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
Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
40 Liverpool Street, 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 Terence Conran's ... More
 
 
 
South Place Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
3 South Place, EC2M
Located within arms reach of both Moorgate and Liverpool Street stations, is South Place Hotel, a luxury London hotel featuring three swanky bars and two top-notch ... More
 
 
 
Ace Hotel London Shoreditch
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
100 Shoreditch High Street, E1
Hip US hotel group Ace hotels arrived in Shoreditch in September 2013, expanding from their US sites to add a London outpost. The property has transformed ... More
 
 
 

Spitalfields Events

in or near Spitalfields
The Water Poet Bank Holiday Cider Festival & Hog Roast
London > Events > Leisure
The Water Poet, 9-11 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, London E1
On August Bank Holiday Weekend, The Water Poet will be hosting it's annual Cider Festival and Hog roast in the beer garden with a live steel ... More
 
 
 
Swing Pit
London > Events > Sporting Events
Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, Spitalfields, London EC2M
Discover more about the skills and techniques of Lindy Hop and swing.... More
 
 
 
Interlaced 2015
London > Events > Business Events
The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London E1
Interlaced 2015 is a meeting of the minds, talents, creators and innovators shaping the future of fashion through technology.... More
 
 
 

Spitalfields Entertainment

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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
 
 
 
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ClueQuest
London > Entertainment > 11 Plough Yard, Spitalfields, London EC2A
Following Pinky and the Brain's failed attempt at taking over the world, it's now time for another mouse to have a crack at it. Having escaped ... More
 
 
 

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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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
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 

Spitalfields Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near Spitalfields London?
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Bleecker Street Burger
London > Restaurants > Unit B Pavilion Building Spitalfields Market, Spitalfields, London E1
The stylish Bleecker Street Burger matt black truck has moved around town a bit - it was part of KERB, it's been on the Southbank, in ... More
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 

Spitalfields Pubs

The best pubs in or near London Spitalfields.
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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
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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The White Horse
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
2 Exchange Square, Appold Street, Spitalfields, London EC2M
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Spitalfields Nightlife

Spitalfields clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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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
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 

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
 
 
 
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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.
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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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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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