Spitalfields area guide

Right between the City's new money and the charm of the East End, Spitalfields boasts the best of both worlds. Discover all the best things to do in the area

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Straddling the City and trendy Shoreditch, Spitalfields is an area that's been steadily gentrified over the last couple of decades. The historic Old Spitalfields Market now houses a number of chain restaurants and fancy fashion stories, as well as some quirkier boutiques and more unusual market stalls. But though Spitalfields is a tad grander than it once was, it hasn't surrendered its edge. Brick Lane remains London's go-to destination for curries and bagels, and there are some wonderful old-fashioned pubs to discover on the streets linking it to the market at one end and Whitechapel at the other. Overall, Spitalfields is a fascinating patch of London which surely has something for everyone.

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The best bits of Spitalfields

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17 reasons to go to Commercial Street, E1

This historic thoroughfare should probably have been named Spitalfields High Street.

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13 reasons to go to Brick Lane in Tower Hamlets, E1

An iconic London landmark with a strange, unique energy. 

Restaurants in Spitalfields

Hawksmoor Spitalfields
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Hawksmoor Spitalfields

A super-buzzy steakhouse. 

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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Poppies
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Poppies

Slick fish-and-chips in a kitsch British setting.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
St John Bread & Wine
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St John Bread & Wine

Clever British fare in a bright white space. 

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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Taberna do Mercado
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Taberna do Mercado

Portuguese restaurant serving updated classics.

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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Things to do in Spitalfields

Old Spitalfields Market
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Old Spitalfields Market

An East End stalwart which has been given a new lease of life.

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Dennis Severs’ House
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Dennis Severs’ House

This original Huguenot house has been decked out to recreate snapshots of life in Spitalfields between 1724 and 1914.

Users say
5 out of 5 stars

Bars in Spitalfields

Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town
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Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town

A 'secret' speakeasy serving craft beers and cocktails.

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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Grapeshots
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Grapeshots

Compact wine bar brimming with character.

Users say
4 out of 5 stars
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46 & Mercy
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46 & Mercy

A basement bar serving artisanal cocktails.  

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Blessing's
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Blessing's

A spacious wine bar, cocktail joint and café.

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
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Hotels in and near Spitalfields

Andaz Hotel

Andaz Hotel

A classy (and eco-friendly) hotel right by Liverpool Street station. 

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4 out of 5 stars
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Arbor City Hotel
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Arbor City Hotel

Boutique hotel at the south end of Brick Lane.

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Pubs in Spitalfields

Pride of Spitalfields
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Pride of Spitalfields

A modest and characterful drinking spot.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Water Poet
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Water Poet

Venue says: “Nothing like whiling away a Sunday in one of London's best beer gardens, with roasts from Ginger Pig and amazing drinks. Now taking bookings”

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4 out of 5 stars
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The Ten Bells
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The Ten Bells

Attractive, stripped-back boozer with a party feel.

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4 out of 5 stars
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The Golden Heart
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The Golden Heart

Nothing short of a local institution. 

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Users say
2 out of 5 stars
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The perfect weekend in Spitalfields

Browse: Old Spitalfields Market
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Browse: Old Spitalfields Market

Venue says: “This spring Old Spitalfields Market is launching a brand new series of after-school creative workshops and supper clubs for children.”

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4 out of 5 stars
Eat: Brick Lane Beigel Bake
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Eat: Brick Lane Beigel Bake

An East End institution well worth saving room for. 

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Drink: The Golden Heart
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Drink: The Golden Heart

A traditional pub with a legendary landlady. 

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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Explore: Whitechapel Gallery
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Explore: Whitechapel Gallery

A vibrant art-hub complete with a research centre, archives room and café. 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
3 out of 5 stars

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