Things to do

Geffrye Museum

Geffrye Museum

Whitechapel Gallery

Whitechapel Gallery

Gold and Verde

Gold and Verde

Spitalfields City Farm

Spitalfields City Farm

Les Trois Garçons

Les Trois Garçons

A brief guide to things to see and do in and around the East End.

Museums and Places of Interest

  • The Tower of London
  • Tower Bridge
  • The Museum of London
  • The Geffrye Museum
  • The Museum of Childhood
  • Christ Church Spitalfields
  • Dennis Severs House
  • The Whitechapel Bell Foundry
  • Wilton’s Music Hall
  • House Mill
  • The Monument
  • Leadenhall Market
  • Smithfields
  • St Paul’s Cathedral

Galleries

  • The Whitechapel Gallery, Whitechapel Rd
  • Carl Freedman, Charlotte Rd
  • Maureen Paley, Herald St
  • Rivington Place, off Rivington St
  • White Cube, Hoxton Sq
  • And all the Vyner Street galleries…

Markets

  • Brick Lane (Sunday)
  • Columbia Road (Sunday)
  • Petticoat Lane (Sunday)
  • Spitalfields Market (Sunday and weekdays)
  • Broadway Market (Saturday)

Parks, Walks  & Open Spaces

  • Bow Cemetery, Southern Grove
  • Spitalfields City Farm, Buxton Street
  • The Thames Path, north and south banks
  • Tower Pier (river trips)
  • Victoria Park
  • And of course all the Jack the Ripper tours…

Food

  • Here’s a very small selection of all the flavours you can sample:
  • The English Restaurant, (traditional) Brushfield St
  • The Hoxton Apprentice, (traditional) Hoxton Square
  • St John Bread and Wine, (Michelin star) Commercial St
  • Brawn, (modern traditional) Columbia Road
  • Les Trois Garçons (French) Club Row
  • E Pellicci, (family run cafe) Bethnal Green Road
  • Eyre Brothers, (Iberian) Leonard St
  • The Great Eastern Dining Room, (traditional) Great Eastern St
  • The Rivington Grill, (traditional) Rivington St
  • Tayyabs (curry) Fieldgate St
  • Lahore Kebab House (curry) Umberston St
  • Mama Thai (Thai, lunch time only) Toynbee St
  • F Cooke (pie and mash) Broadway Market
  • G Kelly (pie and mash) Roman Road
  • Poppy’s (fish and chips) Hanbury Street

Pubs

  • The Golden Heart, Commercial Street
  • The Ten Bells, Commercial Street
  • The Grapes, Narrow Street
  • The Prospect of Whitby, Wapping Wall

Shopping

  • Vintage shops on Brick Lane
  • Des and Lorraine’s junk shop on 14 Bacon Street
  • Rough Trade East, 91 Brick Lane, independent music shop, including vinyl
  • Redchurch Street for fashion and Labour and Wait, traditional hardware and brushes
  • More fashion on Hanbury Street and Truman’s Yard
  • Fashion and food in around Spitalfields Market and Lamb Street
  • Fashion on Rivington Street
  • Verde and Gold on Brushfield Street for food and old fashioned sweets
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© Copyright 2012 F Atkins.
With thanks to Adam Dant for the sketches and Jeremy Freedman for the photos.