Spitalfields is, without a doubt, one of my favourite parts of London. It’s a microcosm of cultural diversity, creative brilliance and strong community with a touch of down and dirty street life that casts an artistic, inspiring edginess on the area. It’s steeped in history of immigrants, trading life and religion that still lingers in a lot of the 18th century buildings dotted around the market. It’s vibrant. It’s fashionable. It’s home to Gilbert & George, Tracey Emin and Jeanette Winterson and the place where all of Jack the Ripper’s victims lived.
I was delighted to discover a blog called Spitalfields Life this week written by “the gentle author”. The author has made it a mission to write 10,000 posts on Spitalfields life, which is estimated to take approximately 27 years and four months. It’s a blog that digs deeply into the heart of the area, interviewing residents, artists, shop owners, probing for history, for answers, photographing the unknown areas and researching in every post. It is well worth following.
Here are a few of my Spitalfields photos from last weekend:
Eleven and a Half, Fournier Street
Elbow-Toe is based in NYC.
A different sort of street art…
Brick Lane is famous for its curry houses.
If you have any photos of Spitalfields to share, add them to the Flickr group!