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, Events, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

Spitalfields Hotels

in or near Spitalfields
Rez Apartments London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
26 Widegate Street, E1
Rez Apartments London are a family run, boutique property in the financial district of London. Located in the heart of The City and nearby to Hoxton ... More
 
 
 
196 Bishopsgate Serviced Apartments
London > Apartment > Apartment
196 Bishopsgate, EC2M
From studio apartments to one and two beds, 196 Bishopsgate offers a full range of self-catering flats that give you more independence than a hotel. Apartments ... More
 
 
 
ibis London City
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel
5 Commercial Street, E1
Commercial Road may not be London's most picturesque location but if you want the nightlife of Old Street or the gleaming towers of the City of ... More
 
 
 

Spitalfields Events

in or near Spitalfields
Super Swing Pit
London > Events > Exhibitions
Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, Spitalfields, London EC2M
Lindy Hop taster classes, impromptu floor shows and music from vintage DJs and the Down For The Count band.... More
 
 
 
Bishopsgate Ballroom
London > Events > Dance
Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, Spitalfields, London EC2M
Learn how to ballroom and latin dance in this taster session. Also try Argentine Tango and Salsa or maybe even some Line and Sequence dances to ... More
 
 
 
Smoke Fairies
London > Events > Concerts
Rough Trade East, Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London E1
The London-based duo of musicians Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies performs a mix of blues and folk.... More
 
 
 

Spitalfields Entertainment

in or near Spitalfields
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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
 
 
 
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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
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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
 
 
 
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Raven Row
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
56 Artillery Lane, Spitalfields, London E1
Raven Row, a non-profit contemporary art centre in Spitalfields, not far from the Market, opened to the public on 28th February 2009. The name - nothing ... More
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 

Spitalfields Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's Spitalfields
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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
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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A Gold
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
42 Brushfield Street, Spitalfields, London E1
As absurd as it may seem, A Gold is one of the only delis in London to specialise entirely in British produce. Touted as "the village ... More
 
 
 

Spitalfields Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near Spitalfields London?
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Leon
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
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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Square Pie
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
Spitalfields Market, 16 Horner Square, Spitalfields, London E1
The fresh face of a new generation of pies for the 21st century! The trusty pie has shed its staid, orthodox image and had a makeover ... More
 
 
 

Spitalfields Pubs

The best pubs in or near London Spitalfields.
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The Bricklayers Arms
London > Nightlife > Pubs
63 Charlotte Road, Spitalfields, London EC2A
This bohemian boozer was an integral part of the Shoreditch explosion. Tucked away down a cobbled East End alley it was originally a mecca for local ... More
 
 
 
The Ten Bells
London > Nightlife > Pubs
84 Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London E1
The Ten Bells Pub in Spitalfields may be a one-room drinking den for hip young things but it also has a long history - it's been ... More
 
 
 
Golden Heart
London > Nightlife > Pubs
110 Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London E1
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Spitalfields Nightlife

Spitalfields clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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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
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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The Queen Of Hoxton
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
1-5 Curtain Road, Spitalfields, London EC2A
Bar, club and art collective, the Queen of Hoxton prides itself on being a youth club for the adults of the east side. Opened in March ... More
 
 
 

Spitalfields Leisure

Spitalfields gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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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
 
 
 
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 Sports Centre
London > Leisure > Sports Facilities
London Fruit Exchange Building, Brushfield Street, Spitalfields, London E1
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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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European College
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Neil House, 7 Whitechapel Road, 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.
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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
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
Contrast Training Ltd
London > Business > Venue Hire
Contrast Training Limited 1st Floor Fruit & Wool Exchange, Brushfield Street, Spitalfields, London E1
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