The Ten Bells pub in Spitalfields is historic for the wrong reasons. In recent decades it was tastelessly renamed The Jack the Ripper, which further cemented its place in history as the pub patronised by many of the serial murderer’s victims. One of the five unfortunates – Mary Kelly – used to stand outside the Ten Bells to attract business.
In the last decade, in line with the resurgence of much of Spitalfields, the Ten Bells has become a trendy watering hole. A months-long pop-up by the ‘Young Turks’ – originally three chefs who collaborated on sell-out, pop-up dining projects around London – generated a lot of interest, which has resulted is some of them staying on.
The new menu is a la carte, but is much in the same vein as the Young Turks was, albeit with a changed kitchen brigade. A new set lunch menu was launched in February 2013.