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Spitalfields is an area in the East End of London, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and is east of Whitechapel and Haremarsh, south of Shoreditch and Bethnal Green, north of Aldgate and west of Liverpool Street.

Spitalfields straddles Commercial Street (on the A1202 London Inner Ring Road) and is home to many markets, including the historic Old Spitalfields Market, founded in the 17th century, Petticoat Lane Market, the Sunday UpMarket, and the various other Brick Lane Markets on Brick Lane. The Liberty of Norton Folgate and the neighbouring Liberty of the Old Artillery Ground were merged into Spitalfields in 1921.


The name Spitalfields appears in the form Spittellond in 1399; as The spitel Fyeld on the Woodcut" map of London of c.1561; and as Spyttlefeildes, also in 1561. The land belonged to St Mary Spital, a priory or hospital (a lodging for travellers run by a religious order) erected on the east side of the Bishopsgate thoroughfare in 1197, from which its name is thought to derive. [1]


In 2017, Beigel Bake shopworker, Rachel Kempley's son, Reece Kempley was on the last day of his holiday in Greece when a women pushed him off a pier into the sea causing a spine injury that has put him in a wheelchair.[2]

In August 2018, Louise Cohen, 66, and Hannah Cohen, 33, who worked in Beigel Bake, were stabbed to death in their six-bedroom house in Golders Green.

The iconic Brick Lane beigel shop now has a delivery app and an Instagram account since 2020.[3]: they are also on Facebook.



Spitalfields is not directly served by a tube, DLR, Overground or National Rail station.

Nearby tube stations is Aldgate East. Nearby overground stations is Shoreditch High Street.

The Wikipedia page is [4]