial district and the bohemian nightlife of Shoreditch High Street, Queen of Hoxton offers a unique experience as a pub, club and everything in between.Expect to hear an eclectic mix of music played over two fun floors, with DJs playing on a cutting-edge disco/house tip on the weekends, while film nights, fringe theatre and food often take centre-stage during the week. Their huge rooftop bar is one of the best in London– with an enormous wigwam set up during the winter months or as a great place to watch the sun fade away in the summer.

XOYO (15 minute walk or catch the 55 bus to old street)

This two-room venue located close to the Old Street roundabout taps into the heart of the London live music scene. The basement floor, which also has a stage, has a larger capacity, while the upstairs bar (also known as The Shoreditch Butchery) works as a good second room. Featuring everyone from international headliners to unearthed local discoveries, XOYO is a regular haunt for those who live and breathe live music.

Fabric (10 minute walk)

Located of Charterhouse Street opposite Smithfield Market, Fabric is a leading light on the London club scene and is world renowned for its forward thinking music policy and energetic crowd. Featuring three rooms and a bodysonic dancefloor in the main room (the dancefloor vibrates to the music), the club attractsthe crème de la crèmeof underground music stars over its three main club nights. Friday nights (FabricLive) is base music orientated, Saturdays cater for house and techno, whilst Sundays also cater for house and techno.

1920 Bar (4 minute walk)

Located just a few minutes’ walk from Pure City on Great Sutton Street, the 1920 Bar is a fun and buzzing place that looks a bit like a 70s New York Pool House. Expect to find four full sized Americanpool tables on offer and an extensive range of cocktails available to enjoy whilst you shoot some pool. They also offer a range of American inspired foods and claim to make the “greatest burger in London”, a bold claim we think considering the wide range of excellent burgers on offer in London, however worth a try to find out!


Fish Central (5 minute walk)

There is no other meal more quintessentially British that Fish and Chips however believe it or not, finding a good one in London is more of a challenge than you would think. Fear not, Fish Central have been serving Fish and Chips for over 40 years and as such are experts at what they do. Although the focus is on fish here, there is also a range of other options available on the menu, all of which are expertly prepared by someone who really knows what they are doing.

Pho Cafe (6 minute walk)

Vietnam’s national dish of noodles in soup is what this mini-chain restaurant concentrates on. Whilst the prices are cheap and the décor is fairly simple, you can expect to find good quality vibrant broths, bursting with the authentic flavours of the far-east. Unlike many Vietnamese restaurants that have virtually every national dish on the menu, Pho Café serves only a select menu, incorporating its selection of soup, bun (vermicelli with stir-fried toppings), goi (salads) & the ever-popular spring & summer rolls.

Sushi Tetsu (6 minute walk)

A traditional Sushi bar run by a husband and wife team, this place is a hidden gem that is well worth the trouble it takes to get a booking. The restaurant is tiny only seating 7 people, however in Japan it is considered a great honour to be seated in front of the Chef, which is exactly where you sit in this place. The food on offer is of the highest quality and it is a pleasure to watch each individual nigiri or sashimi being prepared with such skill and passion. It tastes fantastic too!

The Clerkenwell Kitchen (9 minute walk)

This café is a place where the quality of the produce really matters. Expect to find locally sourced, organic and free range food on offer and a constantly changing menu that seems to explore the culinary delights of a wide range of countries. The food on offer is expertly cooked and varied enough to suit most pallets.The takeaway option makes it anideal spot for some lunch, however the prices are a little higher than average, but as we all know, quality costs more.

Getting around

By Tube: Pure City is located only 6 minutes’ walk from Barbican tube station and is served by the Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan and Circle lines. Angel tube station is also within walking distance, giving you access to the Northern Line

By Bus: The main bus routes on the Goswell Road are route number 4 &56, these will take you northbound towards Angel and Islington, or Southbound towards Waterloo or Saint Paul’s. The 55 & 243 will take you to and from nearby Old Street, the 153 also serves Barbican Station and the surrounding area.

There are several night buses that will take you to and from Old Street and West Shoreditch, including N35 an N55.

Cycling: While we have dedicated bicycle storage available on-site, for those that don’t have a bike, London’s bicycle hire scheme has a couple of docking stations close to Pure City. The first of these is onGoswell road, opposite our building (opposite the entrance to City University Gym on the other side of the road). Another docking station can be found on Central Street, up passed the Tesco Express.

Getting to the Universities: City University’s Northampton Square campus is approximately 6 minutes’walk away. Head North onGoswell Road, take a left onto Sebastian Street which will take you to the main entrance of the University.