The Minories is a very atmospheric venue, set beneath railway arches on the eastern edge of the
City of London (click the postcode above for a map).
The venue is of course non-smoking internally, but includes a large, partially covered outdoor seating area.
Travel and Accommodation
Transport links are excellent - the venue is close to several stations - tube (Aldgate, Aldgate East and Tower Hill),
DLR (Tower Gateway), and national rail (Fenchurch Street).
Night buses include the N15, which runs from Tower Hill into the central hub at Trafalgar Square,
and several others running from Aldgate, a short walk away.
There is a 24 hour secure car park very close to the venue (entrance in Mansell Street, near the junction with
Shorter Street - simply follow the road past The Minories and around to the right). The overnight rate is £2.
For those needing overnight accomodation, there is a Tower Bridge Travelodge next door to the venue.
However, you may find Aldgate East Travelodge, 200m away in Chamber Street, significantly cheaper.
Another nearby option is Tower Hill Premier Inn, approximately 100m from the Minories, in Prescot Street.
Origins of the Name
Minories is a 13th century word relating to the nuns of the Order of Saint Clare. According to the
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (under Clare, Order of Saint): "A religious order of women founded
in 1212, the second that St Francis instituted. The name derives from their first abbess, Clare of Assisi.
The nuns are also called Clarisses, Poor Clares, Minoresses, or nuns of the Order of Saint Francis."
Originally from the Friars Minor founded by St Francis of Assisi in 1209.