Spitalfields City Farm

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Spitalfields City Farm

Wander just a few minutes from the hustle and bustle of Brick Lane and you'll find the urban oasis that is Spitalfields City Farm. Built in a former railway goods depot, it's home to many rare breeds of animals (and plenty of familiar ones, too): stop by and visit characters such as Bayleaf the donkey and Hamish the goat, or pick your own veg. The farm also reaches out to local residents with projects like the ‘Coriander Club’ for older Bangladeshi women, free cookery classes, kids' activity classes, a farm shop and gardens growing produce and herbs. A new café was introduced in 2015, running on selected days in the summer and on weekends in winter. 

The farm hosts many events during the year – look out for craft markets and supperclubs in the summer. And make sure not to miss the highlight of their calendar, the Oxford v. Cambridge Goat Race.

Venue name: Spitalfields City Farm
Address: Buxton St
E1 5AR
Opening hours: 10am-4.30pm Tue-Sun
Transport: Tube: Aldgate East/Liverpool St. Overground: Shoreditch High St
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Louise F

It's a green oasis in the middle of the city and a great community resource for everyone to use. Love all the animals too!

Sarah M

The only place in London you can ride donkeys, race goats, challenge yourself to eat the hottest chilli possible and sunbath in a flower garden all in one visit. Only two minutes from Brick Lane, it feels like another world. Theres plenty of volunteer opportunities for those who want to get further involved too.

Lisa H

Simply the most peaceful place in the whole of London with the friendliest staff and wonderful animals

Louise H

This is a great little place and I would highly recommend it! Free, and easy to pop into if you're in the Brick Lane area, with a delightful array of animals (we particularly enjoyed petting the goats and pigs), fresh produce on sale and an adorable cafe. It would be the ideal place for an unusual date or just to briefly feel like you've escaped the hectic pace of London life and chill with the animals. 


Out of all London's city farms, Spitalfields is the one I just keep on going back to! There's something about its informality and friendliness that makes it so welcoming as the perfect escape. Being someone who grew up close to the countryside I often just long for a rural retreat at weekends, and whilst if you're from somewhere like that this isn't quite a 'breath of fresh air' it is certainly the closest thing I'm going to get in central London. Spitalfields City Farm is home to quite a selection of farm animals (my favourite are definitely the goats!!!) and they also host some great events throughout the year. If you're a regular at Brick Lane's Sunday liveliness, just take the slip off down Buxton Street on your right... you would not believe that this exists just minutes walk from 'The City'!