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The Ten Bells

Bars and pubs Spitalfields
4 out of 5 stars
(9user reviews)

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

Craft beer is a strong suit here, with drops including Camden Hells and Camden Pale Ale. Food features too, with Scotch eggs, bar snacks and Italian small plates in the upstairs bar.

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The Ten Bells says
Smack-bang in the middle of Spitalfields lies the institution that is The Ten Bells. Expect all walks of life in this bustling 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, proper wines and a well curated spirits menu with a healthy selection of gin. If you can find the back staircase, wind your way up to our candle lit upstairs bar and cosy down in our Wild Turkey Den whilst indulging in a carefully curated menu of Old Fashioneds & classic bourbon cocktails. If you're a quizzer book your table for our weekly Tuesday night quiz. Planning a party, get in touch to discover our beautiful event spaces!
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Venue name: The Ten Bells
Address: 84 Commercial Street
E1 6LY
Opening hours: Sun-Wed 12pm-12am, Thu-Sat 12pm-1am
Transport: Tube: Liverpool Street tube/rail or Shoreditch High Street rail
Price: Free
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Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

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Ten Bells is one of those guilty pleasures. You go for the atmosphere. You go for the bonkers things written in the loos. You go because it has history with Jack the Ripper. It is an olde world experience which always delivers. Grab yourself a drink and try and find a seat. Or just embrace the outdoor streets and be a proper Londoner.

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Recently had my 50th Birthday in the upstairs bar. Bar staff were great and very attentive. Good PA for our DJ to play thru' and a 1.00 a.m finish.Top night with a great atmosphere in one of London most historic pubs, Jack the ripper and all that. Defiantly worth a visit, if your not hiring then downstairs for a pint or two.

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The Ten Bells is located on Commercial Street and is a traditional pub stretching over 3 floors, serving beers, ales, wines and cocktails. On a Wednesday evening there was a nice buzz as they were fairly busy and the nice weather meant people were spilling out on to the pavement. There was one table for 2 which we grabbed while one of us waited in the queue to be served. The service is prettttty slow however when we finally got served the lady was really friendly. I went for their homemade earl grey gin with tonic which was very refreshing and added a nice touch that it wasn't your usual Gordon's. The ale choice on tap is limited and costs just under £5.

The place isn't anything special, with a rustic decor but is not offensive either. I'll be back for a weekend drink when in the area.

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We popped in for a quick drink on Bank Holiday Monday and ended up staying for 6 hours....I am not entirely sure how that even happened!  We started off upstairs which was great and we managed to get a table for us even though we were a large group.  Perhaps people were unaware of upstairs as downstairs was rammed! Drinks were reasonably priced, we were served quickly every time and every member of staff we came across was really friendly.  I don't think you can ask for much more than that from a pub!  Will definitely be back again if in the area! 

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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.


Maybe it's just that I haven't been on a proper pub night in forever, but the Ten Bells is the place to go for it for sure. Large crowds standing inside and outside, holding drinks, yelling over loud music and constant bumps from left and right as people try to get to and from the bar (there's no place to stand where you're not in the way) - ahhh... feels like being back at uni.

In all seriousness, the Ten Bells delivers a proper pub experience. Something for everyone. Also it's worth checking in on Facebook, because, you know, you're in a (technically) historical pub.

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.

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without fail, there is a large crowd standing, drinking and making merry outside. This is a very recognizable pub on Commercial Street. It's a great place to meet people at but not to linger.

Serivice upstairs or down is slow and almost non existent.

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Great shorty cocktails upstairs. Relaxed vibe. Needs more marmite.