A 1 hour guided walk around the famous Lansbury Estate, site of the Living Architecture Exhibition of 1951. Meet outside All Saints DLR station, Saturdays and Sundays only at 11am.
Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park
Last of the “magnicent seven” cemeteries, opened in 1841. Burials ceased 1966, now 30 acres of mature woodland and glades managed as a nature park, with Soanes Centre educational facility. Meet outside Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, Southern Grove, E3. Sunday 10am to 5pm. Guided history walks on the hour from 11am, except at 2pm for nature walk. Last walk at 4pm.
East London Art Walks
To provide an easier way of viewing several contemporary art exhibitions in a single outing Comment has established a programme of art walks. Two public walks take place every weekend. A qualified art professional guide will take you round 6-10 of the most interesting exhibitions on at the moment, and will also talk about the history of art in East London. The walk lasts approximately 2.5 hours and costs £5, concessions £4.
Meeting points areSaturdays 3pm @ Contemporary Arts Project, 20 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3DU, Tube Old Street (Exit 3)andSundays 3pm @ VINEspace 25a Vyner Street E2 9DGMany galleries are closed over the holidays, so the last walk for 2016 will take place on 10th December. Walks will resume on 13 January 2017.
Spitalfields is one of the fastest changing areas in London. It seems that almost every week another gallery or attraction opens so there are guaranteed to be some new ones since this list was put together. If you know of any which you think should be featured please contact us and we’ll do our best to include them. Most of the places listed below are fairly small, and often quirky – it’s a good idea to combine visits too several of them, and perhaps to stop off in Brick Lane for a curry on your way. Don’t forget to check out the local street markets at the same time.
We do recommend that you check opening times and specific details before setting out on a long journey as limited staff numbers at some venues can mean their opening hours are sometimes a little erratic!
Curries are no-longer something to be eaten after too many drinks on a Friday night. Connoisseurs know that not all curries are the same, and it’s better to come earlier in the evening when you can still appreciate the different flavours! From Thursday to Sunday evening many of the restaurants are quite busy so either book ahead or try some of the restaurants in the streets off Brick Lane.
Most buildings in the area took place in the mid-17th century after the Great Fire of London. Spitalfields market was established in the 1680s. Spitalifelds became a parish in its own right in 1729 when Hawkesmoor’s Christ Church was consecrated.
Spitalfields lies at the heart of the East End, an area known for its spirit and strong sense of community. Through out its history, it has been an area of constant change.Following the edict of Nantes in 1685, the Huguenots fled France, bringing with them the skills of silk weaving and building the once grand houses in the conservation area around Fournier Street. Today’s leather and textile trades are a continuation of this earlier tradition of weaving.
The potato famine led to an influx of men from Ireland, bringing in workers to build the nearby docks. More recently, Bangladeshi settlers have contributed to the richness of life in the borough of Tower Hamlets, many of them establishing restaurants in and around Brick Lane.
Nowadays, the best way to explore Spitalfields and appreciate its rich history is on foot. It’s within a few minutes’ walk of several tube stations, as the map shows.