For a London that feels more like home to a Londoner than the pomp and grandeur of Westminster, head to Spitalfields for a small-group experience like no other.
Historically much poorer than its cousin to the west, it has in more recent times found its fortune in skyscrapers and creatives- a true rags to riches tale.
The stories heard here are not of kings and politicians but of the real people who made this area- cockneys and costermongers, brave Blitz-era civilians and Eastern European Jewish settlers, Bengali Muslims and fleeing French Protestants, artists, fashionistas, trendsetters, foodies, radicals, 1950s gangs, Victorian murderers, workhouse paupers and everybody in between.
You’ll duck into the backstreets to discover hipster markets and Beigel shops, old breweries, a religious building that tells of centuries of immigration, 18th century weaver houses, old taverns, unbelievable street art from Banksy to Stik, global cuisine and a very different side to our fair city.
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Stop At: Brick Lane Police Station 25 Brick Lane, London E1 6PU England
From curry mile to the hipster record and vintage stores that line this historic street, you will discover an area alive with street art, great food and stories beyond measure.
Duration: 20 minutes
Stop At: Brick Lane Jamme Masjid, 59 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL England
This building is truly the story of the waves of immigrants who came and settled in this area over hundreds of years as a Christian church, a Jewish synagogue and now Mosque to the local Bengali community.
Duration: 5 minutes
Stop At: The Ten Bells Spitalfields, 84 Commercial St, London E1 6LY, UK
A jolly good British boozer that used to carry the name of an infamous serial who became indelibly linked with its history- Jack the Ripper. Hear about the terrible crimes he committed in this area.
Duration: 25 minutes
Stop At: Old Street, Old St, London, UK
The Old ‘Worst Street in London’
Rife with poverty, this street once housed the local rookery or slum- take an uncomfortable journey back in time to a Spitalfields a world away from what it is now.
Duration: 5 minutes
Stop At: Old Spitalfields Market, 16 Horner Square, London E1 6EW England
Starting life as a flesh, fowl and roots market in 1638, licensed by King Charles I, you are more likely to find cool clothing and hand painted crafts in this market today alongside an air richly scented with the wonderful street food vendors that trade here.
Duration: 10 minutes
Stop At: The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL England
We have always liked beer here in London, that’s no secret. Find out the history of an iconic London brewery here followed by a little crash-course in the tastes of Shoreditch for your evening ahead.
Duration: 15 minutes
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Service animals allowed
- Near public transportation
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- Most travelers can participate
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- Face masks required for travelers in public areas
- Face masks required for guides in public areas
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Private guided walk of the East End including Brick Lane and Spitalfields.
- English Speaking local expert guide
- Entry/Admission - The Ten Bells Spitalfields
- Food & drink
- Hotel pick-up & drop-off
- Any entrance costs
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, London E1 7QX, UK
Shoreditch Station, Bethnal Green Rd, Shoreditch, London, UK
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