The old and the new stand side by side in Spitalfields. Contemporary steel and glass office blocks spring up beside Victorian railway arches, while über-trendy hipster bars compete with traditional pubs.
If you’re looking for Spitalfields property to rent or buy, you can choose between luxurious apartments in stylish, high-rise blocks, cosy two bedroom cottages, warehouse conversions and former council flats. Some of London’s oldest and loveliest streets, occupied in the late 17th century by Irish and French Huguenot weavers, can be found in roads such as Fournier Street, Wilkes Street, Princelet Street and Folgate Street.
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Like Shoreditch, this location is a magnet for young creatives and City workers, but there’s also a surprisingly good choice of schools in Spitalfields, and parents can choose between six primaries and two secondary schools.
Brick Lane Market and Old Spitalfields Market are undoubtedly the most popular places to go in Spitalfields. Whether you want to buy vintage vinyl, grab some street food or shop for fashion items, these huge market sites offer plenty of choice. Brick Lane is also the heartland of East London’s Bangladeshi community and a great place to enjoy an authentic curry. Attractions in Spitalfields include Dennis Severs’ House (recreating the silk weaver’s home of 300 years ago) and Nicholas Hawksmoor’s glorious Christ Church.
Both the main markets here are surrounded by spin-off markets, traditional pubs, cafes and restaurants, many to be found down winding back streets and alleys that make you feel as though you’ve slipped back in time.
Situated in Zone 1, Spitalfields doesn’t have a named railway station but you can travel from Aldgate East (on the Hammersmith & City and the District lines) or Liverpool Street (Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City and Circle lines). Shoreditch High Street, Hoxton and Whitechapel are all on the newly reopened and extended East London line, which goes direct to Canada Water. From there, travel west for the City or east for Canary Wharf.
In brief, this exuberant and diverse part of east London has a unique character all of its own, with a great community spirit and some of the most desirable properties in the capital, making it a fantastic location to buy or rent a home or make a savvy London property investment.