Situated partly in Central London, partly in East London and containing several eclectic markets and one of the best places to eat Anglo-Indian food in the UK, Spitalfields is a boiling pot of activity and mingling cultures. Commercial Street, Whitechapel Road and especially Brick Lane are where to go when you want to sample some truly world-class Anglo-Indian cooking; there are literally miles of road here with a spectacular range of curry-houses and eateries to choose from; you could spend a day sampling the different styles of cooking and never get bored. But it’s not only about Brick Lane; the area surrounding the world famous Spitalfields Market itself is teeming with a dizzying array of eateries from upscale Asian to street food to traditional pubs to modern fusion. Restaurants in Spitalfields are nothing if not surprising; the variety of styles can keep any visitor occupied for days. Just east of Brick Lane lies Old Spitalfields Market, a huge market which has been on that site for over 350 years. On the streets surrounding this area is a colourful array of Spitalfield restaurants and bars just waiting to fuel you up before you dive in to the madness of one of London’s oldest markets. English cooking is the order of the day here, anything from fish and chips to pan haggerty, and most of them are open late and offer impressive cocktails, wine lists and ales.
Arguably some of the best restaurants in Spitalfields lie along Brick Lane, which runs from Bethnal Green to Whitechapel, and is a world famous enclave of Anglo-Indian cooking. Thanks to the immigration of South Asians to the area, curry houses, many of them award-winning or at least wildly popular, have been cropping up there for decades and draw multitudes of visitors each year to sample the legendary classic dishes of these Spitalfields restaurants. Regular menu items might include lamb jeera, chicken tikka, tandoori king prawns and of course tantalizing arrays of mouth-watering curries with cool dips, smoky pickled vegetables and naan bread. These Spitalfields restaurants are not for the light-eater; always come hungry and be ready for a real feast. Teeming with industry and the daily grind of one of the world’s busiest cities, Commercial Street is an onslaught for the senses. Running parallel to Brick Lane and also containing many, many south Asian restaurants, Lebanese kebab houses and Turkish grills, Commercial Street is rife with eclectic Spitalfields restaurants that are more varied than on Brick Lane. Sprinkled among the spice and heat of the curry houses, there are more traditionally English Spitalfields restaurants and cafes for the less adventurous diner, and English pubs and bars to boot. The best restaurants in Spitalfields aren’t difficult to find with so many fantastic options!