Ten Bells

Greater London East - London

A historic pub interior of regional importance

Listed Status: II

84 Commercial Street
London, Spitalfields
E1 6LY

Tel: (020) 7247 7532

Email: info@tenbells.com

Website http://tenbells.com/

Real Ale: Yes

Nearby Station: London Liverpool Street

Station Distance: 650m

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (London Liverpool Street) and Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

A four-storey corner pub, right opposite the magnificent Christ Church, Spitalfields and Spitalfields Market. The outside could do with a little sprucing up but at least it retains the insignia of the former owners, the major brewers, Truman, Hanbury and Buxton who operated from Brick Lane nearby. The interior has been gutted to make a smart bar but the pub is included here for its wall tiling of around 1900. On the left, just inside what would have been an entrance corridor, is a tiled mural entitled ‘Spitalfields in ye Olden Time – Visiting a Weaver’s Shop’. Here we have a prosperous-looking lady and gent (complete with young black servant) surrounded by deferential locals, inspecting a piece of cloth. Spitalfields was a centre of the silk-weaving industry established by Huguenots. The mural is signed ‘W B Simpson & Sons. 100. S. Martins Lane. LONDON’. Simpson’s were responsible for a great many tiling schemes in pubs a century or so ago. Otherwise there are large tiled panels with swirling blue and white Arabesque decoration.

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