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.