Great London Neighbourhoods: Spitalfields

If you want advice on locations for student housing, London’s Spitalfields area is one of my favourites. It’s lively, historic and extremely convenient. Here are the highlights that you must not miss if you’re lucky enough to live here while you’re studying.

There are many attractions in this area, and you’ll find them on the doorstep of your student housing. London’s unique atmosphere and character can be found around every corner here.

Old Spitalfields Market

Follow in the footsteps of seventeenth-century shoppers and browse the stalls at this market which has been trading since 1638 when King Charles I licensed it. I enjoy browsing the crafts for sale or seeing a show in the lovely Victorian building which is a few roads away from the local student housing. Londoners too come here to buy everything from handmade items to high-end fashion so you are sure to find a souvenir that will suit your budget.

Brick Lane Market

If you love vintage and second-hand shopping as much as I do then the best place I can recommend is Brick Lane Market on Thursdays and Fridays. However, if you aren’t looking for something specific to buy and you just want the experience then make sure you visit on a weekend when the market is really buzzing.

Old Truman Brewery

It only takes me 10 minutes to walk to Old Truman Brewery from my student housing. London has many of these converted venues where you’ll find shops, restaurants and local artisan workshops. The complex used to be a major brewery, and you can still try a range of local beers in the bars here.

You can find Junkyard Golf in the complex. It’s a crazy golf venue – the four 9-hole courses are made out of reclaimed junk – and cocktail bar. I would recommend it as a fun place to celebrate a birthday or for a unique night out.

Coffee in the Crypt

Choosing my favourite café is always one of the first things I like to do when I move into my student housing. London has almost too much choice, but you won’t have to travel further than across the street to find one of the most unusual coffee houses: the converted crypt in Christ Church Spitalfields. Sip your coffee in the company of some very, very old Londoners!

A Truly Unique Experience

Most of the friends I meet when I am studying abroad are interested in new experiences. Together we have visited iconic attractions as well as the more unusual places in London. One of the strangest that I find fascinating is the Denis Severs’ House in Spitalfields.

Every room in this house is decorated in the style of a different historical period so a tour will take you on a journey of interior design from 1780 to 1914. During the pre-Christmas period each room is decorated in a historical festive style so if you’re lucky enough to be studying in London at this time then you should definitely visit the house.

Top Tip: Go on a Monday lunchtime and you can get a ticket for the reduced price of £5.

If you’re planning to stay in Spitalfields while you study you are going to have the most amazing time – there’s so much to do and see here right on your doorstep. You might decide that you don’t need to see anything else!

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