London area of Spitalfields guide

What to do and where to stay in London's Spitalfields neighbourhood

No area showcases London's vibrant diversity and combination of the ancient and the modern as much as Spitalfields. To the east, the huge influx of Bangladeshi immigrants has made Brick Lane the curry capital of the world, while to the west, the urban regeneration of the Bishopsgate area has seen towering office blocks rise and the City grow at a staggering pace. Then in the centre of all this you have the regenerated Old Spitalfields Market, surrounded by cobbled streets with boutiques, cafes, pubs and other spin-off markets. Still standing is the Nicholas Hawksmoor-designed Christ Church, Spitalfields, a beacon in what was once one of London's worst criminal slums. This was the playground of serial killer Jack the Ripper who slayed a number of local prostitutes, culminating in 1888 with the brutal killing and mutilation of a young woman named Mary Kelly, his fifth and final victim. Nowadays a host of artists live in the area, such as Gilbert and George, Tracey Emin and Stuart Brisley.

See our recommended nearby Spitalfields Hotels, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

Spitalfields Hotels

in or near Spitalfields
Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
335-337 Old Street, EC1V
Prison cells are VIP booths in the bar at the Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch, a 128 room hotel in the Old Magistrates Court and Police Station, opposite ... More
Holiday Inn London - Whitechapel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
5 Cavell Street, E1
Perfectly located in the heart of the East End, this new generation Holiday Inn offers a quiet retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the ... More
Town Hall Hotel & Apartments
London > Apartment > Apartment
Patriot Square, E2
The Town Hall building in Bethnal Green has been beautifully restored creating a unique designer hotel which fuses old and new. With a mix of bedrooms, ... More

Spitalfields Entertainment

in or near Spitalfields
Bishopsgate Institute
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
230 Bishopsgate, Spitalfields, London EC2M
Built in 1891-94 by Charles Harrison Townsend, the Bishopsgate Institute's facade has a theme of arts and crafts. Inside you will find 19th century tiling, a ... More
The Old Truman Brewery
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
91 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London E1
Popular with the Shoreditch crowd on the weekends, The Old Truman Brewery houses more than 200 small, creative businesses, a bar and several areas for hire. ... More
Spitalfields Opera House
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Old Spitalfields Market Brushfield Street, Spitalfields, London E1
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Spitalfields Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near Spitalfields
Christ Church Spitalfields
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London E1
Built in 1729, Nicholas Hawksmoor's Christ Church creation was declared dangerous and closed in 1956. Vigorous campaigning, from the poet Sir John Betjeman among others, eventually ... More
Brick Lane
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London E1
London's own "Curry Mile", Brick Lane is home to so much more than first-rate spiced food, it also plays host to Jewish bagel shops, Indian sari ... More
Dennis Severs' House
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
18 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, London E1
The brainchild of eccentric designer and performer, Dennis Severs' House at 18 Folgate Street captures, in a series of evocative snapshots, 18th century life as experienced ... More

Spitalfields Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's Spitalfields
Lola's Cupcakes, Spitalfields
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
Bishops Square, Spitalfields, London E1
Sweet to taste, cute to look at and made with natural ingredients, Lola's Cupcakes can hold their own when it comes to the coveted title of ... More
Old Spitalfields Market
London > Shopping > Markets
1 Crispin Place, Spitalfields, London E1
Nestled in the heart of the city, in the shadow of Christ Church, Spitalfields Market marries market stalls with modern shops and restaurants. Where the delightful ... More
The Laundry Room
London > Shopping > 3 Fournier Street, Spitalfields, London E1
The Laundry Room presents its very first Christmas Pop-Up Shop, taking place on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December 2011 in east London. Housed on the ground floor ... More

Spitalfields Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near Spitalfields London?
London > Restaurants > Vegetarian restaurants
3 Crispin Place, Spitalfields, Spitalfields, London E1
When Leon first threw open its doors in Carnaby Street a few years ago workers of London rejoiced - well, the glamorous girls who work in ... More
Le Bouchon Breton
London > Restaurants > French restaurants
8 Horner Square, Old Spitalfield Market, Spitalfields, London E1
Located in the busy Spitalfields Market Le Bouchon Breton is an all-day French brasserie, champagne and shellfish bar with an impressive pedigree - having the backing ... More
London > Restaurants > French restaurants
107b Commercial St, Spitalfields, London E1
French Cuisine... More

Spitalfields Pubs

The best pubs in or near London Spitalfields.
The Crown and Shuttle
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
226 Shoreditch High Street, Spitalfields, London E1
After serving two queens and a king, surviving The Blitz and enjoying a period as a notorious strip club, The Crown and Shuttle sadly closed its ... More
The George
London > Nightlife > Pubs
40 Liverpool Street, Spitalfields, London EC2M
One of five different restaurants and bars within the confines of the Andaz hotel, the George is a traditional looking pub - not your typical hotel ... More
The White Horse
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
2 Exchange Square, Appold Street, Spitalfields, London EC2M
A Geronimo Inns pub in the City, The White Horse gives city workers a bright, airy space to eat, drink and relax and its pub garden ... More

Spitalfields Nightlife

Spitalfields clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
Smiths Spitalfields
London > Nightlife > Bars
109 Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London E1
Inspired by its sister bar, the long-standing Smiths of Smithfield, Smiths Spitalfields follows in its famous sibling's footsteps as an all-day dining venue celebrating the best ... More
Shoreditch House
London > Nightlife > Bars
Ebor Street, Spitalfields, London E1
In a former tea warehouse in the part of town where the City meets the East End you'll find another off-shoot from Soho House founder Nick ... More
The Vibe Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London E1
Vibe Bar manages to be both chilled out and cutting edge. Located inside the Truman Brewery on trendy Brick Lane, you can come here to drink ... More

Spitalfields Leisure

Spitalfields gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
All Star Lanes, Brick Lane
London > Leisure > Activities
95 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London E1
The third of these increasingly popular 1950s retro-America style bowling alleys opened in late 2008 to much critical acclaim. Located in the Old Truman Brewery on ... More
L!FE Shoreditch
London > Leisure > The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London E1
Spread over three floors L!FE is a unique space within The Old Truman Brewery where yoga, food and music sit side-by-side. ... More
Fitness Exchange
London > Leisure > Fitness
Spitalfields Health and Fitness, Fruit Exchange Building, Brushfield Street, Spitalfields, London E1
A relatively new player in the health and fitness market, the Exchanges offer well equipped gyms, as well as classes, beauty therapy and swimming. New members ... More

Spitalfields Education

in or near Spitalfields
TBG Learning
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
3rd Floor, Truman Building, 91 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London E1
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City of London College
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
71 Whitechapel High Street, Spitalfields, London E1
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Spitalfields Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near Spitalfields.
Christ Church Spitalfields
London > Business > Venue Hire
2 Fournier Street, Broadgate, Spitalfields, London E1
Built in 1729, Nicholas Hawksmoor's Christ Church creation was declared dangerous and closed in 1956. Vigorous campaigning, from the poet Sir John Betjeman among others, eventually ... More
Coopers' Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
13 Devonshire Sq, Broadgate, Spitalfields, London EC2M
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Andaz Liverpool Street
London > Business > Venue Hire
40 Liverpool Street, Spitalfields, London EC2M
Housed in one of the great Victorian station hotels, this showstopper is a mixture of meticulous nineteenth century restoration and the glittering wit of Terrence Conran's ... More
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