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The Gentle Author’s Spitalfields Pub Crawl

October 24, 2013
by the gentle author

In Spitalfields, I can undertake a pub crawl whenever I please without even leaving the parish.

The Golden Heart, Commercial St

The Pride of Spitalfields, Heneage St

Ten Bells, Commercial St

Commercial Tavern, Commercial St

Woodin’s Shades, Bishopsgate

Dirty Dick’s, Bishopsgate

Water Poet, Folgate St

The Magpie, New St

The Bell, Middlesex St

Duke of Wellington, Toynbee St

King’s Stores, Widegate St

The Gun, Brushfield St

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18 Responses leave one →
  1. October 24, 2013

    anyone fancy a pint?

    will have to find my way to the magpie. it looks sweet!

  2. Greg Tingey permalink
    October 24, 2013

    IIRC the “Ten Bells” is a listed building.
    Oh & “The Magpie” used to be called the “Magpie & Stump”

  3. October 24, 2013

    Glad so many of the pubs have survived! Valerie

  4. Rosemary Hoffman permalink
    October 24, 2013

    Loved this – I lived in the Kings Stores with my parents who ran the pub in the late 50s and ealy 60s. I actually had lunch there last wek -a real trip down memory Lane .

  5. David Whittaker permalink
    October 24, 2013

    Just Magnificent..

  6. Peter Holford permalink
    October 24, 2013

    Great, traditional pubs. Good to know so many have survived unscathed.

  7. October 24, 2013

    I’m smack/bang in the middle of most of these is my fave haunt at the mo’…

  8. Judy permalink
    October 24, 2013

    Oh how I love these photos……Now I want to go back to England and when I do….I want to for sure visit Spitafields which is where my ancestors came from!!!!

  9. Rosemary Hoffman permalink
    October 24, 2013

    forgot to say the original name of the Kings Stores was “The Hog and Donkey ” as far as I know . When I lived there, there was a real cellar and the beer was all draught except the bottled stuff and it was a source of great piride when my dad loked after the bitter

  10. Gerry Wiseman permalink
    October 24, 2013

    Didn’t the 10 Bells used to be called “The Jack the Ripper”?
    The last time we visited the Lane on a Sunday (2002) someone tried to steal my wife’s purse out of her backpack. Fortunately, she felt them and turned around quickly, but couldn’t figure out who the thief was.

  11. Gary permalink
    October 24, 2013

    You must look up Barry Holloway in the “Young Prince” Roman Road, E3
    He owns the pub, A freehouse, Good selection of drinks

  12. Jake permalink
    February 2, 2014

    My favourite is The Pride Of Spitalfields,top quality beer,buzzing atmosphere ,city gents,builders , young and old all having a good time in a timeless pub,and then a curry in Brick Lane ,heaven !

  13. MC Allinson permalink
    February 27, 2015

    I worked in Bell Lane E1 for many years and I’m pleased to say that I’ve been in every one of these pubs. Sorry to learn that The Gun closed last week and that the Duke of Welly is under threat. I work in Tokyo now and miss this great pub culture. There’s only so much Kirin you can take.

  14. March 4, 2016

    I would love 2 weeks in london , but hotels cost so much

  15. steve permalink
    September 27, 2017

    Dear GA,
    In the first of your pics of the Ten Bells (with the chap on the stall at the bar) is that Sven Goran Eriksen I see seated at the table looking at a paper? We should be told! 🙂

  16. rosemary Hoffman permalink
    September 27, 2017

    i lived in the kings Stores from 1959 to 1962 or thereabouts s my dad was the Licensee. , It isstill open as far as I kow but the clientele used to include the people lving in the salvation army hostel whihc has now gone. Iremebr getting curry on Sunday nightd from reidents of artillery Passage. I haver since discovrered that my ancestors lived in Gun Street in the 1850s

  17. Dudley Diaper permalink
    April 2, 2019

    Great selection. The interior photos are particularly brilliant.

  18. Bert Woodruff permalink
    August 26, 2019

    I was by the Water Poet on Folgate on August 4, 2019, and found it boarded up. Is it gone?

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