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London’s pocket parks: Christ Church, Spitalfields, E1
London’s pocket parks: Christ Church, Spitalfields, E1

London’s pocket parks: Christ Church, Spitalfields, E1

Sitting next to Spitalfields dominant church is a small public park that's a remnant of a much larger graveyard that used to sit to the south of the church.

Dec
30
2021
A herd of elephants can be seen in Spitalfields
A herd of elephants can be seen in Spitalfields

A herd of elephants can be seen in Spitalfields

There's a herd of 21 elephants in Spitalfields at the moment -- one adult and 20 orphaned juveniles.

Jan
21
2021
London’s Public Art: Vortex by Barbara Sandler
London’s Public Art: Vortex by Barbara Sandler

London’s Public Art: Vortex by Barbara Sandler

Just to the north of Spitalfields Market is a public sculpture looking like a swirl of a person crouching down.

Jan
18
2021
New revelations about the “Spitalfields Roman woman”
New revelations about the “Spitalfields Roman woman”

New revelations about the “Spitalfields Roman woman”

A 30-year project to uncover the secrets buried beneath Spitalfields has finally come to a conclusion with new revelations about a Roman burial.

Dec
16
2020
Rabbitwoman and Dogman come to Spitalfields
Rabbitwoman and Dogman come to Spitalfields

Rabbitwoman and Dogman come to Spitalfields

Two favourite characters of a pair of New York-based artists have arrived in London - a rabbit-headed woman and a dog-headed man.

Dec
08
2020
London’s Alleys: Corbet Place, E1
London’s Alleys: Corbet Place, E1

London’s Alleys: Corbet Place, E1

This is a narrow passage in Spitalfields that's the legacy of slum clearances in Victorian times.

Nov
18
2019
London’s Alleys: Rose Court, E1
London’s Alleys: Rose Court, E1

London’s Alleys: Rose Court, E1

Rose Court is a rather unappealing alley that looks like it's probably modern but is a relic of older times. It's also sufficiently small as to rarely appear on any maps.

Aug
19
2019
Demolition for nursery built on Spitalfields graveyard
Demolition for nursery built on Spitalfields graveyard

Demolition for nursery built on Spitalfields graveyard

An exceptionally long running and expensive court case has concluded with the decision to demolish a recently built nursery next to a famous church.

Feb
01
2019
London’s Alleys: White Rose Court, E1
London’s Alleys: White Rose Court, E1

London’s Alleys: White Rose Court, E1

This insignificant little alley nonetheless has on its corner a relic of Spitalfields Jewish past.

Oct
29
2018
Refugees as art in Spitalfields
Refugees as art in Spitalfields

Refugees as art in Spitalfields

A wooden boat that once raced across the waves stands frozen in time carrying passengers who never arrive.

Oct
24
2018
London’s Alleys: Artillery Passage, E1
London’s Alleys: Artillery Passage, E1

London’s Alleys: Artillery Passage, E1

This narrow picturesque alley in Spitalfields looks old and is indeed old, far older than it looks.

Oct
22
2018
London’s Alleys: Puma Court, E1
London’s Alleys: Puma Court, E1

London’s Alleys: Puma Court, E1

This wide and ancient alley is today a haven of heritage next to the bustling and crowded Commercial Street.

Oct
08
2018
London’s Alleys: Rose Alley, EC2
London’s Alleys: Rose Alley, EC2

London’s Alleys: Rose Alley, EC2

This easily overlooked gap in a row of shabby shops opposite Liverpool Street station is one of my favourite London alleys, because it's awful.

Jan
29
2018
London’s Alleys – Cock Hill, E1
London’s Alleys – Cock Hill, E1

London’s Alleys – Cock Hill, E1

A name to conjure up a snigger, for there is indeed a giant cock on Cock Hill just around the corner from Liverpool Street Station.

Dec
25
2017
London’s Alleys – Catherine Wheel Alley, E1
London’s Alleys – Catherine Wheel Alley, E1

London’s Alleys – Catherine Wheel Alley, E1

A narrow gap in the wall of shops opposite Liverpool Street Station leads into one of London's narrowest and most curiously named alleys.

Oct
02
2017
London’s Alleys – Fleur de Lis Street
London’s Alleys – Fleur de Lis Street

London’s Alleys – Fleur de Lis Street

Although called a street, this is in fact an alleyway, or at least, enough of it is to qualify.

Aug
21
2017
London’s Alleys – Parliament Court
London’s Alleys – Parliament Court

London’s Alleys – Parliament Court

A very narrow little alley offers a mix of rubbish, polite flats, graffiti and the back door to a historic synagogue.

Aug
14
2017
Tickets Alert: Take a Spitalfields journey back in time
Tickets Alert: Take a Spitalfields journey back in time

Tickets Alert: Take a Spitalfields journey back in time

Visit a Georgian home and a living Synagogue with special combined tours of both Dennis Severs’ House and the nearby Sandys Row Synagogue.

Jul
19
2017
London’s Alleys – Spital Yard
London’s Alleys – Spital Yard

London’s Alleys – Spital Yard

Just off the busy main road running between Liverpool Street and Shoreditch is a short little alleyway with a small dose of history about it.

Jun
26
2017
Tickets Alert: Free Craft Lessons for Londoners
Tickets Alert: Free Craft Lessons for Londoners

Tickets Alert: Free Craft Lessons for Londoners

GrandFest, a one day mini festival that celebrates the heritage skills of talented older people and presented by charity, Royal Voluntary Service, returns to East London again this year.

Apr
23
2017
Hidden tunnel under Shakespeare’s Shoreditch theater
Hidden tunnel under Shakespeare’s Shoreditch theater

Hidden tunnel under Shakespeare’s Shoreditch theater

A three-month excavation in Shoreditch, of Shakespeare's Curtain Theatre has revealed details of a stage that is much longer than originally thought with evidence of a passageway running beneath it.

Nov
10
2016
Ticket Alert: Tours of the Shakespeare archeology site
Ticket Alert: Tours of the Shakespeare archeology site

Ticket Alert: Tours of the Shakespeare archeology site

Take a tour of the Curtain Theatre dig with archaeologists from MOLA who are currently excavating the 16th and 17th century Shakespearean playhouse’s remains.

May
20
2016
Dennis Severs House – a silent Spitalfields Georgian home
Dennis Severs House – a silent Spitalfields Georgian home

Dennis Severs House – a silent Spitalfields Georgian home

A silent house stands empty in Spitalfields, the master and servants have just left the room, candles glimmer in the darkness.

Jun
27
2015
Rare opening of a derelict Georgian house
Rare opening of a derelict Georgian house

Rare opening of a derelict Georgian house

A note for your diaries, as next month there will be a rare opportunity to explore a tiny jewel of secret London, a 1719 Huguenot merchant's house

May
05
2015