Old Spitalfields Market:
Old Spitalfields Market is a covered market just outside the City of London. There has been a vegetable market at the site for 350 years. Currently the market showcases home grown fashion, art homewares and even has a vintage day!
1190s – St Mary Spital Hospital was built on the site. It was one of the most important hospitals in the country until Henry VIII ordered it to be taken apart. Today’s market is named after the original hospital.
1600s – Huguenot weavers moved to the area to avoid persecution in France. Spitalfields was just outside the City’s guilds so provided the perfect location for them. The area turned into a centre of silk weaving excellence and turned it into a residential area. The first market was set up trading in ‘flesh, fowl and roots’.
1769 – The year of the infamous Spitalfields riots. The Huguenots and the Irish weavers were unable to compete with newer, cheaper French imports and tensions grew.
1800s – Traditional textiles had moved elsewhere and the area became poverty stricken. The houses turned into slums and it was considered one of the most criminal areas in London.
1888 – Jack the Ripper imposed his reign of terror over the East End during the late 19th Century. His last victim, Mary Kelly, lived in Spitalfields.
20th Century – The area became dominated by office blocks because of the close links to the City of London and Liverpool Street Station
2005 – The Spitalfields regeneration project was complete and the covered market has been restored.
20 Fenchurch Street, also known as the Walkie Talkie building, hosts London’s infamous Sky Garden on its 43rd Floor. With floor – to – ceiling glass windows, this lush urban jungle provides fantastic views of the famous rooftops of London.
20 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 8AF. 6 minute walk from our Great St Helen Hotel
When you visit the Sky Garden, enjoy snacks or a meal at the Darwin Brasserie, Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill, The City Garden Bar or the Sky Pod Bar.
Be prepared to book in advance to visit the Sky Garden – evening and weekend slots usually fill up about two weeks in advance and each slot is normally only one hour. Sky Garden does allow walk-ins midweek from 10 -11:30 am and from 2 – 4pm subject to crowding.
Located just outside Liverpool Street Station, Broadgate Circle is a one stop shop for those working in the area – with restaurants, laundry services, a cinema and a gym, its a useful spot for those staying at our Great St Helen Hotel.
Closest Crown Group Hotel: Great St Helen Hotel, London Liverpool Street