Ten Bells

Bars and pubs Spitalfields
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This longstanding Commercial Street pub remains a popular Spitalfields haunt. It's an attractive stripped-back boozer with a party feel – live music, quiz nights and DJ sets draw the crowds. The pub's original tiling is still in place, and beautiful.

Craft beer is a strong suit here. Alongside drops such as Camden Hells and Camden Pale Ale there's the Ten Bells' own session lager, Belllend. Freud would have had a field day. Food features too, with Scotch eggs, brunch items, bar snacks and other simple bits and bobs on offer. 

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Ten Bells says
Expect all walks of life in this bustling, classic boozer at any time of the day or night. Beyond the Listed tile work and villainous history lies a solid and well respected pub with an excellent range of quality beers and a well selected wine list.
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Venue name: Ten Bells
Address: 84 Commercial Street
E1 6LY
Opening hours: Open noon-midnight Mon-Wed, Sun; noon-1am Thur-Sat
Transport: Tube: Liverpool Street tube/rail or Shoreditch High Street rail
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Adrian H

I happened across this Spitalfields pub whilst visiting the area for a TimeOut event. Although very busy we were quickly served and found a spot to stand outside. Later in the evening we returned and the pub was playing classic 90s indie and rock tunes, with some 60s and 70s thrown in for good measure. 

The drinks were very reasonably priced and they have a good range of unique cocktails, such as slow gin with bitter lemon. 

The only downside was the toilets. A smelly basement affair with graffitied walls and low ceilings and no redeeming features. A spruce up of this area would make it a 5* establishment.

john C

Having been a customer of the 10 Bells for around 20 years as I lived locally, we visited on Saturday 2/1/2016 around 1pm having just taken my 13 yr old son to the Jack the ripper museum so could not miss a visit as 10 Bells as it is part of the history. Upon walking into the pub, be we rudely stopped by the manager stating " No. no children" shocked as his not only impolite but almost discussed attitude, I suggested that we sat outside to which he reluctantly agreed. On ordering my drinks (2 x G&T's and 2x orange juice) he once again displayed immense venom in declining the soft drinks as they were for my children. Having personally owned and run several bars/restaurants in London I'm aware of the need for good staff and the person currently managing this establishment will kill the footfall due to his unmannered approach to customers. I'm very aware of the licensing laws so appreciate that each licensed premises carries its own stipulations, but to be spoken too in such an impertinent manor is NOT acceptable. I will not only be informing all my friends whom live close, not to entertain there usual evening city drinks here, but advise all people contemplating a visit not to, as all the original features of this pub that made it so special have since been ripped out. Spitalfields and Shoreditch have so many wonderful places to enjoy food and drink just miss this one out.