Spitalfields Townhouse

  • Location: City
    Spitalfields Market: 5 mins walk
    Restaurants: In walking distance
    Liverpool Street Station: 10 mins walk
    Brick Lane Market: 4 mins walk
  • London Heathrow (LHR): 60 mins with public transport
    London Gatwick (LGW): 60 mins with public transport
    Good public transport
    Paid parking

It is a rare experience to be able to stay in one of these early 18th-century town houses.
Great neighbourhood! This part of London has lots of shops, great restaurants and spectacular sights.
Make sure to visit the owner’s show and gallery on the ground floor.

Spitalfields is in a vibrant and exciting area that might get a bit noisy, especially on weekends.
Be aware of the characteristics of an old house, its slightly uneven floors and plenty of stairs.

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An introduction to Spitalfields Townhouse

How would you describe Spitalfields Townhouse in a nutshell?

The Spitalfields Town House is a quirky, early 18th-century holiday home rental in London, England. Mixing old and new, it offers contemporary luxury in a former weaver’s home.

What’s the history of the Spitalfields Townhouse?

The shell of the building dates back to the 16th century and has timber framing on the top two floors and 17th-century weatherboarding on the outside. The vestiges and the cellar are also part of this early construction. Later, when the houses next to the Spitalfields Town House were built, the front of the building was pushed forward to line up with them. The visible structures, such as the paneling and the staircase, are from 1720.

When I bought Spitalfields Townhouse, the house had never been wired or plumbed and was generally in a very bad state. The downstairs had been a café and from the upstairs 1940’s bedroom, you could see through the roof to the sky. A hard hat was necessary to enter and look around.

The restoration of the house took two years and we only did what was necessary. It was important to us that the house would speak for itself; therefore we chose to use old materials as much as possible to harmonise with the rest of the original fabric.

Please tell us about the interior design of the holiday rental.

I did all the interior design with a focus on creating a calm and quiet atmosphere. In the shop I mix old and new, juxtaposing things. I think modern lines work very well with the very clean lines of Georgian furniture and the simplicity of the building.

What was your inspiration to rent out your townhouse to holiday guests?

When I first came here 15 years ago, this was not a touristy area, so that renting it out as a holiday home wouldn’t have worked. There was hardly anything here and it was a much edgier area than it is now. The area changed completely when they redid the market and put in lots of restaurants. Tourists started appearing about six years ago.

I originally had been renting Spitalfields Townhouse out on 12-month lets, but it eventually made a lot more sense to offer short-term holiday rentals, both for myself but also as a wonderful opportunity for visitors to this area of London.

What is so special about staying at this particular holiday home?

The opportunity to stay in one of these early 18th-century townhouses is very special. There are other areas in London that have buildings like it, but Spitalfields is known for its concentration of them. Not many of them are open to visit, so actually living in one of them is even rarer. It is especially nice as it offers luxurious holidays in a historical environment.

Our guests at Spitalfields Townhouse are interested in historic buildings and want to try something different and unlike every other hotel room. We also do have a lot of repeat customers who have fallen in love with the house and the area.

How long do your holiday guests usually stay?

Generally, people stay 3-4 days or a week, sometimes longer. They go out all day and try to do everything that can possibly be done in London, come back exhausted and then go out again in the evening.

What’s been most rewarding to you about renting out the Spitalfields Townhouse as a holiday home?

I love owning and running such a unique holiday home as it has been a wonderful opportunity to get to know our guests, even before they arrive via email. It feels like greeting not really an old friend, but you feel you know them somewhat. I’ve really enjoyed that as well as meeting people from all over the world.

Spitalfields Townhouse lounge
King bedroom
King bedroom
Double bedroom
Dining area
Townhouse entrance
Spitalfields Townhouse

Spitalfields Townhouse rooms & rates

There is a kitchen and living room on the first floor of the house. The kitchen has original paneling and a central island with a dishwasher, sink and cooking surface. A refrigerator, oven, and espresso machine are available as well. The dining room provides space for up to eight people.

The other two floors of the rental are where the two bedrooms and a bathroom with an antique bathtub and a shower are located. An 18th-century king-sized bed and a double bed sleep up to four adults. The smaller bedroom is rather charming and has a balcony with a nice view. It provides the feel of what late 19th century Spitalfields would have looked like.

On the top floor is also a den or TV room with a DVD player and a deck to walk out onto. The sofa bed can be opened up into a king-sized bed.

  • Spitalfields Townhouse for 4 people / 116 m²
    235 / night
    • 2 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
Included in the rates
Rates include cleaning on Mondays and Fridays between 10.30 am and 2.30 pm.
Children & Extra beds
Due to the many stairs and some uneven floors, the place is not ideal for your children. So only children from 13 year old are allowed to stay. There is no space for extra beds.
Minimum stay
3 nights
Check in time
after 15:00
Check out time
before 11:00

Facilities & services

  • WiFi
  • Maid service
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Central heating
  • Courtyard
  • Iron & Board
  • Not suitable for young children
  • Hair dryer

Upon arrival, our guests receive a complimentary bottle of wine to be welcomed to Stay in Spitalfields Townhouse. We are available between 11 and 6 every day if people need assistance and can offer suggestions on what to see and do in the area and assist with arranging taxi service, etc. Other than that, this is a self-catering holiday home.

Our shop is on the ground floor, but our guests can come and go through their own entrance for more privacy. The shop also has a gallery and rear courtyard for guests to enjoy.

Things to do in London

  • Art / Culture
  • Shopping / Markets
  • Night life

There’s a good shopping street called Redchurch Street, which has lots of interesting, higher-end, individual designer brand shops.

Dennis Sever’s House is a very popular place to visit nearby. When he used to live here, this area had not yet been explored by tourists. The house was without electricity or modern facilities and since his death, it has been pretty much kept the way it was.

I have several restaurants that I like. St. John Bread and Wine on Commercial Street has very good food and is quite informal. The Wright Brothers is a seafood restaurant in the market. And La Chapelle is a very good, more formal French restaurant. There are lots of places to eat around here so that you will always find something you’d like.

Spitalfields Townhouse reviews

5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Our stay was very good (5). We go back there!!
Katrien W. (Belgium)
stayed at Spitalfields Town House in July 2016
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
I would rate the stay at 5. It was very very good. We loved staying at Spitalfields Town House. The house was perfectly charming and comfortable. The location was excellent, being close to many restaurants and shops and three different train stations. Our host Fiona was incredibly helpful and warm. We would love to return on another trip.
Erin C. (USA)
stayed at Spitalfields Town House in December 2015

The location of Spitalfields Townhouse

The Spitalfields Townhouse is very centrally located, with lots of good transport, as well as interesting shops and restaurants close by. There is a lot to see and do around here, such as stop by the Whitechapel Gallery and the Tower of London.

The area of Spitalfields is very different from the West End. It’s a very 24/7 urban area, very fun, lively and vibrant. Perhaps it’s a bit like SoHo in New York City a few years ago. There’s always something going on and the people are surprisingly friendly. However, if you’re looking for parks with lots of green space, this is not the area for you.

When is the best time to visit London?

July and August are probably the best times because London is less crowded. My favorite time to visit London and Spitalfields is April through June, and then September to November. Spring and Fall are beautiful seasons.