Guide to living in
Growing as an area through the textile industry in the 19th and 20th centuries, Spitalfields is a small neighbourhood with a rich and varied history. With notable residents including Stuart Brisley, Tracey Emin and Georgian enthusiast Dan Cruickshank, it is clear why many aspiring creative professionals are moving here.
Gentrification throughout Spitalfields has been rife, although the area has retained the majority of its customary London charm. There has been a large increase in converted office blocks, with chunks of the financial district popping up in this traditionally cultural area.
“There are now some ‘new Georgian’ properties that are proving particularly popular with first and second time buyers”
Nearby Commercial Street has enough shops and pubs to keep locals sufficiently amused and satisfied. Furthermore, as well as the rustic charm of the markets themselves, there are now a selection of flagship stores and renowned brands situated in Spitalfields.
Although the original Georgian properties in Spitalfields Market Conservation Area are highly sought after and often only available for rent, there are now some ‘new Georgian’ properties that are proving particularly popular with first and second time buyers.
With an old fashioned décor and the walls adorned with local artist’s work, welcome yourself to The Golden Heart, the quintessential East End boozer. Meanwhile, Poppies serves traditional fish and chips to rival the best the British seaside has to offer and there is a wonderful atmosphere too.
Dennis Severs House on Folgate Street offers visitors the chance to take a magical wander around the house’s ten grand rooms. Most of these visits are conducted in silence, and the mystery of this place is truly enticing!
Shoreditch High Street Overground Station is the closest to Spitalfields with Aldgate East and Liverpool Street Underground Stations coming in a close second and third respectively.